Undergraduate Courses

Civil engineering analysis and design courses offered for credit toward the B.S.-CIE are described below.

The university’s full course catalog is provided at http://catalog.gmu.edu/.  Current course schedules are available at Patriot Web.

General Engineering Courses (ENGR)

ENGR 107 Introduction to Engineering (2:2:0) Corequisite: MATH 105, or Math Placement Test score qualifying student for MATH 113. Introduces engineering profession fundamentals and problem-solving. Topics include description of engineering disciplines, functions of the engineer, professionalism, ethics and registration, problem-solving and representation of technical information, estimation and approximations, and analysis and design.

Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering (CEIE)

CEIE 100 Environmental Engineering around the World (3:3:0) Society’s relationship with the environment is: (1) fundamental to its success; (2) complex, involving economics, finance, law, culture, religion, politics, education, science, technology, and engineering; (3) widespread, often with impacts not just locally but regionally, nationally or globally; and (4) constantly changing with potentially enormous short-term and long-term benefits and costs that may be in conflict. This relationship can drive a society to thrive or decline. Humans today have unprecedented ability to affect the environment both locally and globally, and to be affected by it. Technology and engineering are key drivers in society’s efforts to manage our environment. This course will examine the history of various societies’ interactions—including our own—with the environment; explore our ability to affect the environment—in small and enormous ways—through modern science, technology and engineering; and foster debate on today’s critical environmental issues.

CEIE 203 Geomatics and Engineering Graphics (3:3:0) Prerequisite: C or better in CDS 130 or CS 112. This course introduces topographic surveying and engineering drawing for civil engineering applications. Topics include surveying, GPS, GIS, digital terrain modeling, design of horizontal and vertical curve geometry for road applications, engineering drawing concepts, and drawing with CAD-based software. Field work required on selected topics.

CEIE 210 Statics (3:3:0) Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in PHYS 160 and MATH 114. Covers general principles and fundamental concepts, including units or measurement; force vectors and their use, including vector operations; equilibrium of a particle; resultants or a system or forces; equilibrium or a rigid body; dry friction; center or gravity and centroid; moments of inertia, including parallel axis theorem and radius of gyration; kinematics or a particle.

CEIE 240 Hydraulics (3:3:0) Prerequisite: C or better in PHYS 160. Principles of fluids in equilibrium and motion. Topics include hydrostatic pressure; continuity, Bernoulli, and momentum equations; viscosity flow problems; pressure pipe flow and turbomachinery; measuring instruments; and applications to closed conduits and open channels.

CEIE 301 Engineering and Economic Models in Civil Engineering (3:3:0) Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in STAT344 and ENGH 302. Applies planning, analysis, control, and engineering economic models to life cycle of physical infrastructure. Introduces infrastructure design process and application of quantitative and probabilistic models. Presents applications of model building for engineering economics; decision making; forecasting; resource scheduling and allocation; estimating; work measurement and materials; and quality and process control in water, transportation, environmental, energy, and telecommunications infrastructure systems and the built environment. Fulfills writing-intensive requirement for civil and infrastructure engineering major.

CEIE 304 Jr Engineering Competency Exam (3:3:0) Prerequisite: C or better in MATH 114 and PHYS 260. Assess student preparation for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam after completing engineering science requirements for a BS degree in engineering.

CEIE 310 Mechanics of Materials (3:3:0) Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CEIE 210. Concepts of stress, strain, elasticity, and plasticity. Stress and strain transformation, including the use of Mohr’s circle. Pure torsion. Theory of pure bending and members under transverse loading, including normal and shear stress analysis. Theory of elastic buckling. Distribution of internal forces in statically determinate systems and deflection of beams.

CEIE 311 Structural Analysis (3:3:0) Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CEIE 310. Basic concepts and assumptions of structural analysis, including statical and geometric redundancy and related degrees of redundancy. Analyzes, by integration of deformation, simple structural members. Includes virtual work method to analyze deformations of simple structural systems such as articulate beams, trusses, frames, and arches. Analyzes statically determinate trusses. Covers method of forces to analyze statically indeterminate systems, method of displacements to analyze geometrically indeterminate systems, and symmetry and antisymmetry in structural analysis. Uses computer programs for structural analysis.

