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Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
Graduate Catalog 2004-2006
 
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     Note: This Catalog is superseded by the 2005-2006 Catalog.

Department of Civil Engineering

department web page: www.uta.edu/ce
department contact: civil@uta.edu
graduate web page:
graduate contact:

Chair

Nur Yazdani
425 Nedderman Hall
817.272.5055
yazdani@uta.edu

Admission | Grade Requirements and Continuation | Degree Requirements | Dual Program Degree | Courses: CE

Area of Study and Degrees

Civil Engineering
M.S., M.Engr., Ph.D.

Master's Degree Plans
Thesis (M.S.) and Non-Thesis (M.Engr.)

Graduate Advisor

Ernest C. Crosby
417 Nedderman Hall, 817.272.2201

Graduate Faculty

Professors

Ardekani, Matthys, Qasim, Williams

Associate Professors

Crosby, Kruzic, Puppala, Spindler

Assistant Professors

Abolmaali, Hoyos, Mattingly, Sattler

Professor and President Emeritus

Nedderman

Professors Emeritus

Everard, Huang, Parker

Objective

The objective of the graduate program in civil engineering is to prepare students for continued professional and scholarly development consistent with their technical interests. Students, with the assistance of a faculty advisor in their area of interest, plan their programs of study in one of the technical areas in civil engineering. Typical program and research areas are:

  1. Environmental (water and air quality control, and solid and hazardous materials control);
  2. Geotechnical (soil mechanics and foundations);
  3. Infrastructure Systems;
  4. Structures and Applied Mechanics;
  5. Transportation (traffic planning, highways, airports and transit); and
  6. Water Resources (hydrology and hydraulics).

Research and continuing education opportunities in the environmental and construction areas are offered through two centers within the department. Information relative to the Advanced Transportation Research and Applications Center of Texas, and the Construction Research Center can be found in the front portion of this catalog (see catalog index).

The department provides the student an opportunity to study advanced and special topics that are on the forefront of technology. These courses carry CE 5300 or CE 6300 numbers and are identified on a student's academic record by both number and course title. Examples of topics offered in the typical program areas are:

Environmental — Advanced Dispersion Modeling, Analysis of Pollutant Characteristics, Hazardous Waste Remediation;
Geotechnical — Expansive Clays, Soil Chemical Stabilization, Unsaturated Soils, Design of Earth Structures;
Infrastructure Systems — Civil Engineering systems to transport people, goods, water, waste disposal, energy and information;
Structures and Applied Mechanics — Finite Element Methods, Numerical Methods in Structural Analysis, Structural Dynamics, Composite Structures, Advanced Concrete Design, Hot Rolled/Cold Formed Steel Design;
Transportation — Intelligent Transportation Systems, Network Modeling, Urban Operations Research, Vehicular Energy Consumption and Emissions, Transit and Paratransit, Intermodal Systems;
Water Resources — Groundwater, Kinematic Wave Theory, Urban Hydrology, Contaminant Transport, Stormwater, Detention Design.

Admission

CE Master's Program

Unconditional Admission

A student must meet the following requirements for unconditional admission:

  1. A Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering (Applicant with an appropriate Bachelor's Degree in another discipline is considered, subject to satisfactory completion of deficiency courses for area of interest.)
  2. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School, is typical of a successful applicant.
  3. A Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Quantitative score of 600 is typical of a successful applicant.
  4. A Graduate Record Exam Verbal score of 450 is typical of a successful applicant.
  5. For applicants whose native language is not English, a minimum score of 550 on the written Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 220 on the computer TOEFL, 40 on the TSE-A, 50 on the SPEAK, 450 on Verbal GRE, 85 on METLAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery), or 7 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). (METLAB and IELTS are used only when other tests are not available in the applicant's country.)
  6. Favorable letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant's academic work.
  7. Statement of Purpose or Research Interest.
Probationary Admission

If an applicant does not meet a majority of standards for unconditional admission outlined above, they may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission may require that the applicant receive a B or better in at least their first 9 hours of graduate coursework at UTA, take additional English courses, and/or deficiency courses as required.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline, but whom otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Deferred Admission

A deferred application decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.

Denial of Admission

A candidate may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority of the admission criteria described above.

Waiver of GRE Admission

A waiver of GRE admission may be granted to a UTA graduate applicant from a UTA feeder program for a CE degree. Applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) in overall, major field, all advanced work, and in the last 60 hours of coursework at UTA. This admission must occur within three years of graduation.

Advanced Admission

An Advanced Admission of Outstanding Undergraduates may be granted to a UTA graduate within one academic year after graduation. The applicant must have a GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in overall work, and in all UTA advanced undergraduate work in the normal feeder undergraduate program for a CE degree.

