Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE)

The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering offers a diverse range of program opportunities for graduate study.

Our goal is to provide innovative and high quality programs that support the many and varied interests of our students.


Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission to the Graduate School are located here. The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering also embraces the requirements of the College of Engineering, summarized as follows:

  1. An applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) of ABET Inc. and have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or at least 3.0 for the last 60 hours completed.
  2. Applicants who are not graduates of EAC/ABET-accredited programs must have Graduate Record Examination general test scores of 300 or higher and grade point averages of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. 

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Programs

Both coursework-only and coursework with thesis options are available in the master’s degree programs.

Graduate Research Focus Areas

While most graduate studies are focused in one of these four focus areas, many student plans of study involve two or more of the above areas.

For More Information

For additional information about our graduate programs, reference the Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Graduate Handbook or contact Dr. Andrew J. Graettinger.

Faculty

Head
  • Back, W. Edward
Director, Undergraduate Programs
  • Williamson, Derek G.
Director, Graduate Programs
  • Graettinger, Andrew
Director, Center for Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Back, Edward W.
Director, University Transportation Center for Alabama
  • Lindly, Jay K.
Director, Large Scale Structures Laboratory
  • Kreger, Michael
Professors
  • Amirkhanian, Serji
  • Back, Edward W.
  • Batson, Robert G.
  • Fridley, Kenneth J.
  • Graettinger, Andrew
  • Johnson, Pauline D.
  • Kreger, Michael
  • Lindly, Jay K.
  • Moynihan, Gary P.
  • Nambisan, Shashi
Associate Professors
  • Jones Jr., Steven
  • Richardson, James A.
  • Tootle, Glenn
  • Wang, Jialai
  • Williamson, Derek G.
Assistant Professors
  • Dao, Thang N.
  • Elliott, Mark
  • Giannini, Eric
  • Hainen, Alexander
  • Kam, Jon
  • Marks, Eric
  • Song, Wei
  • Terry, Leigh
  • Vereen, Stephanie
Adjunct professors
  • Allen, Jody
  • Walker, Jason

Courses

Master's students may, with permission of the department and approval by the Graduate School, receive credit for six hours of 400-level credit. No 400-level courses can be approved for application to a PhD degree, other than the maximum of 6 hours already completed as part of a master's degree. A master's student may, with approval of a petition, meet prerequisites with a combination of related coursework and experience.

CE
501
Hours
3
Masters Capstone Project-Plan II

Development of a research paper, professional practice or policy paper, or other equivalent report. Topic to be approved in advance by the student’s graduate advisor.

Prerequisite(s): MS Plan II students only
CE
514
Hours
3
Information Systems Design

An overview of management information systems (MIS). The course will focus on the practical aspects, applications, and methodology or MIS, particularly from the construction engineer's perspective. Information design methodology and building information modeling (BIM) will be covered in detail.

CE
517
Hours
3
Advanced Project Management

Not open to students who have credit for CE 417. This is an engineering management course designed to introduce students to the functions of project engineers and managers. It details the processes of planning and controlling project scope, time, and cost.

CE
518
Hours
3
Engineering Mangement

Not open to students who have credit for CE 418. An introduction to management principles, and the management functions of planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling. Management of engineers in research, design, manufacturing/construction, and quality will be studied.

CE
521
Hours
3
Environmental Engineering Microbiology

Fundamentals of microbiology for environmental engineers and application of these principles to natural and engineered systems.

Prerequisite(s): CE 320 or equivalent
CE
522
Hours
3
Solid Hazardous Waste Managmnt

Engineering design and regulatory requirements for the collection, storage, recycling, treatment, and disposal of solid wastes.

Prerequisite(s): CE 320
CE
524
Hours
3
Water & Wastewater Treatment

No description available.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 311 or CHE 304; and CE 320
CE
525
Hours
3
Air Pollution

Introduction to the source, characteristics, and effects of air pollution and to air pollution control technology and design.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 311 or CE 320
CE
527
Hours
3
Storm Water Management

Quality and quantity of urban storm water. Receiving water problems and sources of pollutants. Runoff quality and quantity characteristics. Selection and design of controls. Regulations.

CE
531
Hours
3
Structural Dynamics

Response of civil engineering structures to typical dynamic loads including theory, development of basic equations, and measurement of structure response in the laboratory.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 264 and CE 331
CE
532
Hours
3
Matrix Analysis of Structures

Introduction to the matrix-displacement method of analysis for framed structures, including computer implementation of analysis. An introduction to finite-element analysis is also included.

Prerequisite(s): CE 331
CE
533
Hours
3
Structural Loads

Calculation of typical gravity and lateral loads on Civil Engineering structures, identification of load paths for different building systems, and preliminary evaluation of structural adequacy.

Prerequisite(s): CE 331
CE
534
Hours
3
Advanced Structural Mechanics

Introduction to advances structural mechanics topics, including elementary elasticity, elementary beam theories, beams on elastic foundations, energy methods, buckling and free vibration of beams, and elementary thin-plate theory.

