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ENCE 100 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering (1 Credit)

An introduction to, and an overview of, Civil and Environmental Engineering. It will introduce students to the undergraduate curriculum and also exposes them to students and graduates who are at various points in their CEE careers. The course blends panel presentations by seniors and graduate students, faculty and practitioners with a project and book review to be performed by the students.

ENCE 200 (PermReq) Civil Engineering Computation (3 Credits)

Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD.
Prerequisite: ENES100, MATH141, and ENES102, and permission of ENGR-Civil & Environmental Engineering department. Credit only granted for: ENCE200 or ENCE202. Formerly: ENCE202. Development of knowledge and skills in managing, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating spatial information. Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are introduced in the context of civil and environmental engineering applications.

ENCE 201 Engineering Information Processing (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: MATH140, ENES220, and permission of department. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENCE201 or ENCE203. Exploration of algorithms for solving problems in several important areas of numerical computing: roots of equations; matrix algebra and the systems of linear equations; function approximation, numerical differentiation and integration; and ordinary differential equations. Issues of solution accuracy, robustness, and efficiency are also considered. Numerical techniques are presented in the context of engineering applications, and example problems are solved using a variety of computer-based tools (primarily MATLAB).

ENCE 215 Engineering for Sustainability (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: CHEM135 and permission of department. Engineers have a key role to play in planning, designing, building, and ensuring a sustainable future. In this class, a problem-based approach is used to examine fundamentally-based analyses and approaches for engineering a sustainable society, with a focus on sustainable use of energy and materials, sustainable infrastructure solutions, atmospheric sustainability and sustainable water supply, and human population growth and resource consumption and its implications for sustainability.

ENCE 300 Fundamentals of Engineering Materials (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: ENES220 and permission of department. Behavior, physical, mechanical and chemical properties, design and performance of civil engineering materials, including aggregates, cement, concrete, asphalt binders and mixtures, plastics and geosynthetics, timber, metals and alloys. Modified and advanced highway materials (polymer and rubber modified mixtures, high performance concrete, composites, smart materials). Laboratory testing with hands-on experience on aggregates, Portland cement concrete, asphalt mixtures, timber and metals as per SUPERAVE, ACI design methods, and ASTM standards and specifications.

ENCE 302 Probability and Statistics for Civil and Environmental Engineers (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: ENCE201, MATH246, and permission of department. Statistics is the science of data. Civil Engineers must often make decisions based on incomplete, variable or uncertain information. In addition, modern methods of design and analysis need to account for variability in natural, engineered and human systems. After successful completion of this class, a student should have facility and familiarity with established basic techniques for managing data, modeling variability and uncertainty, communicating about data and decisions, and supporting or defending a decision or judgement based on uncertain or incomplete data.

ENCE 305 Fundamentals of Engineering Fluids (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: ENES220, PHYS260 and PHYS261 (Formerly: PHYS262), and permission of department. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENCE305 or ENCE330. Formerly ENCE 330. The theoretical bases for fluid statics and dynamics, including the conversation of mass, energy and momentum. Modeling of hydraulic systems are introduced. Emphasis on pipe flow and open-channel hydraulics, with real world applications.

ENCE 310 Introduction to Environmental Engineering (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: ENCE215, PHYS260 (Formerly: PHYS262) and permission of department. Introduction to the physical, chemical and biological systems relating to the quality of water, land and air environments. Fundamental principles will be emphasized, current environmental pollution problems will be examined and methods of pollution abatement discussed.

ENCE 320 Introduction to Project Management (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission of department. A course designed to expose students to the techniques of engineering project management and to develop analytical skills necessary on the management side of engineering projects. Topics include economic analysis, project screening and selection, organizational and project structure, scheduling, budgeting, resource management, life cycle costing, and project control.

ENCE 340 Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: ENES220 and permission of department. Introductory study of soils in civil engineering. Soil origin, phase relationships and classification schemes. Soil hydraulics: capillary, effective stress, permeability and seepage considerations. Basic stress distribution theories and soil consolidation-settlement analysis. Integration of shear strength evaluation with slope stability analysis. If time permits, topics such as applications in geo-environmental engineering will be covered.

ENCE 353 Introduction to Structural Analysis (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: ENES220, MATH246 and permission of department. The basic tools of structural analysis and design. Design loads. Equilibrium of external and internal forces. Shear and moment diagrams in beams and frames. Truss analysis. Influence line diagrams. The slope-deflection method and method of consistent deformation. Matrix stiffness methods for beams, frames and trusses.

