Civil Engineering, M.S.C.E.

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

About the Program

The M.S.C.E. program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop a greater technical competency in the general area of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Students are motivated to grow intellectually through the continued search for and use of knowledge, and are provided with the catalyst to become active, articulate, and socially aware individuals. Graduates of the program are key contributors to the civil engineering and environmental engineering professions.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 5 years

Campus Location: Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The degree program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Interdisciplinary Study: The program encourages interdisciplinary research with other branches of engineering as well as with various departments in the sciences and applied mathematics. Recent collaborative work with the Department of Mechanical Engineering includes projects on water flow and solute transport in porous media (aquifers) and the effects of turbulence on the mixing of oil spills at sea. Collaboration with the Department of Chemistry includes research on waste combustion products and surface complexation.

Areas of Specialization: For each of the two areas of specialization, research includes:

  • Civil Engineering Systems — three major branches of civil engineering: construction engineering, structural engineering, and transportation engineering.
  • Environmental Engineeringthe fundamentals and applications of water resources engineering, pollution in natural systems (water and air), and engineered treatment and remediation systems.

Job Prospects: Graduates with the M.S.C.E. are employed by various engineering companies as well as government agencies in design, analysis, and applications. Typical examples are water treatment facilities and regulatory agencies engaged in environmental regulation and pollution control; companies involved in construction project management; and those involved in structural design and analysis of buildings, bridges, and other structures. Students who complete an M.S.C.E. with a thesis are prepared to enter a doctoral program.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Up to 9 credits of graduate Engineering coursework may be taken at Temple University on a non-matriculated basis and subsequently applied to the M.S.C.E. degree upon admission. If the applicant's undergraduate GPA was less than 3.0, a GPA of 3.25 or better is required on this non-matriculated graduate coursework to receive an admissions exception. Consequently, the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Graduate Program Director may encourage those with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.0 to take their first three graduate courses prior to making formal application to the M.S.C.E. program. (See the relevant Graduate School policies on special admission procedures for non-matriculated students: 02.23.11.03 and 02.24.19.)

Financing Opportunities: Three forms of financial aid are offered to graduate students:

  1. Teaching Assistantship (TA):  TA awards are made solely by the Department and require the awardee to work 20 hours per week in support of the Department's undergraduate programs. The TA is compensated with a 9-month stipend, a basic health-insurance plan, and 9 credits per term of tuition remission.
  2. Research Assistantship (RA):  Individual CEE faculty confer RA awards, using their research funds, upon students who appear well-qualified to carry out the research. Typically, this faculty member becomes the RA's Thesis advisor. The RA normally works up to 20 hours per week and is compensated with a stipend, basic health insurance, and tuition remission.
  3. Fellowships:  These highly competitive University-wide grants are typically awarded only to Ph.D.-program applicants. See the Engineering, Ph.D. program description for details.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: March 1
Spring: November 1; August 1 international

Applications are processed on a continual basis. Late applications may be considered for admission. Ordinarily, the applicant is informed of an admissions decision within 4 to 6 weeks of receipt of all supporting application documents.

Applicants who plan to matriculate full-time are automatically considered for financial aid awards so no separate application for financial aid is required. To ensure financial aid consideration for the intended term of study, however, applicants should submit a complete application by January 15 (Fall) and August 1 (Spring).

Both admissions and financial aid award decisions originate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). Applicants are encouraged to contact the CEE Graduate Program Director for advice and consultation in the application process.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:
Number Required:  3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college or research faculty who are familiar with the applicant's competency. If the applicant has an established career in engineering, one of the letters should be provided by the applicant's immediate supervisor. If the applicant has been out of school long enough that relevant academic reference letters appear impractical, s/he should contact the CEE Graduate Program Director to obtain a waiver of this admission requirement.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration: Students not adequately prepared for advanced courses may be required to take a number of prerequisites. The CEE Department identifies the needed coursework on a case-by-case basis.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering is the preferred prerequisite degree. However, students who have earned a bachelor's degree in a related field are encouraged to apply, with the understanding that remedial preparatory courses may be a pre-condition of admission to the M.S.C.E. program.

