CCE Graduate Courses & Curriculum
The Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering offers three types of degrees - the Master of Science, the Master of Engineering and the Doctorate of Philosophy (accredited through SACS). The distinction between the Master of Science and the Master of Engineering degree is the necessary educational background of the student. If the student received an engineering-based degree from an ABET accredited institution then he/she qualifies for the Master of Engineering degree (this pertains to most US institutions and a few international ones.) To check if your undergraduate engineering degree is ABET-accredited, please visit http://www.abet.org. For most of our international students and those students who do not have the engineering-based degree, the Master of Science degree would be awarded. It is important for the student to discuss this with his/her advisor prior to submitting his/her Supervisory Committee form as this is where the selection is made and is entered into the student's file. All CCE graduate students (including UF EDGE participants) should refer to the CCE Graduate Student Handbook. Here you will find an explanation of the types of degrees offered (MS, ME, (thesis and non-thesis), and PhD) and the options available. For any questions or concerns regarding this information, contact the graduate support coordinator.
For general graduate school degree requirements please refer to the Graduate Catalog.
- Masters Degree Programs
The Master's program allows specialization in a particular field of interest. The Department offers two Master's degrees: the Master of Science degree and the Master of Engineering degree.
Candidates for graduate degrees generally specialize in one of the established research specializations. Detailed programs are devised individually in conjunction with a Faculty Advisor (if non-thesis) or Supervisory Committee Chair (if thesis) to provide flexibility in accommodating a student's interests. A Student's Plan of Study must be approved by the Advisor/Chair.
The Master's program consists of a minimum of 30 semester credits of course work with a thesis or 30 semester credits with a non-thesis project. This excludes credit for which grades of S/U are given (except for the departmental seminar, research, interships hours (per advisor/chair approval only) and thesis credits) and courses below the 5000 level within the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering. Additional credits may be necessary depending on satisfaction of course competency requirements.
- Ph.D. Degree Program
Doctoral studies consist of selected courses within the established research specializations and independent research leading to a dissertation. The student, with the approval of a Supervisory Committee, individually formulates the program. A minimum of 90 credits is required. Credits for course work earned as part of a Master's degree may be counted upon approval of the Supervisory Chair and then the Graduate School (restrictions apply). In addition, written and oral comprehensive qualifying examinations are required of all PhD students (refer to the Graduate Catalog).
- Course Descriptions
- Financial Resources
- Coastal & Oceanographic Engineering
The Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering Program of the Civil and Coastal Engineering Department grants Master's Degree and Ph.D. Degree in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering. The basic requirements for graduate degrees in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering are outlined in the Civil and Coastal Engineering Graduate Student Manual (and the UF Graduate Handbook). Material in this supplement defines additional requirements as dictated by the Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering Program.
Master's Core Curriculum
The Master's program requires 30 semester credit hours, and is formulated as either a thesis option (in which up to 6 credit hours of Master's Research – EOC 6971) can be counted toward the degree, or a non-thesis option (30 hours of coursework only). Students on a research assistantship must complete a thesis.
The required courses in the Coastal Master’s program are outlined below:
- OCP 6165 Ocean Waves I (Linear Theory) (3 credits)
- EGM 5816 Intermediate Fluid Dynamics (3 credits)
- MAP 5304 Intermediate Differential Equations (3 credits)
- 3 elective courses within the Coastal Program
Total credits 18 credits
Elective courses can be found below in the Ph.D. Core Curriculum. Note that a Master’s student with an eye toward a Ph.D. would be allowed to substitute EGM 6322 for MAP 5304 in order to expedite the progress toward the Ph.D. degree.
