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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

FAMU—FSU College of Engineering

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Chair: Kamal Tawfiq; Professors: Tarek Abichou, Wenrui Huang, Ren Moses, Primus Mtenga, Virgil Ping, Lisa Spainhour, John Sobanjo, Kamal Tawfiq; Associate Professors: Yassir AbdelRazig, Gang Chen, Clayton Clark, Sungmoon Jung, Michelle Rambo-Roddenberry; Assistant Professors: Eren Ozguven, Youneng Tang, Maxim Dulebenets; Teaching Professor: Adalier; Associate Teaching Professors: Hafiz, Pamuk; Teaching Faculty I: Raphael Kampmann; Emeriti: Andrew Dzurik, Soronnadi Nnaji, Jerry Wekezer

The department offers a Master of Science (MS), Master of Engineering (MEng) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program with concentrations in structural, geotechnical, traffic and transportation, construction, water resources and environmental engineering. Special areas of emphasis in civil engineering are bridge design, bridge management systems, construction management, and wind engineering; geo-environment, and pavements; transportation networks and multimodal systems; and computer-aided design and decision support systems as well as the integration of physical and numerical models of civil engineering systems. In water resources, the focus is on hydraulics, hydrology, hydrodynamics, groundwater, and the modeling of watersheds and coastal areas. Emphasis within environmental engineering includes water quality, drinking water and wastewater treatment, remediation, hazardous waste management, environmental systems analysis, and environmental sustainability.

Centers and Laboratories

The college has many instructional and research laboratories. Specific laboratories for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are geotechnical, environmental, hydraulic, pavement, construction materials, structures, the traffic automation and innovation laboratory (TRAIL), and the traffic-engineering laboratory.

Geotechnical laboratory facilities include equipment for soil classification, compaction, hydraulic conductivity, slurry evaluation, shear strength, and compressibility of soils. Electronic data acquisition systems, personal computers, sampling devices, and a machine shop are also available for student use.

The environmental engineering laboratories include both an undergraduate teaching lab and a graduate research lab. The facilities include equipment and instrumentation needed for physical, chemical, and microbiological analysis of water quality, sampling and filtering devices, and space for bench scale experiments.

The hydraulic laboratory is used by students to reinforce the basic concepts of hydraulics and become familiar with hydraulic equipment and instrumentation, and to learn procedures of data collection and analysis. Students can perform experiments of hydrostatic pressure, hydrostatic forces on submerged bodies, flow measurement, friction in pipe flow, pump power, open channel flow, hydraulic jump, and wave mechanics.

Pavement laboratory facilities include equipment for resilient modulus characterization of highway materials (MTS Load System, TestStar Control Unit, Triaxial Testing System, and Compaction Set). Electronic data acquisition systems, PC computers, and pavement engineering software systems are available for research and instructional use.

Construction materials laboratory facilities include equipment for compression strength testing, concrete, mixer, MTS shock tester, L.A. abrasion test machine, and MTS test system.

A structures lab, two stories high, has a three-foot reinforced concrete reaction slab with 100-kip anchorage pods spaced at four-foot intervals. This facility provides undergraduate and graduate students with applied instruction on specialized testing of materials and structures, support for high quality research in developing and testing innovative structural systems for bridges, buildings, etc. The laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art vertical and lateral loading systems, together with automated data acquisition systems. The structures lab also has an open-circuit wind tunnel with an eighteen inch square cross section.

The department houses the Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population (ASAP), a Tier I University Transportation Center (UTC), funded by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). ASAP concentrates its efforts on Florida where it is projected that twenty-two percent of the population will be 65 or older as early as 2020, the highest percentage in the nation, but the Center’s research are valuable in addressing transportation issues for an aging population nationwide. The Center addresses two of USDOT’s strategic goals: improving highway safety and strengthening transportation planning. Providing seniors with safe and convenient access to the goods and services they need to participate fully in society is a key issue explored by ASAP personnel. The Center also focuses on transportation issues of rural and minority segments within the elderly population. The Center focuses on four interdisciplinary areas: (1) Accessibility and community connectivity among older adults; (2) Human factors affecting the older population, especially regarding acceptance of emerging technologies; (3) Geometric design research, especially regarding elder crash mitigation and (4) Health, wellness and safety of seniors as it relates to multimodal transportation and emergency operations. ASAP also supports educational and outreach activities, including an annual Transportation Day, brown bag lunches, student research seed grants and dissertation fellowships and annual student research colloquia.