University regulations stipulate that the applicant must have earned a 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale in her/his undergraduate studies, but admission exceptions are made for a variety of circumstances. (See Graduate School Policy 02.23.11.03.) The CEE Graduate Program Director helps the applicant navigate the admission possibilities, including the "Non-Matriculated Student Policy" option.

Statement of Goals: Describe your relevant technical experiences and career goals in one to two pages.

Standardized Test Scores:
GRE: Required. Scores must be no more than 5 years in advance of the application date. (See Graduate School Policy 02.23.12.) Applicants who require a waiver of the GRE should consult the CEE Graduate Program Director concerning the mechanics and consequences of obtaining an exception.

TOEFL: 79 iBT or 550 PBT minimum. (See Graduate School Policy 02.23.13.01.)

Resume: Current resume required.

Transfer Credit: Graduate credits taken at an accredited institution prior to matriculation may be transferred into the M.S.C.E. program. In order to transfer, the courses must be equivalent to courses offered at Temple in the student's area of study and research, and the grades must be "B" or better. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6. (See Graduate School Policy 02.24.21.)

Test Waivers: Applicants with two or more years of employment in an engineering profession performing engineering design and analysis may request a waiver of the GRE. Consult with the CEE Graduate Program Director concerning the mechanics and consequences of obtaining an exception.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Students choose between three tracks:

  1. Thesis Track, which is intended for full-time students who have a financial aid award and includes 24 s.h. of didactic coursework and 6 s.h. of thesis (CEE 9996).
  2. Project Track, which is intended for full-time students who are self-supporting and includes 27 s.h. of didactic coursework and 3 s.h. of project (CEE 9995).
  3. Coursework Track, which is intended for self-supporting part-time students and entails 30 s.h. of didactic coursework.

In the first term, the student and CEE Graduate Program Director jointly establish which track the student will follow; in doing this, they initiate the "M.S.C.E. Plan of Study." The Plan of Study form lists all required courses and suggests an M.S.C.E. program-requirement execution sequence for the student to follow. This form is used to track the student's progress, and is updated and annotated at least once a year as the student completes the various benchmarks in the M.S.C.E. program.

If a student's circumstances change, s/he can change tracks by revising the Plan of Study form and obtaining the requisite approval signatures. However, when considering whether to change one's track, the student should note that:

  • "Thesis" credits (CEE 9996) can only be applied toward the Thesis M.S.C.E. degree program and cannot be applied to either the Project or Coursework Tracks.
  • "Project" credits (CEE 9995) can only be applied toward the Project M.S.C.E. degree program and cannot be used for either the Coursework or Thesis Tracks.

In all three options, the didactic coursework may include up to, but no more than, 3 s.h. of ENGR 9182 Independent Study I or 3 s.h. of CEE 9991 Directed Research. Furthermore, students who wish to take graduate coursework in Temple University schools/colleges other than the College of Engineering will need to obtain the appropriate written approvals on their Plan of Study form.

Culminating Events: Depends on the student's choice of track: Thesis, Project, or Coursework.

Thesis Option:
The master's thesis is the culminating event in the Thesis Track and is typically undertaken during the last two successive terms of study. Successful completion requires the following:

  1. Thesis Proposal — CEE 9996 Thesis I (3 s.h.)
    The student assembles a committee of three or more faculty members, including her/his advisor, who is typically a full-time CEE faculty member. The student's Plan of Study should be updated, if necessary, to indicate the advisor's name.
    Under the guidance of the advisor and committee, the student prepares a research proposal and presents her/his proposal in an open College-wide seminar. The student is responsible for scheduling the proposal and posting an announcement at least 10 business days in advance of this seminar. Ordinarily, the proposal seminar is immediately followed by a meeting of the student's advisory committee in which the student is closely questioned about the details and strategy of the proposed research. The proposal is then accepted by the committee, accepted by the committee with revisions, or rejected by the committee.
    The student's advisory committee also jointly determines the letter grade (A-F) for Thesis I at the end of the term. The student must pass Thesis I before registering for Thesis II. If the student fails Thesis I, s/he may either re-register for Thesis I in the next regular term and repeat the entire proposal process (noting that a second failure will result in automatic dismissal from the University) or consider switching to the Project or Coursework Track, with the relevant updating of the Plan of Study form.
  2. Thesis Defense — CEE 9996 Thesis II (3 s.h.)
    The student should register for Thesis II in the term that s/he is prepared to defend the thesis. The thesis document should be prepared in a format compliant with University standards. (See Graduate School Policy 02.26.12.02.) The student should provide her/his committee with a copy of the completed thesis at least two weeks before the date of the thesis defense.
    The thesis is scheduled during a regular academic term, including summer terms. It should not be scheduled during study days, final exams, or the breaks between terms. The student should arrange for, and post an announcement of, the thesis defense at least 10 business days in advance of the defense. Furthermore, if the student is to graduate in the same term that s/he defends the thesis, the defense should be scheduled no later than 30 days prior to the end of the term to allow for document revisions in keeping with Graduate School deadlines, as specified at http://www.temple.edu/grad/documents/Dissertation-and-Thesis-Handbook.pdf.
    The thesis defense is an open College seminar in which the student presents the concepts and results of her/his research. Normally, this presentation is immediately followed by a meeting of the thesis committee, which closely examines the student's research. The committee can accept the thesis as provided, accept the thesis with revisions, or not accept the thesis. If the thesis is accepted, the committee jointly decides on a letter grade for Thesis II. If the thesis is not accepted, but the committee decides to not fail the student:
    1. an "R" grade is assigned to Thesis II;
    2. the student registers in each subsequent term for one credit of ENGR 9991 Directed Research until s/he is again prepared to attempt the defense; and
    3. the entire open-seminar defense procedure described above is carried out in the term that the student is prepared to defend the thesis.

Project Option:
The project is the culminating event in the Project Track. It is normally carried out in the student's last term of study. The student selects an advisor (usually a full-time faculty member in the CEE Department), registers for CEE 9995 Project, and conducts a one-term research activity under the supervision of the advisor. Near the end of the term, the student prepares a report of her/his findings and presents the study in an open departmental seminar. Both the seminar and the written report are used to determine the student's grade for CEE 9995. The grade is jointly determined by the advisor and a second grader selected by the CEE Graduate Program Director, as recorded in the Plan of Study. 

Coursework Option:
No culminating event is warranted for the Coursework Track.

Courses

CEE 5048. Probability and Statistics in Engineering. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to build a conceptual background in probability, statistics, and stochastic analysis. It prepares the graduate student for research in uncertainty analysis and stochastic models in engineering. It begins by building a solid integrated background on the subjects that conform uncertainty analysis in engineering: probability, statistics, and stochastic modeling. The theory is complemented with numerous exercises of application in engineering uncertainty analysis, and with computer simulations using modern computer algebra software, such as MAPLE. Students are gradually taken to more advanced subjects and eventually to the analysis of differential equations subject to random initial conditions, random forcing terms, and random parameters. Partial differential equations and nonlinear stochastic equations are treated.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5058. Probability Statistics in Engineering. 3 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5110. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours.

Special topics courses are developed to cover emerging issues or specialized content and they do not repeat material presented by regular semester courses.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

CEE 5201. Transportation Systems Management. 3 Credit Hours.

This course covers cost-effective techniques for the rebuilding of deteriorated transportation systems; pavement management and traffic systems management; extensive use of advanced computer software packages.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5202. Transportation Engineering. 3 Credit Hours.

This course focuses on the principal modes of transportation, including highway, rail, and air; analysis of elements of transport technology; and transportation system development, planning, design, construction, and maintenance.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5203. Structural Design of Pavements. 3 Credit Hours.

This course covers basic characteristics of different pavement structures; various modes of failure and design of pavement structures; identification and analysis of stresses; strains and deflections in flexible and rigid pavements; computation of traffic loading and volume for the structural design of pavements; engineering properties of pavement materials; pavement performance and distress; and empirical and mechanistic-empirical approaches.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5211. Bridge Design. 3 Credit Hours.

The course covers bridge design in structural steel and reinforced concrete; application of AASHTO bridge design specifications; and analysis techniques for complex structures. Preliminary designs include investigating alternative structural systems and materials. Final designs include preparation of design calculations and sketches.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5212. Transportation Engineering Materials. 3 Credit Hours.

