Texas Tech University, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
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Graduate Program

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers three graduate degrees: Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E.), Master of Environmental Engineering (M.Env.E.) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees with specialties in structural engineering and engineering mechanics, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, wind engineering, and computational mechanics.

Degree Programs

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Doctoral studies consist of selected courses and independent research culminating in a dissertation. Each student’s degree plan is formulated through consultation with a faculty advisory committee. Students with graduate degrees in non-engineering sciences may be accepted initially subject to completing specified leveling courses in Civil or Environmental engineering. Degree requirements are detailed in the Texas Tech University Graduate Catalog.

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E.)

A student specializes in one of the principal subdisciplines of Civil Engineering (e.g., environmental engineering, structural engineering, etc.) in this degree program. Two degree options are available: the thesis-option student completes 24 hours of coursework, performs 6 credit hours of independent research, and writes a thesis based on the findings of the research; the report-option student completes 33 hours of coursework and writes a report on a selected topic.

Master of Environmental Engineering (M.Env.E.)

A unique design-oriented 5-year professional degree program that prepares the graduate to specialize in an Environmental Engineering career. Because students enter this program as undergraduates, the program is administered as an undergraduate offering. More information on this degree program is available upon request.

Current Research

A sample of the current and recently completed research studies in the Texas Tech University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering include:

Laboratory and Research


The Environmental Sciences Laboratory (ESL) occupies nearly 4,000 sf of floor space with over 300 linear feet of workbench area with modern solvent, reagent, and radiation source storage areas. Stocked with standard meters, balances, centrifuges, ovens, furnaces, and specialized extraction and distillation glassware necessary for basic water quality examination, the lab also includes chromatographs with columns and detectors necessary to perform testing for a wide range of inorganic and organic compounds and an autoclave and an incubator for micro biological studies. The ESL has documented competence in all measurements of the standard water quality parameters as well as environmental contaminants.

The geotechnical engineering laboratory occupies 2300 sf of floor space and contains all equipment needed to conduct soil characterization testing as well as shear and consolidation tests. The triaxial equipment is state-of-the-art Trautwein equipment with latest-generation Brainard-Kilman loading frames. Direct shear devices include WyckhamFarrance equipment. Consolidation load frame positions can apply loading pressures to 64 psf. Shear testing and consolidation tests are monitored with a computerized data acquisition system. Extensive measurement capabilities exist for evaluating unsaturated soils. A single cell TEXAM pressuremeter and a flat-plate dilatometer are available to measure in situ stress-strain properties of soil.

The structures and materials laboratory has a 30x60 ft. structural test deck available for structural testing of structural elements or components. Hydraulic loading equipment is capable of applying both static and dynamic forces. Microcomputers are available for monitoring load, strain, pressure, displacement, and acceleration transducers. MTS and Tinius-Olsen testing equipment with capability for both static and dynamic loading are available in addition to specialized torsion, rotating-beam, fatigue, and impact devices.

The wind engineering field research facility is one of a kind in the country. It consists of a 160 ft. high meteorological tower and a 30x45 ft. test building. The tower is equipped with wind speed anemometers and wind direction sensors. The unique test building can be rotated in a full circle to achieve the proper wind orientation. The field facility is used to obtain wind pressures on a full-size building. Wind tunnel and tow-tank facilities are also available to pursue research.

Computer Facilities

Mainframe computer resources are provided by VAX-i 1/750 Computer. Also available for use through the High-Performance Computing Center is a state-of the-art SGI/CRAY system and related virtual reality lab. A computer laboratory, which houses more than 50 PC’s, is available to be used by research assistants and graduate students. The advanced Technology and Learning Center makes available nearly 200 computers of several types to students on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally the university has wireless access in every building on campus.

Library Facilities

The Texas Tech main library contains over 1,000,000 titles, more than 8,000 journals and periodicals, and over 800,000 microforms holding images of hundreds of specialized collections. The Texas Tech library is the only university library in Texas designated as a Regional Governmental Depository by the federal government and houses over 1,000,000 federal government publications. In addition to its own extensive holdings, the library provides access to many of the other major university libraries in the country and a combined 23 million titles through the use of interlibrary loan services. A specialized library holding in the wind engineering field is housed in the department.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements to Texas Tech University and the Whitacre College of Engineering are detailed in the latest Texas Tech University Graduate Catalog. Specific admission requirements to graduate programs administered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering include an examination of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, review of the last sixty hours of undergraduate work, and acceptance by the Graduate Faculty. In addition, students entering the M.S.C.E. or Ph.D. programs not possessing a baccalaureate degree from an engineering program may be required to take leveling engineering courses to prepare them for advanced course work. Additionally, applicants for the doctoral program must receive approval of a separate application to the Graduate Faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering before being finally admitted to the Ph.D. program.

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Financial Assistance

Graduate Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to new and continuing graduate students. Research and teaching assistantship are also available. Scholarships qualify the recipient for a waiver of out-of-state tuition fees. Applications for financial aid and assistantships should be submitted as far in advance of the student’s beginning semester as possible.


More than 200,000 persons live in the metropolitan area of Lubbock. At an elevation of 3,200 ft. above sea level, Lubbock summers are warm and Breezy, its winters are mild, and the city enjoys all four seasons. Although dormitory space for nearly 8,000 students is available on campus, a wide variety of reasonably priced, convenient off-campus housing can also be readily found. In addition to the extensive on-campus entertainment opportunities, Lubbock also offers a wide choice of off-campus entertainment and social activities and nearly all church and religious denominations are represented in the city.

Further Information

Additional information on any of the civil and environmental engineering programs or Texas Tech University may be obtained by contacting:

Cory Norman
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Box 41023
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas 79409-1023
T 806.742.3523
F 806.742.3488

Office of the Dean
The Graduate School
Texas Tech University
P.O. Box 41033
Lubbock , TX 79409-1033
Tel: (806) 742-2781

You are welcome to visit the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and its facilities and discuss career opportunities. We suggest calling beforehand to ensure that faculty advisors are available when you arrive on campus.

Texas Tech University is committed to the principle that in no aspects of its programs shall there be differences in the treatment of persons because of race, creed, national origin, age, sex, or disability, and that equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all.

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