Cal Poly Pomona

Civil Engineering Courses

Graduate Courses

CE 501 Advanced Engineering Mathematics (4)
Typical setup of engineering problem solving by means of the existing mathematical tools, utilizing vector analysis, functions of complex variables, and infinite series. 4 lectures/problem solving.  Prerequisites:  MAT 214, and MAT 216 or MAT 224.

CE 502 Applied Probability Concepts in Civil Engineering (4)
Modeling uncertainty in civil engineering projects. Probability theory and statistical techniques. Temporal and spatial sampling and estimation. Utility theory. Stochastic processes including Markov process. Queue theory and models. Monte Carlo simulation. Reliability and reliability-based design. Applications of probability and statistics for risk assessment in civil engineering.  4 lectures/problem solving.  Prerequisite:  IME 301 or STA 309.

CE 505 GIS Applications in Civil Engineering (4)
Introduction to fundamental concepts and techniques of geographic information systems (GIS). GIS applications in transportation, environmental assessment, water resources management, geo-environmental analyses and other areas in civil engineering. 4 lecture/problem solving.  Prerequisite:  Graduate standing or instructor’s approval.

CE 510 Theory of Plates and Shells (4)
Analysis of plates and shells; bending of thin plates, Fourier solution of simply supported rectangular plates, plates of various shapes and boundaries; plates subject to bending and in-plane membrane type forces; plates on elastic foundations, cylindrical shells, finite difference methods; finite element methods, SAP-2000 and its application to plates and shell-type structures.    4 lecture/problems solving.  Prerequisites: MAT 214, MAT 216 or MAT 224, and CE 305.

CE 517 Advanced Steel Design (4)
Structural analysis and design of steel structures under static and earthquake loads.  Ductility requirement on seismic design.  Behavior and design of steel elements for global and local buckling.  Concepts of plastic analysis and its application.  Design code provisions for special moment resisting, braced, and eccentric braced frames.  Design of composite beams.  Design of connections.  Load and resistance factor design (LRFD) philosophy.  4 lectures/problem-solving.  Prerequisite:  CE 406.

CE 518 Stability of Structures (4)
Stability of Structures (4), Stability of beam columns; elastic and inelastic buckling of straight columns; torsional buckling of bars; lateral buckling of beams; local buckling of plate elements; stability of frames.  4 lectures/problem solving.  Prerequisites:   MAT 214, MAT 216 or MAT 224, and CE 305. 

CE 519 Advanced Masonry Design (4)
Design and analysis of reinforced masonry structural elements including lintel beams, pilasters, and shear walls.  Flexural strength, shear strength, stiffness, and ductility of reinforced masonry elements.  Detailing of reinforcement and design of connections.  Design for seismic loads.  Procedures of both working stress design and strength design.  4 lectures/problem-solving.  Prerequisite:  CE 442.

CE 521 Structural Dynamics (4)
Concepts of the dynamics of elastic bodies.  The free and forced vibration response of single and multi-degree-of-freedom systems.  Duhamel’s integral.  Response spectra.  Linearization of the equations of motion.  Free- and forced- vibration response to continuous systems of longitudinal, transverse and torsional vibrations of structural elements including beams, membranes and plates.  4 lectures/problem-solving.  Prerequisite:  CE 501.

CE 522 Advanced Concrete Design (4)
Advanced design of building frame and shear wall structures.  Design of slender columns and two-way slabs.  Design of connections.  Reinforced concrete system evaluation for seismic resistance including confinement and ductility requirement.  Seismic design of shear walls.  4 lectures/problem-solving.  Prerequisite:  CE 421.

CE 523 Prestressed Concrete Design (4)
Design of prestressed concrete structures.  Methods of prestressing.  Pretensioning and post-tensioning techniques.  Properties of concrete and prestressing steels.  Design for flexure, shear, torsion, camber and deflections.  Design considerations on anchorage/bonding of cables/wire.    4 lecture/problem solving.  Prerequisite:  CE 421.

