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Chair: T. Leslie Youd
Graduate Coordinator: A. Woodruff Miller
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Provo, UT 84602-4081
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Two degrees are offered through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: Civil Engineering—MS and Civil Engineering—PhD. The department also offers an integrated BS/master's program.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering admits approximately sixty students each year into its programs.

Civil Engineering—MS

The MS degree is awarded to students who have mastered professional training in selected areas of civil and environmental engineering. Such training is gained through graduate course work which, unlike bachelor's course work, consists of elective courses and directed research or design.

Students pursuing the thesis option gain the added dimension of participating in research work (usually funded) at the cutting-edge of the profession. This research work culminates in a high-quality thesis presentation. Alternatively, the student may choose the project option and complete a less intensive research or design study. The degree normally requires one year beyond the bachelor's degree.

Admission and Entry.

Requirements for Degree.

Thesis Program: 34 minimum approved hours including 6-9 thesis hours (CEEn 699R).

Project Program: 34 minimum approved hours including a maximum of 3 project hours.

Engineering Management—Minor

Offered to MS students in the College of Engineering and Technology, the engineering management minor provides a way to include some elements of modern management in a technical graduate program.


This minor should be declared as part of a student's graduate study list. Admittance approval to enroll in class will be derived from approved graduate study lists.

Civil Engineering—PhD

The PhD is awarded to candidates who have made a significant contribution to knowledge in a particular specialization of civil and environmental engineering. Such a contribution is achieved through research that involves a thorough review of applicable literature, completion of carefully planned work, and a high-quality presentation of the new knowledge: the dissertation. Adequate course work is necessary to provide a foundation of expertise for quality research. The degree normally requires three years beyond the bachelor's degree or two years beyond the master's degree.

Admission and Entry.

Requirements for Degree.

Candidates Without a Master's Degree: 50 hours, a minimum 38 hours in graduate-level courses. At least 12 hours of the 50 must be in advanced mathematics, statistics, or science (a portion of which may be upper-
division undergraduate level, with specific departmental approval) and a minimum 18 hours of dissertation (CEEn 799R).

Candidates with a Master's Degree: with committee approval up to 20 hours of previous graduate work, including 4 hours of thesis, may apply toward the doctorate. In addition, other courses taken in the master's program may apply toward the required 12 hours of advanced mathematics, statistics, or science.

Integrated Master's Program—BS/MS

Students who desire to obtain a master's degree in engineering, and who have been accepted to a department professional program, may elect to enter the integrated master's program during the junior year of the engineering curriculum. The purpose of the program is to afford greater flexibility in scheduling course work than is normally available through a traditional BS degree followed by an MS degree program.

In this program the BS degree may be received before or simultaneously with the MS degree (normally five years from freshman matriculation). Specific requirements are the same as those listed for the civil and environmental engineering MS but include the following:

Admission and Entry.

Requirements for Degree.


Departmental Scholarships. Master's or PhD candidates are eligible for scholarships each year. Applications may be obtained in March from the department office; the awards are given in mid-April for the next fall. Selection is based on need and on scholastic merit (primarily using the GPA of the last 60 hours on a verified transcript). These scholarships may be received in addition to any assistantships or privately endowed awards unless the total financial aid package exceeds the scholarship limit stipulated by the university.

Research Assistantships. Most of the faculty obtain funds from both off-campus and on-campus sources to support research assistants. These awards support students at the current pay rate for up to 20 hours per week. The research work normally applies toward completion of the student's thesis or dissertation.

Teaching Assistantships. All graduate students are eligible to be TAs. The assistantships are usually for 10 hours per week and consist of teaching and grading courses. Graduate applicants are given priority over undergraduates.

Privately Endowed Awards. The department currently has access to the Caleb Tanner Scholarship for a student pursuing graduate work in water resources engineering. This is a cash award of $2,000 to $3,000 for one year. Applications are available in March.


