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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Civil Engineering (ECE)
with a Concentration in Geotechnical (GTL)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 14.0801
College of Engineering (EN)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 78

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 Ph.D. degree is awarded in recognition of demonstrated scholarly competence and ability to conduct and report original and significant research in Civil Engineering.

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, including sustainable development, has been included in the Civil Engineering domain. Graduates of the major are prepared for careers in academia, with public agencies, or with private industry, including firms involved in planning, design, research and development, or regulation.

Ph.D. students may work in any of the areas of Civil Engineering, including Engineering Mechanics, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Pavement Engineering, Materials Engineering and Science, Structures Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Planning, and Water Resources Engineering.

Major Research Areas:
Civil Engineering, including Engineering Mechanics, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Pavement Engineering, Materials Engineering and Science, Structures Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Planning, and Water Resources Engineering.

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 for water and air quality analysis, bench and pilot scale reactor studies, field instrumentation for environmental and water resources studies, constant rate of stress consolidometer, triaxial units, and Superpave testing equipment.

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 ? 3.3 preferred
  • GRE with preferred minimum scores of V 150 (45th percentile), Q 159 (75th percentile), and AW 4.0 (55th percentile)
  • TOEFL (International applicants only) 79 (550 paper based exam) or IELTS 6.5
  • Resume provided at the time of application.
  • Three (3) letters of reference provided at the time of application
  • Statement of Purpose provided at the time of application

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

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

Qualifying Exam
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.

Publication Requirement
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.


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