Additionally, the department manages a large research program called TraCS Florida. This program is funded by a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to provide Florida law enforcement agencies (LEAs) with a cost effective (FREE) way to collect and transmit electronic crash and citation data, to submit crash data electronically to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), and to submit citation data to local county clerks of court. The TraCS Florida team uses TraCS to develop Florida specific forms to meet the data submission requirements set by DHSMV.

Computer and Other Resources

Students have access to a large number and variety of computer systems. A network of nearly 700 computing devices is available for the academic and research efforts of the college.

The department houses the Institute for Transportation Technologies (ITT), which is well equipped with a state-of-the-art, high-performance computing environment to pursue transportation related research. The equipment includes a Silicon Graphics Origin 2000 technical server with sixteen parallel processors, and a cluster of workstations for fast visualization, and pre- and post- processing. This advanced computing environment is available primarily to graduate students working as research assistants with departmental faculty. The department also has a Sun Ultra-10 workstation that is used for environmental engineering research.

The college computers are connected to a high-speed, switched, fiber-optic LAN and to the Internet via the Florida State University connection to the NSF v BNS network. Other computation resources include the Department of Scientific Computing, FSU Academic Computing and Network Services (ACNS), and FAMU Computing Services.

A small collection of reference works and heavily used books and journals is located in the College of Engineering Reading Room/ Library Services.

Students may also participate in engineering clubs such as the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE); Society of Women Engineers (SWE); American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE); Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi; Engineers Without Borders (EWB); and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).

Master’s Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Master of Science (MS) program, which includes the MS thesis and Master of Engineering (MEng) options, include the following:

  1. A baccalaureate degree in civil engineering, or an allied academic discipline, from an accredited college or university. International students must have a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in civil engineering from a recognized academic institution.
  2. Good standing in the academic institution last attended.
  3. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, on all work attempted while registered as an upper division student (beyond sixty semester hours of undergraduate work).
  4. A minimum graduate record examination (GRE) percentile rank of 25% (score of 144) on the verbal reasoning section and 65% (score of 153) on the quantitative section. For valid GRE tests taken prior to August 2011, minimum of 370 on the verbal reasoning section and 680 on the quantitative reasoning section. For the MEng option, evidence of passing the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) or Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam or holding PE licensure in any state may be used in lieu of the GRE.
  5. The following minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all international applicants whose native language is not English: 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 80 (Internet-based)

Doctoral Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree include the following:

  1. A Bachelor of Science (BS) or Master of Science (MS) degree in civil or environmental engineering or a closely related field;
  2. A grade point average (GPA) or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate and graduate work;
  3. A minimum graduate record examination (GRE) percentile rank of 35% (score of 147) on the verbal reasoning section and 70% (score of 155) on the quantitative section. For valid GRE tests taken prior to August 2011, minimum of 410 on the verbal reasoning section and 710 on the quantitative reasoning section.
  4. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 80 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if their native language is not English;
  5. Three letters of recommendation;
  6. An essay of intent stating goals and reasons for pursuing the PhD degree; and
  7. If requested, an interview by the Graduate Committee or its representatives.

Master’s Degree Requirements

The MS thesis option requires twenty-four semester hours of coursework and six semester hours of thesis work. The MS thesis option requires a final oral examination in which the student defends a thesis. For the MS thesis option, the general course requirements include twelve to fifteen hours in the depth area, six to nine hours in supplementary electives and three hours of advanced mathematics or statistics. Students also must register in a non-credit graduate seminar course each semester. The MEng option requires thirty semester hours of coursework, consisting of fifteen hours in the specialty area, twelve hours in supplementary electives, and three hours of advanced mathematics, statistics, or computation. The MEng option also requires the student to pass a comprehensive exam in the final semester.

