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Transportation Engineering

Transportation Engineering is a field of Civil Engineering dealing with the analysis, design, construction, performance monitoring, and optimization of transportation infrastructure. The field of transportation engineering can be broadly divided into two specific areas: (1) Transportation Systems, and (2) Transportation Facilities.

Emphasis: Transportation Facilities and Geotechnics
The field of Transportation Facilities includes studying the physical and mechanical characteristics of highway and airfield pavements, and railroad track structures. Advanced material characterization methods are used to establish the properties of different materials used in the construction of transportation infrastructure. Modern numerical modeling approaches facilitate performance predication under different loading conditions and adverse weather events. Sustainable design alternatives are studied for design and construction of cost-effective resilient systems.

Recommended Courses for the Transportation Facilities and Geotechnics focus area:

  • CE 502 Computational Techniques
  • CE 540 Pavement Design and Evaluation
  • CE 597 Advanced Transportation Materials
  • CE 597 Pavement Maintenance and Rehabilitation (Transportation Infrastructure Management)

Elective Courses (Any of the following courses* can be taken to satisfy the remaining coursework requirement of the degree with the approval of the student’s advisor):

  • CE 560 Geotechnical Engineering Design
  • CE 504 Static and Dynamic Behavior of Soils
  • CE 562 Foundation Design
  • CE 564 Seepage, Drainage, Flow Nets and Embankments
  • CE 570 Highway Systems Design
  • CE 572 Transportation Planning
  • CE 575 Traffic Systems Design
  • CE 597 Ground Improvement Design
  • CE 597 In-situ Testing of Soil for Geotechnical Applications
  • CE 597 Finite Element Methods
  • CE 510 Engineering Hydrology

*Any other courses deemed necessary by the advisor based on the student’s research

Emphasis: Transportation Systems

The field of Transportation Systems deals with the forecasting of travel demand, planning and designing of transportation systems to meet the demand, and designing and monitoring of efficient operation and management systems under a variety of conditions including disruptive events due to natural or man-made causes.

Required Courses: (These courses must be taken for this focus area)

  • CE 570 Highway Systems Design
  • CE 572 Transportation Planning
  • CE 575 Traffic Systems Design
  • One course from this list: CE 502, GEOPH 522, MATH 556, 562, 564, 571, 572, 573, and 574

Elective Courses (Any of the following courses* can be taken to satisfy the remaining coursework requirement of the degree with the approval of the student’s advisor)

  • CE 597-ATM Advanced Transportation Materials
  • CE 597-PMR Pavement Maintenance and Rehabilitation
  • CE 510 Engineering Hydrology
  • CE 564 Seepage, Drainage, Flow Nets and Embankments
  • CE 597-GID Ground Improvement Design
  • CE 597-FEM Finite Element Methods
  • CE 540 Pavement Design and Evaluation
  • CE 597-TIM Transportation Infrastructure Management
  • CE 523 Air Pollution Control Engineering
  • ECE 561 Control Systems
  • GEOG 562 Geographic Information Analysis
  • PUBADM 501 Public Policy Process
  • PUBADM 509 Public Policy Analysis
  • CRP 520 Land Use & Transportation (added 1/27/2017)

*Any other courses deemed necessary by the advisor based on the student’s research

Note: Up to 8 credits of upper division, undergraduate courses from outside Civil Engineering can be used towards the requirement with the approval of the academic advisor.

Schedule of CE graduate courses for the next several semesters.