Civil and Environmental Engineering
Juan M. Caicedo, Chair
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree with a major in civil engineering. Civil engineering is the planning, design, and construction of projects that define a civilization. Civil engineers have built landmarks that now stand as tributes to the profession’s creative spirit and ingenuity. Civil engineering is everywhere: the buildings in which we live and work, the roads on which we travel, the water we drink, the bridges we cross. Civil engineers design industrial and commercial buildings, bridges, towers, dams, tunnels, and mass transportation facilities. They manage urban planning and public works projects, perform air quality monitoring, and plan and design waste collection and handling systems.
Program Educational Objectives1
- Graduates of the Civil engineering program should demonstrate their continuing successful practice as civil engineers and/or their pursuit of post baccalaureate education and/or their engagement in other professional careers that involve the application of engineering concepts.
- Graduates of the civil engineering program should demonstrate a commitment for continuing professional development and life-long learning.
- Graduates of the civil engineering program should demonstrate the ability to advance within their profession to positions of greater responsibility and leadership.
The first two years of the undergraduate curriculum form the necessary foundation in mathematics, computer programming, the physical sciences, and basic engineering sciences, together with courses in the liberal arts, to provide the student with a well-balanced educational experience. The upper-division civil engineering program includes the study of construction materials, structural analysis and design, soil behavior, systems analysis, water supply, and pollution control. The department offers elective courses in such areas of engineering as environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources.
The civil engineering graduate is prepared to enter the job market with federal, state, and municipal agencies and with private consulting firms involved with aspects of planning, design, construction, or environmental control. Students may, following graduate study, also pursue careers in teaching and in research and development.
The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of South Carolina uses the term “program educational objective” to describe the expected accomplishments of our students in a few years (three to five years) following graduation. The term “student learning outcome” is used to describe the knowledge and skills at the time of graduation.
Bachelor’s/Master’s Accelerated Program
A combined B.S.E./M.S. or M.E. degree program is available to undergraduate civil and environmental engineering students with GPAs of 3.50 or above and 90 or more hours earned toward their baccalaureate degrees. Up to 6 credit hours of 500-level or above courses may be applied toward both the B.S.E. and M.S. or M.E. in Civil Engineering degree requirements. The approval of the student’s advisor and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate director are required. Questions about this program may be directed to the civil and environmental engineering graduate director.
Fundamental concepts in each of the disciplines of civil engineering are discussed. Critical thinking skills are formally fostered by hands-on experiences and group discussions.
Principles and practice of visualization and graphical representation using modern computer-aided design tools.
Fundamentals of engineering mechanics. Equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies. Free-body diagrams, analysis trusses and frames. Distributed forces, centroids, centers of gravity, and friction.
The use of computational tools and techniques for solving civil and environmental engineering problems. Overview of numerical methods including roots of equations, systems of linear equations, interpolation, and integration. Use of spreadsheets to analyze civil and environmental systems.
Theory and application of plane surveying and mapping techniques. Lecture plus laboratory.
Regulatory permits and scheduling of construction projects. Engineering responsibility and liabilities. Reporting of engineering designs and analysis. Cost estimation of engineering projects including present or future net value.
Behavior and design of steel beams, columns, and tension members; strength and stability; design of connections using welded, bolted and riveted construction.
Behavior and design of reinforced concrete beams, columns, continuous beams and one way slabs, and footings.
Transportation design, planning, and operational analysis, including roadway, airway, and railway systems; transportation elements, including traveled way, vehicle, control, terminals, and advanced technology; traffic data collection, interpretation, and analysis.
This course covers the principles of distances, elevations and angles that pertain to roadways, basic theories in engineering measurements and surveying calculations, and an introduction to mapping, for transportation engineering applications.
Application of hydraulic, geotechnical, and structural principles in design; project scheduling; cost estimation; ethics; environmental and social impact; design drawings; report documents.
Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement Internships, GLD: Research
Course content varies and will be announced in the schedule of classes by course title. May be repeated as topic varies. A maximum of twelve credits may be applied towards a degree.
Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Research
Preparation for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. Will cover general engineering and civil engineering specific areas. Restricted to Civil Engineering Seniors. Pass/ Fail Grading.
Individual investigation or studies of special topics. A maximum of three credits may be applied toward a degree.
Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Research
The steps of conducting and interpreting an environmental life cycle assessment on civil and environmental engineering systems. Fundamentals associated with conducting a life cycle assessment, including goal and scope, inventory analysis, impact assessment, and interpretation.
Introduction of structural modeling; strain gauge instrumentation; force, displacement, acceleration, pressure, temperature measurements; concrete and steel modeling; size effects; analysis of experimental data.
Advanced methods of structural analysis with emphasis on matrix methods. Development of the generalized matrix force and matrix displacement methods of static analysis, with applications to trusses and frames.
Response of single- and multiple-degree of freedom structurally dynamic systems to impact, harmonic, wind, and seismic excitations.
Basic engineering properties of timber and masonry materials, design methods and philosophies for timber and masonry structures. Particular attention is paid to current codes, specifications and analysis.
Subsurface investigation procedures. Theoretical and practical aspects of the design of earth retaining structures, spread footings, and pile foundations.
Geotechncial engineering problems associated with the behavior of earth masses. Soil shear strength, lateral earth pressure, design of retaining stuctures, slope stability, water flow through soils.
Principles for the design, construction, and performance of waste containment systems. Characterization of barrier materials; geosynthetics; design of liner and leachate collection systems; stability and deformation analyses of landfills.
Remote sensing and engineering geology. Field and laboratory testing. Design and maintenance methods for flexible and rigid pavements. Topics in tunnel design and buried conduit.
Fundamental interactions between supply and demand in transportation systems. Modeling transportation demand and trip-making behavior. Evaluation of alternatives for decision making.
Design of transportation facilities using relevant tools and guidelines with emphasis on physical and operational aspects of arterials, freeways, intersections, and interchanges, including geometry, capacity, control, and safety.
Capacity analysis of freeways and arterials. Traffic flow characteristics and basic relationships among traffic flow parameters. Signalized and unsignalized intersection control and signal timing design.
Research concepts and methodologies to enable students to identify the underlying reasons and factors that contribute to traffic crashes and determine appropriate countermeasures.
Unit operations and processes employed in the physical, chemical, and biological treatment of water and wastewater. Design of water and wastewater treatment systems.
Fundamentals and engineering principles of solid waste generation, characterization, collection and transport, source reduction and recycling, and physical, chemical, and biological treatment strategies.
Introduction to the sources of air pollution and the engineering principles used for control and prevention.
Steady and unsteady flows in single or multiple-channel systems.
Applications of hydrologic techniques to design problems; stormwater simulation models; urban stormwater.
Fundamentals of designing and permitting the conversion of land to new or altered states, including environmental issues, traffic and parking, utility resources, site engineering, ADA, safety, planning, and zoning requirements.
Introduction to the analysis and design of the railway infrastructure for freight and passenger systems to include track and track support systems, grade crossings, special trackwork, construction, inspection, assessment and compliance.
Principles of rail operations; Network management; Best practices for train planning, performance management and delivery of service; technical elements of a railway from an operations perspective (train controls, signaling, communications, yards, tractive power etc).
Introduction to railway infrastructure; Structural design considerations and criteria of railway structures; Bridge types and components; Planning and preliminary design of modern railway bridges; Loads and forces; Structural analysis and design of steel railway bridges and components.