Departmental Scholarships and Fellowships

Students that are unconditionally admitted will be eligible for available scholarship and/or fellowship support. Award of scholarships or fellowships will be based on consideration of the same criteria utilized in admission decisions. To be eligible, candidates must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours (if entering Graduate School within one year of being granted a Bachelor Degree) plus any graduate credit hours as calculated by the Graduate School. Recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 overall GPA, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours of coursework in both long semesters to retain their scholarships and/or fellowships. Additional requirements may be imposed by the department selection committee.

CE Doctoral Program

Unconditional Admission

A student must meet the following requirements for unconditional admission:

Probationary Admission

If an applicant does not meet a majority of standards for unconditional admission outlined above, they may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission may require that the applicant receive a B or better in at least their first 9 hours of graduate coursework at UTA, take additional English courses, and/or deficiency courses as required.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline, but whom otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Deferred Admission

A deferred application decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.

Denial of Admission

A candidate may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority of the admission criteria described above.

Departmental Scholarships and Fellowships

Students that are unconditionally admitted will be eligible for available scholarship and/or fellowship support. Award of scholarships or fellowships will be based on consideration of the same criteria utilized in admission decisions. To be eligible, candidates must have a GPA of 3.0 in their graduate credit hours. Recipients must maintain at least a 3.5 overall graduate GPA in courses taken as a doctoral student and enroll in a minimum of 6 hours of coursework in both long semesters to retain their scholarships and/or fellowships. Additional requirements may be imposed by the department selection committee.

Grade Requirements and Continuation

The Civil Engineering Graduate Program has established rules, regulations, policies, and procedures for continuation in the graduate program and fulfilling graduation requirements. These can be found in the Civil Engineering Graduate Handbook available in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Office. In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School listed elsewhere, to continue in the program each civil engineering graduate student must:/

  1. Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher for the Master's program and 3.5 or higher for the Ph.D. program in all coursework undertaken and all coursework on his/her approved program of study.
  2. Accumulate no more than three deficiency points as defined below.

A student will be declared ineligible for further graduate study in civil engineering and will be dismissed from the civil engineering graduate program if he/she accumulates grade deficiency points greater than three. Any grade of C or X is one deficiency point, any grade of D is two deficiency points, and any grade of F is three deficiency points. Deficiency points may not be removed from the student's record by repeating a course or by completing additional coursework.

No organized course in which a grade of P is received can be used to satisfy course requirements for a graduate degree in civil engineering.

Degree Requirements

The responsibility rests with each student for knowing the rules, regulations, and filing deadlines of the Graduate School and the Civil Engineering Committee on Graduate Studies (see Civil Engineering Graduate Handbook available in Civil and Environmental Engineering Office). Requirements of the Graduate School and the Civil Engineering Committee on Graduate Studies must be met. The degrees offered and minimum course requirements are identified in the following paragraphs.

The Master of Science degree is a research-oriented program in which completion of a thesis is mandatory. The program consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework and an acceptable thesis (six credit hours). The Master of Engineering degree is an engineering practice-oriented program requiring a minimum of 36 credit hours. A maximum of six hours may be a special project. A final program examination is required of all master's degree candidates. Thesis degree candidates will be required to present an oral defense of the thesis. Non-thesis degree candidates will fulfill the program examination requirement upon the successful completion of CE 5193, Master's Comprehensive Examination. Candidates must enroll in CE 5193 in the semester they intend to graduate.

The Ph.D. degree is a research degree and, as such, requires the candidate to successfully carry out original, independent research in an area acceptable to the civil engineering faculty. Normally, a minimum of one year of advanced coursework beyond the master's degree is required.

Dual Program Degree

Students in the Civil Engineering program may participate in a dual degree program whereby they can earn a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of City and Regional Planning. By participating in a dual degree program, students can apply a number of semester hours jointly to meet the requirements of both degrees, thus reducing the total number of hours required to earn both degrees separately. The number of hours that may be jointly applied ranges from six to 18 hours, subject to the approval of each program's Committee on Graduate Studies and Graduate Advisor. Those interested in the dual degree program should consult the appropriate graduate programs for further information on course requirements, including information regarding which courses are suitable for joint application of credit hours.

To participate in the dual degree program, students must make a separate application to each program, be accepted by each program, and must submit separate Programs of Work for each degree showing only courses that meet requirements for the specified degree, including those joint courses that meet requirements for both degrees. A student must be admitted to the second program before completing more than 15 semester hours in the first, exclusive of leveling, deficiency, or foundation courses, and must complete the second degree within one academic year following completion of the first. See also the statement on "Dual Degree Programs" in the general admission section of this catalog.

Courses in Civil Engineering (CE)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes. Please refer to www.uta.edu/schedule for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

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