Ph.D. with major in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Admission Requirements

  • Master’s degree in one of the engineering disciplines, or in a quantitative natural or physical science.
  • Outstanding applicants with only baccalaureate degrees may apply for admission to the Ph.D. program.
  • Excellent academic performance in all completed course work, with a G.P.A. of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
  • GRE scores greater than 650 quantitative and 550 verbal.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the applicant's potential success as a doctoral student.

Degree Requirements

  • At least 54 term-credit hours of course work beyond the baccalaureate degree.
  • A minor of at least 12 term-credit hours providing breadth and support to the doctoral program
  • 24 term-credit hours of dissertation.
  • Written and oral doctoral qualifying examinations.
  • A written dissertation.
  • Defense of the dissertation.
  • The courses comprising a degree plan will be determined by the student’s supervisory committee. These plans will vary among students depending on their background and dissertation research topic.

Sample Degree Plans

Structural Engineering Track

Major Courses
CEE 7340 Introduction to Solid Mechanics
CEE 7361 Matrix Structural Analysis and Introduction to Finite Element Methods
CEE 7364 Introduction to Structural Dynamics
CEE 7373 Prestressed Concrete
CEE 7375 Advanced Concrete Design
CEE 8364 Finite Element Methods in Structural and Continuum Mechanics
CEE 8373 Advanced Reinforced Concrete

Minor Courses
CEE 7322 Biological Waste Treatment
CEE 7385 Advanced Soil Mechanics
CEE 7386 Foundation Engineering
CEE 8365 Construction Engineering and Rehabilitation

Alternatives Major and Minor Courses
CEE 7362 Engineering Analysis and Numerical Methods
CEE 7377 Advance Steel Design
CEE 8340 Theory of Elasticity
CEE 8368 Theory of Plate Behavior

Air Pollution Control and Atmospheric Sciences Track

Major Courses
CEE 7312 Risk Assessment and Health Effects
CEE 7313 Environmental Chemistry and Biology
CEE 7331 Air Pollution Management and Engineering
CEE 7335 Aerosol Mechanics
CEE 7352 Management of Radioactive Hazards
ME 7336 Intermediate Fluid Dynamics

Minor Courses
EMIS 7377 Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments
STAT 6336 Statistical Analysis
STAT 6337 Statistical Analysis II
STAT 6345 Linear Regression

Alternative Major and Minor Courses
CEE 7314 Environmental Regulations and Compliance
CEE 7321 Physical and Chemical Waste Treatment
GEOL 5370 Global Change

Water and Wastewater Engineering Track

Major Courses
CEE 7313 Environmental Chemistry and Biology
CEE 7321 Physical and Chemical Waste Treatment
CEE 7322 Biological Waste Treatment
CEE 7332 Ground Water Hydrology and Contamination
CEE 7334 Fate and Transport of Contaminants
EMIS 7377 Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments

Minor Courses
CEE 7312 Risk Assessment and Health Effects
CEE 7351 Introduction to Environmental Toxicology
BIOL (CHEM) 5311 Biological Chemistry: Metabolism
BIOL 5364 Endocrine Physiology

Alternative Major and Minor Courses
CEE 7311 Environmental and Hazardous Waste Law
CEE 7315 Integrated Waste Management
CEE 7350 Introduction to Environmental Management Systems
CEE 7352 Management of Radioactive Hazards