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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENCE)

A. James Clark School of Engineering
1173 Engineering Classroom Building, 301-405-7768
www.cee.umd.edu
Chair: C. Schwartz
Professors: M. Aggour, A. Amde, B. Ayyub, G. Baecher, G. Chang, A. Davis, S. Gabriel, A. Haghani, R. McCuen, E. Miller-Hooks, P. Schonfeld, M. Skibniewski, A. Torrents
Associate Professors: M. Austin, A. Aydilek, K. Brubaker, P. Chang, C. Cirillo, D. Goulias, D. Lovell, L. Zhang, Y. Zhang
Assistant Professors: Q. Cui, B. Forman, B. Mi (Asst Prof), B. Phillips (Asst Prof)
Affiliate Professors: J. Gansler, B. Golden, E. Kalnay, M. Ruth
Professors Emeriti: P. Albrecht, F. Birkner, J. Colville, B. Donaldson, O. Hao, R. Ragan, D. Schelling, Y. Sternberg, D. Vannoy, M. Witczak

The Major

The B.S. degree requires a total of 122 credit hours with emphasis in basic science (mathematics, chemistry, and physics), engineering science (mechanics of materials, statics, and dynamics), and basic civil and environmental engineering core courses (computations, materials, fluid mechanics, probability & statistics, and Geographic Information Systems).  By the Junior year, each student chooses one of three tracks:  Geotechnical and Structural Engineering, Environmental and Water Resources, or Transportation/ Project Management.  Each track specifies junior- and senior-level requirements.  All three tracks include technical electives that may be selected from a combination of the six Civil Engineering specialties and other approved courses (the six specialty areas are: Environmental, Geotechnical, Project Management, Structural, Transportation, and Water Resources).  The curriculum provides a sensible blend of required courses and electives, permitting students to pursue their interests without the risk of overspecialization.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org , 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Program Objectives

The mission of the Department is threefold:

1. Provide a high quality, challenging education that encompasses breadth and depth; and prepare graduates to be proficient in both analysis and synthesis facets of civil engineering design;

2. Maintain a strong research program that is recognized for excellence in major areas of civil and environmental engineering;

3. Provide service to the University, the civil engineering profession, and the community at large.

The Department provides an educational program of basic and specialized engineering knowledge necessary for its graduates to be proficient in recognized specialties of civil engineering.  This preparation provides graduates with the tools needed for successful practice in the period following graduation.  In addition to general and technical education, the educational program stresses professional and ethical responsibilities, an awareness of societal issues, and the need for life-long learning.

The Department contributes to the advancement of knowledge through research on important engineering problems.  The research results are communicated through recognized channels of knowledge dissemination.

The Department serves the needs of the community by emphasizing global and societal issues.  The Department addresses these issues through University and professional channels and contributes to their solutions.

The Department, building upon the above mission, established three program educational objectives:

1. Prepare our graduates for competent professional practice within civil engineering related industries of Maryland and the mid-Atlantic region.

2. Create a cadre of graduates with the breadth of interests and skills to take on challenging new areas of engineering practice.

3. Instill in our graduates a recognition of the importance of continuing professional development.

Program Education Objectives

The faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering has established the following Program Educational Objectives:

  • To understand, apply and develop fundamental knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • To attain advanced qualification in both specialization and breadth.
  • To understand and apply business sensitive criteria in meeting professional responsibilities.
  • To incorporate societally sensitive criteria into professional decisions.
  • To develop forward-thinking attitudes that enhance communication and exemplary practice.

Decisions are to be based on assessments of the quality of our graduates and alumni, feedback from employers of our graduates, and self- assessment of the faculty and program in meeting our objectives and learning outcomes goals.

