2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Civil Engineering (CIE)

Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering

212 Ketter Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4300
Professor Joseph F. Atkinson
Chair
M. V. Sivaselvan
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ms. Eva McGovern
Undergraduate Academic Coordinator

The Learning Environment

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers nine engineering programs leading to the degree of bachelor of science (BS) degree: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial and mechanical engineering.

Five combined BS/MBA programs are offered in conjunction with the School of Management. BA, BS, and BS/MS degrees in computer science are offered through the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. A BS degree in engineering physics is offered jointly with the Department of Physics.

The curricula allow students flexibility in their programs of study and encourages interaction between students and faculty. The undergraduate educational experience prepares students for professional practice and advanced study. Special programs including our experiential learning program, undergraduate research and internship opportunities provide professional development skills and experiences and facilitate placement of our graduates in high-quality engineering positions.

About Our Facilities

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences occupies six buildings on UB's north campus: Bell, Bonner, Davis, Furnas, Jarvis and Ketter Halls. Barbara and Jack Davis Hall is the newest building, which opened in 2011 and features an environmentally friendly design and construction.

Together, these buildings form an outstanding educational and research facility, comprising 275,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.

The Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering houses state-of-the-art undergraduate laboratories in the areas of materials, fluid mechanics and hydraulics, and soil mechanics. The department also has undergraduate computing labs equipped with all the discipline-specific software students will use in the civil engineering program. In addition, the department is home to a world-class structural engineering and earthquake simulation laboratory, where many students participate in undergraduate research.

About Our Faculty

We have 30 full-time faculty members (all with PhD degrees) and approximately 5 adjunct faculty members. Faculty members are actively engaged in teaching, research and service and have won many honors and awards, including:

  • Two SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching
  • One National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award
  • Two National Science Foundation CAREER Awards
  • One Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Career Award
  • One IBM Smarter Planet Industry Skills Innovation Award
  • One SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity
  • Two SUNY Distinguished Professorships
  • Two ASCE Newmark Medals

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Civil Engineering department website for additional information about our faculty.

CIE Courses


  • CIE 177LLB Civil Engineering CAD
    Lecture

    The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with a Civil Engineering CAD software platform (Autodesk Revit Structure) and reading civil based drawings. Students will also develop a skill to visualize 3D terrains and 3D objects from their 2D projections in order to "think in 3D" about objects in space. One formal lecture per week, focused on civil and environmental engineering applications of the software is given. This is supplemented by multiple tutorials written for the software. Students will be required to complete the tutorials in recitation and on their own time and submit a copy of completed tutorials by the due date.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Other Requisites: Approved and Intended Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • CIE 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • CIE 303LLB Geodesy, Gps, and GIS
    Lecture

    Introduces students to spatial concepts that are important in the planning, construction, and operation of civil engineering projects and activities. Introduces the expression of these concepts in graphical language, which is central to civil and architectural communication by first developing some basic skills in CAD. Studies concepts and principles of location and layout of points on the surface of the 3-D earth from both a historical and a modern technology perspective. Also covers the problem of converting the curved surface of the earth onto a plane map or computer screen. Reviews the use of plane concepts for local layouts, along with the circumstances under which 2-D plane concepts can be utilized. Discusses and demonstrates the technological basis for modern measurement and positioning systems, such as DME and GPS. Covers techniques used to identify and lay out land areas in the United States. Introduces GIS.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MAE 177; Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 308LR Engineering Statistics
    Lecture

    Introduces statistical inference, methods of data analysis, point and interval estimation, tests of hypotheses, correlation and regression, and experiment design. Students may not receive credit for this course and EAS 305.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: MTH 241; Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 323LR Structural Analysis
    Lecture

    First of a two-course sequence required of all civil engineering students. CIE 323 introduces students to the basic techniques for analyzing common structural elements, including beams, trusses, and frames. The course covers methods to analyze both statically determinate and indeterminate structural systems including force and moment diagrams, influence lines and calculation of deflections.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: EAS 209Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 324LR Introduction to Structural Design
    Lecture