CEIE 331 Soil Mechanics (3:3:0) Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CEIE 210.   Covers soil classification, soil properties and engineering characteristics of soils. Includes seepage effects, effective stresses, and soil strength and deformation characteristics. Also, the determination of immediate and consolidation settlement, lateral earth pressures and bearing capacities. Introduces foundation design fundamentals.

CEIE 340 Water Resource Engineering (3:2:3) Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in  CEIE240. Introduces principles and practice of water resources engineering. Covers analytic methods and computer models to design and evaluate water resource projects such as flood control and river basin development. Topics include hydrology; governing principles, common models, and typical applications for water resource systems; and design of storm water management systems and sanitary sewers. Laboratory and field work required on selected topics.

CEIE 355 Introduction to Environmental Engineering (3:3:0) Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CEIE 240 and CHEM 211 or CHEM 271.  Introduces principles of environmental engineering management and design pertaining to water supply and treatment, wastewater treatment, solid waste management, air pollution control, noise pollution measurement and control, and environmental impact assessment.

CEIE 360 Introduction to Transportation Engineering (3:2:3) Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in CEIE 210 and CEIE 203 and CEIE 304. Introduces transportation systems and the factors that influence their planning, design, and operation. Topics include fundamentals of urban travel, travel demand forecasting, and traffic flow; principles of highway design; highway capacity and level of services; introduction to traffic control; traffic signal control systems; intersection design; speed zoning and control; and introduction to Intelligent Transportation Systems and travel demand management. Requires laboratory, field work on selected topics.

CEIE 370 Construction Systems (3:3:0) Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CEIE 301. Overview of the modern construction industry and principles and practices of construction management. Topics include project planning, construction administration, the contract environment, equipment operations, cost estimation and scheduling, and legal theories. Current industry trends are emphasized as are the uses of modern scheduling and cost-estimating software and online databases.

CEIE 395 Mentored Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering (1-3:0:0) Introduces the scientific research process through hands-on experience: students are matched with faculty mentors who are actively involved in civil engineering-related research. Requires no less than 60 hours per semester working with mentors. Notes: Three credits of CEIE 395 may substitute for a maximum of 3 credits of CEIE 4xx technical elective credits with department permission. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.

CEIE 400 Civil Engineering Planning and Management (3:3:0) Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in CEIE 340 and CEIE 360. Quantitative and qualitative analysis in planning, design, construction, and management of engineering systems and facilities. Introduces policies, programs, and regulations that influence land development, history-enabling legislation, governing and regulating bodies, control of site plan development, and approval process. Examines structure, function, and purpose of urban design systems and how they can be achieved. Discusses physical relationships among development, land use, transportation, energy, communications, and water systems. Studies public- and private-sector urban development industry. Other topics include innovation, competition, new technology, and environmental issues. Requires design projects.

CEIE 401 Sustainable Land Development (3:3:0) Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in CEIE 340 and CEIE 355.  Introduces students to sustainable land development topics including low impact development, site resource conservation, ultra-low water design, deconstruction and materials reuse, healthy building design, green house gas reduction, zero and low energy design, and other topics related to sustainable practices in facilities and infrastructure design and construction.

CEIE 402 Highway Design and Construction (3:3:0) Prerequisite:  CEIE 310. Provides a survey of the tools, techniques, and methods used by the various civil engineering disciplines to design and construct highways. Combines lectures, individual readings, and hands-on exposure to the tools and processes used in design and construction of highways. All facets of a project are covered including planning, project management, survey and mapping, preliminary design, geotechnical, pavements, environmental, hydraulics, bridge design, PS&E design, materials, and construction. Notes: Course meets off-campus at the Federal Highway Administration Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division in Sterling, VA.

CEIE 403 Experimental Methods in Civil Engineering (3:3:0) Prerequisite:  CEIE 310. Surveys common testing and laboratory experimental methods that civil engineers encounter in their professional practice and in research settings. Students fabricate specimens of civil engineering materials and conduct experiments in the following laboratories at the Federal Highway Administration’s Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center: Concrete and Steel Materials, Structures, Hydraulics, Geotechnical, and Asphalt. Notes: Course meets off-campus at the Federal Highway Administration’s Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, VA.

CEIE 404 Sr Engineering Competency Exam (3:3:0) Prerequisite: Satisfactory grade in CEIE 304. Assess student preparation for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam after completing engineering design electives required for a BS degree in engineering.