Ph.D. Core Curriculum
The Ph.D. degree requires 90 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. No more than 30 semester hours of a Master's degree can be transferred from another institution. Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering Ph.D. students must take a minimum of 27 hours of research credits (either Advanced Research EOC 7979 or Doctoral Research EOC 7980), but can count no more than 39 hours of EOC 7979 plus EOC 7980 toward the Ph.D. degree. The core curriculum of required coursework toward the Ph.D. degree is outlined below:
- OCP 6165 Ocean Waves I (Linear Theory) (3 credits)
- EGM 5816 Intermediate Fluid Dynamics (3 credits)
- EGM 6322 Principles of Engineering Analysis 2(3 credits)
- EOC 6196 Littoral Processes(3 credits)
- OCP 6050 Physical Oceanography(3 credits)
- OCP 6168 Data Analysis Techniques(3 credits)
Total credits 18 credits
- 5 elective courses within the Coastal Program 15 credits
beyond those needed for the Master's degree
Elective courses include: Numerical Simulation Techniques in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering, Estuarine and Shelf Hydrodynamics, Nonlinear Wave Theory, Turbulence, Sediment Transport, etc. which are offered by the Coastal Program. Consult the graduate coordinator for the exact course numbers of these courses.
Ph.D. Qualifying Examination Process
The Ph.D. Qualifying examination is administered every Fall semester and consists of both a written and an oral examination. Ph.D. students should take the qualifying examination no later than their third Fall semester after entering the Ph.D. program (although they are encouraged to take the examination during their second Fall semester). The written examination is generally given in early October and is administered by the graduate coordinator. The written examination includes the following five subject areas, taken over the span of one week:
- Wave Mechanics
- Fluid Dynamics
- Specialty Area #1
- Specialty Area #2
The specialty exams are given in areas of the student's choosing in consultation with the student's advisor and supervisory committee. It is the student's responsibility to identify the specialty examination areas and examiners and provide this information to the graduate coordinator at the start of the Fall semester.
Upon successful completion of the written portion of the examination, the student will schedule and complete the oral portion of the qualifying examination within the same Fall semester. The oral examination is administered by the supervisory committee. The committee may also request that other faculty members from outside the committee be present at the examination (such as those examiners from the written portion of the exam). Upon successful completion of the oral examination, the student is advanced to Ph.D. candidacy.
Within one year after the completion of the qualifying examinations, the doctoral candidate will present a formal dissertation proposal to the supervisory committee.
Details on qualifying exam
First, when you have completed the written part of the exam, you need to see CE Graduate Records to complete the Advancement to Candidacy form prior to the oral exam (which completes the process).
Second, you also must have your supervisory committee established in order to schedule the oral exam (since the supervisory committee is the examining committee - of course you can invite other faculty members as examiners). Although strictly speaking you do not need to have the committee constituted prior to the written exams, you may find it easier to at least begin the process (asking faculty members, etc) before that time. The chair of the supervisory committee must be a faculty in the Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering Program. At least one member of the supervisory committee must be outside of the Civil and Coastal Engineering Department.
Third, our procedure in the past has been to ask examiners to supply a letter grade consistent with the current UF grading scale:
A, B+, B, C+, C, etc. (no minus grades)
Then a "grade point average" is compiled for the entire suite of examinations and a 3.5 "GPA" is required for a passing grade (i.e. B+) and the subsequent convening of the supervisory committee for the oral examination. If the student does not pass the written part, they can sit for the written examination a second time; a second failure would result in dismissal.
If the student misses the B+ cutoff by a small amount (say 3.4), the committee has the discretion to move the candidate to the oral exam portion and emphasize an examination of any weak areas at that time.
There is an expectation that there should be no grades below B level; a C+ or C grade in any subject demands additional examination at the oral exam even if an overall passing grade (>3.5) is attained.
A student does not advance to Ph.D. Candidacy until both portions of the exam are completed (forms for CE Graduate Records/Grad School are therefore initiated prior to the oral exam and completed at the end of a successful exam).
