Civil and Environmental Engineering Courses

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200 Level Courses

CEE 200. Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering
Prerequisite: None; mandatory pass/fail. (1 credit)
An introduction to the nature and scope of the civil and environmental engineering disciplines and specialty programs. Includes case studies from practice and information about academic and professional opportunities for CEE students. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

CEE 211. Statics and Dynamics
Prerequisite: Physics 140. (4 credits)
Statics: review of vector mathematics; moment and force resultants; static equilibrium in two & three dimensions; centroids; center of gravity; distributed loadings. Dynamics: review of concepts of velocity and acceleration; dynamics of particles and rigid bodies; concepts of work, energy, momentum; introduction to vibrations. Four lectures per week. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

CEE 212. Solid and Structural Mechanics
Prerequisite: CEE 211 or equivalent. (3 credits). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in MECHENG 211.
Fundamental principles of solid and structural mechanics and their application in engineering disciplines. Covered: concepts of stress and strain, stress and strain transformations, axial, torsion, bending and combined loading and elastic deformations. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

CEE 230. Thermodynamics and the Environment
Prerequisite: Math 116; Chem 130 & 125/126 or Chem 210 & 211 advised. (3 credits)
The First and Second Laws of thermodynamics are applied to systems impacting built and natural environments to determine the performance requirements and thermodynamic efficiencies of engineered processes. Topics of coverage include the properties of pure substances and mixtures, phase changes, reaction and phase equilibrium, heating, air conditioning, and power generation. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

CEE 265. Sustainable Engineering Principles
Prerequisite: Chem 130, Math 116. (3 credits)
Credit for only one: CEE 265 or MECHENG 489
Sustainable engineering principles include calculations of environmental emissions and resource consumption. Mass and energy balance calculations in context of pollution generation and prevention, resource recovery and life-cycle assessment. Economic aspects of sustainable engineering decision-making. Social impacts of technology system design decisions including ethical frameworks, government legislation and health risks. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

300 Level Courses

CEE 303. Computational Methods for Engineers and Scientists
Prerequisite: (ENGR 101 or ENGR 151 or EECS 180 or EECS 183 or ROB 102) AND (MATH 215 or MATH 285 or MATH 385) AND (MATH 216 or MATH 286 or MATH 396). Minimum grade of “C-” required for enforced prerequisites. (4 credits)
Applications of numerical methods to infrastructure and environmental problems. Development of mathematical models and computer programs. Formulation and solution of initial and boundary-value problems with emphasis on structural analysis, fluid flow, and transport of contaminants. Introduction to optimization and data science. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

CEE 307 (Environ 407). Sustainable Cities
Advisory Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Standing and two environmental science classes. (3 credits)
As economic and ecological pressures increase, it has become increasingly important that greater efforts be expended to have more sustainable urban environments.  Specifically, it is essential that the future operation of cities become more sustainable in terms of energy and resource use, while also safeguarding the health and well-being of local citizens.  This course will discuss how multiple disciplines can be integrated to identify and discuss this broad goal.  A combination of individual and team assignments will be given, culminating in a team term project that provides alternative strategies for consideration by a panel of experts. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

CEE 312. Structural Engineering
Prerequisite: CEE 212 or equivalent. (4 credits)
Introduction to the field of structural engineering.  Discussion of structural analysis techniques and concepts such as virtual work, flexibility method, stiffness method, influence lines and matrix structural analysis.  Training in AutoCAD and exposure to commonly used structural analysis computer program(s).  Discussion of basic design concepts and principles. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

CEE 325. Fluid Mechanics
Prerequisite: CEE 211. (4 credits)
Principles of mechanics applied to real and ideal fluids. Fluid properties and statics; continuity, energy, and momentum equations by control volume analysis; differential equations of motion for laminar and turbulent flow; dimensional analysis and similitude; boundary layers, drag and lift; incompressible flow in pipes; fluid measurement and turbomachinery. Lecture and laboratory. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

CEE 331. Construction Management 
Advisory Prerequisite: Junior Standing. (4 credits)
Introduction to a construction management process for engineers in which the project life-cycle is broken into organizing, evaluating, planning, monitoring and controlling. Students will learn about the project delivery, financial and procurement systems; legal issues; cost estimation; scheduling; bonding and insurance; and project resource planning and control. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

CEE 345. Geotechnical Engineering
Prerequisite: Physics 140. (4 credits)
Soil origins, classification and index properties; phase relationships; earth moving and soil compaction; groundwater seepage; compressibility and consolidation; settlement; shear strength and failure; applications to foundations; retaining structures and slopes. Lecture and laboratory. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

CEE 351. Civil Engineering Materials
Prerequisite: CEE 212 or equivalent. (4 credits)
Discussion of basic mechanical and physical properties of a variety of civil engineering materials such as concrete, asphalt, wood and fiber composites. Evaluation and design for properties, load-time deformation characteristics, response to typical service environments. Lecture and laboratory. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

CEE 365. Environmental Engineering Principles
Prerequisite: CHEM 130, MATH 116. (4 credits)
An introduction to mass balance modeling of contaminant fate, transport and removal in the environment; commonly used reactor configurations for water and air quality control; partitioning of contaminant types and sources; regional and global contemporary environmental issues. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

CEE 366. Environmental Engineering Laboratory
Advisory Prerequisite: CEE 365 and CEE 373. (3 credits)
Weekly lecture and experimental projects designed to illustrate key analytical measurements of water and air quality parameters, soil properties, and environmental process engineering. Emphasis on data analysis, report writing, oral presentations, experimental design and teamwork. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

CEE 373. Statistical Methods for Data Analysis and Uncertainty Modeling
Prerequisite: MATH 215 and MATH 216. Minimum grade of “C” required for enforced prerequisites. (3 credits)
Introductory probability and statistics with emphasis on data analysis and uncertainty modeling for engineering and environmental systems. Descriptive statistics, graphical representation of data, linear regression, correlation, discrete and continuous probability distributions, conditional probability, estimation, statistical inference, extreme events, reliability analysis and techniques for design under uncertainty. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

CEE 375. Sensors, Circuits, and Signals
Prerequisite: Physics 240. (3 credits)
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of collecting and processing experimental data. The course begins with an introduction to DC and AC circuits. The design and operation of sensors are then introduced followed by an introduction to digital signal processing. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

400 Level Courses

CEE 402. Professional Issues and Design
Prerequisite: Senior standing. (4 credits)
Multidisciplinary team design experience including consideration of codes, regulations, alternate solutions, economic factors, sustainability, constructability, reliability and aesthetics in the solution of a civil or environmental engineering problem. Professionalism and ethics in the practice of engineering. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

CEE 412. Matrix Structural Analysis
Prerequisite: MATH 216 and CEE 312 or equivalent. (3 credits)
Displacement-based linear analysis of truss, beam, frame, and cable structures, including axial loading and structural pre-tension effects. Analytical derivation of stiffness equations from first principles. Matrix assembly techniques and implementation of computational solution techniques. Approximate stability analysis. Elementary plasticity analysis, using incremental loading techniques. Introduction to structural dynamics. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

CEE 413. Design of Metal Structures
Prerequisite: CEE 312. (3 credits)
Design of metal members and connections and their use in buildings and bridges. Application of relevant design specifications with emphasis on structural steel. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

CEE 415. Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures
Prerequisite: CEE 312. (3 credits)
Design of reinforced concrete members and slabs, and their user in buildings and bridges. Application of relevant design specifications. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

CEE 421. Hydrology and Floodplain Hydraulics
Prerequisite: CEE 303, CEE 325. (4 credits)
Fundamentals of surface-water hydrology, flow in open channels and flood