Total Program Hours:78 hours minimum post-bachelors
48 hours minimum post-masters
Core requirement 2 hours
Specialization/primary area of study 15 hours
Electives 33 hours
Dissertation 20 hours
Other course requirement 8 hours
Core Requirement 2 hours
CGN 6945(2) Graduate Research Methods
An additional 48 credit hours of coursework are required. The following requirements apply to the 48 credit hours of additional coursework:
- At least 15 credit hours must be in the students primary area of study (see also Specialization Requirements, below). These 15 credit hours must be structured coursework, i.e., may not include thesis credits or independent study.
- Up to 30 credit hours from a previously completed Masters degree may be applied, pending course-by-course evaluation and transfer, approved by the Department, the College, and the Office of Graduate Studies. However, no more than 6 credits of Masters Thesis may be applied to meet the coursework requirement.
- No more than 9 credit hours of Independent Study may be applied to meet the coursework requirement.
- Directed research and/or dissertation credits may not be counted towards the coursework requirement.
Specialization Requirements - 15 hours minimum
The Department supports Ph.D. specialization areas in
Engineering for International Development (EFD)
Environmental Engineering (ENV)
Geotechnical Engineering (GTL)
Materials Engineering and Science (MTL)
Structures Engineering (STR)
Transportation Engineering (TPT)
Water Resources (WRS).
Students may select from one of these Specializations, or may select no specialization.
Engineering for International Development ( )
This concentration 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 concentration requires: 2) 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 part of the basis of the students dissertation. 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 the Peace Corps and non-governmental Development Organizations. Graduates are 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 1 course (3 credits) from the following global public health courses:
PHC 6764(3) Global Health Principles and Contemporary Issues
PHC 6761(3) Global Health Assessment Strategies
3 additional credit hours of graduate level coursework in international development engineering or closely related areas.
Students engaged in full-time global training and/or service as part of the EFD concentration (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.
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (EVE) - 15 hours
ENV 6002 (3) Physical Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering
EES 6107 (3) Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering
ENV 6666 (3) Aquatic Chemistry
At least one course from the following:
ENV 6617 (3) Green Engineering for Sustainability
CGN 6933 (3) Selected Topics: Resilient Infrastructure
ENV 6510 (3) Sustainable Development Engineering
Additional 3 credit hours of coursework in Environmental Engineering
GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING (GTL) - 15 hours
CEG 5115 (3) Foundation Engineering
CES 6118 (3) Finite Element Analysis
Additional 9 graduate level credit hours of coursework in Geotechnical Engineering or closely related areas
MATERIALS ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE (MTL) - 15 hours
At least 2 courses (6 credit hours) from the following list:
CGN 6933 (3) Selected Topics: Concrete Construction Materials
CGN 6720 (3) Electrochemical Diagnostic Techniques
CES 6010 (3) Structural Life Prediction
EMA 5326 (3) Corrosion Control
EMA 6510 (3) Characterization of Materials
Additional 9 graduate level credit hours of coursework in Materials Engineering and Science or closely related areas
STRUCTURES ENGINEERING (STR) - 15 hours
1 course (3 credit hours) from the following list of courses:
CES 6706(3) Advanced Concrete
CES 6835 (3) Design of Masonry Structures
CES 5715C (3) Pre-stressed Concrete
1 course (3 credit hours) from the following list:
CES 6118 (3) Applied Finite Elements
CES 6230(3) Advanced Structural Mechanics
CES 6144(3) Advanced Structural Analysis
CES 5209(3) Structural Dynamics
EGN 6333 (3) Continuum Mechanics
Additional 9 graduate level credit hours of coursework in Structures Engineering or closely related areas
TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING (TPT) - 15 hours
TTE 5205 (3) Traffic Systems Engineering
TTE 5501 (3) Transportation Planning and Economics
TTE 6507 (3) Travel Demand Modelling or CGN 6933 Selected Topics: Statistical and Econometric Methods
Additional 6 graduate level credit hours of coursework in Transportation Engineering or closely related areas
WATER RESOURCES (WRS) - 15 hours
A minimum of 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 (3) Vadose Zone Hydrology
CGN 6933 (3) Groundwater Hydraulics
CGN 6933 (3) Advanced Computational Fluid Mechanics
GLY 6836 (3) Numerical Modeling of Hydrogeologic Systems
GLY 6827C (4) Advanced Hydrogeology
CWR 6820 (3) Coastal Waves and Structures
CWR 6538 (3) Advanced Hydrologic Modeling
Additional 3 graduate level credit hours of coursework in Water Resources or closely related areas
Electives - 33 hours
Graduate level electives are selected in consultation with the students major research advisor and/or advisory committee
Doctoral students are expected to pass a qualifying examination no later than the semester following the completion of 48 credits of coursework beyond a bachelors degree. At minimum, the exam will include a written dissertation proposal and oral defense by the dissertation committee. A written exam in the area of specialization may also be required. Poor performance on the qualifying exam based on the judgment of the committee may result in the student failing the exam. If a student does not pass on the first attempt, he/she may request in writing to repeat the exam. Students who fail the Qualifying examination the second time will be dismissed by the Major.
Dissertation Requirements - 20 hours minimum
CGN 7980 Dissertation
A minimum of 20 credits of dissertation, an approved PhD dissertation, and a dissertation defense are required. Students may not sign up for dissertation credits until they have defended their proposal and advanced to candidacy (see Qualifying Exam, above).
Additional Requirements - 9 hours minimum
Nine (9) credits of additional graduate level coursework, dissertation, or directed research are required.
Students must have at least one paper accepted to a peer-reviewed journal or peer-reviewed conference based on their research carried out during their doctoral studies at USF.