Master's in Civil Engineering

8045
Master of Science
Classroom
No
Graduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 8045 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission Status: graduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus
Admission Materials: 2 letters of recommendation, objectives, GRE

The master of science program in civil engineering allows the engineer the opportunity to apply recent technological developments to the solution of current civil engineering problems. The objective of the program is to provide opportunities for the student's development of professional engineering competence and scholarly achievement. Construction management, environmental, geo-environmental, geotechnical, structures and water resources are the areas of major emphasis for graduate study. The program is structured so that the student will attain an academic mastery in one of the areas of study within civil engineering.

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering may be earned on either a full-time or part-time basis. A student may begin graduate studies in any semester except summer. Fewer scheduling problems will occur for those who begin in the fall semester. International students who wish to improve their English proficiency may choose to enroll in English language classes during the summer before beginning their graduate studies. Some graduate courses are offered in the evening to allow part-time students to complete the degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

An applicant should have a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. An applicant whose degree is in another field of engineering, or mathematics or the physical sciences, may be accepted but will be required to remedy any deficiencies by satisfactorily completing undergraduate courses in preparation for graduate study in civil engineering. Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from academic references, a statement of purpose addressing reasons for graduate study in civil engineering and GRE scores. General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section.

Degree Requirements

Civil engineering offers the master of science program with areas of specialization in construction, environmental, geo-environmental, geotechnical, structures and water resources. The master of science degree is conferred on students who have successfully completed a minimum of 30 credit hours in either a thesis or nonthesis program consisting of required and elective coursework. All graduate students on full or part assistantships (either teaching or research) are required to enroll in the thesis program. Students in the thesis program must successfully defend their theses, while students in the nonthesis program are required to pass final program examinations.

Curriculum

Thesis students enroll in 12 credit hours of required civil engineering courses (any of the following combinations of four specialization courses), six credit hours of thesis and 12 credit hours of elective courses. Nonthesis students enroll in 12 credit hours of required courses and 18 credit hours of elective courses. Three to six credit hours of elective courses should be in the areas of mathematics and/or operations research.

