University Bulletin 2019-20

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Civil Engineering (MS)

The program leading to the Master of Science in Civil Engineering focuses on civil engineering in the coastal environment and allows for specialization in several possible civil engineering sub-disciplines: Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, or Water Resources/Coastal Engineering. Program admission and MS Degree requirements, as well as plan of study options (thesis, project, and coursework only), are described under the College of Engineering section of this Bulletin. Many graduate courses in Civil Engineering are offered in late afternoon, early evening, or online to accommodate practicing engineers. See degree requirements.

Admission To the MSCE Program

The following criteria supplement the College of Engineering admission criteria (see Admission To Graduate Programs):

  1. Regular Admission
    1. A grade-point average of 3.0 or greater (A=4.0) on all undergraduate work is required.
    2. A minimum score of 151 on the GRE quantitative section and a minimum score of 146 on the GRE verbal section is required.
    3. Names and e-mail addresses of three (3) references who can evaluate the applicant's previous academic and professional work must be submitted with the application.
    4. Verification of registration by examination as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) can be substituted for GPA and GRE.
    5. International students must submit documentary evidence showing TOEFL test scores of 71 on the internet based test or IELTS band score of 6.5 or higher.
  2. Provisional Admission
    1. A minimum grade-point average of 2.5 (A=4.0) on all undergraduate work is required.
    2. A minimum score of 151 on the GRE quantitative section and a minimum score of 146 on the GRE verbal section is required.
    3. Names and e-mail addresses of three (3) references who can evaluate the applicant's previous academic and professional work must be submitted with the application.
    4. International students must submit documentary evidence showing TOEFL test scores of 71 on the internet based test or IELTS band score of 6.5 or higher.

Applicants to the MSCE program must submit official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). This requirement is waived for students who received the BSCE degree from USA. Those students may be required, however, to present GRE scores to be eligible for some assistantships or fellowships.

The minimum credit hour requirements for the different options pertaining to the MSCE degree are:

  • Thesis Option: 30 credit hours
  • Course Option: 30 credit hours 
Thesis Option
First Year
  Credit Hours
Fall   9 hrs
CE 503 3 hrs  
CE Sub-Discipline Course  3 hrs  
SE 601  3 hrs  
Spring   6 hrs
CE Sub-Discipline Course  3 hrs  
Supporting Course  3 hrs  
 Summer   3 hrs
CE Sub-Discipline Course  3 hrs  
Second Year   Credit Hours
Fall   6 hrs
CE Sub-Discipline Course  3 hrs   
Supporting Course 3 hrs  
Spring   6 hrs 
CE 599 3 hrs  
CE 599 3 hrs  

 

Course Option
First Year
  Credit Hours
Fall   9 hrs 
CE 503  3 hrs  
CE Sub-Discipline Course  3 hrs   
SE 601  3 hrs   
Spring   6 hrs 
CE Sub-Discipline Course  3 hrs   
Supporting Course 3 hrs   
Summer   3 hrs
CE Sub-Discipline Course  3 hrs   
Second Year   Credit Hours
Fall   6 hrs 
CE Sub-Discipline Course  3 hrs  
Supporting Course 3 hrs   
Spring   6 hrs
CE Sub-Discipline Course  3 hrs  
Supporting Course  3 hrs   
Department of Civil, Coastal, and Environmental Engineering Staff    
(251) 460-6174
Chair Kevin D. White 
Professors White, Webb
Associate Professors Omar, Islam, Steward, Cleary, Kang
Assistant Professors Macdonald, Pandit, Smallegan, Wu

Department of Civil, Coastal, and Environmental Engineering website
https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/engineering/ce/index.html

Civil Engineering involves the design and construction of systems necessary for our modern society to function. It encompasses many technical specialties whose focus is the design of large, normally one-of-a-kind, facilities such as bridges, buildings, tunnels, highways, dams, waterways, airports, flood control systems, coastal protection systems, water supply networks, and waste treatment plants. As our society expands, challenging opportunities will continue to be available for Civil Engineers practicing in their own private firms, in large companies, or in governmental agencies.

BSCE Program Educational Objectives:

The educational objectives of the Civil Engineering undergraduate program are that, within a few years of program completion, graduates will have used the knowledge and skills gain through academic preparation and post-graduation experience so they have:

  1. Advanced in the civil engineering profession, obtained professional licensure, and applied engineering knowledge and problem-solving skills to multi-disciplinary projects.

  2. Incorporated economic, environmental, social, regulatory, constructability, and sustainability considerations into the practice of civil engineering.

  3. Exhibited effective communication, teamwork, leadership, initiative, project management, and professional and ethical behavior as complements to technical competence.

  4. Continued their technical and professional development, which may include graduate level education, continuing education, and participation in professional organizations.

BSCE Student Outcomes:

By the time of graduation from the BSCE Program, students should attain the following outcomes:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The curriculum builds on a strong base in mathematics, physical sciences, engineering sciences, and humanities developed primarily during the freshman and sophomore years. During the junior year, students develop an understanding of the fundamentals of each area of Civil Engineering. The specialty areas include:

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources/Coastal Engineering

The senior year focuses on design, construction practices, and the integration of more advanced knowledge in civil engineering. A comprehensive project with students participating in a design team prepares them to enter professional practice.

Satisfactory completion of the program outlined below leads to a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Students must also comply with the College of Engineering Requirements for a Degree which is covered in this Bulletin under College of Engineering.

Exceptional and motivated BSCE students (seniors) have the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree at an accelerated pace via an accelerated Bachelor’s to Masters Process.  Students should see their Department Advisor for details.