CE
535
Hours
3
Concrete Materials

Portland cement and supplementary cementitious materials, aggregates, properties of fresh and hardened concrete, concrete durability issues, mixture proportioning, concrete construction methods, special concrete materials, test methods.

Prerequisite(s): CE 331 or CE 340
CE
536
Hours
3
Wood Structural Design

Modern timber engineering: design of beams, columns, trusses, and floor systems.

Prerequisite(s): CE 331
CE
537
Hours
3
Reinforced Concrete Struct II

Design of reinforced concrete building components including two-way slabs, slender columns, prestressed beams, slap-on-grade, and retaining walls.

Prerequisite(s): CE 433
CE
538
Hours
3
Struct Steel Design II

Basic and elementary design procedures for steel structures such as plate girders, mill buildings, multistory buildings, highway bridges, and light-gauge steel structures.

Prerequisite(s): CE 434
CE
541
Hours
3
Wind and Earthquake Engineering

Wind and Earthquake engineering theories and their applications in load estimation and structural design.

Prerequisite(s): CE 531, Structural Dynamics or instructor permission.
CE
542
Hours
3
Waste Containmnt Facilty

Introduction to the fundamentals of soil behavior as they relate to environmental engineering. Topics include soil behavior, soil compaction, conduction phenomena, geosynthetics, and aspects of landfill design.

Prerequisite(s): CE 320
CE
543
Hours
3
Prestressed Concrete Design

Analysis and design of prestressed concrete members, review of hardware, stress calculations, prestress losses, section proportioning, flexural design, shear design, deflections, and statically indeterminate structures.

Prerequisite(s): CE 433 or equivalent course on reinforced concrete structures
CE
544
Hours
3
Foundation Engineering

Analysis and design of soil foundation systems.

Prerequisite(s): CE 340
CE
554
Hours
3
Urban Transportation Planning

An introduction to the planning process, software associated with transportation modeling, and conducting transportation planning and traffic impact studies.

CE
556
Hours
3
Transportation System Anyls

This course integrates the basic concepts and tools of systems analysis, including those from microeconomics, optimization, project evaluation and decision making into the context of transportation planning and management.

Prerequisite(s): CE 350
CE
559
Hours
3
Pavement Design and Rehabilitation

This course covers two areas concerning care of existing highway asphalt and concrete pavements. Major maintenance includes overlay design, additional drainage, recycling, and slab repair. Routine maintenance includes distress surveys, pothole repair, and crack and joint sealing.

Prerequisite(s): CE 350 or CE 366
CE
560
Hours
3
Front End Planning

Principles and applications for effective early planning of capital facilities, including: finance, economics decision making, risk management, team alignment, and front end planning processes and tools.

CE
561
Hours
3
Horizontal Construction Method

Introduction to horizontal construction engineering equipment and methods. Design of horizontal construction systems, and construction operation analyses and simulation.

CE
562
Hours
3
Vertical Construction Methods

Construction of buildings, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing and controls systems, design of temporary structures, and planning and design of lifts.

Prerequisite(s): CE 366
CE
563
Hours
3
Construction Cost Estimating

Addresses the estimating and cost control function from conceptual planning through project execution. Topics include productivity analysis, organization of estimates, cost forecasting, estimating tolls and techniques, contingency planning and relationship to contract types and project execution strategies.

Prerequisite(s): CE 366
CE
564
Hours
3
Safety Engineering

Not open to students with credit for CE 464. An exposure to safety engineering and accident prevention including state and federal laws related to general and construction projects. Topics include accident theories, safety regulations, Construction Safety Act, hazards and their control, human behavior and safety, and safety management.

Prerequisite(s): GES 255, CE 366
CE
567
Hours
3
Constr. Accounting & Finance

Applications of accounting and financial practice to management of construction projects.

Prerequisite(s): CE366
CE
568
Hours
3
Construction Scheduling

The management structure of construction companies and the laws, regulations, practices, tools, and processes used in planning, scheduling, and monitoring construction projects. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

CE
570
Hours
3
Open Channel Flow

Basic concepts of fluid flow, energy and momentum principles, flow resistance in nonuniform sections, channel controls and transitions, and nonuniform flow computations.

Prerequisite(s): CE 378
CE
573
Hours
3
Statistical Applications

Applications of statistical and probabilistic methodologies for analysis and solution of practical civil engineering problems, including hypothesis testing, simple and multiple regression analysis, analysis of variance for single and multi-factor experiments, forecasting models, simulation, and statistical quality control.

Prerequisite(s): GES 255
CE
575
Hours
3
Hydrology

Hydrologic cycle, rainfall-runoff relations, unit hydrograph, statistical hydrology, and hydrologic simulation; includes a class project with application to flood control, water supply, and multipurpose projects.

Prerequisite(s): CE 378
CE
580
Hours
3
Forensic Engineering

When failures in the built environment occur, whether during design, construction or in-service, a thorough examination of the causes is essential to both the evolution sound engineering practices and to dispute resolution through the legal system. The role of the engineer in this process is examined.