Construction Management
Complete:
  • CVE 5072 Construction Contracts, Law and Specifications
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes liability, real property and water rights; environmental and comprehensive planning laws and requirements; evidence, expert witness, claims, disputes and arbitration; contract specifications and drawings; resolution of differences; change orders and contract modifications; and case studies.
  • CVE 5073 Construction Cost Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the application of cost engineering principles, and estimating within a project management framework in conjunction with scope definition, quality control, planning and scheduling, risk management and loss prevention techniques, local conditions, information and communications, and working relations with stakeholders.
  • ENM 5200 Project Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Principles of project management to design and develop products and services within budget, on time and to specification. Includes work planning, organization design, requirements analysis, project control and PERT/CPM.
Select one course:
  • CVE 5035 Design Concepts in Urban Hydrology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Uses state-of-the-art water-quality and water-quantity computer models to predict the impact of urbanization on receiving waters. Students design a stormwater management system as a project.
  • CVE 5060 Highway Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes vehicle stopping sight distances, vertical and horizontal curve layout, cut and fill, analysis of level of service, queuing theory, flexible and rigid pavement designs, pavement overlay designs, nondestructive evaluation of pavements and pavement rehabilitation techniques.
Environmental
Complete:
  • CVE 5035 Design Concepts in Urban Hydrology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Uses state-of-the-art water-quality and water-quantity computer models to predict the impact of urbanization on receiving waters. Students design a stormwater management system as a project.
  • CVE 5050 Design of Remediation Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the design process to clean up soil and groundwater contaminated with hazardous waste, including the design of contaminated groundwater capture systems, contaminant treatment, treated water disposal and air phase emission compliance.
  • CVE 5052 Solid Waste Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Regulation, generation, storage, treatment and disposal of solid wastes. Emphasizes the management of solid waste in an environment of changing regulations.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • ENS 5101 Introduction to Air Pollution
    Credit Hours: 3
    Origin, fate, effects and distribution of air pollutants. Includes dispersion modeling, legislation, source control and monitoring.
Geo-Environmental
Complete:
  • CVE 5020 Geotechnical Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Advanced treatment of theory and principles of engineering soil mechanics as related to permeability, capillary, seepage forces, stress distribution, effective stress, consolidation and shear strength. Includes lab testing of soils for engineering properties.
  • CVE 5037 Numerical Groundwater Modeling
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the partial differential equations governing the motion of fluids and solute or contaminants in subsurface media; introduction to finite difference methods; description of the Galerkin finite element method. Uses state-of-the-art models, such as MODFLOW and SUTRA to solve real-world problems.
  • CVE 5039 Groundwater Hydrology and Contaminant Transport
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers energy concepts and governing equations in groundwater, estimation of aquifer properties, well and well-field design, saltwater intrusion, artificial recharge and modeling of contaminant transport in groundwater.
  • CVE 5050 Design of Remediation Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the design process to clean up soil and groundwater contaminated with hazardous waste, including the design of contaminated groundwater capture systems, contaminant treatment, treated water disposal and air phase emission compliance.
Geotechnical
Complete:
  • CVE 5020 Geotechnical Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Advanced treatment of theory and principles of engineering soil mechanics as related to permeability, capillary, seepage forces, stress distribution, effective stress, consolidation and shear strength. Includes lab testing of soils for engineering properties.
  • CVE 5025 Foundation Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the application of soil mechanics to foundation engineering, exploration techniques, foundation selection criteria, design and construction; analysis and design of spread, mat and pile foundations; retaining wall design; drilled piers; caissons; design using geotechnical fabrics; and slope stability.
  • CVE 5060 Highway Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes vehicle stopping sight distances, vertical and horizontal curve layout, cut and fill, analysis of level of service, queuing theory, flexible and rigid pavement designs, pavement overlay designs, nondestructive evaluation of pavements and pavement rehabilitation techniques.
  • OCE 5526 Advanced Coastal Engineering Structures
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes seawalls, bulkheads, jetties and breakwaters; sand bypassing systems, protective beach and dune construction-stabilization; prediction of forces, lifetime estimation, maintenance expectations, material selection and construction methods.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
Structures
Complete:
  • CVE 5014 Advanced Steel Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    Behavior and design of steel structures with an emphasis on the AISC-LRFD specifications. Includes plate girders, continuous beams, complex connections, frames and composite construction.
  • CVE 5019 Design of Timber Structures
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes engineering properties of timber and their effects on design of timber structures. Studies the design of various elements of timber structures including tension members, beams, beam-columns, diaphragms and connections according to the NDS ASD specification. Includes a design project.
Select one course:
  • CVE 5020 Geotechnical Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Advanced treatment of theory and principles of engineering soil mechanics as related to permeability, capillary, seepage forces, stress distribution, effective stress, consolidation and shear strength. Includes lab testing of soils for engineering properties.
  • CVE 5025 Foundation Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the application of soil mechanics to foundation engineering, exploration techniques, foundation selection criteria, design and construction; analysis and design of spread, mat and pile foundations; retaining wall design; drilled piers; caissons; design using geotechnical fabrics; and slope stability.
Select one course:
  • MAE 5060 Applications in Finite Element Methods
    Credit Hours: 3
    Emphasizes finite element simulation methods for problems in mechanical design; static solutions; eigenvalue techniques in stability and dynamic analysis; direct and reduced basis formulation of dynamical equations; analyses of structures; use of commercially available software.
  • MAE 5480 Structural Dynamics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Principles of dynamics applied to structural analysis, analysis of continuous media and discretized models, free vibration and forced response of structures, modal analysis, energy methods and approximate methods, applications in structural design and experimentation.
Water Resources
Complete:
  • CVE 5035 Design Concepts in Urban Hydrology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Uses state-of-the-art water-quality and water-quantity computer models to predict the impact of urbanization on receiving waters. Students design a stormwater management system as a project.
  • CVE 5037 Numerical Groundwater Modeling
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the partial differential equations governing the motion of fluids and solute or contaminants in subsurface media; introduction to finite difference methods; description of the Galerkin finite element method. Uses state-of-the-art models, such as MODFLOW and SUTRA to solve real-world problems.
  • CVE 5039 Groundwater Hydrology and Contaminant Transport
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers energy concepts and governing equations in groundwater, estimation of aquifer properties, well and well-field design, saltwater intrusion, artificial recharge and modeling of contaminant transport in groundwater.
  • ENS 5700 Introduction to Water Resources
    Credit Hours: 3
    Stresses both descriptive and quantitative surface water and groundwater hydrology, particularly subjects of importance to environmental scientists such as hydrologic budgets, storm water management and groundwater quantity and quality.
Elective Courses

Graduate elective courses in civil engineering and in other engineering disciplines are listed in the Course Descriptions section of the catalog and should be chosen in concert with the student's advisor.