    The second of a two-course sequence required of all civil engineering students. CIE 324 introduces students to analysis and design of complex structural systems: the art of using the principles of statics and mechanics to calculate the design axial and shear forces and moments and then determine the size and arrangement of structural elements under prescribed loads. The course considers design loads, tributary areas, and load paths in real-world structures. LRFD design principles are introduced and applied to design reinforced concrete beams and slabs. Modern computing tools will be used.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: CIE 323, Civil Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 327LAB Civil Engineering Materials
    Laboratory

    Laboratory testing to enhance and extend the student's understanding of the fundamental principles of structural analysis, civil engineering materials, and fluid mechanics. One 3-hour lab per week or equivalent.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Corequisites: CIE 354, CIE 323, and CIE 327Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 327LLB Civil Engineering Materials
    Lecture

    Mechanical properties of materials. Crystal structure, phase equilibria, deformation behavior under various states of stress. Failure theories, composite materials, prediction of composite material properties based on properties of constituent materials, and concrete mix design. Applications of materials technology to building products and design of structural components.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Corequisites: EAS 209; Civil Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 334LLR Soil Mechanics
    Lecture

    Soil formation and identification. The physical and mechanical properties of granular and cohesive soils. The nature and flow of water in soils, stress distribution, consolidation, analysis of deformation and strength of soils, stress path dependent behavior and slope stability.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: EAS 209Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 340LR Environmental Engineering
    Lecture

    Introduces environmental engineering systems and infrastructure. Covers fundamentals including the application of mass and energy balances and equilibrium chemistry to environmental systems. Applies these concepts to a number of important environmental topics including risk assessment, modeling of water quality systems, water and wastewater treatment facilities, air quality modeling, and municipal and hazardous solid waste management.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: CHE 101 or CHE 105 or CHE 107;Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering and Environmental Geosciences Majors Only
  • CIE 341LLB Environmental Engineering Science
    Lecture

    CIE 341 covers basic concepts of microbiology and chemistry and their links to applications in environmental engineering, including, but not limited to, water and wastewater treatment, hazardous waste management, and ecology. Content is closely coordinated with CIE 340 Environmental Engineering, taught in fall semester of the sophomore year, which serves as the introduction to CIE 341.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: CIE 340 and MTH 142 and CHE 108 or CHE 102 or CHE 106Environmental Engineers, and Approved CIE majors only.
  • CIE 343LLR Hydraulics and Hydrology
    Lecture

    Application of fundamentals of fluid mechanics to pressurized flow systems, hydraulic machinery and open channel systems with introduction to hydraulic drag and surface/subsurface hydrology. Topics include minor and major losses in laminar and turbulent flow, pipe networks, flow measurements, pump and turbine operation and design, uniform and nonuniform open channel flow, surface profiles, hydraulic drag formulas, introduction to steady groundwater flow with emphasis on well hydraulics and introduction to hydrologic processes with detailed coverage of surface runoff.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: CIE 354 and Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 354LR Fluid Mechanics
    Lecture

    Provides an introductory treatment of the dynamics of fluids, emphasizing incompressible fluids. Develops and applies hydrostatics, thermodynamics, fluid characteristics, kinematics, and dynamics; methods of analysis including the infinitesimal and finite control volume; stress rate-of-strain relations; and basic equations for continuity, energy, motion, and force-momentum. Measurement methods.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: EAS 207
    Corequisites: MTH 306Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 360LLB Environmental Engineering Laboratory
    Lecture

    Laboratory testing to enhance and extend the student's understanding of the fundamental principles of fluid mechanics and environmental engineering, including modern methods of pollutant analysis. Data are collected and analyzed using statistical and numerical tools. Individual and group reports serve as vehicles for the development of technical communication skills. One 3-hour lab per week or equivalent.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Corequisites: CIE 354Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 362LAB Civil Engineering Laboratory II
    Laboratory

    Laboratory testing to enhance and extend the student's understanding of the fundamental principles of soil mechanics, hydraulic engineering, and environmental engineering. Continuation of CIE 361. One 3-hour lab per week or equivalent.