CEIE 409 Professional Practice and Management in Engineering (1:1:0) Prerequisite:  Senior standing.  This course introduces professional ethics and management principles, and prepares students for leadership roles in practice. Topics include introduction to professional and technical societies; code of ethics related to the public, clients, contractors, suppliers, employers, agreements, contracts, competitive bidding, the engineering profession, conflict of interest, legal responsibilities and case law; case studies in professional ethics; professional licensure; engineering versus engineering management; personal development; managing culture shock, time management, career versus grad school, continuing education; public policy considerations in engineering practice; practical considerations in project management; effectively communicating with employees, contractors and clients; marketing, competitive bidding and project selection; conflict resolution; and managing a small business.

CEIE 412 Structural Steel Design (3:3:0) Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CEIE 311.  Structural design process, steel material and shapes, steel behavior, specs and codes, LRFD/ASD, loads, gravity and lateral systems, bracings, tributary areas, tension members design; shear lag, net area, load transfer, column design; column strength curve, effective length approach, local buckling, beam design, lateral-torsional buckling, unbraced length, noncompact and compact, deflections, connections design; bolts, bearing, slip-critical, eccentric shear, welds, capacity, fillets, eccentric welds, stability, frame design; beam-column connections, base plate, bracings, optimization, computer design tools.

CEIE 413 Reinforced Concrete Design (3:3:0) Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CEIE 311. Covers the analysis and design of reinforced concrete members including beams, columns, slabs and footings; sizing of structural members for flexure, shear and torsion; determining serviceability limits including deflection, shrinkage and creep; detailing reinforcing steel bars including bond, development length and splices; design of an integrated reinforced concrete structure for gravity loads, wind loads and seismic loads in accordance with ACI code requirements.

CEIE 414 Structural Modeling for Engineers (3:3:0) Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CEIE 311. This course provides an introduction to the computer modeling tools that underpin modern structural engineering practice: finite element analysis. Emphasis a combination of theory and practical experience with modeling software. Modeling concepts and the assumptions that engineers must make while building finite element models will be discussed. Topics include applications from structural analysis, structural design, and dynamic vibration analysis.

CEIE 432 Foundation Design (3:3:0) Prerequisite: Grade C or better in CEIE 305 or CEIE 331. Introduction to various principles and practices of geotechnical engineering including estimation of soil properties using in-situ tests, laboratory tests, and correlations. Course includes the study of earth pressure theories as applied to the design of retaining walls, anchored bulkheads, and excavation bracing. Additional topics include retaining wall stability, bearing capacity and settlement of shallow foundations on sands and clays and design considerations and capacity analysis of deep foundations.

CEIE 435 Introduction to Engineering Geology (3:3:0) Prerequisite:  Grade C or better in CEIE 305 or CEIE 331. Introduction to formation and occurrence of earth materials -rock and soil; weathering processes, geomorphology, structural geology, interpreting topographic and geologic maps; field investigation fundamentals, field engineering properties of soil and rock; standards and terminology; rock mass engineering classification systems; subsurface water control; rock as a construction material; special case studies in foundations, such as sinkholes, waste impoundments , dam failures, earth spillway performance.

CEIE 440 Water Supply and Distribution (3:3:0) Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CEIE 340. Focuses on analysis and design of public water supplies. Topics include supply evaluation; water quality and quantity requirements; treatment requirements and methods; hydraulic analysis of water distribution systems including line sizing, fire protection, pumps, valves, and storage; environmental impact assessments; and federal, state, and local government laws and regulations related to public water systems. Requires laboratory, field work on selected topics.

CEIE 442 Open Channel Flow (3:3:0) Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CEIE 340. Analysis and design of open channels. Topics include principles of open channel flow including conservation of mass, momentum and energy; flow regimes including uniform, gradually varied, rapidly varied, and unsteady flows; sediment transport; channel design; and modeling and computer applications in open channel analysis and design.

CEIE 444 Water Resources Planning and Design(3:3:0) Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CEIE 340. This course is concerned with effective use of water as a manageable natural resource. It assesses the impacts by various water resources development activities with economic, socio-cultural and environmental considerations. Methods for conducting tradeoff analyses among the engineered, human, and environmental aspects of projects are developed and applied in a term project.