CE 526 Introduction to Finite Element Analysis (4)
Introduction to theory and application of finite element analysis, topics covered in this course are focused on the structural engineering aspect of the FEM, which are: 1D elements, bars and beams; 2D elements, plates and shells; 3D elements, isoparametric elements; static and dynamic analysis; linear and nonlinear analysis; modeling issues and considerations; and commercial software usage. 4 lectures/problem-solving.  Prerequisite:  CE 305

CE 528 Earthquake-Resistant Design of Structures (4)
Introduction to fundamental concepts in seismic design of structures.  Characterization of earthquakes for design.  Time-history analysis.  Response spectral analysis.  Seismic performance of various structural systems.  Basis for code design procedures.  Force- and displacement-based design.  4 lectures/problem-solving.  Prerequisite:  CE 406, CE 421, CE 521.

CE 531 Advanced Soil Mechanics I (4)
Soil as an engineering material.  Stresses in soil, and elastic responses to loading. Groundwater and seepage in soil; consolidation, secondary compression, and soil improvement methods to control settlement.  Use of finite element seepage analysis.   4 lectures/problem-solving.  Prerequisite:  CE 326.

CE 532 Advanced Soil Mechanics II (4)
Shear sterngth of soils. Theories of lateral earth pressure. Use of numerial analysis software.   4 lectures/problem-solving.  Prerequisite:  CE 531.

CE 533/L Subsurface Exploration and Characterization/Laboratory (3/1)
Methods and techniques of exploring subsurface soil, rock, and groundwater conditions.  Obtaining samples, in-situ and laboratory testing to determine engineering properties.  Interpretation of field and laboratory results to develop engineering parameters for design.  3 lectures/problem-solving, one 3-hour laboratory.  Prerequisite:  CE 532.

CE 534 Advanced Foundation Engineering (4)
Analysis and design of mat foundations.   Analysis and design of deep foundations to resist both vertical and lateral loads.  Soil-structure interaction.  4 lectures/problem-solving.  Prerequisite:  CE 424.

CE 536 Earth Slope Engineering (4)
General slope stability concepts. Soil strength and groundwater conditions. Slope stability analysis methods. Stability charts. Field investigation and instrumentation for landslide problems. Uncertainties in slope stability analysis and quantitative risk analysis.  Slope stabilization methods. Earth dam analysis and design. 4 lectures/problem-solving.  Prerequisite:  CE 532.

CE 538 Rock Mechanics (4)                   
Properties of intact rock and discontinuities. Rock mass strength and deformability. In-situ rock stresses and their measurement. Groundwater flow in rock. Rock mass classification systems. Numerical methods. Analysis and design of rock slopes, tunnels, underground excavations, and rock foundations. Rock fall analysis and mitigation. Case histories in rock engineering.  4 lectures/problem-solving.  Prerequisites:  CE 327L, and GSC 111 or GSC321.

CE 540 Earth Retaining Structures (4)
Lateral earth pressure.  Analysis and design of retaining walls.  Analysis and design of mechanically stabilized earth.  Analysis and design of sheet pile walls both freestanding and anchored.  Analysis and design of braced excavations and tiebacks.  Analysis and design of cellular cofferdams   4 lectures/problem-solving.  Prerequisite:  CE 531.

CE 542 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (4)
Introduction to seismology and earthquakes. Seismic hazard analysis. Wave propagation. Dynamic soil properties. Ground response analysis, local site effects, and design ground motions. Soil liquefaction. Seismic slope stability analysis. Seismic design of retaining walls. Remediation of seismic hazards. 4 lectures/problem-solving.  Prerequisite:  CE 532.

CE 580 Design of Transportation Surface Facilities (4)
Advanced study of design of surface facilities. It includes geometry, drainage, soils, materials, and other topics of streets and non-motorized facilities, highways, railroads, transit, and harbor/port facilities.  4 lectures/problem-solving.   Prerequisite: CE 222 and CE223.