The College of Engineering and Technology, of which the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is a part, has experienced rapid growth in funded research during the past decade. In recent years the college research budget has continued to grow steadily, with the budget for the 1994-95 fiscal year exceeding $9 million. A national leader in several areas, college research organizations now have two centers: the Advanced Combustion Engineering Research Center (ACERC) and the Advanced Composites Manufacturing and Engineering Center (ACME). This includes one of the prestigious National Science Foundation engineering research centers, four research laboratories, and two state-funded Centers of Excellence. More than half the faculty participate in research endeavors, and a number have gained international recognition for their work. Listed below are the resources most pertinent to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering:

Engineering Computer Graphics Laboratory (ECGL). This laboratory was organized within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in 1985, following a decade of informal operation during which general-purpose computer graphics software was developed and distributed worldwide. During the last few years, the emphasis of the laboratory has shifted from visualization research to applications in geotechnical and hydrological engineering. There are over 2,000 users of the current software products located in 55 nations. Software development is funded from software license fees and direct participation by governmental agencies.

Administrative and research and development activities of the laboratory are supervised by two faculty members, four software managers, and a secretarial staff. They are assisted in their work by several undergraduate and graduate students. Numerous student research and development projects are sponsored within ECGL as well. Laboratory objectives include the promotion of an atmosphere of academic research related to computer-aided engineering and the development of procedures and computer code in application areas.

For a more detailed description of the graduate program requirements, send for a copy of the department's bulletin.


Class Schedule

500. (CEEn-MeEn) Design and Materials Applications. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 203; MeEn 372 or CEEn 321

Applied and residual stress; materials selection; static, impact, and fatigue strength; fatigue damage; surface treatments; elastic deflection and stability—all as applied to mechanical design.

501. (CEEn-MeEn) Stress Analysis and Design of Mechanical Structures. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 321 or MeEn 372.

Stress analysis and deflection of structures; general bending and torsion with computer applications to mechanical and aerospace structure design.

502. (CEEn-MeEn) Composite and Smart Structures. (3)

Prerequisite: Math 313; CEEn 321 or MeEn 372; or equivalent.

Analysis of advanced composite structures; classical and energy approaches; design considerations; introduction to smart structures concepts.

503. (CEEn-MeEn) Theory of Elasticity. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 203, Math 321.

Tensor notation, stress and deformation tensors, constitutive equations, field equations; plane-stress/ plane strain, axisymmetric, thermoelasticity, and large deformation problems.

505. Materials, Uses, and Properties of Concrete. (3)

Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

Manufacturing and testing of cements; concrete materials and concrete mix design; techniques of concrete handling, placing, and treatment, including laboratory work.

506. (CEEn-MeEn) Continuum Mechanics and Finite Element Analysis. (3)

Prerequisite: Math 313; CEEn 321 or MeEn 372; or equivalent.

Equilibrium and constitutive equations; closed-form elasticity solutions; beam and plate theory; finite element methodology; membrane, axisymmetric, beam, plate, shell, and solid elements. Application to heat transfer, flow-through porous media, and other problems.

507. (CEEn-MeEn) Finite Element Programming. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 321 or MeEn 372 or equivalent.

Development of a general-purpose computer program for the analysis of trusses/frames. Development of a general finite element program.

508. (CEEn-MeEn) Dynamics and Stability of Structures. (3)

Prerequisite: Math 313; CEEn 321 or MeEn 372; or equivalent.

Dynamic analysis of single degree-of-freedom, discrete multi-degree-of-freedom, and continuous systems. Static and dynamic stability of structures.

513. (CEEn-Geog) Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 113.

Using data obtained from the visible range (photographs) and broader ranges (radar, microwaves, infrared, remote, etc.) of the electromagnetic spectrum to solve engineering problems with mapping procedures; photo and electronic data interpretation.

523. (CEEn-MeEn) Design of Aircraft Structures. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 321 or MeEn 372 or equivalent.

Requirements, objectives, loads, materials, and tools for design of airframe structures; static behavior of thin-wall structures; durability and damage tolerance; certification and testing. Airframe component team design project.

524. Design of Bridge Structures. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 341, 424, or equivalent.

Design of bridge composite; continuous beam and girder bridges including piers, abutments, floor systems, and bearings; field trips to observe bridge construction and fabrication.

