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Graduate Catalog 2014-15

CIVIL ENGINEERING

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Application Deadlines:
For domestic classified status, the deadline is approximately a month before the start of classes (Definite dates are on the application itself). International students, please see the FAQs #16 for your deadline. NOTE: If you are a new graduate student and you intend to apply for a Competitive Graduate Award (CGA), the deadline for having all of your application materials turned in moves up to January 15th. If you apply for the CGA but your SIUE application is incomplete, your application for the Competitive Graduate Award will be removed from consideration.

MASTER OF SCIENCE

For the Master of Science degree in civil engineering, courses are offered in specializations that include environmental/water resources, geotechnical, structural, and transportation engineering. Courses are generally offered in the evenings and late afternoons annually or biennially.  Full-time and part-time study options are available.

ADMISSION

In addition to meeting all Graduate School admission requirements, applicants must have a cumulative grade point average in all undergraduate engineering, mathematics, and science courses of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or 70% on other scales. For those not meeting this requirement and having at least four years of work experience, supporting evidence (such as a letter of explanation from the applicant, high GRE scores, letters of recommendation from employers, and PE licensure) will also be considered. International students are encouraged to submit GRE scores along with other required graduate admission documentation.

If admitted, those who do not have a BS degree in civil engineering may be required to complete prerequisite courses that are not for graduate credit. Note that an MS degree will not typically qualify a candidate to take the PE licensure examination.

Further information on the Department's policies can be found on the Department's web site ( http://www.siue.edu/engineering/civilengineering/).

PROGRAM OF STUDY

After admission and before enrolling in any courses, students are required to meet with the graduate program director, who appoints (in consultation with the student) an advisory committee suited to the student's background and interests. The advisory committee assists the student in planning a program of study; this plan is to be completed by the end of the first semester.

Because of the importance of communication to the engineering profession and the need for excellent writing skills to complete degree requirements, all students are required to complete satisfactorily a technical writing course. Students with good writing skills may elect to submit an essay to be evaluated for conditional exemption from the English course requirement. If conditional exemption is granted, the student will substitute another approved course in the plan of study.

Thesis and non-thesis options are available. Students selecting the thesis option must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours. Students selecting the non-these option must complete a minimum of 31 semester hours. At least 20 semester hours must be in courses taught in civil engineering and at least 15 semester hours must be at the 500 level. See the Department's website regarding policies specific to the specialized areas.

Thesis option

Students will be guided in thesis work by a thesis adviser with the assistance and concurrence of the advisory committee. The number of hours to be awarded for thesis credit (CE 599) is to be specified by the advisory committee prior to approval of the thesis proposal. Thesis credit counts as part of the 30 credits required for the degree. Writing a thesis involves an intensive research effort and may require about six months to complete. The thesis must be formally accepted by Graduate Records.

Non-thesis option

Students prepare a research paper, the topic of which is mutually agreed upon by the student and the advisory committee. One credit hour is awarded for non-thesis credit (CE 593) and counts as part of the 31 credits required for the degree. Guidelines are available on the department's web site.

In developing your plan of study, you need to consider which courses will enable you to reach your goals as an environmental engineer.  You may wish to choose courses that assist you in the completion of your thesis or final research paper.  The following lists were developed to highlight the variety of courses available.  Note that not all courses may be offered at all times and that course offerings do not guarantee availability of a spot in that class.  It is up to you to review published schedules and consult with your adviser to find out when the courses are offered and how they will fit into your course of study schedule.  In addition, it is up to you to assure that you have met the prerequisites for the courses prior to enrollment. 

Environmental/Water Resources Specialization

You are required to complete ten courses, 30-31 hours of advanced study.  At least 15 hours must be at the 500 level.  At least seven courses must be chosen from the following list. 

CE 416-3 Engineering Hydrology

CE 460-3 Municipal Infrastructure Design

CE 480-3 Environmental Analysis

CE 486-3 Wastewater Treatment Design

CE487-3 Water Treatment Design

CE 488-3 Hazardous Waste Management

CE 581-3 Advanced Wastewater Treatment

CE 582-3 Water Quality and Treatment

CE 587-3 Air Pollution Control

CE 588-3 Solid Waste Management

CE 589-3 Industrial Materials and Waste

CE 596-3 Sustainable Engineering

Upon advance approval of the committee, CE 591 or 599 may be taken in place of one or two of the above courses.  You will need to complete a course study proposal prior to enrolling in either of these classes. In addition, up to three special course offerings, generally listed as CE 492 or 592 may be taken with the advance approval of the committee.  ENG 491 is required for all students unless conditional exemption is granted; see the Writing Proficiency Requirement for further details.  ENG 491 if taken can be counted as part of the 30-31 hours of advanced study.  CE 593 is required for the non-thesis option.  For lists of pre-approved courses, see the CE website.

Geotechnical Engineering Specialization

You are required to complete ten courses, 30-31 hours of advanced study.  At least 15 hours must be at the 500 level.  At least five courses must be chosen from the following list. 