Program Learning Outcomes

Student Outcomes

In addition to ensuring technical competency of all graduates in the broad discipline areas of civil engineering, the Department must encourage the development of skills and abilities that will enhance the marketability of its graduates and provide them with the best possible opportunity for success in the work place.  As a result, the faculty has agreed to develop the following abilities and skills within each graduate and has approved the following Student Outcomes:

  • Technical competence in mathematics, physical science, and engineering science
  • Technical competence in basic civil engineering sciences
  • Technical competence in at least one major area of specialization within civil and environmental engineering
  • Ability to use computers, software, and experimentation as tools to solve engineering problems
  • Ability to communicate and defend ideas effectively, including oral, written, and technical reports writing skills
  • Ability to identify engineering problems and propose alternate solutions, including the step-by-step analysis and design of a system, component, or process
  • Teamwork skills as applied to interdisciplinary design projects
  • Understanding and appreciation of both the societal context of the civil engineering profession, and the ethical responsibilities of practicing engineers
  • Appreciation of the need to seek further specialization within civil engineering and commit to life-long learning
  • Awareness of the impact of technology and engineering on society, including life safety and environmental issues
  • Interest in contemporary issues, both nationally and internationally, and the awareness of the impact of engineering in these areas
  • Understanding of the importance of active participation in professional societies and the organizations in professional practice

Admission to the Major

See the entrance requirements for the A. James Clark School of Engineering in the Colleges and Schools section of this site.

Requirements for the Major

The Department offers a program of study leading to an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) degree.  Each student specializes in one of three tracks:  Infrastructure Engineering (Structural and Geotechnical), Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, or Transportation Systems and Project Management.  A total of 122 credit hours (123 for the Environmental and Water Resources Track) are required for a BSCE degree with emphasis in basic science (mathematics, chemistry, and physics), engineering science (mechanics of materials, statics, and dynamics), basic civil and environmental engineering courses; required courses in the selected track; technical electives; and a senior capstone design course.  The curriculum provides a sensible blend of required courses and electives, permitting students to pursue their interests without the risk of overspecialization.

    Credits Credits
 Freshman Year (All Civil & Environmental Engineering) First Semester Second Semester
MATH140Calculus I 4  
MATH141Calculus II   4
CHEM135General Chemistry for Engineers 3  
ENES100Introduction to Engineering Design (**can be taken first or second semester) **3  
ENES102Mechanics I (**can be taken first or second semester)   **3
ENGL101Introduction to Writing 3  
PHYS161General Physics   3
ENCE100Introduction to Civil & Environmental Engineering 1  
 General Education Program Requirements   6
 Total 14 16
    
   Credits Credits
 Sophomore Year (All Civil & Environmental Engineering) First Semester Second Semester
MATH241Calculus III 4  
MATH246Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers   3
PHYS260/261General Physics II with Lab 4  
ENES220Mechanics II 3  
ENCE200Civil Engineering Computation 3  
ENCE201Engineering Information Processing   3
ENCE215Engineering for Sustainability   3
ENCE305Fundamentals of Engineering Fluids   3
 General Education Program Requirements 3 3
 Total 17 15
    
   Credits Credits
  Junior Year First Semester Second Semester
  Infrastructure Engineering Track    
ENGL393Technical Writing   3
ENES221 Dynamics    3
ENCE300Fundamentals of Engineering Materials 3  
ENCE302Probability and Statistics for Civil & Environmental Engineers 3  
ENCE340Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering   3
ENCE353Introduction to Structural Analysis 3  
ENCE360Analysis of Civil Engineering Systems 3  
ENCEElectives* 3 3
 General Education Program Requirements   3
 Total 15 15
    
 Transportation Systems & Engineering Management Track  
ENGL393Technical Writing   3
ENCE300Fundamentals of Engineering Materials 3  
ENCE302Probability and Statistics for Civil & Environmental Engineers 3  
ENCE320Engineering Project Management   3
ENCE360Analysis of Civil Engineering Systems 3  
ENCE370Introduction to Transportation Engineering & Planning 3  
ENCE472Transportation Engineering   3
ENCEElectives* 3 3
 General Education Program Requirements   3
 Total 15 15
    
 Environmental & Water Resources Engineering Track  
ENGL393Technical Writing   3
BIOE120Biology for Engineers 3  
ENCE300Fundamentals of Engineering Materials   3
ENCE302Probability and Statistics for Civil & Environmental Engineers 3  
ENCE310Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3  
ENCE360Analysis of Civil Engineering Systems 3  
ENCE431Hydrologic Engineering   3
ENCEBreadth Electives* 3 3
 General Education Program Requirements   3
 Total 15 15
    