ENCE 360 Analysis of Civil Engineering Systems (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: ENCE201, MATH140 and permission of department. Introduction to systems approach and systems analysis in civil and environmental engineering. Introduction to systems analysis tools that facilitate engineering management decision making including optimization and computer simulation. Introduction to linear and nonlinear mathematical optimization including linear and integer programming, elementary nonlinear programming and dynamic programming.

ENCE 370 Introduction to Transportation Engineering and Planning (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: ENCE201, (PHYS260 and PHYS261 {Formerly: PHYS262}) and permission of department. Engineering problems of transportation by highways, airways, pipelines, waterways, and railways. Transportation modes and technologies, vehicle dynamics, basic facility design, traffic stream models, capacity analysis, transportation planning, evaluation and choice, and network analysis.

ENCE 398 Honors Research Project (1 - 3 Credits)

ENCE 402 Simulation and Design of Experiments for Engineers (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: ENCE302 and permission of department. Review of statistics and hypothesis testing, sample design and design of experiments, generation of discrete and continuous distributions and their applications. Introduction of simulation languages and simulation of discrete and continuous engineering systems. Output analysis, model validation and sensitivity and reliability analysis.

ENCE 411 Environmental Engineering Science (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: ENCE310 and permission of department. The basic physical, chemical and biological processes that occur in engineered and natural environmental systems will be discussed. Included will be presentation of parameters used to describe the quality of water, air and land. Measurement techniques will be discussed. A weekly lab will provide hands-on experience with environmental quality measurements and treatment techniques.

ENCE 412 Environmental Engineering Unit Operations (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: ENCE305, ENCE310 and permission of department. Examination of unit operations and processes encountered in environmental engineering field. Fundamental principles learned from previous classes will be applied into the design and operation of unit operations and processes, particularly in the area of water and wastewater treatment. Similar processes will be applied to air pollution control, solid waste disposal and hazardous waste treatment.

ENCE 420 Selection and Utilization of Construction Equipment (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: ENCE320 or equivalent; and permission of department. Senior standing. Construction equipment for excavation, hauling, lifting, structural assembly, paving, and allied functions. Fundamentals of equipment performance, productivity calculations, and cost management. Matching of construction tasks to appropriate construction equipment. Innovative technologies in equipment design and performance. Information technology and automation for construction equipment. Field demonstrations of earth-moving and lifting equipment.

ENCE 421 Legal Aspects of Engineering Practice (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: ENCE320 or equivalent; and permission of department. Study legal principles relevant to engineering design and construction contracts. Specific subjects covered include engineering design and construction contracts, torts, agency, professional liability, labor laws, insurance, expert testimony, mediation and arbitration, intellectual property, patents and copyrights, sureties and ethics. Study principles of ethical and professional conduct of engineers. Gaining familiarity with the basic structure of the US legal system as it relates to legal obligations and responsibilities of engineers.

ENCE 422 Project Cost Accounting and Economics (3 Credits)

Prerequisites:ENCE201, and permission of department. Effective project managers have complete command of their project costs. Reviews the fundamentals of accounting; examines project cost accounting principles, applications, and impact on profitability; examines the principles of activity based costing; covers the elements involved in cash management; introduces the framework for project performance measurement, net present value, depreciation, taxes, and earned value analysis.

ENCE 423 Project Planning, Scheduling and Control (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: ENCE320 or equivalent; and permission of department. Students will learn the basics of project planning and scope development; developing implementation plans; creating work breakdown structures; scheduling fundamentals and the different methods of scheduling; when to schedule, why network schedules and the network diagram; scheduling calculations and the critical path; managing project risk; and the fundamentals of project control including basic control theory and how to control project cost, schedule and resources.

ENCE 424 Communication for Project Managers (3 credits)

For Project Management Minors and CEE Majors only; or permission of department. The fundamentals of communications for project managers. Emphasis on interpersonal and group communications; communication through voice, electronic, and written messages; project cycle and reports and presentations during this cycle; and communications for employment.

ENCE 425 Decision Analysis for Engineering (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: ENCE302, MATH141 or equivalent; and permission of department. Probability basics, subjective probability, using data, introduction to decision analysis, elements of decision problems, structuring decisions, making choices, sensitivity analysis, creativity and decision-making, Monte Carlo simulation, value of information, risk-based decision making and multi-criteria ranking.

ENCE 426 Construction Documentation and BIM Applications in Engineering and Construction (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENCE200 and permission of department. Basics of construction documentation methods, with particular emphasis on Building Information Modeling (BIM). Assembly, coordination, and maintenance of construction documents and implementation of BIM techniques in the design and construction processes. Lectures from project management faculty supplemented by guest lecturers from the construction industry.

