Degree Requirements

Ph.D. Program Degree Requirements

The following are minimum requirements:

  • 90 credit hours beyond the B.S.
  • 39 credit hours of coursework
  • 15 credit hours in the major field
  • Nine credit hours in the minor field
  • Six credit hours from a department other than the one in which the student is housed (Courses double-listed in CE and another department do not count in these six credit hours.)
  • A maximum of 30 credit hours transfer credit (grade of B or better).
  • All work must be completed within seven years after the candidacy procedure is completed.
  • All students must pass a group of core courses in one of the following specialty areas: Environmental, Geotechnical, Structural, and Water Resources Engineering.

Example Courses & Concentrations

  • Environmental Engineering
    Water and Wastewater Engineering:
    Environmental Chemistry
    Chemodynamics
    Environmental Systems
    Industrial Ecology
    Environmental Physico-Chemical Processes
    Environmental Biological Processes
    Air Pollution Control
  • Geotechnical Engineering
    Four from the following list:
    Introduction to Structural and Soil Dynamics
    Elastic Waves and Non-Destructive Tests
    Advanced Soil Mechanics
    Advanced Foundation Design
    Advanced Fluid Mechanics
    Introduction to the Finite Element Method
    Theory of Elasticity
    Continuum Mechanics
    Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Structural and Materials Engineering
    Experimental Methods in Structures
    Continuum Mechanics
    Fracture Mechanics of Concrete Structures
    Introduction to Structural and Soil Dynamics
    Computational Methods of Structural Analysis
    Analysis of Advanced Composite Structures
    Introduction to Finite Element Method
    Theory of Elasticity
    Properties and Performance of Concrete Materials
    Cement Chemistry
    Plasticity
  • Water Resource Engineering
    Advanced Fluid Mechanics
    Continuum Mechanics
    Watershed Analysis
    Stream Riparian System and Fluvial Morphology
    Computational River Dynamics
    Shallow Water Hydrodynamics
    Sediment Transport
    Hydrodynamic Dispersion
    Coastal Engineering
    Hydraulic Engineering in Cold Regions
    Computational Fluid Dynamics