Courses and descriptions

View undergraduate civil and environmental engineering courses and descriptions in the Undergraduate Course Bulletin.

NOTE: 2000 through 4000 level courses are for undergraduate credit only. 5000 through 6000 level courses can be taken for undergraduate as well as graduate credit. 7000 through 9000 level courses are strictly for graduate credit and are not open to undergraduate students.

2410 (M E 2410) Statics Cr. 3
Prereq. for C E students: MAT 2020, PHY 2175; prereq. or coreq: BE 1200, 1300. Basic concepts and principles of statics with applications to Newton's Laws of Motion to engineering problems. Forces, moments, equilibrium, couples, free body diagrams, trusses, frames, fluid statics, friction, area and mass moment of inertia 

2420 (M E 2420) Elementary Mechanics of Materials Cr. 3
Prereq for C E students: CE 2410, Co-Req: BE 1300, 1310. Elastic relationships between external forces acting on deformable bodies and the associated stresses and deformations; structural members subjected to axial load, torsion, and bending; column buckling; combined stresses; repeated loads; unsymmetrical bending 

3010 Introduction to CAD in Civil Engineering. Cr. 3
Prereq: MAT 2020, B E 1200 or equiv. Open only to students enrolled in professional Engineering programs. Principles of computer graphics and utilization of computers in the design process. Civil engineering applications of AutoCAD. 

3070 Surveying. Cr. 3
Prereq: PHY 2185 or consent of instructor. Open only to students enrolled in professional Engineering programs. Principles of plane surveying; measurement of horizontal and vertical distance, directions and angles, traverses, areas. Material fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes 

3250 Applied Fluid Mechanics. Cr. 4
Prereq: MAT 2030. Open only to students enrolled in professional Engineering programs. Application of theoretical fluid mechanics to problems of special interest to civil engineers including pipe flow, open channel flow, forces on submerged bodies, and flow measurement. Laboratory component of course provides experimental verification of theories and computer visualization. Material fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes 

4210 Introduction to Environmental Engineering. Cr. 3
Prereq: C E 3250. Open only to students enrolled in professional Engineering programs. Introduction to environmental laws; reaction kinetics; principles of mass balances; plug-flow and completely stirred tank reactors; Stoke's Law; Streeter-Phelps oxygen sag curves; water chemistry; hydrologic cycle; population growth models; elements of soil waste management and air pollution. Material fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes 

4400 Structural Analysis. Cr. 4
Prereq: C E 2410. Open only to students enrolled in professional Engineering programs. Basic concepts of structural analysis; reactions, forces, and stresses in trusses and beams; influence lines; elastic deflections; introduction to indeterminate structures; computer applications. 

4410 Steel Design. Cr. 3
Prereq: C E 4400. Open only to students enrolled in professional Engineering programs. First course in design of steel structures. Introduction to the concepts, requirements, and fundamental skills for steel building structural design. 

4420 Reinforced Concrete Design. Cr. 
Prereq: C E 4400, C E 4450. Open only to students enrolled in professional Engineering programs. Design and analysis of reinforced concrete beams, columns, and other structural members; ACI code requirements; introduction to prestressed concrete. 

3450 Civil Engineering Materials. Cr. 4
Prereq: B E 1300, C E 2400, ENG 3050. Open only to students enrolled in professional Engineering programs. Structure, composition and engineering properties of aggregates, cement concrete, asphalt, and asphalt concrete. Mix design, testing, and quality control. Nondestructive testing. Material fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes 

4510 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering. Cr. 4 
Prereq. or coreq: C E 4450 and C E 3250. Open only to students enrolled in professional Engineering programs. Composition, engineering properties and behavior of soils. Principles of soil mechanics. Experimental determination of engineering classification, strength and deformation characteristics of natural and artificially placed soils. Material fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes. 