Topics include physical properties of asphalt, aggregates, portland cement, portland cement concrete, and their combinations; advanced techniques in material characterization in the lab and the field; material variability, sampling, and statistical techniques; and the impact of these properties on their characterization of the design, construction, rehabilitation, and management of transportation facilities, including portland cement concrete pavements with steel reinforcement; construction methodologies, recycling, and energy consideration; and application of the state-of-the-art computer software packages.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5221. Intelligent Transportation Systems. 3 Credit Hours.

Coverage embraces the multidimensional upgrades needed for highway and vehicles for developing intelligent transportation systems. Contributions from important related fields such as telecommunications, safety, management, urban and regional planning, and economics where they interface with transport are included. Several case studies constitute an integral part of the course.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5231. Airport Engineering. 3 Credit Hours.

This course deals with the various aspects of airport engineering, planning, design and development of 21st century airports. The course covers airport master and system planning, airside layout, landside access design, passenger and cargo facilities, terminal design, drainage and pavement design.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5241. Pavement Management and Traffic Systems Management. 3 Credit Hours.

The course covers development of management methods for analysis, planning, design, construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation of pavements and traffic systems. The objective functions include creation of more efficient use of existing facilities through improved management and operation of vehicles and roadway.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5244. Introduction to Geosynthetics. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will enhance your critical understanding of Geosynthetic Materials used in civil engineering applications and develop the knowledge and skills required for designing and applying geosynthetic materials in civil engineering and environmental applications. Geosynthetics properties, testing of properties, design of geotextile, geogrids, geonets, and geomembranes for applications in separation, pavement design, embankment and retaining wall reinforcement, soil stabilization, filtration, drainage and liquid barrier, construction guidelines and case histories. The module will also develop critical understanding of the processes and materials used for the manufacture of geosynthetic materials.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5301. Construction Administration. 3 Credit Hours.

The course focuses on the engineering and construction industry; the basis of construction contracting; organizational structure and its functions; management structure and its functions; office administration, employment practices, and labor relations; organizational financing and accounting; and safety practices, risk management, and industrial insurance.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5302. Engineering Project Management. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides an overview of the basic principles underlying all methods of project management, including project estimating, planning and scheduling, budgeting, cost accounting and cost control, project documentation, tracking and resource leveling. It also focuses on utilization of project management software packages for selected civil engineering projects; different types of projects; organizing the project management functions; setting up the project team; starting up and managing engineering projects; and ensuring the effective completion of the project on time, within budget, and meeting specifications.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5303. Construction Financial Management. 3 Credit Hours.

Coverage includes project development in construction, project budgeting and job costing approaches, cost management and financing alternatives, evaluation of financial and accounting objectives required with each project, forecasting cash needs and profit, and financial reporting procedures.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5312. Construction Equipment Management. 3 Credit Hours.

This course focuses on the concepts and theories of construction equipment operation, ownership costs, and their relationship to production systems; analysis of depreciation and fixed costs for equipment pricing on construction projects; selection and use of construction equipment; and equipment economics and financing.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5321. Geotechnical Engineering. 3 Credit Hours.

This course deals with soil testing, site investigation, design of shallow and deep foundations, earth retaining structures, and advanced topics in soil behavior and stability.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5411. Structural CADD Systems. 3 Credit Hours.

Topics include behavior and analysis of simple and complex structures subjected to dynamic loads; using exact and approximate analytical techniques; determination of free response and force response using modal superposition and numerical integration; review of the characteristics of earthquakes with consideration of site and structural parameters on the response of buildings; and application of analysis and design procedures required to achieve earthquake-resistant structures in accordance with building code specifications.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5421. Structural Dynamics. 3 Credit Hours.

This design course addresses developments in theory and practice of earthquake engineering. It familiarizes students with new techniques of analysis and seismic design. Students learn advanced concepts in applied mathematics, especially structural dynamics and application of seismic building and bridge codes. Familiarity with differential equations, matrix methods of analysis, non-linear equations, eigenvalue solutions, and finite elements modeling are required. Students are instructed to learn and apply new software for dynamic analysis. Laboratory work includes the study of experimental models such as for bridge piers (frames, walls, and hammerhead columns) using an MTS machine for applying dynamic loads.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5431. Behavior and Design of Steel Structures. 3 Credit Hours.