CEIE 450 Environmental Engineering Systems (3:3:0) Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CEIE 355. Credit is not given for both CEIE 450 and 550. Introduces systems analysis in environmental engineering. Applies linear and dynamic programming, computer modeling, and other systems analysis methodologies to solve environmental engineering problems related to air, soil, and water pollution. Reviews experimental design approaches to characterize environmental sites.

CEIE 453 Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes (3:3:0) Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CEIE 355. The course studies unit treatment processes used in the treatment of water and wastewater systems. Topics include water quality, regulatory requirements, physical unit processes, chemical treatment processes and an introduction to biological treatment processes as applied to a range of community sizes.

CEIE 457 Remote Sensing in Civil Engineering (3:3:0) Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CEIE 355. The course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of remote sensing.  It will focus on how remote sensing data are acquired, displayed, restored, enhanced, and analyzed.  The course will be taught with an emphasis on remote sensing techniques as a tool for engineering practice, such as regional planning, site investigation, terrain mapping, urban infrastructure development, water resources engineering and flood monitoring.

CEIE 461 Traffic Engineering (3:3:0) Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CEIE 360. Credit is not given for both CEIE 461 and 561. Elements of traffic engineering analysis; system components of traffic operations: driver, vehicle, and roadway; traffic flow design elements including volume, density, and speed; intersection design elements including traffic control device warrants, signal timing, delay, capacity, and accident countermeasures; and terminal design elements including inflow, outflow, and circulation.

CEIE 462 Urban Transportation Planning (3:3:0) Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CEIE 360. Credit is not given for both CEIE 462 and 562. Technical and qualitative aspects of urban transportation planning process. Topics include urban travel characteristics and data collection methods; urban transportation modeling system, including land use, trip generation, trip distribution, mode choice, and trip assignment models; site traffic impact studies; environmental impacts; project and plan evaluation; and technology options for urban transport.

CEIE 471 Construction Administration (3:3:0) Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CEIE 370. Credit is not given for both CEIE 471 and 571. Examines the principals of project planning and administration using modern specification and project delivery methods. The role of the project manager as facilitator, constructability advisor, and on-site administrator is emphasized. Project risk transference, market conditions, and legal requirements are explored in the construction contract environment. Other topics include green specifications, design-build delivery, job order contracting, turnkey construction, and public-private partnerships. Appropriate for students, engineering and design professionals, project managers, contract administrators, and owners interested in the planning and administration needs of construction.

CEIE 472 Building Information Modeling (3:3:0) Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CEIE 290 or CEIE203 and CEIE 370. Credit is not given for both CEIE 472 and 572. Virtual design and construction techniques are covered using modern 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) software. Historical and technological basis for virtual building and infrastructure design are presented. Design and construction coordination are emphasized using clash detection, conflict management, constructability analysis, specification mapping, and asset management. Industry supported model component databases are used with commercial software design environments for hands-on simulated design and construction projects.

CEIE 490 Senior Design Project (3:3:0) Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CEIE 301, CEIE 311, CEIE 340, CEIE 355, CEIE 360, CEIE 305 or CEIE 331, CEIE 370, CEIE 400, satisfactory grade in CEIE 404 and 2 4xx technical electives. Capstone design experience. Integrates all design fundamentals employed by a typical civil engineering design team. Major team efforts include land use, transportation, water and sewerage, stormwater, site analyses, economic and regulatory considerations, sectioning, grading, and siting. Students focus on teamwork, interdisciplinary interaction, and tradeoff decision making. Design team analyzes all aspects of a major urban project, develops solutions to design problems, and produces project report and oral presentation. Design effort completed and report is prepared, presented, and evaluated. Primary course goal is to produce design for contemporary civil infrastructure project.

CEIE 498 Independent Study in Civil Engineering (1-3:0:0) Prerequisite: 60 credits; must be arranged with an instructor and approved by department chair before registering. Directed self-study of special topics of current interest. May be repeated for maximum 6 credits if topics are substantially different.

CEIE 499 Special Topics in Civil Engineering (3:3:0) Varies with nature of topic. Topics of special interest to undergraduates. May be repeated for maximum 6 credits if topics are substantially different.

Undergraduate Student Curriculum flowchart


  • The curriculum flowchart for undergraduates entering CEIE in fall, 2012 or later, is provided here.

Full undergraduate program information is provided here.