For both the MS thesis and MEng options, a maximum of six semester hours of graduate coursework, in which the student earned a grade of “B” or better, may be transferred from another program. Courses sponsored by other universities, taken through the Florida Engineering Education Delivery System (FEEDS) should account for no more than fifty percent of the student’s coursework. Each individual program is designed with the approval of a major advisor and, for the MS thesis option a supervisory committee. The general course requirements for the MS thesis and MEng options are given below.

Course Distribution MS MEng
Specialty (Depth) area 12–15 12–15
Supplemental electives 6–9 12–15
Advanced mathematics 3 3
Thesis with oral defense 6 N/A
Non-theses project with oral defense N/A N/A
Graduate seminar 0 N/A
Comprehensive exam N/A 0
Total credit hours required for the master’s degree 30 30

Graduation requirements include a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and the successful defense of a thesis (MS) or passing of the comprehensive exam (MEng). All of the above requirements must be met within seven calendar years.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

The program of study for the PhD degree is flexible and depends on the individual student’s background and objectives. The CEE department has two tracks for the PhD program. The typical track is the MS—PhD track where the applicants already have an MS degree. An alternative is the BS—PhD track where exceptionally-qualified applicants who are well prepared may enter the PhD program with only a BS degree. A student may specialize in any of the several areas that are offered in the department. In addition to the specialty courses, the student must have a minor consisting of at least nine semester hours from another department. Each student’s specific program of study is uniquely tailored through consultation with an advisory committee that the student selects. The objectives of course selection are to develop a broad-based understanding of engineering and science, and to gain fundamental contemporary capabilities in an area of concentration necessary to conduct significant and original scholarly research.

A student must choose a major professor by the second semester of enrollment in the PhD program. If a student has not chosen a major professor by this time, a professor approved by the graduate committee chair will act as the student’s academic advisor. The major professor is formally appointed by the department chair and will serve as chair of the supervisory committee. The supervisory committee is formally appointed by the department chair at the request of the major professor. There must be a minimum of four committee members, including the major professor. One member must be from outside the department, representing the student’s minor. The committee supervises the student’s work until all degree requirements are completed and is responsible for an annual written assessment of the student’s progress. This assessment shall be made available to the student, the coordinator of graduate studies and the department chair.

The student will prepare, with the approval of the doctoral supervisory committee, a complete plan of study to be submitted to the graduate committee within the first year of the program and to be retained on file in the department. The plan should identify the courses necessary to meet the following semester hours of course requirements and a time schedule for taking them. Degree requirements for PhD students are outlined below.

The PhD course requirements include nine hours in a student’s depth area, nine to eighteen semester hours beyond the master’s degree in supplementary electives, up to nine semester hours in a non-departmental minor area and twenty-four semester hours of original dissertation work. Students also must register for a noncredit graduate seminar course each semester.

Students admitted with: MS Degree BS Degree
Articulation/other requirements 0-22 6-22
Depth area 9 21
Supplementary electives 9–18 18
Minor courses 0–9 0–9
Dissertation 24 24
Graduate seminar 0 0
Total credit hours for the doctoral degree 51 69

A residency requirement ensures that the doctoral students contribute to and benefit from the complete spectrum of educational, professional, and enrichment opportunities provided by the College of Engineering. After thirty semester hours of graduate work, or being awarded the master’s degree, the student must be continuously enrolled in the FAMU—FSU College of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, for a minimum of twenty-four graduate semester hours in any period of twelve consecutive months.

Following completion of a major portion of the coursework defined in an approved plan of studies, the doctoral supervisory committee must issue certification that the student has: maintained a minimum of 3.0 GPA; demonstrated sufficient progress toward mastery of a sub-discipline; and developed a command of requisite research tools to begin independent research in the area of the proposed dissertation. Once certified, students will be permitted to take a doctoral preliminary examination.

