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Graduate level course offerings: Civil & Environmental Engineering

CE 371 Hydraulic Engineering 3R-3L-4C F

Prerequisite: EM 301 or equivalent

Application of basic fluid mechanics principles to the fields of hydraulics and water resources. Topics covered include: open channel flow, closed conduit flow, flow measurement, and turbomachinery. Stresses practical applications in the laboratory.


CE 420 Consulting Engineering Seminar 2R-0L-2C S

Prerequisite: Junior class standing

Discusses problems in the field of consulting engineering; includes seminars presented by practicing consulting engineers and a suitable project to practice consulting skills.


CE 421 Structural Mechanics II 4R-0L-4C W

Prerequisite: CE 321

Matrix methods of structural analysis for two- and three- dimensional indeterminate structures. Force method, stiffness method, introduction to finite element analysis for civil engineers.


CE 424 Composite Material Mechanics 4R-0L-4C On Demand

Prerequisite: CE 321

Introduces various laminated composite materials such as reinforced plastics, laminated glass, plywood, laminated timber, and fiber-structural sandwich. Emphasis is on beam theory and plane stress analysis for such materials.


CE 430 Structural Design in Timber I 4R-0L-4C On Demand

Prerequisite: CE 321

Presents the analysis and design of modern structures constructed of timber. Considers fasteners and their significance in design. Develops design criteria and their application to plane and three dimensional structures.


CE 431 Structural Design in Steel I 3R-0L-3C S

Prerequisite: CE 321

Covers the analysis and design of the basic elements of a steel structure using Load and Resistance Factor Design specifications. Includes tension and compression members, beams, beam-columns and connections.


CE 432 Structural Design in Concrete I 3R-0L-3C W

Prerequisite: CE 321

Deals with the analysis and design of reinforced concrete beams, floor slabs, and columns using the Ultimate Strength Design procedure.


CE 433 Structural Design in Steel II 4R-0L-4C On Demand

Prerequisite: CE 431

Covers the analysis and design of the various elements of a steel structure within the framework of the total structure. Includes composite design, plate girders, and multi-story building frames.


CE 434 Structural Design in Concrete II 3R-3L-4C

Prerequisite: CE 432

Advanced topics in reinforced concrete analysis and design such as strut-and-tie modeling, and strengthening with fiber reinforced polymers.


CE 435 Bridge Engineering 4R-0L-4C On Demand

Prerequisite: CE 321

Deals with the various types of bridge structures, the materials of which they are constructed and the manner in which loads are transmitted to the foundation. Includes methods and procedures for the analysis and design of bridge structures. Considers standards and procedures for inspections and ratings of bridges and methods to increase the load capacity of existing bridges. Includes field inspections.


CE 436 Foundation Engineering 4R-0L-4C S

Prerequisite: CE 336, CE 432

Covers the application of soil mechanics principles to foundation problems. Includes design of building foundations and retaining walls, stability analysis of open cuts and slopes, dewatering methods, and a study of the influence of local geology.


CE 441 Construction Engineering 2R-0L-2C W

Prerequisite: Junior class standing or consent of instructor

Covers construction planning and scheduling techniques, contracts, specifications, and legal aspects.


CE 442 Cost Engineering 4R-0L-4C F

Prerequisite: Senior class standing

An investigation of some of the cost accounting, cost management and estimating techniques which are used in the construction industry. Various types of estimates will be considered, as will their multiple applications for project management. Special attention will be given to the preparation of detailed estimates based on quantity take-offs and to analyses of production productivity.


CE 444 Pavement Design and Highway Construction 4R-0L-4C On Demand

Prerequisite: CE 320

Introduction to analysis and design of rigid and flexible pavement systems; subgrade, subbase, base and surfaces; specifications, material testing and construction methods for soil stabilization, flexible and rigid pavements; pavement evaluation, maintenance and reconstruction.


CE 445 Construction Methods and Equipment 4R-0L-4C F

Prerequisite: CE 201 and CE 336, Senior class standing

A study of economics, fundamental concepts and functional applications of major categories of construction equipment. Operational characteristics, capability and applicability of equipment to heavy, highway and major building construction projects.