If you have any questions about the coastal curriculum, please contact:
Sheremet, Alex, Ph.D., University Term Professor | Telephone: (352) 294-7811 | Email: email@example.com
- Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics
As of Fall 2016, we are offering a PhD specialization in Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics. Students enrolled in this specialization will gain knowledge depth and technical skills in the fields of hydrodynamics, geotechnical engineering, and ecology. This training will prepare students to work in diverse teams on the complex problems that face coastal environments and communities worldwide. Throughout the duration of the specialization, students will interact regularly with faculty and other students with expertise in both their focal field of study and in complementary fields of study in core courses, interactions that are designed to provide students the foundation for establishing cross-disciplinary collaborations and research networks.
Below we outline required and recommended courses for students enrolling in the Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics PhD specialization. As new courses are being added as the specialization develops, the required curriculum in 2016 will be different from that in 2017 and beyond, and are thus separated in the lists below.
Required Courses (students starting in 2016)
- ENV6935 Wetlands Seminar (Fall, 1 credit)
- ENV6932 CESD Journal Club (Spring, 1 credit)
- ENV6932 Coastal Systems (Spring, 3 credits)
Required Courses (students starting in Fall 2017)
- Introduction to Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics 1 (Fall, 4 credits)
- Introduction to Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics 2 (Spring, 4 credits)
- Fundamentals of Interdisciplinary Research 1 (Fall, 2 credits)
- Fundamentals of Interdisciplinary Research 2 (Spring, 2 credits)
Recommended Courses (students starting in 2017)
- EOC6196 Littoral Processes
- OCP6165 Ocean Waves I (Linear Theory) (3 credits)
- OCP6168 Data Analysis Techniques in Coastal Engineering (3 credits)
- EGM5816 Intermediate Fluid Dynamics (3 credits)
- EOC6295 Estuarine and Shelf Hydrodynamics (3 credits)
- EOC6850 Port & Harbor Engineering (Fall, 3 credits)
- EOC6943 Analysis of Coastal Engineering (3 credits)
- CEG6015 Advanced Soil Mechanics
- CEG5115 Foundation Design
- CEG5205C Insitu Measurement of Soil Properties
- CEG6405 Seepage In Soils
- CEG6515 Earth Retaining Systems and Slope Stability
- CGN6905 Ground Modification Design
- CGN5715 Experimentation and Instrumentation of Civil Engineering Materials
- EES5305 Ecological and General Systems
- EES5307 Advanced Ecological Engineering
- ENV6932 Coastal Systems
- ENV6935 Systems Seminar
- ENV6935 Wetlands Seminar
- EES6932 Advanced Environmental Hydrology
- EES6308 Advanced Wetlands Ecology
- ENV6932 Engineering Fellowship Prep
Student committees must include at least one CESD faculty member from each of the 3 focal areas (hydrodynamics, geotechnical engineering, ecology) as well as one faculty member from outside of ESSIE.
Questions About Curriculum
Please contact the Curriculum Developer, Dr. Christine Angelini (firstname.lastname@example.org), with questions regarding this specialization.
- Geosystems Engineering
- Materials & Pavements
Pavements and Materials Engineering is one of the specialization areas in Civil Engineering. Students specializing in this area can work towards a Master's Degree and/or a Ph.D. Degree in Civil Engineering. The basic requirements for graduate degrees in Civil Engineering are outlined in the Civil and Coastal Engineering Graduate Student Manual (and the UF Graduate Handbook). There is no strict core course requirement. Students may work out a plan of study with their academic advisor according to the interests and needs of the students. Graduate courses in the Pavements & Materials area are listed below:
- CGN 5508: Experimentation and Instrumentation in Civil Engineering Materials Research (3 credits)
- CGN 6505: Properties, Design and Control of Concrete (3 credits)
- CGN 6506: Bituminous Materials (3 credits)
- CGN 6507: Advanced Bituminous Materials (3 credits)
- CGN 6905: Superpave Asphalt Technology (3 credits)
- CGN 6905: Pavement Design (3 credits)
- CGN 6905: Advanced Pavement Analysis (3 credits)
- CGN 6905: Evaluation of Pavement Materials (3 credits)
- TTE 5837: Pavement Management Systems (3 credits)
- Public Works
CORE REQUIRED COURSES
CGN 5605 -- Public Works Planning (3 cr.)
