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Civil Engineering (CE) Course Descriptions

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering


CE 1301  Introduction to Civil Engineering
(1-0) 1 hour credit. Prerequisites or concurrent enrollment: MAT 1093 and WRC 1013.
Engineering as a career, engineering ethics, and approaches to engineering problem formulation and solution using principles of design and decision making.

CE 1403  Engineering Communication
(2-3) 3 hours credit.
Technical communication: oral, written, and graphic; introduction to engineering analysis, design, and synthesis; and computer-aided graphics.

CE 2103  Civil Engineering Measurements
(2-3) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites or concurrent enrollment: MAT 1214 and CE 1301.
Principles of measurement and error analysis; application of equipment to acquire, analyze, and control data in civil engineering systems; and introduction to plane surveying.

CE 2633  Environmental Engineering
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: CE 1301 and CHE 1103.
Principles, analysis, and design related to environmental monitoring, protection, and remediation systems. Topics include environmental quality and legislation, modeling, water treatment, wastewater treatment, solid and hazardous waste management, air and noise pollution, and radioactive waste management.

CE 3103  Mechanics of Solids
(2-3) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: EGR 2103 and EGR 2323.
Internal forces and deformations in solids; stress, strain, and their relations; stresses and deflections in beams column theory and analysis; and engineering applications.

CE 3113  Structural Analysis
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: CE 3103.
Forces and deflections in structural systems; considers stationary and moving loads and exact and approximate methods.

CE 3173  Numerical Methods
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: EGR 2323.
An introduction to numerical and analytical methods applied to civil and environmental engineering. Techniques for computer solution of linear and nonlinear simultaneous equations; eigenvalue analysis; finite differences; numerical integration; numerical solutions to ordinary differential equations. Introduction to Visual Basic in Excel applications. Case studies in the various branches of civil engineering.

CE 3213  Reinforced Concrete Design
(2-3) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites or concurrent enrollment: CE 3113 and CE 3243.
Ultimate strength theory and design for reinforced concrete members.

CE 3233  Steel Design
(2-3) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites or concurrent enrollment: CE 3113 and CE 3243.
Analysis and design of steel tension members, beams, columns, and bolted or welded connections.

CE 3243  Properties and Behavior of Engineering Materials
(2-3) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: CE 3103 and STA 2303.
Structure, properties, and behavior of engineering materials; measurement and analysis of material properties and behavior. Laboratory exercises illustrate typical material behavior and selected principles of mechanics.

CE 3413  Geotechnical Engineering and Applications
(2-3) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: CE 3103. Prerequisites or concurrent enrollment: CE 3173 and GEO 4023.
Exploration, sampling, and in-situ measurements; laboratory testing; review of fundamental properties of soil and rock; flow-through porous media; the effective stress principle and computation of in-situ stress distributions; shear strength of soils and one-dimensional consolidation settlement; introduction to slope stability.

CE 3543  Project Design and Construction Management
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: CE 2103, CE 3213, CE 3233, and EGR 3713.
Civil Engineering design process, project specifications, and construction management. Topics covered include design process/practices, project proposals, pricing, specifications, bidding strategies, project management/scheduling and project financing. In addition, all students registered for this course are required to take a commercially offered practice FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) exam, such as the one offered by Professional Publications, Inc., or equivalent, as instructed by the Department. The fee for the exam is covered by the course fee and it is paid by UTSA. The grade received in the practice FE exam is worth 10% of the course grade. The course concludes by forming the student teams for CE 4813 Civil Engineering Design and identifying their projects. Course must be taken the semester prior to taking CE 4813.

CE 3603  Fluid Mechanics
(2-3) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: EGR 2103 and EGR 2513.
Fluid properties, fluid statics concepts, equations of fluid flow in pipes and open channels, and flow-through porous media.

CE 3633  Water and Wastewater Treatment
(2-3) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: CE 2633 and CE 3603.
The application of chemical, biochemical, and physical processes to water treatment, wastewater treatment, and pollution control.

CE 3723  Applied Hydrology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: CE 3603.
Technical elective course. Hydrologic cycle, precipitation, hydrologic abstractions, surface runoff; unit hydrographs; synthetic hydrographs; peak discharge relationships; flood frequency analysis; flood and reservoir routing; and groundwater hydrology.

CE 4013  Civil Engineering Systems Analysis
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: EGR 3713.
Technical elective course. Systems approach to optimization and problem solving; operations research applications in civil engineering; mathematical modeling and analysis techniques including linear programming, dynamic programming, decision analysis and use of software to solve linear and nonlinear programming problems. (Formerly CE 3713. Credit cannot be earned for both CE 4013 and CE 3713.)

CE 4103  Advanced Steel Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: CE 3233.
Technical elective course. Connection design, welded and bolted, moment-resistant connections, plate girders, column stability, bracing design, and seismic design of frames.