4600 Transportation Engineering. Cr. 3
Prereq: B E 2100. Open only to students enrolled in professional Engineering programs. Transportation
functions; transportation systems including highways, railways and airways. Techniques of transportation
systems analysis including optimization, network flows and queueing theory. Material fee as indicated in
the Schedule of Classes

4640 Transportation Design. Cr. 3
Prereq: C E 4600. Open only to students enrolled in professional Engineering programs. A description of design elements of various system components of transportation; including the driver, vehicle and roadway. Traffic flow design elements including volume, density and speed; intersection design elements including delay, capacity and accident countermeasures and terminal design elements including inflow, outflow and circulation. 

4850 (I E 4850) Engineering Economy. Cr. 3
Open only to students enrolled in professional Engineering programs. Economic analysis of engineering projects. Selection of appropriate interest rates and methods of analysis, analysis and evaluation of alternatives, depreciation and tax considerations, and use of accounting data in comparison of investment alternatives. Material fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes 

4990 Directed Study. Cr. 1-4 (Max. 6)
Prereq: consent of chairperson. Open only to students enrolled in professional Engineering programs. Supervised study and instruction in civil engineering. Written report required. 

4995 (WI) Senior Design Project. Cr. 3
Prereq: senior standing in civil engineering. Open only to students enrolled in professional Engineering programs. Capstone design experience through civil engineering projects. Satisfies General Education Writing Intensive requirement. 

5220 Environmental Chemistry. Cr. 3
Prereq: senior standing in science or engineering discipline. Fundamentals of aqueous chemistry for environmental engineers and scientists. Course covers basic chemistry, equilibria, kinetics and thermodynamics; includes acid/base reactions, precipitation/dissolution, oxidation/reduction reactions and partitioning. Material fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes 

5230 Water Supply and Wastewater Engineering. Cr. 4
Prereq: C E 4210. Open only to students enrolled in professional Engineering programs. Analysis and design of water supply and wastewater treatment systems; water distribution systems; treatment of municipal water supplies, including sedimentation, softening, filtration and disinfection; design of sanitary and storm sewers; primary, secondary and tertiary treatment plant design; sludge handling. Material fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes.

5350 Introduction to Structural Dynamics. Cr. 4
Prereq: M E 3400, C E 4400. Dynamic properties of structures,. Modeling of dynamic loads. Structural response to dynamic loading. Structural design requirements for dynamic loads. Fundamental techniques of dynamic system analysis. 

5370 Finite Element Analysis Fundamentals. Cr. 4
Prereq: C E 4400 or M E 5600. Matrix structural analysis, discretization of continuous structural systems, stress analysis. Commercial finite element software preprocessing for developing finite element models; postprocessing for evaluating analysis results. 

5410 Hydrogen Infrastructure and Alternative Fuel Transportation.(AET 5410) Cr. 4
Prereq: senior standing in science or engineering discipline. Design, maintenance and operation of fuel-cell power generating facilities; handling of waste materials and waste disposal system design; design, construction, and operation of the infrastructure needed to transport hydrogen. 

5420 Alternative Energy Technologies for Various Transportation Modes. (AET 5420) Cr. 4
Prereq: senior standing in science or engineering discipline. Discussion of current alternative energy technology applications, emerging developments, national programs and priorities, future prospects, tax incentive programs, economics of scale issues, interrelationship between fixed costs and variable costs.

5510 Geotechnical Engineering I. Cr. 4
Prereq: C E 4510. Site investigation, site improvement, bearing capacity and settlement of shallow foundations, axial capacity and lateral deflection of deep foundations, design of conventional earth retaining walls, and basics of slope stability analyses. 

5520 Geotechnical Engineering II. Cr. 4
Prereq: C E 4510. Lateral earthpressure theories, design of conventional earth-retaining walls and of reinforced earth walls, anchored sheet-pile walls and cofferdams, fundamentals of soft-ground tunneling, two- and three-dimensional slope stability analyses, and static design of earth dams. 

