CIVIL, ARCHITECTURAL, AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING - Dept. Code:  CAE

DEGREE PROGRAMS

The Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of:

• Master of Science in Architectural Engineering
• Master of Science in Civil Engineering
• Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering

The specialty areas of study in Civil Engineering include:

• structural engineering and structural materials
• environmental engineering
• water-resources engineering

The specialty areas of study in Architectural Engineering include:

• integrated building systems
• MEP systems

In all fields of specialization, up to one-half of the required course work for the selected degree may be taken outside of the Department.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

All students applying to the graduate program are required to submit GRE scores and three letters of recommendation. Admission criteria are described under Colleges of Engineering – Graduate Admission Requirements.

A. International students should consult the section on admissions.
B. Students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than their proposed major may be admitted to the graduate program and to candidacy upon completion of appropriate undergraduate deficiency courses, in addition to the regular requirements for the graduate degree.

MASTER OF SCIENCE

A. Requirements for the M.S. degree are listed in this Bulletin under Engineering and under Master’s Degree General.
B. A total of 6 credits of transfer and/or exchange coursework not counted towards the student’s bachelor’s degree may be taken at another institution and used to satisfy requirements for the M.S. degree.
C. Both a thesis option and a non-thesis option are available.
D. There is also a 5-year B.S./M.S. option available for qualified undergraduate students enrolled within the Department.
E. Of 30 required credits, up to 6 may be thesis research. At least 12 credits must be at the 600 level, of which up to 6 credits can be thesis research, independent study, or, for 5-year BS-MS candidates, Capstone Design.
F. The student and an advisory committee plan the students overall program.
1. The advisory committee consists of a minimum of 3 members.
2. The chair of the committee shall be a full-time faculty member from the CAE Department, one member must be from outside the Department and hold a Ph.D., and one member other than the chair must be either a full-time or part-time member of the Department. 
3. One of the committee members must be a member of the Graduate Faculty.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

A. Regulations concerning admission, course requirements, residence requirements, qualifying and final examinations, and dissertation are listed in this Bulletin under Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy.
B. A total of 6 credits of transfer and/or exchange coursework beyond those counted towards the student’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees may be taken at another institution and used to satisfy requirements for the Ph.D. degree. Students entering without a previous master’s degree may use a total of 12 such credits to satisfy requirements for the Ph.D.
C. For students with a previous master’s degree, 18 credits of coursework are required, six of which must be at the 600 level in courses other than independent study. For students entering without a previous master’s degree, 42 credits of coursework are required, 12 of which must be at the 600 level in courses other than independent study.
D. The student and a supervisory committee plan the students overall program.
E. A separate dissertation committee may be formed to oversee the progress of the dissertation but, in most instances, the student’s supervisory committee also serves as the dissertation committee.
F. The supervisory/dissertation committee shall be composed of a minimum of 4 members.
1. Three members, including the chair, shall be members of the Graduate Faculty, and one member shall be from outside the Department and hold a Ph.D.
2. A minimum of two members, including the chair of the committee, must be full-time members from the CAE Department.

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES - CIVIL/ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING

• Current research activities in the Department include properties of concrete materials, such as cellular concrete, composite structural systems, fiber-reinforced concrete, modeling and simulation of engineering materials, multi-scale modeling of materials, fracture mechanics, structural steel behavior, structural health monitoring, structural repair and rehabilitation, energy, indoor air quality,  heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), building material emissions and sorption, air cleaning using photocatalytic or other oxidizing technologies, environmentally compatible construction materials and systems, life-cycle building systems integration, and sustainable affordable housing.

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES - ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

• Current research activities in the Department include development of new physicochemical water and wastewater treatment processes, potable wastewater reuse, solid and hazardous waste management, health and environmental risk analysis, environmental/economic planning for sustainable development, hazardous waste remediation, environmental health studies, water quality studies, ground-water, surface-water, and contaminant-transport processes, hydrologic processes, water resources planning and management, and water policy.