The course's design objective is to develop within the student an awareness of the fundamentals required to produce safe, functional, and economical steel structures, which are in conformance with national building codes and industry specifications and standards. This is an advanced course in structural engineering intended to develop professional-level competence in the design of steel-framed buildings, utilizing the most up-to-date design code.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5432. Structural Mechanics. 3 Credit Hours.

Topics include principles of mechanics and stress and strain at a point; analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate structures with static and moving loads using energy methods and force and deformation methods; beam theory, shear center, unsymmetrical bending, introduction to numerical methods, and computer techniques; and introduction to the use of the GT-STRUDAL and ANSYS computer programs.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5433. Behavior and Design of Masonry Structures. 3 Credit Hours.

Coverage includes the fundamental principles of masonry behavior and design. In this course, up-to-date information about material testing, research methodology in the area of masonry structures, and codes are presented. The first part of the course presents the fundamental behavior and characteristics of masonry materials and masonry assemblages, the deformational characteristics of brick and block masonry, performance of load-bearing wall systems and shear wall system, the design of unreinforced and reinforced masonry elements, and the construction details of masonry structures. The second part of the course concentrates on the seismic resistance of masonry structures, prestressed masonry, and applied design of low and high-rise buildings.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5434. Behavior and Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures. 3 Credit Hours.

Behavior, analysis, and design of advanced reinforced concrete structures and components including columns subjected to flexure in one or two direction, slender columns, floor systems including two-way slabs, and analysis, design application using modern software.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5445. Earthquake Engineering and Seismic Design. 3 Credit Hours.

Basic knowledge of and introduction to earthquake engineering, seismic design and analysis methods, and seismic design based on International Building Code (IBS), ASCE 7 - Minimum Design Loads for buildings and other structures, introduction of material specific design requirement.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5531. Life Cycle Assessment and Carbon Footprinting. 3 Credit Hours.

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) examines the environmental impacts of products, processes and policies beyond their direct production. Cradle to grave analysis in this manner provides the full picture that is needed to understand the true impact. This course provides an overview of Life Cycle Assessment principles and practice in relation to environmental and energy concerns. Regulatory and economic decision support tools and software analysis packages will be included. The course is structured such that students will start an LCA from the beginning of the course and progress on it as topics are covered.

Field of Study Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5621. Engineering Hydrology. 3 Credit Hours.

Quantifying water flow in watersheds is a crucial step in the design of environmental facilities, such as drinking water treatment plants, and in delineating floodplains. This course deals with the water cycle over watersheds by addressing the motion of water masses in the atmosphere and in surface and subsurface systems. Students who successfully pass this class are able to deal with most hydrology problems treated in the industry sector.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5622. Fate of Pollutants in Subsurface Environments. 3 Credit Hours.

This course focuses on integrated chemical, physical, and microbiological principles of contaminant fate and transport processes necessary in the use of engineered approaches toward selecting and implementing subsurface cleanup options. It also covers abiotic processes, biotic processes, empirical models, and vulnerability mapping.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5623. Contaminant Dynamics in Urban Streams. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will focus on environmental systems near the air:water and water:sediment interfaces. These systems are by definition boundary or edge systems and are therefore exceptionally important to aquatic ecosystem functioning. After briefly discussing the air:water interface in rivers and lakes, the course will focus on the water:sediment interface. It is here that steep gradients in chemical concentration can be found and significant nutrient cycling occurs. In addition, studies have shown that significant ecosystem productivity and respiration occurs within the bed sediments of flowing water. The course will discuss the concept of transient storage and hyporheic exchange; issues surrounding modeling of transient storage and hyporheic exchange; phosphorus and nitrogen biogeochemistry within the hyporheic zone; and biotic/abiotic nutrient cycling.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5631. Environmental Hydrology. 3 Credit Hours.