CE
581
Hours
3
Legal Aspects of Engineering and Construction

Legal aspects of engineering and construction contracts and specifications; contract formation, interpretation, rights and duties, and changes; legal liabilities and professional ethics of architects, engineers and contractors. This is a three hour survey course covering, primarily, the organization of the federal and state courts, construction contracting, potential tort liability and professionalism for engineers in Alabama.

Prerequisite(s): CE 320, CE 331, CE 340, CE 350, CE 366 or CE 378, and one HU elective (3 credits)
CE
584
Hours
3
Exp. Design & Field Sampling

Experimental design, sensitivity analyses, water sampling and flow monitoring.Receiving water chemical reactions. Field investigations.

CE
585
Hours
3
Constructn Site Erosion Contrl

Nature and magnitude of erosion problems, and erosion plan development. Rainfall energy and erosion predictions. Sediment transport in urban areas. Channel and slope stability, and sedimentation and other controls.

CE
586
Hours
3
GIS for Civil Engineers

Introduction to geographic information system design and use for civil engineering problem solving.

Prerequisite(s): CE 260 and any CE 300 Level course
CE
591
Hours
1-3
Special Problems

Independent study. Credit is based on the amount of work undertaken.

CE
593
Hours
1-3
Practicum

This course allows grqaduate students to gain classroom and laboratory experience under supervised conditions. Tasks may inclue grading for selected courses, structured lecturing, laboratory monitoring, and other related pedagogical exercises.

CE
598
Hours
1-6
Non-Thesis Research

Research Not Related to Thesis. Variable credit.

CE
599
Hours
1-12
Thesis Research

Master's Thesis Research. One to Twelve hours.

CE
616
Hours
3
Advanced Information Systems

Current concepts in information systems architecture and applications, including decision support systems and expert systems. Emphasis placed on expanded use of systems design methodology.

Prerequisite(s): CE 414 or CE 514
CE
631
Hours
3
Experimental Methods in Structural Dynamics

Introduction to experimental methods in the behavior of structures subjected to dynamic loading. Principles of vibration testing and digital signal processing. Current techniques in modal analysis, system identification, actuator and structural control, structural health monitoring.

Prerequisite(s): CE 531
CE
632
Hours
3
Structural Reliability

The knowledge taught in this course is to provide the background needed to understand how reliability-based design criteria were developed and to provide a basic tool for structural engineers interested in applying this reliability-based design criteria to other situations.

Prerequisite(s): CE 573 Statistical Applications in Civil Engineering or instructor permission
CE
635
Hours
3
Analytical Methods in Cement and Concrete

Experimental methods used to characterize cementitious materials and conduct forensic or in-service investigations of concrete structures in the field (i.e. SEM, EDS, XRD, XRF, electron microprobe, calorimetry, and nondestructive testing / data acquisition & processing). Capabilities and limitations of these methods. Topics to rotate as needed to support current research.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing
CE
636
Hours
3
Advanced Infrastructure Materials

Introduction to advanced and innovative materials used in civil infrastructure systems. An introduction to research methodology in materials is also included.

Prerequisite(s): CE 331
CE
640
Hours
3
Earthquake Engineering

This course integrates the knowledge from several engineering and science disciplines, to develop an understanding of the effect of earthquake ground motions on the civil engineering structures, and lead to the design of earthquake resistant structures. The topics include engineering seismology, ground motion characterization, probabilistic hazard analysis, response spectra, inelastic structural analysis and performance-based earthquake-resistant design. The course will also introduce the recent development in the use of supplemental damping and seismic isolation systems to improve the seismic performance of buildings and bridges.

Prerequisite(s): CE 531
CE
641
Hours
3
Wind Engineering

This research-oriented class is intended to provide a rational description of the phenomena involved and to develop appropriate analytical and design tools for structural engineering. The course attempts to present a synthesis of the main trends of specialized literature in Wind Engineering.

Prerequisite(s): CE 531
CE
655
Hours
3
Sustainable Transportation

No description available.

CE
656
Hours
3
Trnsprt Demand & Ntwrk Model

Theory and models of individual choice behavior and their applications in travel demand modeling; mathematical models for transportation network problems and their applications in planning and operation of urban highway and transit systems.

Prerequisite(s): CE 456 and CE 556 and CE 573
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: CE 573
CE
671
Hours
3
Hydrologic Modeling

Basics of surface water modeling including hydrologic modeling of watersheds / basins and floodrouting.

Prerequisite(s): CE 378
CE
686
Hours
3
Advanced Civil Engineering GIS Application Development

This advanced GIS application development course takes a student-centered project-based learning approach to customize and program in GIS. The course focuses on solving real problems in civil engineering that are worthy of scholarly publication. Independent learning, research skills, and technical writing are strongly emphasized in this course.

Prerequisite(s): Introductory course in GIS
CE
691
Hours
1-6
Special Problems

Advanced work in some area of specialization. Credit awarded is based on the amount of work completed.

CE
693
Hours
1-3
Practicum

This course allows grqaduate students to gain classroom and laboratory experience under supervised conditions. Tasks may inclue grading for selected courses, structured lecturing, laboratory monitoring, and other related pedagogical exercises.

CE
699
Hours
1-12
Dissertation Research

No description available.