Functional approach to planning and implementing public works needs with emphasis on role of engineer.
CGN 5606 -- Public Works Management (3 cr.)
Nature of profession, duties, and administrative responsibilities. Organization and management of operating divisions with emphasis on role of engineer.
ACG 5005 -- Financial Accounting (2 cr.)
Introduction for prospective managers. Primary emphasis on financial reporting and analysis.
CGN 5125 – Legal Aspects of Civil Engineering (2 cr.)
Engineer's view of contracts for design and constraction. Legislation and policy affecting labor management relationships in construction.
CCE 5035 -- Construction Planning and Scheduling (2 cr.). Prereq: CCE 4204.
Planning, scheduling, organizing, and control of civil engineering projects with CPM and PERT. Application of optimization techniques.
CGN 5315 -- Civil Engineering Systems (3 cr.)
Civil engineering applications of operations research techniques, models of scheduling, linear programming, queuing theory, and simulation.
CGN 6974 -- Master of Engineering or Engineer Degree Report (2 cr.)
Individual work culminating in a professional practice-oriented report suitable for the requirements of the Master of Engineering or Engineer degree. Two credits only are applicable toward the requirements of each degree.
ENV 5306 -- Municipal Refuse Disposal (3 cr.)
Quantities and characteristics of municipal refuse and hazardous materials. Collection methods, transfer stations, equipment and costs. Refuse disposal practices, regional planning and equipment.
MAN 6149 – Developing Leadership Skills (2 cr.)
Concepts of leadership theory and methods to improve skills.
CGN 6936—Graduate Seminar (1 cr.).
The course gives an overview of different Civil Engineering topic present by guess speakers form different field (government, academia, private companies, consultants, etc…) There will also be field trips on various aspects of Civil Engineering.
MAN 5245 -- Organization Behavior (3 cr.).
Relationship between the individual administrator and supervisors, the employees supervised, and associates at a comparable level in the organization.
BCN 5779 – Facilities Operation and Maintenance (3cr.). prereq: graduate standing.
Facilities management as a specialized professional career; study of how a facility , its people, equipment, and operations are served and maintained.
STA 5325 -- Mathematical Methods of Statistics (3 cr.). Prereq: MAC 2313 or equivalent.
Topics in probability and statistics, particularly discrete and continuous random variables, sampling distributions, estimation, and hypothesis testing. Applications to engineering and natural science.
SUR 6395--Topics in Geographic Information Systems (3 cr.). Prereq: consent of instructor. Data base development, economic impact of GIS, development of standards, integration of data sets, hardware and software developments, advances in GIS technology.
TTE 5255 -- Traffic Signal Operation (1 cr.)
Traffic control equipment, MUTCD requirements, HCM procedures, design and analysis of signal timing plans for simple problems.
TTE 5256 -- Traffic Engineering (3 cr.)
Traffic characteristics, studies and analyses, street operations, level of service analysis, congestion and access management, signs and markings, pedestrians, bicycles, parking, roadway lighting.
CEG 5105 -- Geotechnical Engineering (3 cr.). Prereq: CEG 5015C or consent of instructor.
Shallow foundations, bearing capacity, settlements, deep foundations, pile testing, earth pressures, excavations, retaining structures, dewatering.
ENV 5105 -- Foundations of Air Pollution (3 cr.)
Principal types, sources, dispersion, effects, and physical, economic and legal aspects of control of atmospheric pollutants.
BCN 6933—Human Factors (3 cr.) Offered by the Building Construction ( Dr. O'Brien)
BCN 6585—Sustainable Construction (3 cr.) Offered by the Building Construction ( Dr. Kibert)
BCN 6621—Bidding Strategies (3 cr.) Offered by the Building Construction (Dr. Groskpoff)
REE 6045—Introduction to Real Estate (2 cr.) Offered by the Warrington College of Business Administration, Finance, and Real Estate (Dr Archer and Dr Ling)
Note: A PhD Program also is offered beyond the Masters Degree, which typically takes 2 – 3 years.