526. Prestressed Concrete. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 424 or equivalent.

Basic theory, methods of pre- and post-tensioning, and details of design and fabrication applications to continuous structures.

529. Timber Design. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 321.

Timber species, composition, and grades; design of beams, straight and tapered glue-lam girders, columns, connections, trusses, shear walls, and structural systems.

531. Water Resources Engineering. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 431, 433.

Advanced hydrologic and hydraulic principles in planning and designing irrigation, drainage, flood control, and other water resource facilities.

535. Hydraulic Design of Channels and Control Structures. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 431, 433.

Design of water conveyance channels and control structures, including siphons, chutes, weirs, flumes, dams, spillways, and outlet works.

540. Geo-Environmental Engineering. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 341.

Geotechnical aspects of environmental engineering. Topics include municipal and hazardous solid waste landfill design, and characterization and remediation techniques for contaminated soil and groundwater.

542. Foundation Engineering. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 341 or equivalent.

Soil investigation, bearing capacity and settlement, design of spread footings, combined footings, mat foundations, retaining walls, pile foundations, and drilled shafts.

543. Earth- and Rock-Fill Structures. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 341 or equivalent.

Design and construction of earth- and rock-fill dams, including selecting dam sites and materials, and applying seepage and pore pressure studies, shearing strength data, stability analysis, and construction controls.

545. Geotechnical Analysis of Earthquake Phenomena. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 321, 341.

Earthquake magnitude and intensity potential; design ground motions, elementary dynamics of structures; response spectra; building code provisions; liquefaction and ground failure.

550. Water Quality Management. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 351.

Philosophies, objectives, and methods of water quality management, including impact of various uses on water quality and behavior of pollutants in receiving waters.

555. Sanitary Engineering Analysis. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 351.

Techniques for chemical and biological analysis of major organic and inorganic constituents of water, sewage, and industrial wastes.

561. Geometric Design of Highways. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 361.

Designing visual aspects of highways; highway classification, design controls and criteria, and design elements; vertical and horizontal alignment, cross sections, intersections, and interchanges; capacity analysis.

562. Characteristics and Operations of Traffic Engineering. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 361 or equivalent.

Traffic flow theory, operations and characteristics, including drivers and vehicles, parking facilities, at-grade intersections, channelization, traffic control devices, signals.

563. Pavement Design. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 361.

Properties and selection of pavement components, including soils, stabilized soil, base, subbase, subgrade, and bituminous materials, along with design of rigid and flexible pavements.

565. Transportation in Urban Planning. (3)

Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

Street classification and function; design elements of streets, intersections, and access drives; transportation planning studies; land use transportation interrelationships and improvement alternatives.

570. (CEEn-MeEn) Computer-Aided Engineering Software Development. (3)

Prerequisite: MeEn 273 or C programming.

Programming methods for the development of engineering software. Data structures, architecture, libraries, and graphical user interfaces, with applications to CAD systems.

571. Engineering Computer Graphics and Software Design. (3)

Prerequisite: FORTRAN, C, or similar computer language background.

Application of modern computer graphics techniques to engineering problems: 2-D and 3-D transformations, perspective, hidden-surface removal, lighting, and shading. Graphics data structures, standards, and device independency. Software design methodology. Term project required.

572. (CEEn-MeEn) Computer-Aided Geometric Design. (3)

Prerequisite: FORTRAN, C, or similar computer language background.

Mathematical theory of free-form curves and surfaces and solid geometric modeling. Bezier and B-spline curve and surface theory, parametric and implicit forms, intersection algorithms, topics in computer algebra, free-form deformation. Several programming projects required.

575. (CEEn-MeEn) Optimization Techniques in Engineering. (3)

Prerequisite: Math 313 and FORTRAN, C, or similar computer anguage background.

Application of computer optimization techniques to constrained engineering design. Theory and use of state-of-the-art computer routines. Robust design methods.

580. Hazardous Waste Management and Control. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 351 or instructor's consent.