    Credits: 1 - 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Corequisites: CIE 343, CIE 334, And CIE 340Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 411LEC Applied Math in Civil Eng
    Lecture

    The course introduces numerical procedures for the solution of various problems encountered in civil and environmental engineering. It emphasizes the need of numerical analysis, and demonstrates its use as a powerful problem-solving tool. The course introduces a brief review of various civil and environmental engineering problems (e.g., truss analysis, plug flow reactor, dynamics of mass-spring system, regression on traffic problems), which require numerical analysis as a problem-solving tool. In addition, the topics include MATLAB fundamentals, numerical linear algebra, root finding, curve fitting/interpolation, numerical differentiation/integration, and ordinary differential equations.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • CIE 415LEC Professional Practice Issues
    Lecture

    Ethical issues in civil engineering practice, the professional licensure process, the project life cycle, engineering economics fundamentals, construction contracts and delivery methods, cost estimating fundamentals, project scheduling fundamentals, project control fundamentals.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Corequisites: One of the following technical elective with design courses: CIE 428, CIE 429, CIE 430, CIE 438, or CIE 442. Approved Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only.
    Other Requisites: CIE 415
  • CIE 416LEC Civil Engineering Capstone Design
    Lecture

    Second course of a two-course sequence. Students work in teams of four to six on a design problem that is drawn from industry. The project is introduced in CIE 415. Teams compete against each other and are required to complete a preliminary design report and project presentation. Teams meet weekly in smaller groups with faculty and practicing engineers to discuss progress.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: CIE 415 and one of the following technical elective w/ design courses: CIE 428, CIE 429, CIE 430, CIE 438, or CIE 442;Approved Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only.
  • CIE 423LEC Structural Engineering III
    Lecture

    Emphasizes the matrix formulation of the equations that describe the response of statically indeterminate systems, and it also provides an introduction to plastic analysis, approximate methods of analysis, and structural dynamics for seismic applications. Implements a modern approach which integrates theory and computational analysis to solve a wide-range of civil engineering structures for vertical and lateral loads.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: CIE 324 and (EAS 230 or EAS 240 or CSE 115 or EAS 999TRCP);Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 424LR Computer-Aided Design in Civil Engineering
    Lecture

    Basic principles of interactive computer graphics, computer-aided drafting, 3-D modeling, and visualization in modern CAD systems. The use of modern CAD software as a design tool in civil engineering applications. Overview of trends and futures in computer-aided design. Lecture and hands-on laboratory.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MAE 177 and CIE 324 and CIE 439Requisite: Senior StandingCivil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 426LEC Finite Element Structural Analysis
    Lecture

    Comprehensively introduces the finite element method as applied primarily to structural analysis. Presents the foundations of finite elements by addressing the theory of elasticity, calculus of variations, and variational principles of solid mechanics. Subsequently, applies the finite element methodology to trusses, beams, membrane elements, plates, torsion, and axisymmetry. Introduces students to computer programming aspects of the finite element method. Additional topics (time permitting) are dynamics, stability, fluid flow, heat transfer, Galerkin and Ritz methods.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: CIE 423 and Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
    Corequisites: Math Elective
  • CIE 428LR Steel Design
    Lecture

    Emphasizes a theoretical understanding of fundamental concepts in analysis and design of steel structures. Focuses on building structures; topics addressed in the class include materials, probabilistic underpinnings of structural steel design, tension members, compression members, beams and beam-columns, welded and bolted connections and analysis and design of steel structures for gravity, wind, and seismic loads.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: CIE 324; Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 429LR Reinforced Concrete Design
    Lecture

    The design of reinforced concrete members for flexure, shear and combined flexure, and axial load; anchorage and development of reinforcement; design of connections for monolithic construction; 2-D reinforced concrete elements in shear and bending. Considers the calculation of long- and short-term deformations, as well as the problem of shrinkage; introduces the design of prestressed concrete members.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: CIE 324 and Civil Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 430LR Design of Wood Structures
    Lecture

    Introduces the properties of wood and its grading process. Presents design principles for members under axial tension, column members, beams under flexure, mechanical connections, and shear walls under lateral loads.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: CIE 324; Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 432LEC Experimental Mechanics
    Lecture

