A student in the Master of Science in Civil Engineering will initially specialize in the principal sub-discipline of structural engineering or in construction engineering and management in this degree program. Three 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 27 hours of coursework and writes a report (3 hours) on a selected topic. The courses only option allows a student to take 30 hours of course work and pass a comprehensive exam.
Prerequisite: MATH 3350 or consent of instructor. Numerical techniques for the formulation and solution of discrete and continuous systems of equilibrium, eigenvalue and propagation problems.
Stress and strain at a point; theories of failure; unsymmetrical bending; curved flexural members; beams on continuous support; experimental and energy methods.
Prerequisite: CE 5310 and 5311 or consent of instructor. Theory of the finite element method-constant strain elements; plane stress or strain for axisymmetric problems; application to plates and shells, torsion, heat transfer and seepage problems.
Dynamic response of single and multidegree of freedom systems; modal analysis of lumped and continuous mass systems.
Theory of the conditions governing the stability of structural members and determination of critical loads for various types of members and structural systems.
Prerequisite: An undergraduate or graduate course in statistics and proficiency in computer programming. Practical applications of structural reliability analysis including establishing load and resistance factors, load modeling, and computing probabilities of failure for forensic analysis.
Prerequisite: Proficiency in basic structural analysis techniques and computer programming. Fundamentals and applications of modern methods of structural analyses using computers.
Prerequisite: CE 4342 or consent of instructor. Advanced design of structures, utilizing LRFD design concepts.
Prerequisite: CE 4343 or consent of instructor. Understanding advanced concrete design concepts and discussion of new concrete material technology.
Prerequisite: CE 5346 or consent of instructor. Design consideration for structures subjected to time-varying forces including earthquake, wind, and blast loads.
Construction Engineering Core Courses