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Graduate Catalog 2018/2019


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 Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • 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) or professional engineering (PE) certificate. Verification of FE or PE certification should be obtained from the PE board where the certification was obtained. See the CEE department website for more information: http://www2.eng.usf.edu/cee/graduate/apply.htm.
  • 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.

Pre-requisites 12 hours
All students must complete the following pre-requisites or equivalent courses:
EGN 33113Statics
EGN 33433Thermodynamics I
EGN 33533Basic Fluid Mechanics
EGN 36153Engineering 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.

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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.

Total Minimum Hours30 hours
Coursework 24 hours
(concentration 15 hours minimum; 9 hours electives)
Thesis 6 hours

The minimum coursework requirement is 30 graduate level credit hours for students with an undergraduate engineering degree. For students pursuing a concentration area (as detailed below), the 30 credit hours will include at least 15 credit hours of concentration course requirements, with remaining credit hours to consist of core coursework and technical electives as approved by the Department. For students pursuing no concentration 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.

Concentration Requirements - 15 hours minimum
The Department supports M.C.E. concentration 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 concentration.

Geotechnical Engineering
CEG 51153Foundation Engineering
CES 61183Applied 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 3Selected Topics: Advanced Construction Materials
CGN 6720 3Electrochemical Diagnostic Techniques
CGN 6933 3Selected Topics: Structural Life Prediction
EMA 53263Corrosion Control
EMA 65103Characterization 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 67063Advanced Concrete
CES 68353Design of Masonry Structures
CES 5715C3Pre-stressed Concrete
At least 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following list of analysis courses:
CES 6118 3Applied Finite element
CGN 69333Selected Topics: Advanced Structural Mechanics
CGN 69333Selected Topics: Advanced Structural Analysis
CES 5209 3Structural Dynamics
9 Additional credit hours of graduate level coursework in Structures Engineering or closely related areas.

Transportation Engineering
TTE 5205 3Traffic Systems Engineering
TTE 5501 3Transportation Planning and Economics
TTE 6507 3Travel 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 3Free Surface Flow
CWR 6239 3Waves and Beach Protection
CWR 6305 3Urban Hydrology
CWR 6534 3Coastal and Estuary Modeling
CWR 6535 3Hydrologic Models
CGN 6933 1-3Vadose Zone Hydrology
CGN 6933 1-3Groundwater Hydraulics
CGN 6933 1-3Advanced Computational Fluid Mechanics
CWR 6820 3Coastal Waves and Structures
CWR 6538 3Advanced Hydrologic Model
CGN 69333Selected Topics: Advanced Numerical Methods
CGN 69333Selected Topics: Global Water Sustainability
CGN 69333Selected Topics: Ecological Engineering
3 Additional graduate credit hours in Water Resources engineering or closely related areas.

Electives 9 hours
Selected with advice from advisor

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.

Accelerated Major

Note Due to accreditation guidelines, Accelerated Majors must total 150 combined credit hours after sharing credit hours. Contact the department for information.

Accelerated B.S.C.E. in Civil Engineering and M.C.E. in Civil Engineering

The B.S.C.E. requires a total of 131 hours and the M.S. requires 30 hours. By sharing 6 credit hours, the total credit hours earned will be 155 hours.

Refer to each major for specific admission and curriculum requirements. For consideration in the Accelerated Major, students must:

  1. Have completed 15 hours in the undergraduate major
  2. Have a minimum 3.33 GPA overall; and
  3. Have a minimum undergraduate 3.50 GPA in the major.

Shared Courses (6 credit hours)
Students may choose two (2) of the following five (5) 6000-level course options to meet the upper-level undergraduate Technical elective requirement:
TTE 4005 Transportation Engineering II, satisfied by any 6000-level TTE prefixed course (3 hours)
CEG 4012 Geotechnical Engineering II, satisfied by any 6000-level CEG prefixed course (3 hours)
CWR 4812 Capstone Water Resources/Environmental Engineering Design, satisfied by ENV 6564 Environmental Engineering Design.
Free Technical elective, satisfied by any 6000-level CEG, TTE, CES, CGN or CWR course (3 hours)
Free Technical elective, satisfied by any 6000-level CEG, TTE, CES, CGN or CWR course. (3 hours)


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