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.
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:
- An applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) of ABET Inc. and have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or at least 3.0 for the last 60 hours completed.
- An applicant who is not a graduate of EAC/ABET-accredited programs must have a Graduate Record Examination general test score of 300 or higher and GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Graduate Degrees
Both coursework-only and coursework-with-thesis options are available in the master’s degree programs.
Graduate Research Focus Areas
- Construction Engineering and Management
- Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
- Structural Engineering and Materials
- Transportation Systems Engineering
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.
- 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
- Back, Edward W.
- Batson, Robert G.
- Clement, Prabhakar
- Fridley, Kenneth J.
- Graettinger, Andrew
- Johnson, Pauline D.
- Jones, Jr., Steven
- Kreger, Michael
- Lindly, Jay K.
- Moynihan, Gary P.
- Moradkhani, Hamid
- Nambisan, Shashi
- Wang, Jialai
- Richardson, James A.
- Tootle, Glenn
- Williamson, Derek G.
- Aaletti, Sri
- Amirkhanian, Armen
- Dao, Thang N.
- Elliott, Mark
- Hainen, Alexander
- Kam, Jon
- Song, Wei
- Terry, Leigh
- Allen, Jody
- Amirkhanian, Serji
- Stogner, Claude
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fundamentals of microbiology for environmental engineers and application of these principles to natural and engineered systems.
Engineering design and regulatory requirements for the collection, storage, recycling, treatment, and disposal of solid wastes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Modern timber engineering: design of beams, columns, trusses, and floor systems.
Design of reinforced concrete building components including two-way slabs, slender columns, prestressed beams, slap-on-grade, and retaining walls.
Basic and elementary design procedures for steel structures such as plate girders, mill buildings, multistory buildings, highway bridges, and light-gauge steel structures.
Wind and Earthquake engineering theories and their applications in load estimation and structural design.
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.
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.
Analysis and design of soil foundation systems.
An introduction to the planning process, software associated with transportation modeling, and conducting transportation planning and traffic impact studies.
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.
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.
Introduction to horizontal construction engineering equipment and methods. Design of horizontal construction systems, and construction operation analyses and simulation.
Construction of buildings, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing and controls systems, design of temporary structures, and planning and design of lifts.
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.
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.
Applications of accounting and financial practice to management of construction projects.
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.
Basic concepts of fluid flow, energy and momentum principles, flow resistance in nonuniform sections, channel controls and transitions, and nonuniform flow computations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Introduction to geographic information system design and use for civil engineering problem solving.
Independent study. Credit is based on the amount of work undertaken.
This course allows graduate students to gain classroom and laboratory experience under supervised conditions. Tasks may include grading for selected courses, structured lecturing, laboratory monitoring, and other related pedagogical exercises.
Research Not Related to Thesis. Variable credit.
Master's Thesis Research. One to Twelve hours.
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.
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.
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.
Introduction to advanced and innovative materials used in civil infrastructure systems. An introduction to research methodology in materials is also included.
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.
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.
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Basics of surface water modeling including hydrologic modeling of watersheds / basins and floodrouting.
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.
Advanced work in some area of specialization. Credit awarded is based on the amount of work completed.
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.
No description available.