Civil Engineering Technology/Surveying Courses

Surveying I


Introduction to theory and practice of geomatics; historical measurement methods and equipment; measurement and computations of distances, angles, and directions; field note keeping; care and use of modern field equipment; surveys with modern field equipment; surveying safety; and the surveying profession.  3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): Placement by Examination or MTH005. Fall Only.

Surveying II


Introduction to traverse procedures, electronic data collection, computation and adjustment of traverses, coordinate geometry in surveying calculations, state plane coordinate systems, area computations, calculation of uncertainty of position, and accuracy standards.  3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CET115 and CET150. Corequisite(s): CET126 and MTH180 or CET126 and MTH240. Spring Only.

Topographic Surveys and Mapping


Introductory theory and application in preparation of sketches, map scales, scaled drawings, survey plats and maps. Study includes the principles of effective graphical display of spatial information, principles of cartography, map projections, contours, computer mapping, and the use of overlays.  3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Corequisite(s): CET124. Spring Only.

Computer Applications for Civil Engineering and Surveying


Introduction to computer programs frequently used in the practice of civil engineering and surveying. Emphasis on the use of standard industry-accepted software. Study includes techniques that aid in the visualization and sketching of project elements. The appropriate use of scale in dimensioning and plotting drawings is presented. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Corequisite(s): CET115. Fall Only.



Introduction to theory and basic principles of statics; coplanar and non-coplanar forces; equilibrium conditions, friction; centroids and moments of inertia.  3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): MTH180 or MTH240. Corequisite(s): PHS115 or PHS201. Fall Only.

Highway Engineering


Basic principles and elements of highway systems. Topics include highway agency structure and purpose; driver, vehicle, and road characteristics; highway alignment design; traffic engineering; highway drainage; engineering economics; and pavement design, construction, and maintenance. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): MTH180 or MTH240. Fall Only.

Origin, Distribution and Behavior of Soils


Study of geological origin of soils as well as minerals, rocks, rock structure, weathering, glaciation, erosion, and deposition. Topics include distribution of soils in North America; residual, glacial and water-wind deposited soils; soil characteristics and behavior; engineering classification; volume-weight relationships; physical properties; and stresses within soil masses. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ENL111 and MTH180 or ENL111 and MTH240. Corequisite(s): PHS115 or PHS201. (Writing Enriched) Fall Only.

Fluid Mechanics


Introduction to the principles governing the properties of fluids in motion and at rest. Topics include static forces arising from the weight of fluid at rest, dynamic forces created when fluids are set in motion, fluid flow in pipes and open channels, friction and energy losses, fluid measurements, and pump operation and design. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): MTH182 or MTH240.

Strength of Materials


Stress and deformation; engineering materials and properties; bolted and welded joints; torsion; shear and moments in beams; deflections of beams; combined stresses; and columns. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): CET230. Spring Only.

Materials of Construction


Properties of aggregates, Portland cement and asphaltic concretes, steel, wood and miscellaneous construction materials; sampling and testing of construction materials; mix design for Portland cement and asphaltic concretes. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PHS115 or PHS201. Corequisite(s): CET243. Spring Only.

Horizontal and Vertical Control Surveying


Basic principles of geometric models of the Earth and geodetic datums; computations on the ellipsoidal, State Plane, and Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinate systems; calculations to determine latitude/longitude; astronomic computations; and coordinate transformations. Use of modern field equipment is emphasized in labs. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CET124 and CET126. Corequisite(s): CET255. Fall Only.

Route and Construction Surveying


Horizontal and vertical curve geometry computations; route alignments, surveying principles, and practices applied in construction layout; area and volume computations; construction layout instruments and procedures; record or as-built surveys. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CET124 and CET126. Corequisite(s): CET254. Fall Only.

Legal Aspects of Surveying


Introduction to history of boundaries, U.S. Public Land Survey System, record research and deed interpretation, rules of construction and procedures for boundary retracement, riparian and littoral boundaries, land description methods and conveyance, professional ethics, and role of surveyor. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): CET124 and CET126. Corequisite(s): CET255. Fall Only.

Boundary Surveying and Legal Descriptions


Study of surveying evidence and procedures to establish and/or reestablish boundaries. Course work includes writing legal descriptions and studying case law, with attention to rules of evidence relative to land boundaries, boundary control and legal principles, order of importance of conflicting title elements, possession principles, easements and riparian rights, retracement surveys, and current ALTA/ACSM survey requirements. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CET255 and CET256. Corequisite(s): CET265.