ENCE 431 Hydrologic Engineering (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: ENCE305 and permission of department. An introduction to basic principles of hydrologic science including the hydrologic cycle, rainfall, surface runoff and stream flow. Special emphasis is placed on hydrologic engineering design of storm water management and flood control facilities. Design projects are used to illustrate design practices.

ENCE 432 Ground Water Hydrology (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: ENCE 305 and permission of department. Concepts related to the development of the ground water resources, hydrology, hydrodynamics of flow through porous media, hydraulics of wells and basin-wide ground water development. Fundamentals of ground water pollution are introduced.

ENCE 441 Foundation Design (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: ENCE340 and permission of department. Critical review of classical lateral earth pressure theories, analysis of retaining walls and reinforced earth walls, subsurface explorations, bearing capacity and settlement of shallow foundations, design of deep foundations that includes both pile foundations and drilled shafts.

ENCE 444 Experimental Methods in Geotechnical Structural Engineering (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: ENCE340 and ENCE353; and permission of department. In the geotechnical engineering part of the course, major soils testing and their interpretation including classification, compaction, strength, and compressibility will be undertaken. The structural engineering part of this course covers test planning, loading apparatus, instrumentation, data acquisition and data analysis, as well as basic aspects of structural testing techniques and shake-table test. Prerequisites: ENCE340, ENCE353.

ENCE 447 Pavement Engineering (3 Credits)

Prerequisites:ENCE340 and permission of department. Fundamental principles underlying the design, construction, maintenance and repair, and management of highway and airfield pavement systems. Pavement performance (functional/structural; evaluation); pavement mechanics (multi-layered elastic theory; slab theory); pavement materials (properties and characterization); environmental effects; current rigid and flexible design methods (new/rehabilitation); construction (new construction; maintenance/repair; rehabilitation); economic evaluation; pavement management.

ENCE 453 Computer-Aided Structural Analysis (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: ENCE353 and permission of department. Computer-aided analysis of structural systems. Unified matrix formulation of stiffness and flexibility methods. Slope deflection method. Evaluation of truss, frame, and grid systems. Non-prismatic and curved elements. Error analysis and determination of ill conditions. Introduction to finite element methods; formulation of simple two-dimensional elements. In laboratory, use and development of CAD software. 196 Approved Courses

ENCE 454 Design of Concrete Structures (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: ENCE353, ENCE355, and permission of department. Formerly ENCE 451. Combined bending and compression, development and anchorage of reinforcement, deflections, design of slabs including one-way and two-way, design of footings, retaining walls, introduction to pre-stressed concrete, design of multistory buildings.

ENCE 455 Design of Steel Structures (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: ENCE353 and permission of department. Behavior and design of members subjected to fatigue, and combined bending and compression; plate girders, composite beams, open-web joists and connections. Methods of allowable stress design, and load and resistance factor design. Elements of plastic analysis and design. Framing systems and loads for industrial buildings and bridges.

ENCE 456 Intermediate Strength of Materials (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: ENCE353 and permission of department. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENCE410 or ENCE456. The small deflection engineering theory of long, straight beams with arbitrary but compact cross-sections. Beam bending and extension via the Bernoulli-Euler approximation. Beam torsion from the theory of elasticity and the membrane analogy. Beam shearing stresses.

ENCE 466 Design of Civil Engineering Systems (3 Credits)

Must be taken in the semester in which the student graduates. Prerequisite: permission of department. Senior standing. A major civil engineering design experience that emphasizes development of student creativity, development and use of design methodologies, evaluation of alternate solutions, feasibility considerations, and detailed system descriptions. Realistic design constraints including economic factors, safety, aesthetics, and reliability will be imposed. Students will work in design project groups and be required to exercise oral and written communication skills.

ENCE 470 Highway Engineering (3 Credits)

Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: ENCE302, ENCE370 and permission of department. Highway location and design, highway engineering economics, traffic engineering, traffic measurement devices and technologies. Includes discussion of technological advances in traffic flow and capacity, such as signal systems, corridor control, automatic driver information, incident detection and autonomous vehicle operation.

ENCE 472 Transportation Engineering (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: ENCE302, ENCE370 and permission of department. Transportation engineering concepts including transportation systems analysis, airport systems, airline and airport operations, marine transportation and urban public transportation systems.

ENCE 488 Senior Thesis (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: permission of department. Senior standing. Advanced study in civil engineering problems with special emphasis on mathematical modeling and experimental methods. ENCE 489 Special Problems in Civil Engineering (1-4) Prerequisite: permission of department. Senior standing. A course arranged to meet the needs of exceptionally well prepared students for study in a particular field of civil engineering.

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