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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Civil Engineering (ECE)

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Master of Civil Engineering (M.C.E.)
CIP Code: 14.0801
College of Engineering (EN)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (EGX)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue ENB 118
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Sarina Ergas
Phone: 813-974-1119
Email: sergas@usf.edu

Website: http://ce.eng.usf.edu/


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List


Major Information

The field of Civil Engineering has long been known for its breadth and ability to adapt to the new technological needs of society. The traditional areas of public works, such as highways, bridges, water supply, building design, and wastewater treatment, remain very important. In addition, the modern area of managing the environment has been included in the Civil Engineering domain. Graduates of the majors are prepared for careers with public agencies or private industry and firms involved in planning, design, research and development, or regulation.

The Department has a high bay structures laboratory, which includes an MTS 250 kip testing machine. There are also well-equipped environmental, soils, pavement and hydraulics laboratories. These laboratories include equipment such as an ion chromatograph, atomic absorption spectrometer, environmental chamber, constant rate of stress consolidometer, triaxial units and superpave testing equipment.

The M.C.E. degree provides a student with the opportunity to earn the advanced degree by coursework only. This degrees is recommended for part-time students who find it difficult to do thesis research because of their work commitment or for those who wish to complete degree requirements quickly. Many of the department's graduate courses are offered online or on weekday evenings, which permits working students the opportunity to seek a graduate degree.

Accreditation Information:

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Undergraduate GPA ? 3.0 preferred.
  • GRE with preferred minimum scores of V 145 (25th percentile), Q 155 (60th percentile), AW 3.0 (15th percentile); or valid fundamentals of engineering (FE) certificate. Verification of FE certification should be obtained from the professional engineering (PE) board where the FE certification was obtained. See the CEE department website for more information: http://www2.eng.usf.edu/cee/graduate/apply.htm.
  • TOEFL (International applicants only) 79 (550 paper based exam) or IELTS 6.5 (IELTS).
  • Two (2) Letters of Reference provided at the time of application.
  • Statement of Purpose provided at the time of application
  • Resume provided at the time of application.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

The minimum coursework requirement is 30 credit hours for students with an undergraduate engineering degree. Students without an engineering bachelors degree will be required to complete undergraduate engineering pre-requisite courses as determined by the Department.

Pre-requisites 12 hours
All students must complete the following pre-requisites or equivalent courses:
EGN 3311(3) Statics
EGN 3343(3) Thermodynamics I
EGN 3353(3) Basic Fluid Mechanics
EGN 3615(3) Engineering Economics
Most entering students will have taken these courses (or equivalent versions) prior to admission to the M.C.E. major. Students who have not taken these courses prior to beginning the M.C.E. degree program are encouraged to do so as quickly as possible, as these may be pre-requisites for a number of graduate-level courses in the major.

Total Minimum Hours: 30 hours
Core Courses 3 hours
Coursework 21 hours
Thesis 6 hours

The minimum coursework requirement is 30 graduate level credit hours for students with an undergraduate engineering degree.  For students pursuing a specialization area (as detailed below), the 30 credit hours will include at least 15 credit hours of specialization course requirements, with remaining credit hours to consist of core coursework and technical electives as approved by the Department.  For students pursuing no specialization area, the 30 credit hours will consist wholly of core coursework and technical electives as approved by the Department, but with a minimum of 18 credit hours taken within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Students without an engineering bachelors degree will be required to complete undergraduate engineering pre-requisite courses as determined by the Department.  Please contact the Graduate Director for more information.

Common Core Courses 3 hours minimum
CGN 6933(2) Selected Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering: Professional Practice for Civil Engineers

And at least one of the following:
CGN 6933(1) Selected Topics: Grad Structures/Materials Seminar
ENV 6935(1) Environmental/Water Resources Seminar
TTE 6930(1) Grad Transportation Seminar

Specialization Requirements - 15 hours
The Department supports M.C.E. specialization areas in Geotechnical Engineering (GTL), Materials Engineering and Science (MTL), Structures Engineering (STR), Transportation Engineering (TPT), and Water Resources (WRS). Students may select from one of these Specializations, or may select no specialization.

Geotechnical Engineering
CEG 5115(3) Foundation Engineering
CES 6118(3) Applied Finite Elements
9 Additional credit hours of graduate level coursework in Geotechnical engineering or closely related areas.

Materials Engineering and Science
At least 2 courses (6 credit hours) from the following list:
CGN 6933 (3) Selected Topics: Advanced Construction Materials
CGN 6720 (3) Electrochemical Diagnostic Techniques
CGN 6933 (3) Selected Topics: Structural Life Prediction
EMA 5326(3) Corrosion Control
EMA 6510(3) Characterization of Materials
9 Additional credit hours of graduate level coursework in Materials Engineering and Science or closely related areas.

Structures Engineering
At least 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following list of design courses:
CES 6706(3) Advanced Concrete
CES 6835(3) Design of Masonry Structures
CES 5715C(3) Pre-stressed Concrete
At least 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following list of analysis courses:
CES 6118 (3) Applied Finite element
CGN 6933(3) Selected Topics: Advanced Structural Mechanics
CGN 6933(3) Selected Topics: Advanced Structural Analysis
CES 5209 (3) Structural Dynamics
9 Additional credit hours of graduate level coursework in Structures Engineering or closely related areas.

Transportation Engineering
TTE 5205 (3) Traffic Systems Engineering
TTE 5501 (3) Transportation Planning and Economics
TTE 6507 (3) Travel Demand Modeling or CGN 6933 Selected Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering: Statistical and Econometric Methods
6 Additional credit hours of graduate level coursework in Transportation Engineering or closely related areas.

Water Resources 4 courses (12 credit hours) from the following list:
CWR 6235 (3) Free Surface Flow
CWR 6239 (3) Waves and Beach Protection
CWR 6305 (3) Urban Hydrology
CWR 6534 (3) Coastal and Estuary Modeling
CWR 6535 (3) Hydrologic Models
CGN 6933 (1-3) Vadose Zone Hydrology
CGN 6933 (1-3) Groundwater Hydraulics
CGN 6933 (1-3) Advanced Computational Fluid Mechanics
CWR 6820 (3) Coastal Waves and Structures
CWR 6538 (3) Advanced Hydrologic Model
CGN 6933(3) Selected Topics: Advanced Numerical Methods
CGN 6933(3) Selected Topics: Global Water Sustainability
CGN 6933(3) Selected Topics: Ecological Engineering
3 Additional graduate credit hours in Water Resources engineering or closely related areas.

Portfolio / Comprehensive Exam
Portfolio and oral interview are used in lieu of a comprehensive exam. The purpose of the portfolio and interview is for students to demonstrate that they have achieved a minimum level of proficiency in stipulated competencies. Specifically, by the time they graduate, students will demonstrate

  • an ability to plan, compose, and integrate verbal, written, virtual, and graphical communication of a project to technical and non-technical audiences, and
  • an ability to formulate and solve complex problems in Civil Engineering using relevant data and techniques.

Additional details regarding portfolio requirements will be provided to students by the Department.

Other requirements

  • A maximum of 12 graduate level credits taken outside the CEE department may be applied to meet the degree requirements.
  • A maximum of 6 credits of independent study may be applied to meet the degree requirements.


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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

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New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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