5610 Highway Design. Cr. 4
Prereq: C E 4640. Application of standards, theory and practice in design of streets and highways. Design of streets and highways including cross section elements, shoulder and roadside features. Pavement design and rehabilitation work. 

5810 Legal Aspects of Engineering and Construction. Cr. 3
Open only to seniors and graduate students. Business of contracting, construction, liabilities of owner, architect, engineer and contractor. Rights in land, boundaries and foundations. Case studies. Material fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes 

5830 Business of Engineering. Cr. 3
Prereq: C E 4850. Defining the engineering company, creating the organization, support services, business development, project management, scheduling, budgeting and profitability, operations, financial management and risk management. 

5995 Special Topics in Civil Engineering I. Cr. 1-4
Prereq: consent of chairperson. Topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes. 

6010 Introduction to Construction Management. Cr. 3
Prereq: C E 4850 or consent of instructor. An introduction to the organization and management of design and construction firms. Organizational and managerial theories. Problems of organization management, operation and control of engineering systems, case studies. Material fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes. 

6050 Construction Cost Estimating. Cr. 3
Prereq: C E 4850. Estimating construction costs of engineering projects including materials, man-hours, equipment and overhead. Emphasis on construction equipment, including productivity and planning. Bidding and bid documents. 

6060 Construction Techniques and Methods. Cr. 3
Prereq: C E 4450. Construction techniques and methods for excavation, foundations, concrete, wood, steel, masonry, heavy construction, wastewater treatment plants, highways and roads, high rise structures, bridges, and tunnelling projects. 

6130 Open Channel Hydraulics. Cr. 4
Principles and practices of pavement management at network and project level: serviceability, pavement design models, economic analysis and priority modeling

6150 Hydrologic Analysis and Design. Cr. 4
Prereq: C E 6130. Principles of surface water hydrology and their application for evaluation of floods and the design of surface runoff control system; watershed characteristics; design storms and SCS methods; unit hydrographs; hydrologic models; application of computer methods. 

6190 Groundwater. Cr. 4
Prereq: C E 3250. Historical background, aquifers and aquitards, saturated and unsaturated flow, sources of ground water contamination, artificial recharge of ground water, development of ground water basins and efficient use of ground water resources. 

6270 Environmental Management and Sustainable Development. (HWM 6270) Cr. 4
Prereq: C E 4210. Review Introduction to engineering design and development within sustainability constraints: theoretical, regulatory and practical implications: Detroit and global applications 

6330 Advanced Structural Analysis. Cr. 4
Prereq: C E 4410. Effect of axial loads on stiffness of flexural members. Buckling of trusses and rigid frames. Matrix method of analysis. Complex structures. Computer applications. 

6340 Bridge Design and Evaluation. Cr. 4
Prereq: C E 4420. Concepts, procedures, methods of design and condition evaluation for modern highway bridges, according to current specifications. Entire system is covered, including superstructure, substructure, and their connections. 

6370 Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design. Cr. 4
Prereq: C E 4420. Theory and design of two-way slabs, footings, retaining walls, shear walls, and composite beams using ultimate strength design. Precast and prestressed concrete fundamentals. 

6410 Advanced Steel Design. Cr. 4
Prereq: C E 4420. Advanced topics of structural steel design: thin walled rolled and built-up members, beam columns, lateral torsional buckling, steel fatigue design, connection details. Steel design project. 

6525 (U P 6520) Transportation Policy and Planning. Cr. 3
Introduction to the role of transportation in the planning process involving both regional and urban considerations. 

6580 Geoenvironmental Engineering I. Cr. 4
Prereq: C E 4510. Properties and test methods for natural and synthetic materials used in landfills; analysis of chemical interactions, flow mechanisms, stability and settlement for the design of landfill components. 

6660 Pavement Management Systems: Principles and Practices Cr. 4
Prereq: C E 4640. Principles and practices used in pavement management systems, including pavement serviceability, pavement design, priority programming.