    This course examines advanced experimentation and instrumentation in structural engineering research. The key topics covered in the course include scale modeling, test planning, data acquisition systems, and instrumentation. Students conduct hands-on experiments using servo-hydraulic equipment and shaking tables in a weekly laboratory session.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • CIE 435LEC Foundation Engineering
    Lecture

    Applies soil mechanics to engineering problems. Soil exploration and sampling. States of plastic equilibrium, bearing capacity, and settlement of foundations. Foundation design, spread footing, mat, piles, and drilled shafts. Lateral earth pressures, retaining walls, and braced excavations.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: CIE 334; Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 436LEC Traffic Ops & Design
    Lecture

    This course addresses the design, operation, control and management of transportation facilities. Topics covered include geometric design of roadways, capacity analysis for freeway segments, signal timing and design, and intersection design and layout. Students will be introduced to a number of traffic analysis and traffic simulation software, including the TRANSIMS model and SYNCHRO/SimTraffic. As a part of this course, students will be required to undertake a comprehensive term project that would involve detailed analysis and/or simulation of a given transportation facility.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: CIE 439Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 437LEC Pavement Design and Materials
    Lecture

    Design principles of flexible and rigid pavements. Includes a study of soils and paving materials, their interaction, their behavior under various loading conditions, and their ability to perform under all ambient loading conditions. Topics include surface, base, subbase and base courses: bituminous materials, quality control, and flexible and rigid pavement design methods. Laboratory sessions on asphaltic concrete mix design.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: CIE 334 and Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 438LEC Advanced Foundation Design and Construction
    Lecture

    Site investigation, problem identification, and design of earth structures and foundation for small and large buildings and bridges in real-world setting. Plan site investigation. Identify, interpret, and approximate relevant soil properties for design analyses. Design shallow, mat, and deep foundations (including bearing capacity, settlements, lateral loads and driveability analyses), slopes, embankments, earth retaining systems, and ground improvement (consolidation, densification, reinforcement, soil nailing, anchors), as necessary for a given real-world project. Team work, Technical design report writing and oral presentations.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: CIE 435; Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 439LEC Transportation System Analysis
    Lecture

    Introduces engineering and planning principles applicable to all types of transportation systems; concept and methods of transportation network analysis; operation and management of transportation systems; traffic engineering elements; traffic flow theory; highway capacity analysis; design and application of traffic control devices.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Corequisites: CIE 308Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 440LEC Travel Demand Forecasting
    Lecture

    The focus of this class is on the state-of-the-art methods for forecasting travel demand. The ability to forecast travel demand is fundamental to any transportation planning effort. The first part of the class will focus on the four-step travel demand forecasting process that consists of the trip generation, trip distribution, mode split and traffic assignment steps. This approach, though aggregate and conventional, has been widely used for planning purposes in the US and other countries in the world.. Recent refinements to the process will also be discussed, along with a brief introduction to activity-based analysis, an alternative paradigm of travel demand forecasting that is behavior oriented and tends to increase the sensitivity of transportation planning models to policy making.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: CIE 439, CIE 308, and (EAS 230 or EAS 240 or CSE 115 or EAS 999TRCP)
  • CIE 441LEC Ecological Engineering
    Lecture

    Focuses on the physical, chemical, and hydrodynamic processes governing pollutant fate in natural systems. Topics include mass and energy balances, mixing processes, partitioning processes (exchange with solids and air), and particle removal. Examples from natural systems address lake, river, and atmospheric pollution.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: MTH 306; Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 442LR Treatment Process Engineering
    Lecture

    Overview of environmental engineering treatment systems analysis and design. Topics include water distribution, water treatment, wastewater collection, wastewater treatment, sludge processing, and industrial waste management.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: CIE 340
    Corequisites: CIE 343Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 444LEC Hydrologic Engineering
    Lecture

    Studies the physical processes associated with the components of the hydrologic cycle. Discusses measurement and collection of data. Explores model conceptualization and data analysis for quantification of water flow for design purposes. Emphasizes analysis procedures for surface and ground water hydrology useful for design of urban facilities. Discusses and applies hydrologic design methods to engineering projects. Emphasizes watershed management concepts.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: CIE 343
    Corequisites: CIE 308Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 445LEC Groundwater Engineering
    Lecture

