Ph.D. with Major in Civil and Environmental Engineering

CIVIL ENGINEERING 

Program Director: Khaled Abdelghany, Ph.D.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to satisfy these requirements:

  • Master’s degree in civil engineering, environmental engineering or a closely related discipline in engineering, or the physical sciences from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association, or completion of an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. master’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing.
  • Excellent academic performance in all completed course work with a G.P.A. of at least 3.000 on a 4.000 scale.
  • Submission of a complete application, including a statement of purpose, offi­cial transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate studies, and payment of appropriate application fee.
  • Official GRE graduate school admission test scores.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the applicant’s potential success as a doctoral student.
  • Graduates from foreign countries are required to submit a notarized finan­cial certification form. All international students whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from an American university must submit a minimum TOEFL English language proficiency score before being considered for admission:

    550 – paper-based examination.
    213 – computer-based examination.
    59 – Internet-based examination.

Degree Requirements

In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering requirements for the Ph.D. degree, candidates are required to satisfy the following:

  • At least 54 credit hours of course work beyond the baccalaureate degree.
  • A minor of at least 12 credit hours providing breadth and support to the doctoral program.
  • Twenty-four credit hours of dissertation.
  • Written and oral doctoral qualifying examinations.
  • A written dissertation.
  • Defense of the dissertation.

The major and minor courses comprising a degree plan for a doctoral student will be determined by the student’s advisory committee. These plans will vary among students depending on their background and dissertation research topic. The following sample degree plans are for students who have been admitted to the Ph.D. program with an engineering M.S. degree and have an interest in structural engineering, air pollution control and atmospheric science, or water and wastewater engineering.

Sample Degree Plans

Geotechnical Engineering Track:  Sample Degree Plan

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 7385 Advanced Soil Mechanics
CEE 7387 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
CEE 7388 Groundwater and Seepage
CEE 8364 Finite Element Methods in Structural and Continuum Mechanics

Minor Courses
CEE 7391 Special Projects (Topics in Geotechnical Engineering)
CEE 7386 Foundation Engineering
Advanced courses in geological sciences, mathematics and statistical science

Alternative Major and Minor Courses
CEE 7362 Engineering Analysis with Numerical Methods
CEE 8340 Theory of Elasticity
CEE 8368 Theory of Plate Behavior

Structural Engineering Track:  Sample Degree Plan

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 7377 Advanced Steel Design
CEE 8364 Finite Element Methods in Structural and Continuum Mechanics

Minor Courses
CEE 7385 Advanced Soil Mechanics
CEE 7386 Foundation Engineering
Advanced courses in geological sciences, mathematics and statistical science

Alternative Major and Minor Courses
CEE 7362 Engineering Analysis with Numerical Methods
CEE 8340 Theory of Elasticity
CEE 8368 Theory of Plate Behavior

Transportation Systems Management Track:  Sample Degree Plan

Major Courses 
CEE 7378 Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering
CEE 8378 Transportation Demand Analysis
CEE 8379 Analysis of Transportation Systems
EMIS 7370 Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers
EMIS 8360 Operations Research Models

Minor Courses 
CSE 7345 Advanced Java Programming
EMIS 7377 (STAT 5377) Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments
EMIS 8361 Engineering Economics and Decision Analysis
EMIS 8371 Linear Programming
EMIS 8373 Integer Programming
EMIS 8374 Network Flows
STAT 6336 Statistical Analysis
Advanced courses in economic, mathematics and statistical science

Alternatives Major and Minor Courses 
CEE 7323 Project Management
CEE 7331 Air Pollution Management and Engineering
CEE 7379 Highways Design and Safety
CSE 7365 (MATH 5315) Introduction to Numerical Analysis
CSE 8355 Graph Theory: Algorithms and Applications
EMIS 7340 Logistics Systems Engineering

Air Pollution Control and Atmospheric Sciences Track:  Sample Degree Plan

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
CEE 7325 Disaster Management
CEE 7354 Environmental Engineering Principles and Processes

Water and Wastewater Engineering Track:  Sample Degree Plan

Major Courses
CEE 7313 Environmental Chemistry and Biology
CEE 7322 Biological Waste Treatment
CEE 7332 Ground Water Hydrology and Contamination
CEE 7334 Fate and Transport of Contaminants
CEE 7354 Environmental Engineering Principles and Processes
EMIS 7377 Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments

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

Alternative Major and Minor Courses
CEE 7311 Environmental and Hazardous Waste Law
CEE 7315 Integrated Waste Management
CEE 7321 Physical and Chemical Waste Treatment
CEE 7325 Disaster Management
CEE 7350 Introduction to Environmental Management Systems
CEE 7353 Environmental Epidemiology

 

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