   Credits Credits
 Senior Year First Semester Second Semester
 Infrastructure Engineering Track  
ENCE320Engineering Project Management 3  
ENCE444Experimental Methods in Geotechnical &
Structural Engineering
  3
ENCE454Design of Concrete Structures 3  
ENCE441Foundation Design 3  
ENCE466Design of Civil Engineering Systems   3
ENCEElectives * 3 6
 General Education Program Requirements 3 3
 Total 15 15
    
 Transportation Systems & Engineering Management Track  
ENCE402Simulation and Design of Experiments for Engineers   3
ENCE422Project Cost Accounting & Economics   3
ENCE423Project Planning, Scheduling & Control 3  
ENCE470Highway Engineering 3  
ENCE466Design of Civil Engineering Systems   3
ENCEElectives* 6 3
 General Education Program Requirements 3 3
 Total 15 15
    
 Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Track  
ENCE411Environmental Engineering Science 3  
ENCE422Project Cost Accounting & Economics   3
ENCE412Environmental Engineering Unit Operations   3
ENCE432Ground Water Hydrology 3  
ENCE466+Design of Civil Engineering Systems   3
ENCEElectives* 6 3
 General Education Program Requirements 3 3
 Total 15 15

Minimum Degree Requirements: 122 credits and the fulfillment of all departmental, school, and university requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. Additional semester credits will be involved to the extent that courses carrying more than three credits are selected.

+ENCE 466, Design of Civil Engineering Systems, may only be taken in the semester in which the student graduates.E

*ENCE ELECTIVES

For all tracts:
- 3XX, 4XX or 6XX. At least two must be ENCE courses
- No more than one ENCE489
- No more than 3 total ENCE with the same first two numbers

Breadth Electives

Geotechnical/Structure Track will include two electives from:

ENCE370,402,422,423,470,472 -- OR--
ENCE310,411,412,431,432

Transportation/Project Management Track will include two electives from:

ENCE340, 353, 441, 444, 454 -- OR --
ENCE 310, 411, 412, 431, 432

Environmental/Water Resources Track will include two electives from:

ENCE 340, 353, 441, 444, 454 -- OR --
ENCE 320, 370, 402, 423, 470, 472

Advising

Advising

All Civil and Environmental Engineering majors are advised by the following department faculty and staff:

1. Dr. Dimitrios Goulias, Director Undergraduate Program (0147A Glenn L. Martin Hall, dgoulias@umd.edu , 301-405-2624).

Professor Goulias, i) advises juniors and seniors in the Geotechnical & Structural Engineering  track, and/or Infrastructure track, and ii) addresses key academic and curriculum issues for all civil engineering students.

2. Alan Santos, Director of Undergraduate Student Services, 1173A Glenn L. Martin Hall, asantos@umd.edu , 301-405-1977.

Mr. Santos, advises i) all freshmen and sophomore, and ii) juniors and seniors in the Environmental & Water Resource  and Transportation / Project Management Tracks.

Undergraduate Research Experiences

Department faculty frequently have research opportunities for undergraduate students.  Students are encouraged to contact faculty members whose research specialties are of interest.  For further information students are encouraged to contact the Department advisors.

Internships

Career fairs are organized regularly throughout the academic years by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Chi Epsilon student chapters, and the Engineering Co-op & Career Services office.

Co-op Programs

Several excellent co-op opportunities are available for Civil and Environmental Engineering students.  See the A. James Clark School of Engineering entry in Chapter 6 of this catalog for a full description of the Engineering co-op program.

Honors Program

See the A. James Clark School of Engineering Honors Program. 

Student Societies and Professional Organizations

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society (by invitation)
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • ITS Student Chapter

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering awards a number of academic scholarships.  These awards are designated primarily for junior and senior students and are listed on the Department web site www.cee.umd.edu/undergrad/awards .  The Department evaluates applications each year.  See the School of Engineering web site for further information and application instructions.

Awards and Recognition

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering assigns awards to students for excellence in academics, leadership and service.  The awards are listed in the Department web site: www.cee.umd.edu/undergrad/awards .

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