Topics include the physics of surface and subsurface circulation and storage of water and the transport of contaminants in watersheds, soils, aquifers, rivers, the ocean, and the atmosphere, as well as the laws and equations that govern the recharge, flow, storage, and discharge of water in natural environments. Emphasis is given to qualitative analysis and quantitative evaluation methods of the different hydrologic processes with potential applications in surface and groundwater resources engineering, and environmental analysis. Analytical and numerical procedures to solve the arising equations are presented, along with the most commonly used models to solve water resources problems. Also studied are engineering methods for the sustainable use of water resources; engineering methods for the containment and treatment of surface and groundwater pollution; and the restoration of aquifers.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5641. Urban Streams and Stormwater Management. 3 Credit Hours.

Stormwater management has become a significant issue in recent years. In the past, the typical thinking was "get it out of my town," which resulted in downstream communities suffering the brunt of poor or inadequate management. In fact, only the rate of runoff was addressed, not the volume nor the quality of that runoff. In urban areas, the volume of runoff increases significantly due to additional impervious cover (e.g., pavement and rooftops), and urban stormwater runoff causes water quality degradation due to excess amounts of nutrients, metals, bacteria, and sediment. This course addresses the impact of improperly controlled runoff on urban streams and how the rate, volume, and quality of urban stormwater runoff can be properly controlled through appropriate Best Management Practice (BMP) implementation.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5701. Physical Principals of Environmental Systems. 3 Credit Hours.

Basic principles of process engineering as they relate to pollution control are studied, including heat and mass transfer; mixing, chemical, and biological reactions; and reaction and kinetics.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5702. Chemical Principles of Environmental Systems. 3 Credit Hours.

This course focuses on the essential chemical principles necessary to understand the nature of commonly occurring pollution problems and engineering approaches to their solutions; thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, acid-base chemistry, carbonate system, Redox chemistry, and adsorption/desorption phenomena.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5703. Mathematical Modeling. 3 Credit Hours.

This introductory graduate course focuses on numerical modeling of engineering systems. It covers standard mathematical techniques, such as interpolation, numerical integration, numerical solutions of ordinary and partial differential equations, parameter estimation, and optimization. Students will have to use an algorithmic programming language, such as Matlab, Fortran, or C++.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5711. Air Pollution Control. 3 Credit Hours.

Topics include theory and principles of the design and operation of the major categories of air pollution control equipment, and an introduction to dispersion modeling. An extensive design problem is a major course component.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5721. Weather Monitoring and Forecasting. 3 Credit Hours.

This online course will offer a basic understanding of measurements of the atmosphere used for weather analysis and forecasting. Data from instruments such as weather balloons, radar, lightning mapping arrays, and satellites will be included. Special emphasis will be on interpreting satellite imagery and use in weather forecasting and warnings. Students will have the opportunity to learn to interpret real-time data online, and to make their own weather forecasts. The course will be taught primarily online, though one or two on-campus meetings may be required during the semester.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5731. Solid Wastes Engineering. 3 Credit Hours.

Coverage includes engineering principles of solid waste generation, characterization, collection and transport, separation, source reduction and recycling, and physical chemical and biological treatment strategies.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5761. Environmental Chemistry. 3 Credit Hours.

This is an advanced course focusing on examination of processes that affect the behavior and fate of anthropogenic organic contaminants in aquatic environments. The lectures will begin with intermolecular interactions and thermodynamic principles governing the kinetics of some of the important chemical and physicochemical transformation reactions of organic contaminants. From this class, students will learn to predict chemical properties and to apply the knowledge of chemical properties and transformation reactions to assess the environmental fate of organic contaminants.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5762. Environmental Organic Chemistry. 3 Credit Hours.

This is an advanced course focusing on examination of processes that affect the behavior and date of anthropogenic organic contaminants in aquatic environments. The lectures will focus on intermolecular interactions and thermodynamic principles governing the kinetics of some of the important chemical and physiochemical transformation reactions of organic contaminants.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5771. Chemistry for Environmentally Sustainable Engineering. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is a survey of environmental chemistry as it relates to the development of environmentally sustainable engineered systems.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5772. Sustainable Development and Industrial Ecology. 3 Credit Hours.

As an introduction to the concepts of industrial ecology and sustainability, the course focuses on an interdisciplinary framework for the design and operation of industrial systems as living systems interdependent with natural systems.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5773. Sustainability Aspects of Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment. 3 Credit Hours.

