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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Program Description


The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department offers two MS and PhD graduate degrees—Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) and Environmental Engineering Science (EES).

The Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) degree is designed for students who wish to earn a degree to continue the path towards a professional engineering registration. Students entering this degree program should have a BS degree in engineering or will generally need to take engineering prerequisite courses. Within the CEE degree, students complete specified requirements in one of three different emphasis areas: Environmental and Water Engineering (EWE), Geotechnical Engineering (GT) and Structural Engineering (SE).

The Environmental Engineering Science (EES) degree does not require engineering credentials and has a flexible curriculum that enables students with a baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, math, physics, geology, engineering and other technical fields, to tailor a course-work program that best fits their career goals. The MS and PhD degrees in Environmental Engineering Science (EES) has been admitted to the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP/WICHE), a recognition that designates this curriculum as unique within the western United States. An important benefit of this designation is that students who are residents from Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming are given the tuition status of Colorado residents.

To achieve the MS degree, students may elect the non-thesis option, based exclusively upon coursework and project activities, or the thesis option, which requires coursework and rigorous research conducted under the guidance of a faculty advisor and MS thesis committee, that is described in a final written thesis that is defended in an oral presentation. 

The PhD degree requires students to complete a combination of coursework and original research, under the guidance of a faculty advisor and doctoral committee, that culminates in a significant scholarly contribution (e.g., in the form of published journal articles) to a specialized field in Civil and Environmental Engineering or Environmental Engineering Science. The written dissertation must be defended in a public oral presentation before the advisor and dissertation committee. The PhD program may build upon one of the CEE or EES MS programs or a comparable MS program at another university. Full-time PhD enrollment is expected and leads to the greatest success, although part-time enrollment may be allowed under special circumstances.

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE

Environmental Engineering and Science

Is the application of environmental processes in natural and engineered systems. CEE faculty have expertise in water resource engineering, biosystems engineering, environmental chemistry, environmental microbiology, microbial genomics, wastewater treatment, water treatment, bioremediation, mining treatment processes and systems, remediation processes, biogeochemical reactions in soils, geobiology, membrane processes, humanitarian engineering, social aspects of engineering and energy recovery from fluids.

CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

Geotechnical Engineering 

Geotechnical Engineering is concerned with the engineering properties and behavior of natural and engineered geomaterials (soils and rocks), as well as the design and construction of foundations, earth dams and levees, retaining walls, embankments, underground structures and tunnels. Almost all constructed projects require input from geotechnical engineers as most structures are built on, in or of geomaterials. Additionally, mitigation of the impact of natural hazards such as earthquakes and landslides, sustainable use of energy and resources, and reduction of the environmental impacts of human activities require geotechnical engineers who have in-depth understanding of how geomaterials respond to loads and environmental changes. Students who pursue this discipline complete the requirements of the Geotechnical Engineering emphasis area within the Civil and Environmental Engineering degree program.

Structural Engineering 

A multidisciplinary subject spanning the disciplines of civil engineering, aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering and marine engineering. In all these disciplines, structural engineers use engineered materials and conduct analyses using general principles of structural mechanics, to design structures for civil systems. Designed systems may include bridges, dams, buildings, tunnels, sustainable infrastructure, highways, biomechanical apparatus, sustainable civil engineering materials and numerous other structures and devices. Students who pursue this discipline complete the requirements of the Structural Engineering (SE) emphasis area within the Civil and Environmental Engineering degree program.

Environmental and Water Engineering

Is the application of environmental processes in natural and engineered systems. CEE faculty have expertise in water resource engineering, biosystems engineering, environmental chemistry, environmental microbiology, microbial genomics, wastewater treatment, water treatment, bioremediation, mining treatment processes and systems, remediation processes, biogeochemical reactions in soils, geobiology, membrane processes, humanitarian engineering, social aspects of engineering and energy recovery from fluids.

INTERDISCIPLINARY DEGREE PROGRAMS

Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering

Students interested in this area have two options. Students interested in natural-systems hydrology, ground-water resources, contaminant transport and hydrochemical processes often choose to earn a degree in “Hydrology” in the interdisciplinary Hydrologic Science and Engineering (HSE) program (see HSE section of this graduate catalog). Students interested in engineered water systems or water-resources engineering, such as water infrastructure, water reclamation and reuse, ground-water remediation, contaminated water bodies, urban hydrology, water-resources management and fluid mechanics typically choose the CEE degree—Environmental and Water Engineering Emphasis area. Students who are interested in the chemical, biological and fundamental water science that serves as the foundation for hydrology and water resources engineering may also elect the EES degree.

Underground Construction and Tunneling (UC&T)

UC&T involves the planning, design, construction and rehabilitation of underground space (caverns, shafts, tunnels) in soil and rock. The main domains for UC&T include civil infrastructure, e.g., water and wastewater conveyance and storage, construction, transportation and utilities, as well as underground facilities for civil, commercial and military use. UC&T is an interdisciplinary field involving civil, geological and mining engineering programs. Students interested in interdisciplinary studies including soil and rock mechanics, engineering geology and excavation methods can pursue the MS and/or PhD in UC&T (see UC&T section of this graduate catalog, and the UC&T website). CEE students may also take elective courses and pursue research in UC&T yet emphasize geotechnical and/or structural engineering within the CEE graduate degrees.