CE 4123  Highway Engineering
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: CE 2103, CE 3413, and STA 2303.
General characteristics of highway design; horizontal and vertical alignment, cross-sections, earthwork, drainage, and pavement; and economic analysis.

CE 4133  Advanced Reinforced Concrete
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: CE 3213.
Technical elective course. Torsion design, design of stairs, bending of curved elements, biaxial loads on columns, slenderness effects, joint design, yield line theory, two-way slab systems, strut-and-tie methods, seismic detailing, relationship between research and building code.

CE 4153  Prestressed Concrete
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: CE 3213.
Technical elective course. Design of statically determinate and indeterminate structures, estimation of prestress loss, flexure and shear strength, deflections and stress control, composite construction, and continuous span theory.

CE 4253  Introduction to Masonry and Timber Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites or concurrent enrollment: CE 3113 and CE 3243.
Technical elective course. Design philosophy and methodology for masonry and timber structures. Flexure design, axial load design, and shear design of basic masonry and timber components. (Formerly CE 3253. Credit cannot be earned for both CE 4253 and CE 3253.)

CE 4293  Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: CE 2103 or GEO 4023.
Technical elective course. Introduces vector, raster and tabular concepts, emphasizing the vector approach. Topics include: spatial relationships, map features, attributes, relational database, layers of data, data ingesting, digitizing from maps, projections, output, applications, and availability of public data sets. Focus will be placed on spatial/temporal data analyses using digitized maps and database information in an area of Civil Engineering specialization.

CE 4303  Hydrometeorology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: CE 3603.
Technical elective course. The main objective of this course is to familiarize the student with topics related to local and global distribution of freshwater. Conceptualizations of the water balance/budget are developed using principles of physical hydrology and meteorology. Emphasis will be on recent research and modern methods for data analysis and modeling. Real-life events and phenomena will be discussed. In addition to the text, material will be presented from other sources. Guest instructors will give presentations on some case studies.

CE 4313  Computer-Aided Design in Civil Engineering
(2-3) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: CE 1403, CE 2103, and CE 3603.
Organization and programming of civil engineering problems for computer solutions; application of computer-aided design in civil engineering.

CE 4403  Advanced Characterization of Highway Materials
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: CE 3243.
Technical elective course. Basic and advanced level of the fundamentals of material response to static and repeated loading; emphasis on the deformation and fatigue behavior of asphalt mixtures, constitutive modeling for mixtures, microstructure characterization for mixtures, nondestructive testing of pavements, asphalt binder characterization, unbound materials (base and sub-base materials) evaluation and characterization.

CE 4453  Transportation Engineering
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: CE 4123.
Technical elective course. Study of the Highway Capacity Manual, traffic stream parameters and relationships, analytical techniques in traffic engineering such as capacity analysis, queuing theory, and traffic simulation. Design and operation of advanced traffic management systems including signalization, real-time motorist information, urban incident management, and ITS concepts. (Formerly CE 4233. Credit cannot be earned for both CE 4453 and CE 4233.)

CE 4463  Foundation Engineering
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: CE 3413.
Technical elective course. Shallow and deep foundations including: footings, slabs on-grade, cofferdams, sheet-pile walls, drilled shafts, piles and retaining walls. (Formerly CE 4413. Credit cannot be earned for both CE 4463 and CE 4413.)

CE 4603  Water Resources Engineering
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: CE 2633 and CE 3603. Corequisite: CE 3633.
Analysis and design of surface and subsurface water resource facilities. Design of water supply, wastewater collection, and storm water systems.

CE 4613  Environmental Chemistry
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: CE 3633.
Technical elective course. This course explores the chemistry of the environment, the chemistry underlying environmental problems and solutions to environmental problems. Emphasis is placed on thermodynamics and kinetics of reaction cycles; sources, sinks and transport of chemical species; and quantitation of chemical species. Examples are selected from the chemistry of natural and contaminated air, water, and soil.

CE 4723  Hydraulic Systems Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: CE 3603.
Technical elective course. Analysis and design of water resource systems; dam and reservoir design for recharge, flood control, and water supply and demand forecasting, optimization of multi-objective systems, and allocations planning and management.

CE 4813  Civil Engineering Design
(2-3) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: CE 3213, CE 3233, and CE 3543.
Opportunity to apply design skills to execution of an open-ended integrated civil engineering design project, including field and laboratory investigations, numerical and scale modeling, design, and formal oral and written presentation of results. Considers safety, reliability, environmental, economic, and other constraints, as well as ethical and social impacts. Students must take the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) exam during the semester they take this course. Students that pass the FE exam during their last semester of study qualify for a Professional Alumni Award.

CE 4911-3  Independent Study
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair and Dean of the College.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

CE 4953  Special Studies in Civil Engineering
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.


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