    Fundamentals of fluid flow and mass transport in porous media. Derives the governing mass and energy balance equations and develops several commonly applied solutions. Particular topics include groundwater flow under saturated and unsaturated conditions, well hydraulics, introduction to multiphase flow, fundamentals of solute transport, geostatistics, and remediation of contaminated aquifers.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: CIE 354 and Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering and Geology Majors Only
  • CIE 446LEC Water Resources Engineering
    Lecture

    Studies and applies modeling, computational analysis, and design procedures for the design of water resources projects. Design projects include stream quality and stream flow, including bridge openings and floodway determination, wastewater collection, and wastewater treatment. Relates the treatment design projects to wastewater stabilization ponds and wastewater treatment plants. Emphasizes watershed management concepts.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • CIE 447LEC Sustainability
    Lecture

    Engineering policy dimensions of sustainability. Topics include: (1) definitions and concepts of "sustainability," (2) introduction to climate change science and policy, and (3) relevant analytical tools such as life cycle assessment and carbon footprint analysis. Student teams will conduct studies that integrate environmental, economic, and social concerns in an engineering context, with a strong emphasis on oral and written communications.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: CIE 340; Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 448LEC Chemical Principles in Environmental Engineering
    Lecture

    Presents fundamentals in aquatic chemistry as applied to natural waters, water treatment, and wastewater treatment. Topics include equilibrium concepts, chemical thermodynamics, acid-base reactions, precipitation and dissolution, oxidation and reduction, carbonate system chemistry, and complexation.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: CIE 340; Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 449LEC Environmental Engineering Design
    Lecture

    Design of environmental engineering systems, such as water-distribution networks; storm and wastewater collection systems; treatment systems for air, water, and wastewater; and hazardous waste site remediation. This is a professional practice-oriented course and includes process engineering principles, system analysis and design, regulations, economics, guest lectures, and field trips. Students work in design teams and produce written and oral reports for a major design project.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: CIE 442, CIE 444 and CIE 415Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors OnlyEngineering & Applied Sciences Bachelors
  • CIE 458LEC Introduction to Geoenvironmental Engineering
    Lecture

    Soil-water-contaminant interaction processes, conduction phenomena, hydraulic conductivity and contaminant transport phenomena, effects of contaminants on soil properties, design aspects of landfills, waste-disposal systems, barriers and cutoff walls, site characterization, and soil remediation.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: CIE 334
  • CIE 461LEC Air Pollution
    Lecture

    Introduces the fundamental aspects of the science and technologies associated with air pollution. Topics include: atmospheric chemistry and basic chemical kinetics; photochemical reactions in the atmosphere; aerosol physics and chemistry; sources of outdoor and indoor air pollution; climatic effects; pollution reduction technologies; gas phase and aerosol measurement and analytical techniques; health effects; atmospheric meteorology; and plume dispersion and transport models.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: CIE 340
  • CIE 462LEC Special Topics in Structural Engineering
    Lecture

    Develops experience and expertise in the application of structural engineering fundamentals to design of civil engineering projects. Specific technique/problem areas are announced when offered. Requires students to complete homework assignments and hour tests, and they are graded on both. May require an in-depth design exercise.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: CIE 324
  • CIE 463LEC Special Topics in Water Resources Engineering
    Lecture

    Develops experience and expertise in the application of fundamentals of water resources engineering to design civil engineering projects. Specific technique/problem areas are announced when offered. Requires students to complete homework assignments and hour tests, and they are graded on both. May require an in-depth design exercise.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: CIE 343
  • CIE 464LEC Special Topics in Environmental Engineering
    Lecture

    Develops experience and expertise in the application of fundamentals of environmental engineering to design of civil engineering projects. Specific technique/problem areas are announced when offered. Requires students to complete homework assignments and hour tests, and they are graded on both. May require an in-depth design exercise.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • CIE 465LEC Special Topics in Geotechnical Engineering
    Lecture