CE 450 Civil Engineering Codes & Regulations 4R-0L-4C F

Prerequisite: CE 361, CE 431 & CE 432

Examination of typical codes and regulations in the civil engineering profession. Local, state, and national building codes; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); zoning regulations; etc. Will also look at environmentally safe and renewable building materials, energy efficient construction techniques, indoor air quality and moisture problems, etc. Includes major building code evaluation and site development exercises.


CE 460 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 4R-0L-4C S

Prerequisite: EM 301 or CHE 301 or ES 202

Introduction to water pollution control, air pollution control, and solid and hazardous waste management. Topics include water treatment, wastewater treatment, impacts of pollutants on lakes and streams, and stream and air quality modeling.


CE 461 Environmental Engineering laboratory 1R-3L-2C S

Corequisite: CE 460

Emphasizes laboratory methods and interpretation of laboratory results for chemical analysis of water and wastewater.


CE 471 Water Resources Engineering 4R-0L-4C W

Prerequisite: EM 301 or CHE 301 or ES 202

Presents an overview of the engineering, planning, design, and operation of various water resources projects. Topics include surface and groundwater hydrology, sanitary and storm sewer design, dams and reservoirs, water law, wetlands, and nonpoint source pollution.


CE 480 Transportation Planning 4R-0L-4C On Demand

Prerequisite: Junior class standing

Analyzes the transportation planning process. Stresses goals and approaches to solutions as related to the urban transportation problem. Includes a class project.


CE 481 Transportation Engineering 4R-0L-4C W

Prerequisite: Senior class standing

Study of transportation functions and transportation systems including land, air and marine modes; transportation system elements including travel way, vehicle, controls and terminals; emphasis on highway geometric design.


Undergraduate/Graduate Courses


CE 561 Air Pollution 4R-0L-4C W

Prerequisite: Graduate student standing or consent of Instructor

Fundamentals of meteorology, air pollution health impacts, particulate control mechanisms and devices, and gaseous pollutant control mechanisms and devices. Course includes detailed design projects involving major air pollution control devices.


CE 562 Treatability Studies 2R-6L-4C On Demand

Prerequisite: CE 563 or CHE 461

Emphasizes use of laboratory bench scale evaluations of unit operations and processes important in the treatment and disposal of specific types of organic and inorganic wastes of significance in industrial and site remediation situations. Student laboratory projects and presentations.


CE 563 Unit Operations in Environmental Engineering 4R-0L-4C F

Prerequisite: CE 460

Covers the physical, chemical, and biological operations and processes of interest to water and wastewater treatment systems. Topics include sedimentation, mixing, activated sludge coagulation, flocculation, granular filtration and adsorption.


CE 564 Aquatic Environmental Chemistry 4R-0L-4C F

Prerequisite: Senior or Graduate student standing

Emphasis equilibrium relationships of importance in understanding both natural waters and wastewaters. The carbonate system and the concept of pH as a master variable are stressed.


CE 565 Solid & Hazardous Waste Regulation & Treatment 4R-0L-4C On Demand

Prerequisite: CE 460

Covers solid and hazardous waste management, including characterization, collection system design, waste minimization, design of landfills and incinerators, and remediation principles.


CE 566 Environmental Management 4R-0L-4C On Demand

Prerequisite: Graduate student standing

Environmental management at an industrial facility is examined in detail. Topics include the determination of environmental impacts, summaries of main environmental laws and standards, decision-making tools, and case studies of various industries.


CE 567 Applied Hydrologic Modeling 4R-0L-4C

Prerequisite: CE 471

Environmental planning and management strategies are examined using computer simulation models. Students will be introduced to some of the most widely used models in the fields of hydrology, hydraulics, and stormwater quality (nonpoint source pollution).


CE 568 Applied Contaminant Transport Modeling 4R-0L-4C On Demand

Prerequisite: CE 460 or consent of instructor

Environmental planning and management strategies are examined using computer simulation models. Emphasis is on pollutant transport in various media and emerging pollution issues. Students are introduced to some of the most widely used models in the field of environmental engineering. Students also develop at least one pollutant transport model using common software such as EXCEL, MATHCAD.