The preliminary examination will be a written and oral exam prepared by the student’s supervisory committee. The exam will be administered by the committee near the end of or after completion of the student’s coursework and will comply with the requirements of the college and the university in which the student is registered. The examination committee shall report the outcome to designated college and university authorities as: “passed,” “failed,” “additional work to be completed,” or “to be reexamined.” Students are admitted to candidacy for the PhD degree only after passing this examination. If any student requires re-examination, the outcome can only be reported pass or fail. Any student who fails re-examination is dismissed from the program. Upon successful completion of the second trial the student may continue to register for dissertation hours.

The most important element of the doctoral program is original and fundamental research resulting in a doctoral dissertation. The research subject is selected by the student in consultation with the major professor and the student’s doctoral supervisory committee. The dissertation must be completed on a topic approved by the Committee. To be acceptable, it must comprise original research constituting a significant contribution to knowledge and represent a substantial scholarly effort on the part of the student. The defense of the dissertation will be oral. The doctoral supervisory committee and other members of the faculty as appointed by the academic dean or specified by the university regulations will conduct the examination. Publication of the dissertation shall conform to the regulations of the university through which the student is registered.

Applicants holding degrees in areas other than civil engineering, or closely allied fields, will be required to take coursework beyond the minimum requirements for the master’s degree. Graduation requirements include a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and the successful defense of a thesis or project report for the master’s degree and a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better and the successful defense of dissertation for the PhD degree. All of the above requirements must be met within seven calendar years.

Assistantships/Financial Aid

Students may be supported through research or teaching assistantships on a competitive basis. Most graduate students currently hold half-time assistantships equivalent to twenty hours per week. Graduate assistants also receive tuition waivers from the universities on a competitive basis. Inquiries about research assistantships should be made to the professor directing an individual research project of interest to the student. Please visit the department Web site to learn more about individual faculty research. The department chair should be contacted about prospects of teaching assistantships. For other financial and scholarship opportunities, contact the FAMU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at (850) 599-3730, or online at To access the status of your financial aid information, please contact FSU at (850) 644-0539 or on the Web at

Contact the admissions office for application materials. For information on financial assistance contact the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, FAMU—FSU College of Engineering, 2525 Pottsdamer Street Rm A129, Tallahassee, FL 32310-6046, phone: (850) 410-6136.

Definition of Prefixes

CCE—Civil Construction Engineering

CEG—Civil Geotechnical Engineering

CES—Civil Engineering Structures

CGN—Civil Engineering

CWR—Civil Water Resources

EGN—Engineering: General

ENV—Engineering: Environmental

TTE—Transportation Engineering

Graduate Courses

Construction Engineering

CCE 5035. Construction Planning and Scheduling (3). Prerequisite: CCE 4004. This course covers topics such as planning, basic arrow diagramming, basic precedence diagramming, establishing activity duration, scheduling computations, bar charts, project controls, overlapping networks, resource leveling, and program evaluation review technique (PERT).

CCE 5036. Project Controls in Construction (3). Prerequisite: CCE 4004 and EGN 3443. This course includes topics such as construction cost estimation, work breakdown structure, and cost control; critical path method (CPM) scheduling, resource-constrained scheduling, and integrated scheduling-cost control; probabilistic scheduling techniques, and linear scheduling techniques; contract specifications, and contract claims (schedule impact) analysis.

CCE 5212. Sustainable and Green Construction (3). Prerequisite: CCE 4004. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the basic principles of sustainability and green construction. The course provides detailed background about the green building (LEED) certification, as well as energy calculations and cost-benefit analysis.

CCE 5510. Computer Applications in Construction (3). Prerequisite: CCE 4004. This course provides a comprehensive review and application of basic and advanced pertinent computer software for construction engineering and management. The course emphasizes practical applications for construction project management.