Hazardous waste statutes and regulations; introduction to hazardous waste treatment, storage, disposal, and monitoring techniques.

609. (CEEn-MeEn) Spectral Analysis of Dynamic Systems. (3)

Prerequisite: Math 313 or equivalent.

Digital signal processing and analysis applied to computer-aided testing, system identification, and characterization of random processes. Applications include vibration and acoustic testing, seismic recording and analysis, and system identification for control.

621. Design of Thin Shell Structures. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 424 or equivalent.

Analysis of domes and cylindrical, folded plate, and hypar shells and the design of typical structures of reinforced concrete.

625. Design of Multistory Structures. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 341, 423, 424, or instructor's consent.

Design of shear walls, floors, columns, frames, and foundations, using elastic and plastic methods, including frame response to lateral forces.

641. Advanced Soil Mechanics. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 341 or equivalent.

Advanced discussion and analysis of shear strength of soils, stress distribution in soils, and slope stability analysis.

644. Advanced Foundation Engineering. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 341 or equivalent.

Lateral pressures and earth retaining system, axial and lateral capacities of piles and drilled shafts, foundations subjected to vibratory loadings, foundations on collapsible and expansive soils, soil improvement techniques.

647. Groundwater Flow and Pollutant Transport Modeling. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 341, 431.

Techniques for modeling groundwater flow and pollutant transport in aquifers; seepage analysis of earth dams.

650. Water Treatment Facilities Design. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 351.

Evaluation, selection, and design of water treatment facilities.

651. Wastewater Treatment Facilities Design. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 351.

Evaluation, selection, and design of wastewater treatment facilities.

654. Industrial Waste Treatment. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 650 or 651 (may be concurrent).

Treatment and disposal of industrial wastes; basic industries and their waste problems.

662. Traffic Simulation and Analysis. (3)

Prerequisite: CEEn 562 or instructor's consent.

Simulating and analyzing highway capacity, traffic flow, and traffic control problems; potential solutions using computer models.

691R. Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar. (0.5)

694R. Selected Problems in Civil and Environmental Engineering. (1-3)

698R. Master's Project. (1-6)

Prerequisite: graduate committee's consent.

699R. Master's Thesis. (1-9)

Prerequisite: graduate committee's consent.

794R. Selected Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering. (1-3)

797R. Research for Doctoral Students. (1-9)

799R. Doctoral Dissertation. (1-9)

Prerequisite: graduate committee's consent.


BALLING, RICHARD J., Professor. PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1982. Structural Mechanics.

BENZLEY, STEVEN E., Professor. PhD, University of California, Davis, 1971. Structural Mechanics.

BORUP, M. BRETT, Associate Professor. PhD, Clemson University, 1985. Environmental Engineering.

BUDGE, W. DON, Professor. PhD, University of Colorado, 1964. Transportation; Materials.

CHRISTIANSEN, HENRY N., Professor. PhD, Stanford University, 1962. Structural Mechanics; Computer Graphics.

FONSECA, FERNANDO S., Assistant Professor. PhD, University of Illinois, 1996. Structures.

GOODWIN, REESE J., Associate Professor. PhD, University of Utah, 1976. Structures.

JENSEN, DAVID W., Associate Professor. PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986. Structures; Advanced Composites.

JONES, NORMAN L., Assistant Professor. PhD, University of Texas, Austin, 1990. Geotechnical Engineering.

MERRITT, LAVERE B., Professor. PhD, University of Washington, 1970. Environmental and Water Resources.

MILLER, A. WOODRUFF, Professor. PhD, Stanford University, 1975. Hydrology; Hydraulics.

ROLLINS, KYLE M., Associate Professor. PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1987. Geotechnical Engineering.

THURGOOD, GLEN S., Professor. PhD, Texas A&M University, 1975. Traffic; Transportation.

WILSON, ARNOLD, Professor. PhD, Oklahoma State University, 1973. Structures; Concrete.

YOUD, T. LESLIE, Professor. PhD, Iowa State University, 1967. Geotechnical Engineering.


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