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2019-2020 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
    
 
  Aug 09, 2020
 
2019-2020 Graduate Studies Bulletin

Civil Engineering, Ph.D.


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All programs of study must be approved by the student’s academic advisor and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate director.

Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate expertise in a core subject area of civil and environmental engineering.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of various areas of CEE and related fields.
  • Students will be able to describe and discuss sound research approaches and knowledge of advances in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  • Graduates will be able to identify pertinent research problems, to formulate and execute a research plan.
  • Graduates will be able to describe and discuss advances of knowledge in civil and environmental engineering.
  • Graduates will be able to generate and analyze original research results, and to communicate these results through oral presentations and written publications submitted to refereed archival journals.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the basic skills needed for life-long learning and professional development.

Degree Requirements (60 Post-Baccalaureate Hours)

Completion of the doctoral degree requires a minimum of 60 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree, of which 12 must be ECIV 899  Dissertation Preparation in Civil Engineering. Students having an earned M.S. or M.E. degree must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the master’s degree. At least half of the course work must be completed at the 700 level or higher. Prescribed core courses are required for each area of study (see “Core Courses” below).

For students pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the same program area as their M.S. or M.E. degree, a minimum of 18 credit hours of course work is required. Core courses may be satisfied during the M.S. or M.E. degree. For students pursuing a Ph.D. degree in a different program area from their M.S. or M.E. degree, a minimum of 24 credit hours of course work in the new area is required. “Program area” refers to environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation or water resources engineering.

Credits earned in ECIV 798  do not count toward a student’s program of study.

The residency requirement for the Ph.D. degree ensures that students benefit from and contribute to the complete spectrum of educational and professional opportunities provided by the graduate faculty of a comprehensive university. The granting of a doctoral degree presupposes a minimum of three full years of graduate study following admission to the doctoral program. As such, the residency requirement may be fulfilled by enrollment in at least 18 graduate credit hours within a span of three consecutive semesters (excluding summers). Enrollment in a summer term is not required to maintain continuity, but credits earned during summer terms may be used to count toward residency. Enrollment through the APOGEE program does not satisfy the residence requirement for the Ph.D. degree.

Core Courses


Each area of study has a minimum core requirement for the M.S., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees. The core requirements in the different areas of study are as follows:

Geotechnical Engineering


Transportation Engineering


Select one from each group:

Water Resources Engineering


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