Geotechnical Engineering

CEG 5015. Advanced Soil Mechanics (3). Prerequisite: CEG 3011. This course explores the mechanical behavior, internal stresses, and stability analysis of noncohesive soils, compressibility, consolidation, and settlement of cohesive soils, analytical techniques for predicting earth movement.

CEG 5115. Foundation Engineering (3). Prerequisite: CEG 3011. This course covers topics such as the design of spread footings, pole and caisson foundations, retaining structures and waterfront structures. Investigation of slope stability.

CEG 5127. Highway and Airport Pavement Design (3). Prerequisite: CEG 4801. This course focuses on the analysis of materials used for highway and runway pavements; design of rigid and flexible pavements and sub-bases for highways and airports; geotechnical considerations.

CEG 5705. Environmental Geotechnics (3). Prerequisite: CEG 3011. This course focuses on the geotechnical aspects of waste containment and storage. Aspects of design, construction, and performance of earthen structures for storing or disposing waste or remediating contaminated sites.

Structural Engineering

CES 5105. Advanced Mechanics of Materials (3). Prerequisites: CES 3100 and EGN 3331. This course offers an analysis and design of load-carrying members, shear center, unsymmetrical bending, curved beams, beams on elastic foundations, energy methods, theories of failure, thick-walled cylinders, as well as stress concentrations.

CES 5106r. Advanced Structural Analysis (3). Prerequisites: CES 3100 and EGN 3331. This course covers matrix algebra review, direct stiffness method for truss analysis, computer applications, statically indeterminate structures, slope-deflection and moment distribution methods, and computer modeling and analysis of structures using commercial FE codes. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

CES 5144. Matrix Methods for Structural Analysis (3). Prerequisites: CES 4101 and MAP 3305 or MAP 2302. This course covers selected fundamental techniques, including energy methods, for the formulation of the stiffness method for structural analysis. Topics include the formation of element matrices, transformed element matrices, structure stiffness matrices, and equations of equilibrium. Selected computer solution techniques are also covered.

CES 5209. Structural Dynamics (3). Prerequisites: CES 4101 and MAP 3305 or MAP 2302. This course covers analysis and design of single- and multi-degree-of-freedom structures subjected to various types of excitations and initial conditions. Topics include computational aspects of dynamic analysis, including approximate methods of analysis, and introduction to earthquake loading and design.

CES 5218. Fundamentals of Structural Stability Theory (3). Prerequisite: CES 4101. This course explores the elastic and inelastic buckling of columns including large deformation theory and imperfect columns, beam column theory, and buckling of frames. Methods of analysis include the formation and solution to differential equations, energy methods, and matrix methods. AISC stability design techniques are used with LRFD format. Computer software is used as a teaching tool.

CES 5325. Bridge Engineering (3). Prerequisites: CES 4605 and CES 4702. This course is an introduction to design of modern steel and concrete highway bridges. Topics include materials and properties, loads on bridges, and substructure design. AASHTO LRFD specifications are used.

CES 5585. Wind Engineering (3). Prerequisites: CES 4101 and MAP 3305. This course covers statics and dynamics of wind-induced loads and structural responses. Topics include wind damage, extreme wind probability, wind characteristics, wind pressure and forces, basics of single DOF structural dynamics, and overview of wind dynamics. State-of-the-art research in wind engineering is also introduced.

CES 5606. Advanced Steel Design (3). Prerequisites: CES 4101 and CES 4605. This course explores the behavior of complex steel elements and structures. Topics include analysis and design of columns and beams under combined effects of flexure, shear and torsion. Other topics include lateral torsional buckling, plastic analysis, design of plate girders, and design of frames.

CES 5706. Advanced Concrete Design (3). Prerequisites: CES 4101 and CES 4702. This course covers advanced topics pertaining to complex reinforced concrete elements and structures. Topics include analysis and design for torsion, biaxial columns, slender columns, two-way slabs, retaining walls, shear walls, deep beams, and the strut-and-tie method.

