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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Civil Engineering (ECE)

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Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.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 with 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.S.C.E. is a research-oriented degree in which the student writes, as a major part of the degree requirements, a thesis that defines, examines, and reports in depth on a subject area relevant to Civil Engineering. The purpose of the thesis is to instill in the student the ability to inspect, evaluate, and report on a subject of interest to the engineering profession.

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.
  • Two Letters of Reference provided at the time of application (three required for EFD specialization).
  • Statement of Purpose provided at the time of application.
  • Resume provided at the time of application.

Exceptions made on a case-by-case basis where warranted.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

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 major consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours of thesis. For students pursuing a Specialization area (as detailed below), the 24 credit hours of coursework will include at least 12 credit hours of Specialization 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 24 credit hours of coursework will consist wholly of core coursework and technical electives as approved by the Department, but with a minimum of 15 credit hours taken within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Students without an Engineering undergraduate degree will be required to complete undergraduate engineering pre-requisite courses as determined by the Department. Contact the Graduate Director for more information.

Common Core Courses 3 hours minimum
CGN 6945(2) Graduate Research Methods in Civil and Environmental Engineering

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 -12 hours minimum
The Department supports M.S.C.E. specialization areas in Engineering for International Development (EFD), 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.

Engineering for International Development (EFD)
This specialization acknowledges coursework and international field experience in the area of engineering for international development that considers issues of sustainable development, water, sanitation, and health (WaSH), gender, and society. This graduate specialization requires 1) coursework in global health, applied anthropology (medical, environmental, and development), and Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WaSH) engineering, 2) a development-focused research component, and 3) a long-term overseas field experience in sustainable development as a WaSH engineer, which in most cases will form the basis of the students masters thesis The international field experience allows a student to remain enrolled as a full-time student (with zero tuition/fees) and gain development experience serving with Peace Corps and Non-governmental Development Organizations. Graduate sare competitive for employment in the global WaSH development field.

ENV 6510 Sustainable Development Engineering

A minimum of 1 course (3 credits) from the following applied anthropology courses:
ANG 6766(3) Research Methods in Applied Anthropology
ANG 6730(3) Socio-cultural Aspects of HIV/AIDS
ANG 6469(3) Selected Topics: Health, Illness and Culture

A minimum of one course (3 credits) from the following global public health courses:
PHC 6764(3) Global Health Principles & Contemporary Issues
PHC 6761(3) Global Health Assessment Strategies

3 additional graduate level credit hours of coursework in international development engineering or closely related areas.

Students engaged in full-time global training and/or service as part of the EFD specialization (e.g., in the U.S. Peace Corps, with a non-governmental organization, UNESCO-IHE, or equivalent) may register for CST 6990 for 0 credit hours while in their country of service/research.

Geotechnical Engineering
CEG 5115 Foundation Engineering
CES 6118 Applied Finite Elements
6 additional credit hours of 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 Selected Topics: Advanced Construction Materials
CGN 6720 Electrochemical Diagnostic Techniques
CES 6010 Structural Life Prediction
EMA 5326 Corrosion Control
EMA 6510 Characterization of Materials
6 additional credit hours of 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 Advanced Concrete
CES 6835 Design of Masonry Structures
CES 5715C Pre-Stressed Concrete

At least 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following list of analysis courses:
CES 6118 Applied Finite element
CES 6230 Advanced Structural Mechanics
CES 6144 Advanced Structural Analysis
CES 5209 Structural Dynamics

6 additional credit hours of coursework in Structures Engineering or closely related areas.

Transportation Engineering
TTE 5205 Traffic Systems Engineering
TTE 5501 Transportation Planning and Economics
TTE 6507 Travel Demand Modeling or CGN 6933 Selected Topics: Statistical and Econometric Methods
3 additional credit hours of coursework in Transportation Engineering or closely related areas.

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

Comprehensive Exam
The thesis and defense are used in lieu of a comprehensive exam.

Thesis - 6 hours minimum
Students pursuing the M.S.C.E. are required to complete at least six (6) credits of Thesis. Students must conduct a suitable research project under the guidance of their thesis advisor, write an original thesis based upon the results of the research project, and defend the thesis to a committee that must subsequently approve the completed thesis. For students in the EFD Specialization, the thesis must be associated with research in a developing-world context.

Other Requirements

  • A maximum of 9 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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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

CGN6971,