CE 569 Environmental Systems Optimization 4R-0L-4C

Prerequisite: Senior or Graduate student standing

Application of the principles of operations research to constrained optimization of environmental systems. Typical topics include strategies for non-linear searches, linear programming, dynamic programming, etc.


CE 570 Fluid Mechanics in Water Resources Engineering 4R-0L-4C On Demand

Prerequisite: CE 371

Presents steady and unsteady flow problems in open channels and pipes, problems dealing with laminar and turbulent boundary layers, and problems including difussion and dispersion. There will be occasional laboratory work to demonstrate physical modeling in water resources engineering.


CE 573 Groundwater Analysis 4R-0L-4C

Prerequisite: CE 471

Covers hydrodynamics of flow through porous media. The primary emphasis is on the analysis of steady and unsteady flow in confined and unconfined aquifers. Groundwater modeling is introduced.


CE 589 Environmental Engineering Design and Synthesis 4R-12L-8C F, W, S

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing

Environmental engineering projects submitted by external sponsors are undertaken by small teams of students to develop advanced principles used in planning, design, and synthesis. Final recommendations and engineering designs are presented to the sponsors with due attention to the social, economic, and ethical constraints of the project. Each student team also prepares a manuscript of the completed project that is suitable for publication n a peer-reviewed professional journal. The final report to the sponsor and the manuscript prepared by the team must be approved by the team's graduate committee comprised of at a minimum, the course instructor, a faculty mentor from the CE department, and a faculty external to the CE department.


CE 590 Special Problems 2/4R-0L-2/4C F, W, S

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

Special problems or reading by special arrangement with the faculty.


CE 597 Special Projects in Civil Engineering F, W, S

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

A special project, or series of problems, or research problem is assigned to or selected by the student. A comprehensive report must be submitted at the conclusion of the project. Not to be used as a substitute for CE 599, Thesis Research. Variable credit. May be repeated up to a maximum of eight credits.


CE 598 Special Topics in Civil Engineering

Studies in advanced topics of current interest.


CE 599 Thesis Research F, W, S

Graduate students only. Credits as assigned; however, not more than 12 credits will be applied toward the requirements of the M.S. degree.

Admissions, Programs, and Courses

Our graduate program offers a variety of courses and programs taught by passionate and experienced professors to help you achieve your academic and professional goals. Learn more about our admissions process, and the programs and courses we are proud to offer.

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There are a variety of options for both traditional and non-traditional students at Rose-Hulman. Learn more about how to apply for graduate school.

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Rose-Hulman offers graduate studies in 10 different programs. Some programs offer evening classes off campus to make it possible for professionals to continue to work fulltime while earning their graduate degree.

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A number of courses have been approved by the Graduate Studies Committee for credit toward graduate degrees. Even programs that do not offer graduate degrees, like chemistry and math, offer classes that can be applied toward required graduate credit.

Research Facilities

There are seven research facilities on our campus all operating with the dual mission of providing education, as well as performing research and development. Projects at the facilities reflect faculty and student interests, as well as industry needs. As part of the graduate program at Rose-Hulman, you will likely participate in thesis research in one of our facilities.  
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John T. Myers Center for Technological Research with Industry

This 40,000-square-foot facility is devoted to student and faculty project work. The center provides space and specialized instrumentation for students and faculty to engage in engineering design projects for external clients. There is ample laboratory space for project-based education.

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Rose-Hulman Ventures

Rose-Hulman Ventures is a program that brings together students and technology-based companies. For students, the program provides the best engineering professional practice experience possible. In turn, this provides businesses with prototypes, refinements to the design of existing products and expansion in current engineering capabilities. The facility is on the south campus of Rose-Hulman.

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JRSI Laboratory

In this lab, you will have the opportunity to work side by side with surgeons, faculty and engineers to design, execute and present scientific investigations in an effort to develop engineering solutions to clinical problems. Mechanical testing in the lab is conducted utilizing a state-of-the-art biaxial materials testing machine.

Dr. Craig Downing

Dr. Craig Downing

Dr. Craig Downing is the Director of Graduate Studies, Interim Dean of Lifelong Learning, and Head of the Department of Engineering Management. He holds degrees in mechanical engineering, mathematics and statistics, manufacturing systems and workforce education and development.