Major environmental, economic and social trends are influencing the application of sustainability principles within the engineering profession. This course will examine the sustainability principles that will transform future engineering practice regarding drinking water supply and the treatment of wastewater. The term, wastewater, will be replaced by one more representative of the fact that 'wastewater' is in fact a largely untapped source of raw materials. It is in the areas of energy recovery, small molecule harvesting, and the water energy nexus where the next generation of environmental engineers will have a major impact on meeting societal needs regarding the provision of adequate drinking water as well as industrial requirements for this increasingly scarce resource. The course will introduce the underlying principles of sustainability directly relevant to meeting this need. Case studies will evaluate the above mentioned principles and the applicable areas of energy, chemical intermediates, and reclamation of previously used water, with a focus on dealing with emerging microconstituents in the water environment.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5792. Biological Principles of Environmental Systems. 3 Credit Hours.

Applications of biological processes in environmental engineering are historic and eminently modern, from traditional ones like activated sludge and anaerobic digestion to emerging applications like detoxification of hazardous chemical and biofiltration of drinking water. This course is designed to identify the biological principles essential for the understanding and designing of biological processes used for environmental protection and improvement. While many biological processes are being employed and developed by environmental engineers, there is no place in the standard civil engineering curriculum for detailed discussion on the underlining principles and their applications. This course emphasizes the comprehension of theoretical concepts and their application in a variety of situations. It covers the fundamental biological principles by their practical applications in engineered and natural environments.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5793. Environmental Biotechnology. 3 Credit Hours.

Biotechnology plays a central role in environmental science and engineering, including wastewater treatment, pathogen control, and biodegradation. The objective of the course is to provide environmental engineers and scientists with advanced concepts and quantitative tools that are necessary for understanding environmental processes and designing environmental protection systems.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5795. Aquatic Toxicology in Environmental Engineering. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of toxicology necessary to understand the effects of contaminants in the water environment. Specific topics include sources and classes on aquatic contaminants, environmental chemistry that influences behavior in the aquatic environment, the disposition and metabolism of these substances that affect their toxicity, and the physiological response of exposure in aquatic species and humans. The course will provide an overview of aquatic toxicity testing methods and application of toxicity data in the risk assessment of aquatic exposures to emerging contaminants, such as pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and natural products. Case studies will cover historical and contemporary examples of contaminant-driven effects.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5799. Environmental Engineering. 3 Credit Hours.

This course focuses on the generation, transport, effects, and control of environmental pollution within and across media, as well as problem analysis and control design. Theoretical development is augmented with applications of state-of-the-art software packages. Students complete a term project.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5811. Advanced Soil Mechanics. 3 Credit Hours.

Advanced concepts related to behavior of soil as an engineering material. Topics include consolidation magnitude and time rate, evaluation of secondary compression, mitigation of consolidation of settlements, shear strength of soils and other geologic materials, principles of critical state soil mechanics, and normalization of undrained shear strength.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5821. Foundation Engineering. 3 Credit Hours.

Principles of foundation engineering and design. Topics include soil stress distributions, bearing capacity of shallow (footings, mats) and deep foundations (driven piles, drilled shafts), tolerable settlements, construction techniques, and field quality control.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5822. Earth Retaining Systems. 3 Credit Hours.

Principles related to design of earth retaining systems and stability of earth slopes. Topics include lateral earth pressure theory, temporary and permanent retaining structures, in-situ reinforcement, and braced evacuations. Shear strength of cohesive and granular soils and slope stability analysis using limited equilibrium, design charts and numerical methods.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 5823. Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering. 3 Credit Hours.

An introduction to seismology and earthquake hazards in geotechnical engineering. Topics include plate tectonics and earthquake faulting, strong ground motions, dynamic soil properties, and characterization of design ground motions based on deterministic and probabilistic seismic hazard analysis. Analysis of earthquake-induced ground failures, seismic design of earth retaining systems and slopes, and effects of soil-structure interaction.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 8302. Advanced Project Management. 3 Credit Hours.

This course covers analysis of project control, job budgeting and costing, safety and risk management, bidding strategies and management, construction information management, and case studies of construction projects and company profiles.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 8701. Advanced Physical/Chemical Treatment Processes. 3 Credit Hours.