- Structural Engineering
- Sustainable Construction Engineering
CORE REQUIRED COURSES
- CCE 6016 - Advanced Construction Estimating (or BCN 5618C)
- CES 6571 - Design of Temporary Structures
- CGN 6525 - Sustainable Materials
- ENV 6932 - Life Cycle Assessment
- ESI 6900 - Engineering Project Management
Students may choose other graduate courses from Civil Engineering and other Departments as electives with the approval of their graduate advisor. Popular choices include courses from Building Construction, Environmental Engineering, Regional and Urban Planning, and the MBA program.
- Transportation Engineering
Required Core Courses
Course # Course Name Credits Pre-req Semester TTE 5006 Urban Transportation Planning 3 -- Fall TTE 5256 Traffic Engineering 3 -- Spring TTE 5305 Transportation Systems Analysis 3 -- Fall TTE 6267 Traffic Flow Theory 3 --
Elective Courses within Transportation program (minimum of 2)
Course # Course Name Credits Pre-req Semester TTE 6205 Freeway Operations and Simulation 3 -- TTE 6259 Urban Streets Simulation and Control 3 -- TTE 6306 Computational Methods in Transportation Engineering 3 TTE 5256 TTE 6505 Discrete Choice Analysis 3 -- Spring TTE 6606 Urban Transportation Models 3 TTE 5305 Spring
Elective Courses outside Transportation Program*
Course Name Credits Pre-req Semester CCE 5035 Construction Planning and Scheduling 2 Summer CGN 5315 Civil Engineering Systems 3 Summer CGN 5605 Public Works Planning 3 CGN 5606 Public Works Management 3 ESI 5236 Reliability Engineering 3 ESI 6337 Markov Processes, Queuing Theory and Applications 3 ESI 6546 Stochastic Modeling and Analysis 3 ESI 6529 Digital Simulation Techniques 3 STA 5106 Computer Programs in Statistical Analysis 1 STA 6166 STA 5325 Mathematical Methods of Statistics 3 STA 6166 Statistical Methods in Research I 3 STA 6167 Statistical Methods in Research II 3 STA 6166 SUR 6395 Topics in GIS 3 TTE 5835 Pavement Design 2 URP 6270 Geographic Information Systems
URP 6274 GPS for Planners
URP 6716 Transportation Policy and Planning
Spring URP 6821 Urban and Regional Systems
* Other Civil Engineering departmental courses, as well as courses in the Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Statistics, and Urban and Regional Planning departments may be acceptable. Consult your advisor about courses in these areas not listed above.
Required Research (for Masters Thesis and PhD students)
Course # Course Name Credits CGN 6971 Masters Thesis 6 CGN 7979 Advanced Research (PhD) Var CGN 7980 Research for Dissertation Var
Overview of the "four-step" urban transportation planning process, estimation of the travel demand models of trip generation, trip distribution, mode choice, and traffic assignment, and the forecasting of travel patterns using the travel demand models, state-of-the-art approaches. (syllabus)
This course provides students with an overview of the fundamentals of traffic engineering, with emphasis on field studies, data analysis, level of service, and traffic control devices. (syllabus)
This course addresses the area of freeway operations analysis and simulation. Topics covered include: uninterrupted traffic flow theory; analysis with Highway Capacity Manual methods; microscopic simulation, and freeway management and control methods. (syllabus)
Integrates the basic concepts and tools of systems analysis, including those of microeconomic theory, systems optimization, evaluation and decision making into transportation planning and management. Fundamentals of the supply-demand paradigm, production theory and cost functions, utility theory and demand models, market and network equilibrium, decision making and project evaluation are discussed. (syllabus)
Theory and models of individual choice behavior, binary choice models, unordered and ordered multinomial choice models, empirical specifications, maximum-likelihood estimation method, sampling, prediction of choices, state-of-the-art methods, travel modeling applications. (syllabus)