CE 455-3 Foundation Engineering

CE 457-3 Soil Mechanics in Engineering

CE 548-3 Finite Elements

CE 545-3 Structural Dynamics

CE 5xx-3 Excavation and Tunneling

CE 5xx-3 Retaining Structures and Supporting Systems

CE 596-3 Sustainable Engineering

Upon advance approval of the committee, CE 591 or 599 may be taken in place of one or two of the above courses. In addition, an appropriate three credit substitute for one other course can be approved by your adviser.  You will need to complete a course study proposal prior to enrolling in either of these classes. In addition, up to three special course offerings, generally listed as CE 492 or 592 may be taken with the advance approval of the committee.  ENG 491 is required for all students unless conditional exemption is granted; see the Writing Proficiency Requirement for further details.  ENG 491 if taken can be counted as part of the 30-31 hours of advanced study.  CE 593 is required for the non-thesis option.  For lists of pre-approved courses, see the CE website.

Structural Engineering Specialization

You are required to complete ten courses, 30-31 hours of advanced study.  At least 15 hours must be at the 500 level.  At least seven courses must be chosen from the following list.

CE 435-3 Pavement Design

CE 441-3 Design of Timber Structures

CE 443-3 Design of Masonry Structures

CE 445-3 Advanced Structural Analysis

CE 446-3 Advanced Concrete Design

CE 449-3 Advanced Steel Structures

CE 455-3 Foundation Engineering

CE 541-3 Bridge Engineering

CE 545-3 Structural Dynamics

CE 548-3 Finite Elements

CE 549-3 Earthquake Engineering

CE 596-3 Sustainable Engineering

Upon advance approval of the committee, CE 591 or 599 may be taken in place of one or two of the above courses.  You will need to complete a course study proposal prior to enrolling in either of these classes. In addition, up to three special course offerings, generally listed as CE 492 or 592 may be taken with the advance approval of the committee.  ENG 491 is required for all students unless conditional exemption is granted; see the Writing Proficiency Requirement for further details.  ENG 491 if taken can be counted as part of the 30-31 hours of advanced study.  CE 593 is required for the non-thesis option.  For lists of pre-approved courses, see the CE website.

Transportation Engineering Specialization

You are required to complete ten courses, 30-31 hours of advanced study.  At least 15 hours must be at the 500 level.  At least seven courses must be chosen from the following list. 

CE 435-3 Pavement Design

CE 460-3 Municipal Infrastructure Design

CE 473-3 Travel Demand Forecasting

CE 474-3 Computer Simulation in Traffic Engineering

CE 475-3 Transportation Planning

CE 476-3 Traffic Studies

CE 574-3 Transportation Security

CE 575-3 Advanced Geometric Design

CE 578-3 Intelligent Transportation Systems

CE 579-3 Transportation Safety Systems

CE 596-3 Sustainable Engineering

Upon advance approval of the committee, CE 591 or 599 may be taken in place of one or two of the above courses.  You will need to complete a course study proposal prior to enrolling in either of these classes. In addition, up to three special course offerings, generally listed as CE 492 or 592 may be taken with the advance approval of the committee.  ENG 491 is required for all students unless conditional exemption is granted; see the Writing Proficiency Requirement for further details.  ENG 491 if taken can be counted as part of the 30-31 hours of advanced study.  CE 593 is required for the non-thesis option.  For lists of pre-approved courses, see the CE website.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

When all other program requirements are satisfied, the student schedules an oral final examination with the advisory committee. The final examination is primarily based on the thesis or research paper, depending on the option the student has chosen. A majority vote of the advisory committee is required for passing. All examinations are open to interested parties.

COMBINED PROGRAM LEADING TO BACHELOR OF SCIENCE /MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREES IN CIVIL ENGINEERING (3+2 PROGRAM)

The Department of Civil Engineering offers a five-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science (BS) and the Master of Science (MS) degrees. Students with senior level status in civil engineering (at least 90 semester hours) and an overall grade point average of 3.25 (A=4.0) in engineering, mathematics, and physical science courses may be admitted to the BS/MS program that allows them to earn 30 hours of graduate-level credit (400- and 500-level) during their combined fourth and fifth years. These students are eligible to apply for assistantships in the department. An application for degree-seeking status as a graduate student must be approved by Graduate Admissions and the Graduate Admissions Committee in Civil Engineering. A program outline must be submitted for approval by the graduate program director and Graduate Records prior to enrollment in any courses to be included as a part of the master's program. Official admission to the graduate program with status as a classified graduate student is made only after the award of the baccalaureate degree. In no case will a graduate degree be conferred before all requirements for both degrees have been completed.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEQUENCE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING

The Department of Civil Engineering offers two Professional Development Sequences (PDSs). Each PDS is designed to give students a thorough understanding of sustainability in a particular area of civil engineering.

ADMISSION

Graduate students who are officially admitted to, and in good standing with the Graduate School and the Civil Engineering department may apply for enrollment in one of the PDSs. The Civil Engineering graduate program director will issue admission notification and approvals. Students must be approved for graduate study in Civil Engineering with a "classified graduate student" status. Admitted students are expected to have completed all prerequisite courses for each PDS course.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Sustainable Planning in Civil Engineering

CE 475 - 3 Transportation Planning
CE 588 - 3 Solid Waste Management
CE 596 - 3 Sustainable Engineering

Sustainable Infrastructure in Civil Engineering

CE 460 - 3 Municipal Infrastructure Design
CE 578 - 3 Intelligent Transportation Systems
CE 596 - 3 Sustainable Engineering

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