Additional program information is available at the Civil and Environmental Engineering website.

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering Science

Master of Science

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering Science
  • A bachelor’s degree, preferably in a science or engineering discipline.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Applicants who have graduated from Mines within the past five years are not required to submit GRE scores.
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score of 79 or higher (or 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test). In lieu of a TOEFL score, an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher will be accepted.
  • CEEN501. LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • CEEN505. NUMERICAL METHODS FOR ENGINEERS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN560,
  • CEEN506. FINITE ELEMENT METHODS FOR ENGINEERS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN542,
  • CEEN510. ADVANCED SOIL MECHANICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN548,
  • CEEN511. UNSATURATED SOIL MECHANICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGES533,EGGN533,
  • CEEN512. SOIL BEHAVIOR. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGES534,EGGN534,
  • CEEN513. ADVANCED GEOMATERIAL MECHANICS. 4.0 Semester Hrs.
  • CEEN515. HILLSLOPE HYDROLOGY AND STABILITY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN536,
  • CEEN523. UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING IN SOFT GROUND. 4.0 Semester Hrs.
  • CEEN530. ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN541,
  • CEEN531. STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN557,
  • CEEN533. MATRIX STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with CEEN433,
  • CEEN540. ADVANCED DESIGN OF STEEL STRUCTURES. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN549,
  • CEEN541. DESIGN OF REINFORCED CONCRETE STRUCTURES II. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN556,
  • CEEN542. TIMBER AND MASONRY DESIGN. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN547,
  • CEEN543. CONCRETE BRIDGE DESIGN BASED ON THE AASHTO LRFD SPECIFICATIONS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with EGGN558,
  • CEEN544. STRUCTURAL PRESERVATION OF EXISTING AND HISTORIC BUILDINGS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • CEEN545. STEEL BRIDGE DESIGN. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • CEEN546. STATISTICAL METHODS FOR RELIABILITY AND ENGINEERING DESIGN. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • CEEN550. PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN500,
  • CEEN551. ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN555,
  • CEEN555. LIMNOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN513,
  • CEEN556. MINING AND THE ENVIRONMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN556,
  • CEEN560. MOLECULAR MICROBIAL ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN586,
  • CEEN562. ENVIRONMENTAL GEOMICROBIOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with BELS596,ESGN596,
  • CEEN564. ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with BELS545,ESGN545,
  • CEEN566. MICROBIAL PROCESSES, ANALYSIS AND MODELING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with BELS541,ESGN541,
  • CEEN570. WATER AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN504,
  • CEEN571. ADVANCED WATER TREATMENT ENGINEERING AND WATER REUSE. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN506,
  • CEEN571L. ADVANCED WATER TREATMENT ENGINEERING AND WATER REUSE – LABORATORY. 1.0 Semester Hr.
    Equivalent with ESGN506L,
  • CEEN572. ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING PILOT PLANT LABORATORY. 4.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN530,
  • CEEN573. RECLAMATION OF DISTURBED LANDS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN552,
  • CEEN574. SOLID WASTE MINIMIZATION AND RECYCLING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN562,
  • CEEN575. HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE REMEDIATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN575,
  • CEEN575L. HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE REMEDIATION: TREATABILITY TESTING. 1.0 Semester Hr.
    Equivalent with ESGN575L,
  • CEEN576. POLLUTION PREVENTION: FUNDAMENTALS AND PRACTICE. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN563,
  • CEEN580. CHEMICAL FATE AND TRANSPORT IN THE ENVIRONMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN503,
  • CEEN581. WATERSHED SYSTEMS MODELING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN527,
  • CEEN582. MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN528,
  • CEEN583. SURFACE WATER QUALITY MODELING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN520,
  • CEEN584. SUBSURFACE CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN522,
  • CEEN587. HYDROGEOCHEMICAL PROCESSES. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
  • CEEN589. WATER SUSTAINABILITY AND ENERGY PRODUCTION: CURRENT SCIENCE AND PRACTICE. 1.0 Semester Hr.
  • CEEN590. CIVIL ENGINEERING SEMINAR. 1.0 Semester Hr.
  • CEEN592. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with CEEN492,ESGN490,ESGN502,PEGN530,
  • CEEN594. RISK ASSESSMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN501,
  • CEEN595. ANALYSIS OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN591,
  • CEEN596. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING SEMINAR. 0.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN590,
  • CEEN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
  • CEEN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
  • CEEN610. INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN602,
  • CEEN611. MULTIPHASE CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
    Equivalent with ESGN622,
  • CEEN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
  • CEEN699. ADVANCED INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
  • CEEN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT. 1-15 Semester Hr.
    Equivalent with EGGN707C,ESGN707,

Mines Catalog

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Priority: Dec 15, 2018

International: March 1, 2019

Domestic: July 1, 2019

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