There are numerous sites in the environment where surface water, ground water or soil is contaminated with toxic chemicals. In addition, many industrial wastewater and air emissions contain toxic chemicals which required treatment. Due to the chemical toxicity, we rely on physical and chemical processes for the decontamination of the fluid stream. Some of the commonly used treatment technologies are carbon absorption, air stripping and scrubbing. Of late, advanced oxidations processes have been examined and implemented as well. These processes are also used to produce high quality drinking water. The course deals with the analysis and design of some commonly used advanced physical/chemical processes for treatment of contaminated water and air. This course complements, and builds upon the fundamental science discussed in other courses in the curriculum on physical and chemical principles. In this course, emphasis will be placed on understanding the basic science, and the engineering design principles. Treatment of water, wastewater and air using processes such as air stripping, scrubbing, carbon absorption and advanced oxidation processes will be discussed, and design of the treatment systems will be conducted.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 8702. Advanced Chemical Principles of Environmental Systems. 3 Credit Hours.

This is an advanced course focusing on examination of processes that affect the behavior and fate of anthropogenic organic contaminants in aquatic environments. The lectures will focus on intermolecular interactions and thermodynamic principles governing the kinetics of some of the important chemical and physiochemical transformation reactions of organic contaminants.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 8703. Computer Modeling of Environmental Transport. 3 Credit Hours.

Topics include theory and computer modeling of transport and diffusion within and across media; and application of models to problems of air, water, and soil pollution with case studies.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 8751. Water and Wastewater Systems Design. 3 Credit Hours.

This course covers the design of water distribution and sewage handling facilities, including sewers, pumping stations, seepage beds, septic tanks, spray irrigation, and natural treatment systems, such as overload and swamp treatment.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

CEE 9182. Independent Study I. 3 Credit Hours.

Special study in a particular aspect of engineering under the direct supervision of a graduate faculty member. May be taken once by MS/MSE students and once by Ph.D. students.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

CEE 9282. Independent Study II. 3 Credit Hours.

Special study in a particular aspect of engineering under the direct supervision of a graduate faculty member. May be taken once by Ph.D. students.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

CEE 9991. Directed Research. 1 to 6 Credit Hour.

Under the guidance of a faculty member, the student conducts independent research on a selected topic in engineering.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

CEE 9994. Preliminary Examination Preparation. 1 to 6 Credit Hour.

This course is intended for Ph.D. students who have completed their coursework but who have not yet passed both the Ph.D. Preliminary Examination.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

CEE 9995. Project. 1 to 3 Credit Hour.

A project is assigned with the approval of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Committee and conducted under the supervision of a graduate faculty advisor. An oral presentation in an open seminar and a written report are required to complete the independent project. Projects related to industrial applications are encouraged. For non-thesis students only.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

CEE 9996. Thesis. 1 to 3 Credit Hour.

Master's thesis. May be taken twice.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

CEE 9998. Pre-Dissertation Research. 1 to 6 Credit Hour.

This course is intended for Ph.D. students who have passed both the Preliminary and Qualifying Examinations but who have not been elevated to candidacy.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

CEE 9999. Dissertation Research. 1 to 6 Credit Hour.

This course is intended only for those students who have achieved Ph.D. Candidacy status. A minimum of 6 semester hours is required for graduation.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate
Student Attribute restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Student Attributes: Dissertation Writing Student

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

Contacts

Program Web Address:

http://engineering.temple.edu/graduate-programs/ms-civil-engineering

Department Information:

Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

ATTN: CEE Programs, College of Engineering

1947 N. 12th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6077

marshad@temple.edu

215-204-7800

Mailing Address for Application Materials:

College of Engineering

349 Engineering Building (084-53)

1947 N. 12th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6077

Department Contacts:

Admissions:

Leslie Levin

leslie.levin@temple.edu

215-204-7800

Graduate Program Director, CEE:

Rouzbeh Tehrani, Ph.D.

r.tehrani@temple.edu

215-204-2590

Chairperson, CEE:

Rominder Suri, Ph.D.

rsuri@temple.edu

215-204-2378