    Develops experience and expertise in the application of fundamentals of geotechnical engineering to design of civil engineering projects. Specific technique/problem areas are announced when offered. Requires students to complete homework assignments and hour tests, and they are graded on both. May require an in-depth design exercise.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: CIE 435
  • CIE 469LEC Hazardous Waste Management
    Lecture

    Waste management continues to be a major global challenge for environmental engineers and other stakeholders. Technical, regulatory and societal aspects of Hazardous and Solid Waste Management are addressed. Topics related to Hazardous Waste include: (1) evolution of current laws dealing with hazardous waste disposal and cleanup; (2) investigation and remediation contaminated sites; and (3) environmental fate and transport of hazardous chemicals. Solid Waste topics include (1) social, economic and political forces that influence the waste management industry; (2) current laws governing solid waste management; and (3) emerging concepts, including Integrated Solid Waste Management, Materials Management, and Life Cycle Analysis. For both focus areas, a strong emphasis is placed on communication of technical issues to the public.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: CIE 340; Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering and Environmental Geosciences Majors Only
    Other Requisites: CIE 469
  • CIE 475LEC Geometric Design of Highways
    Lecture

    The purpose of this course is to provide students with the principles of geometric design of highways with a focus on highway design objectives and design guidelines and methods. More specific topics include: development and applications of concepts of geometric design of rural and urban highways; design controls and criteria; elements of design, including sight distance, horizontal and vertical alignment; cross section elements; interchange types and design elements; grade separations and clearance; development of visual elements. AutoCAD and CARL-SON software will be used in this course, but no prior knowledge of either is necessary.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: CIE 439
  • CIE 476LR Design and Construction of Earth Structures
    Lecture

    Selection, engineering design, construction, monitoring, and performance evaluation of earth structures. Densification: soft ground consolidation, deep dynamic compaction; reinforcement: earth-retaining systems, soil nailing, reinforced earth, micropiles; ground improvement by admixtures: grouting, soil mixing techniques.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: CIE 334Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 491LEC Construction Estimating
    Lecture

    Estimation of construction costs. Topics include project life cycle, financial considerations, order-of-magnitude estimates, the project acquisition decision, material/labor and equipment costs, overhead and profit consideration, building systems estimates, uncertainty, the bidding process, value engineering, and cost control.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Senior StandingCivil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 493LEC Project Management
    Lecture

    Life cycle planning of construction projects; contract types, project delivery strategies; bid packaging, bid evaluation, and selection of contractors; preconstruction planning; contract administration procedures; project quality control; value engineering and management; project site layout; and materials management.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: Senior StandingCivil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 496TUT Civil/Environmental Engineering Internship
    Tutorial

    Provides field experience through working on a Civil or Environmental Engineering project in a practical setting (Private design, consulting and/or construction company office, governmental agency office, construction site, etc.) under the joint guidance of a practicing engineer and a faculty advisor. Projects are selected that integrate the material learned in academic courses at UB. A written report and an oral presentation are required. This is a variable unit course, up to three (3) credits. The number of credits to be earned is designated by the number of credits for which the student registers. For each credit hour, a minimum of forty-five (45) hours at the internship or jobsite must be completed

    Credits: 1 - 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Other Requisites: Pre-reqs: Permission from Director of Undergraduate Studies AND approved Civil and Environmental Engineering Majors only.
  • CIE 498TUT Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
    Tutorial

    Students collaborate with faculty research mentors on an ongoing project in a faculty member's laboratory or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member. This experience provides students with an inquiry based learning opportunity and engages them as active learners in an research setting.

    Credits: 1 - 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Other Requisites: CIE 498 Requisite: Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only
  • CIE 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    Students electing this course should be accepted for work on a special topic by a member of the teaching staff. Special forms are available in the department office.

    Credits: 1 - 12
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Other Requisites: CIE 499 Requisite: Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering Majors Only

Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering

212 Ketter Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4300
Professor Joseph F. Atkinson
Chair
M. V. Sivaselvan
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ms. Eva McGovern
Undergraduate Academic Coordinator
Published: November 16, 2017 08:32:43 AM