CES 5715. Prestressed Concrete (3). Prerequisites: CES 3100 and EGN 3331. This course covers the behavior and design of prestressed concrete structures. Topics include the design of prestressed concrete beams for flexure and shear, design of slabs, prestressing losses, serviceability of prestressed concrete members, and precast members.

CES 5801. Structural Design of Wood Structures (3). Prerequisite: CES 3100 or instructor permission. This course includes analysis and design of beams, columns, connections, diaphragm and shear walls using sawn timber, laminated timber, and structural panels such as plywood and sheathing panels.

CES 5845. Composites in Civil Engineering (3). Prerequisites: CCE 3101, CES 3100, and EGN 3331. This course covers fundamental theories of composite materials. Topics include forms of composites and their reinforcements; physical, chemical, and mechanical properties; design and testing methods; and civil engineering applications of composite materials.

CES 6116. Finite Elements in Structures (3). Prerequisites: CES 4101 and MAP 3305 or MAP 2302. This course covers basic concepts of finite element analysis. Topics include boundary conditions; computer techniques used in structural analysis; structural finite elements for trusses, beams, beams on an elastic foundation, and frames; plane stress and plane strains in triangular elements; and engineering modeling.

Hydraulic/Water Resources Engineering

CWR 5125. Groundwater Hydrology (3). Prerequisites: CWR 3201 and EES 3040. This course examines the fundamentals of groundwater flow and contaminant transport. Topics include: Darcy’s law, flow nets, mass conservation, heterogeneity and anisotropy, storage properties, 3-D equation of groundwater flow, regional recirculation, unsaturated flow, recharge, stream-aquifer interaction, well hydraulics, slug test analyses and contaminant transport processes.

CWR 5205. Hydraulic Engineering II (3). Prerequisites: CWR 4202 and MAP 3305 or MAP 2302. This course presents advanced hydraulic concepts and their incorporation into the design process. Methods of solving such problems are also presented.

CWR 5305. Urban Stormwater Runoff (3). Prerequisite: CWR 3201. Corequisite: CWR 4101. This course investigates the effects of urban stormwater runoff on surface and ground water resources. Topics include legal and regulatory requirements, methods of engineering analysis and design of storm water systems.

CWR 5635. Water Resources Planning and Management (3). Prerequisites: CWR 4101 and CWR 4202. This course examines the quantity and quality planning of water resources systems. Economic considerations.

CWR 5824. Coastal and Estuarine Hydraulics (3). Prerequisites: CWR 3201 and MAC 2313. This course examines numerous topics including coastal hydraulic principles and waves in estuaries and coastal oceans, wave properties and wave forces on coastal structures, tidal motions, mixing and transport in estuaries, and coastal engineering analysis.

Environmental Engineering

ENV 5028. Remediation Engineering (3). Prerequisite: ENV 4001 or equivalent. This course reviews various innovative remediation technologies used for cleanup of contaminated soil and groundwater at a site such as air sparging, soil vapor extraction, reactive walls, reactive zones, stabilization technologies, hydraulic pneumatic fracturing and pump-and-treat systems.

ENV 5030. Applied Environmental Engineering Microbiology (3). Prerequisite: ENV 4001 or equivalent. This course focuses on the survey of environmentally important microbes and the roles they play in environmental restoration processes. Major topics include basics of microbiology, stoichiometry and bacterial energetics, bioremediation and other environmental microbiology applications, and detoxification of hazardous chemicals.

ENV 5045. Environmental Systems Analysis (3). Prerequisites: ENV 4001 and MAC 2311. In this course, systems analysis techniques are applied to the solution of environmental problems, with particular emphasis on linear and dynamic programming.

ENV 5055. Chemical Fate and Transport in the Environment (3). Prerequisites: CWR 3201, EES 3040 or equivalent, and MAP 3305 or MAP 2302. This course focuses on the study of the processes of pollutant chemicals transformation in and transport between air, water, and soil or sediments. Use and development of predictive mathematical models for the remediation of existing contaminated sites or prevention of future contamination from new sources.