CE 582 Traffic Flow Analysis (4)
Analysis of properties and models of the flow of vehicles in freeway and network situations. Macroscopic and microscopic perspectives of traffic flow. Study of traffic flow phenomena. 4 lecture/discussion.  Prerequisite:  CE 429

CE 584 Transportation Administration and Policy (4)
Examination of the institutions, legislation, and policies that govern transportation systems and their operations and development in the U.S.  Federal, State, regional and local government involvement in transportation provision and protection.  Public and private partnerships in support of transportation system development. Regulations, regulatory processes and mandates, and their effect on finance, system monitoring, environmental impact reviews, and other concerns.  4 lecture/discussion.  Prerequisite:  CE 223.

CE 586 Public Transportation (4)
Public transportation can be examined from three perspectives: system characteristics and technology, planning and operations, and management and finance.  This course emphasizes the second aspect.  Bus and rail transit are covered.  Planning issues include stop and station location, routing and network design.  Operational issues include scheduling, capacity, speed, dwell times, and others.  4 lecture/discussion.  Prerequisite:  CE 223.

CE 588 Pavement Design (4)
Pavement design:  Layered elastic theory and stress distribution.  Traffic loading and volume.  Pavement materials.  Drainage design.  Pavement performance.  Design of rigid pavement.  Design of flexible pavements. Pavement preservation.  Prerequisite: undergraduate soil mechanics course.  4 lecture/problem solving.  Prerequisite:  CE 326.

CE 590 Traffic Signal Control Design and Operations (4)
Introduction to traffic control systems. Types of traffic control methods. Warrants for placement of various intersection controls. Selection and placement of traffic control equipment. Signal system design and preparation of signal plans and specifications.  Signal timing methods. Analysis of signalized intersection capacity and performance. Ramp metering.  4 lecture/problem-solving.  Prerequisite:  CE 582.

CE 591 Intelligent Transportation Systems (4)
Review of the history of ITS. Study of available ITS technologies and benefits of use. Assessment of ITS case studies.  4 lecture/problem-solving.  Prerequisite: CE 582.

CE 592 Transportation Planning Analysis (4)
Transportation demand forecasting, including the traditional four-step process and activity-based methods.  Analytical components of demand modeling.  Demand modeling applications using computer software.  Transportation and land use modeling, including the Lowry method and integrated approaches.  Emissions analysis using the current version of the MOBILE model.  Role of transportation planning methods in decision-making processes.  4 lecture/ problem-solving.  Prerequisite:  CE 223

CE 594 Airport Engineering (4)
Introduction of aviation systems.  The principal topics to be covered include aircraft performances, airport master plans, as well as planning and design of airside and landside airport facilities.  Two 2-hour lectures / problem-solving.  4 lecture/problem-solving.  Prerequisite: CE 223; Corequisite:  CE 480 or CE 580

CE 599/599A/599L Special Topics for Graduate Students (1-4)
Selected topics comprising new or experimental courses not otherwise offered.  Each offering identified in the current schedule and on the student’s transcript.  Prerequisite: As announced.

CE 690 Research Methods (1)
Emphasis on how to do applied research in civil engineering. It covers the entire research process including: 1) identifying research problems or issues, 2) formulating strategies for solving problems, 3) writing proposals, 4) developing plans and schedules, 5) conducting research, and 6) writing papers and reports. It also discusses strategies and methodologies effective in each phase of the research process.  1 seminar.  Prerequisite:  Completion of 16 units of coursework applicable toward the MSCE degree.

CE 695 Master's Project (2)
Individual and independent work based on the project proposal, plan and scheduled approved by advisor. Regular meetings and discussions with advisor.  May be repeated for up to 4 units total credit.  Prerequisite:  CE 690. 

CE 696 Master's Thesis (2-3)
Individual and independent research work based on the project proposal, plan and scheduled approved by advisor. Regular meetings and discussions with advisor.  Corequisite:  CE 690.  May be repeated for up to 8 units of credit.

CE 699 Master's Degree Continuation (0)
Continued work on a master’s project or thesis once the student has completed CE 695 or CE 696.  This course permits such students to remain in residency during the graduation quarter.  Prerequisite: CE 695 or CE 696.