Discusses selected mathematical models for decision makings in planning and operation of urban highway and transit systems. Specific topics include static network equilibrium analysis, modeling day-to-day traffic dynamics, dynamic traffic assignment, network reliability assessment and models for transit planning and operations. (syllabus)
Urban Streets Simulation and Control
Principles of simulation modeling and applications for traffic analysis; simulation of urban streets operations using commercially available packages such as CORSIM and AIMSUN; traffic signal control and optimization for urban streets; computer models for signal optimization including TRANSYT-7F and PASSER-II; signal control hardware. (syllabus)
This course addresses the area of computational methods for transportation engineering and their implementation in software. The main focus areas of this course include: 1) numeric methods and their applicability to transportation engineering/analysis, 2) basic computer programming concepts, 3) key issues in implementing a computational methodology into a software format, and 4) fundamentals of simulation software development. (syllabus)
Traffic Flow Theory
Vehicle-roadway-infrastructure interactions, equations of motion for a single vehicle and for groups of vehicles; car-following models; microscopic and macroscopic traffic characteristics; traffic stream models; capacity and quality of service analysis; simulation modeling; queuing theory; probabilistic models for capacity analysis; shockwave analysis. (syllabus)
- Water Systems - Hydrology and Water Resources
for the Hydrology and Water Resources 30-Hour Non-Thesis Master's Degree.
At least 15 credits must be taken in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering.
Courses that meet this requirement include:
- CGN 6905 Applied Methods for Groundwater Characterization
- CGN 6905 Watershed-Scale Modeling
- CWR 5125 Groundwater Flow I
- CWR 5127 Evaluation of Groundwater Quality
- CWR 5235 Open Channel Hydraulics
- CWR 6115 Surface Hydrology
- CWR 6126 Variable Density Groundwater Flow
- CWR 6525 Groundwater Flow II
- CWR 6537 Contaminant Subsurface Hydrology
- EGM 5816 Intermediate Fluid Dynamics
Subject to approval of the student's advisor, other courses in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering may be taken to satisfy the 15-credit minimum requirement.
Other courses beyond the 15-credit minimum requirement in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering may be taken outside the department to satisfy the requirements for the hydrology and water resources non-thesis master's degree.
These courses include:
Agricultural and Biological Engineering
- ABE 6265 Vadose Zone Water and Solute Transport Modeling
- CWR 6536 Stochastic Subsurface Hydrology
- Environmental Engineering Sciences
- ENV 5565 Hydraulic Systems Design
- ENV 6052 Immiscible Fluids
- ENV 6441 Water Resources Planning and Management
- ENV 6508 Wetland Hydrology
- ENV 6932 Advanced Engineering Hydrology I
- ENV 6932 Global Environmental Policies and Institutions
- ENV 6932 Stormwater Systems Design
Forest Resources and Conservation
- SUR 6934Hydrographic Survey
- SUR 5625 Geographical Information Systems Analysis
- GEO 6938 Advanced Methods in GIS
- GLY 5827 Ground Water Geology
- GLY 5245 Hydrogeochemistry
- GLY 5247 Surface and Ground Water Interaction
- GLY 6075 Climate Control Change
- GLY 6826Hydrogeologic Modeling
Soil and Water Science
- CWR 6537 Contaminant Subsurface Hydrology
- SOS 5235 South Florida Ecosystems
- SOS 5242Wetlands and Water Quality
- SOS 5245 Water Sustainability
- SWS 5721C GIS Land Resource Management
- SWS 6932 Wetlands Seminar
- SWS 6932 Florida Lake Management
Urban and Regional Planning
- URP 6276 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Other courses may be taken, including a maximum of 6 credits of 3000-4000 level courses outside the department, subject to advisor's approval.
A plan of study approved by the student's advisor must be submitted to the Graduate Academic Support Coordinator before the mid-term of the student's first semester of enrollment in the master's program.