ENV 5105. Air Pollution Control (3). Prerequisite: ENV 4001. This course investigates analytical concepts for determination of sources, amounts, and transport of air pollutants; health and environmental effects; design of control devices and management programs.

ENV 5407. Water Reuse Engineering (3). Prerequisite: ENV 4001 or equivalent. This course covers wastewater reclamation and reuse; treatment processor and systems; monitoring and control instrumentation; health and social aspects; design of facilities/systems.

ENV 5419. Applied Environmental Engineering Chemistry (3). This course covers applications of fundamental principles from general, organic, and biological chemistry to major environmental engineering processes. Emphasis is placed on the chemistry of water treatment.

ENV 5504. Environmental Engineering Processes and Operations (3). Prerequisite: ENV 4001 or instructor permission. This course focuses on the operational and design features of the physical, chemical, thermal, and biological treatments used in engineering for the management of solid and hazardous wastes.

ENV 5565. Design of Water Quality Management Facilities (3). Prerequisites: CWR 3200L, CWR 3201, and EES 3040. This course is an analysis of operations, processes, and systems used in the design of facilities for maintaining water supply quality, wastewater control, and aquatic pollution control. Design of wastewater collection systems, water and wastewater treatment plants, and systems for disposal for residuals from such facilities.

ENV 5615. Environmental Impact Analysis (3). Prerequisites: CWR 3200L and EES 3040. This course is an analysis of various measures of environmental quality. Impacts on different types of resources. Benefit-cost in environment impact assessment.

ENV 5617. Environmental Engineering Sustainability (3). This course explores theory in the field of environmental sustainability and green engineering: material also covers sustainability in relation to other disciplines, but focuses on environmental and engineering concepts.

Transportation and Traffic Engineering

TTE 5205. Traffic Engineering (3). Prerequisite: TTE 3004 or equivalent. This course focuses on the nature, characteristics, and theories of traffic flow. The course also discusses street and highway traffic problems, traffic survey procedures, origin-destination studies, theory and design of automatic control of traffic systems, and transit systems.

TTE 5206. Advanced Traffic Flow Analysis (3). Prerequisite: TTE 3004. This course covers microscopic and macroscopic characteristics, traffic stream models, demand-supply analysis, shockwave analysis, queuing analysis, computer simulation models, and intelligent transportation systems.

TTE 5256. Traffic Operations (3). Prerequisite: TTE 3004. This course covers principles of capacity, freeways, rural highways, urban streets, transportation systems, and computer simulation.

TTE 5270. Intelligent Transportation Systems (3). Prerequisite: TTE 3004. This course covers advanced traffic management systems (ATMS), advanced traveler information systems (ATIS), advanced vehicle control systems, commercial vehicle operations, rural ITS human factors, institutional issues, architecture and standards, simulation, and modeling.

TTE 5305. Transportation Systems Analysis (3). Prerequisite: TTE 3004 or equivalent. This course provides an extensive introduction for complex multi-modal transportation systems and their components with a focus on transportation planning, economics, modeling, investment, operations, and maintenance. Topics covered include network analysis, optimization techniques, demand and supply models, simulation practices, planning and forecasting models and other social, political, and economic aspects of the transportation system. Emphasis is given to the tie between the theory and practice with a focus on the sustainability and resiliency of the critical infrastructure.

TTE 5501. Transportation Economics (3). Prerequisite: TTE 3004 or equivalent. This course provides an introduction to transportation economics and financial aspects of transportation policy and planning, stressing the demand, supply and other economic issues. Microeconomics concepts that are critical for transportation systems will be extensively studied with a focus on the transportation demand and supply models, discrete choice analysis, cost models, traffic congestion and pricing.

TTE 5805. Highway Geometric Design (3). Prerequisites: CEG 2202, CEG 2202L, and TTE 3004. This course goes over the principles and procedures for the geometric design of highways and streets. The course also includes considerations of traffic, land use, and aesthetic factors.

Other Courses

CGN 5310. Engineering Data Systems (3). This course focuses on conceptual data modeling; application and use of relational database management systems and geographical information systems; introduction to modern conceptual tools (genetic algorithms, neural networks, etc.); completion of individual projects applying course knowledge to sub-disciplines within the civil engineering program, according to student interest.

CGN 5825. Site Development (3). Prerequisites: CEG 2202, CEG 2202L, CWR 4202, CWR 4203, TTE 3004, TTE 4201, or TTE 4804 or equivalents. This course is a practice-oriented land development design course integrating geometric layout, earthwork grading, storm water management, potable water distribution, wastewater collection, regulatory compliance, and financial considerations.

CGN 5905r. Directed Individual Study (1–6). (S/U grade only). May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours when topics change.

CGN 5910r. Supervised Research (1–5). (S/U grade only). May be repeated to a maximum of five semester hours and a maximum of three semester hours may apply to the master’s degree.

CGN 5930r. Special Topics (1–6). This course covers special topics in civil engineering with emphasis on recent developments. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours. Consult instructor.

CGN 5931r. Mechanical Engineering Comprehensive Exam (0). (P/F grade only.) All Masters of Engineering students must enroll in the course the semester they intend to graduate. May be repeated once.

CGN 5935. Civil Engineering Seminar (0). (S/U grade only). Prerequisite: graduate student status. Graduate students are expected to enroll in the course every semester they are enrolled at FAMU or FSU. The students should attend at least seventy-five percent of the seminars offered each semester to obtain a satisfactory grade.

CGN 5971r. Master’s Thesis (1–6). (S/U grade only). This course provides a means of registering for thesis work and recording progress toward completion. A thesis representing six credit hours of academic work is a requirement for the master’s degree in civil engineering. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the master’s degree. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

CGN 5974r. Master’s Project (3). (S/U grade only). This course provides a means of registering for master’s project work. A master’s project representing three semester hours of academic work is a requirement for the MS degree with the non-thesis option in civil engineering. May be repeated twice; focuses on research, design, or evaluation of a relevant civil engineering problem.

CGN 6942. Supervised Teaching (3). (S/U grade only). Prerequisite: Doctoral candidate status. Students receive credit for teaching an undergraduate course under supervision of graduate faculty.

CGN 6972. Master’s Thesis Defense (0). (P/F grade only.) Prerequisite: CGN 5971. Required of students enrolled in the master’s thesis option. Students must register in the semester they plan to defend their thesis.

CGN 6980r. Dissertation (1–24). (S/U grade only). Prerequisite: Doctoral candidate status. This course provides a means of registering for dissertation and recording progress toward completion. A dissertation representing twenty-four semester hours of academic work is a requirement for the PhD degree in civil engineering. May be repeated as often as approved by the supervisory committee. A maximum of twenty-four semester hours may be applied toward the PhD degree.

CGN 8985r. Dissertation Defense (0). (P/F grade only.) Prerequisite: Doctoral candidate status. Must be included in the final semester schedule for all doctoral students. May be repeated once.

CGN 8988r. Doctoral Preliminary Exam (0). (P/F grade only.) All doctoral students must enroll in the course the semester they intend to take the qualifying exam. May be repeated once.

EGN 5458. Statistical Applications for Engineers (3). Prerequisites: STA 2122, MAC 2311, MAC 2312, and MAC 2313 or equivalent. This course provides rigorous introduction to fundamentals of data analysis and statistics motivated by engineering applications with the use of modern software. Emphasis is placed on real-world applications to engineering problems.

EGN 5465. Applied Simulation Modeling of Transportation Systems (3). This course is an overview of simulation as a modeling approach, analysis of complex transportation systems using simulation, evaluation of distribution/transportation processes, discrete/continuous/hybrid simulation, disruptive simulation, development of custom simulation logics, programming within simulation, scenario analysis automation.


see Civil and Environmental Engineering


see Classics; History