Geographic Information Systems and Photogrammetry


Definition of data structures and procedures used in the synthesis of geographic and non-geographic data to provide decision makers with options for civil engineering projects upon which to make the best possible choices. Covers project definition, data organization and capture, and use of query languages to generate project outcomes. Introduction to basic photogrammetry with photo scales, flying height, panel size, percent overlap, and percent coverage. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CET254. Corequisite(s): CET265. Spring Only.

Land Development Design


Application of land surveying to the land development process. Principles of hydraulics, hydrology, roadway design, topographic grading, and surveying are applied to the creation of a residential development of single-family homes and townhouses. The legal and regulatory framework that governs land development is explored through study of state laws as well as municipal subdivision and zoning ordinances. Study includes the significant number of permits that must be obtained for a land development to occur. Course work includes using industry-standard computer software to create a set of plans that constitute the land development. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CET254 and CET255. Corequisite(s): CET262 and CET312. Spring Only.

Practical Surveying Problems and Adjustments


Various types of land surveying projects. Geodetic, topographic, construction surveying; precise leveling; map construction/legal research. Control network analysis, conventional topics of standard deviation, error ellipses, and error sources least squares adjustment, post adjustment analysis and accuracy standards. Use measurements. Use of modern field equipment is emphasized in labs. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CET254. Corequisite(s): CET262 and CET263. Spring Only.

Statics & Strengths of Materials


Introduction to theory and basic principles of statics and strengths of materials. Emphasis will be placed on coplanar force systems, equilibrium conditions of beams, trusses, and simple machines. Stress and deformation, engineering cross sectional properties, bolted and welded joints, shear and moment in beams, combined stresses, built-up sections and introduction to connection analysis. 4 Credits (4 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): PHS115. Corequisite(s): MTH182.

Civil and Surveying Internship


Work experience intended to provide exposure to the practical and daily operations of an information technology office, support team, or equivalent. Placement within a private firm, government institution or agency, corporation, or other office is based on major and/or career interests to the extent possible. As the culmination of academic study, the internship may not take place before a student's second year, although it may take place in either semester of the second year, per agreement between the student, adviser, and supervising instructor. The student may or may not receive a salary or compensation for services (negotiable with employer/organization). The student logs the experience and submits a narrative report at the conclusion of the internship. This internship experience requires a minimum of 225 work experience hours, but may include more hours depending on the individual needs of the internship experience. In addition to work experience hours, students are also required to satisfactorily complete the internship experience through a final employer evaluation or assessment. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 15 Internship)

Structural Analysis


Analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate structures. Topics include influence lines, moving loads, member forces and stresses, deflection of structures, displacements, and flexibility and stiffness analyses. Computer applications. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CET243. Corequisite(s): MTH242. Fall Only.

Hydraulics and Hydrology


Principles of hydraulics and hydrology applicable to civil engineering. Topics include hydrologic cycle; measurement and estimation of precipitation; stormwater runoff calculations; stream flow measurement; erosion and sedimentation control measures; hydraulic structure design, including channels, culverts, pipes, inlets, and detention basins; design of sedimentation control devices; current environmental regulations and permits; and computer applications. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): MTH182 or MTH240.

Land Development for Civil Engineers


Application of civil engineering to land development. Includes the use of principles of hydraulics, hydrology, roadway design, topographic grading, and surveying to create a residential development. Also covers the legal and regulatory framework governing land development, permitting requirements, and computer applications. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CET124 and CET126 and CET150.

Structural Steel Design


Design of structural steel components, including tension members, compression members, beams, beam-columns and connections. American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Specifications are applied. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CET311. Spring Only.

Water and Wastewater Systems


Introduction to the planning and design of water and wastewater systems. Topics include drinking water system demands; water distribution systems; water treatment processes; wastewater system demands; wastewater collection systems, including gravity sewers, force mains, and pump stations; wastewater treatment unit operations; and permitting requirements.  3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CET242 and CHM111. Spring Only.



Analysis of particle and rigid body motion in two and three dimensions. Kinematics of translation and rotation; use of force/mass/acceleration and work/energy methods; and impulse, momentum, and collision of elastic bodies. Strong emphasis on the engineering significance of these principles, with special emphasis on structures. Computer applications to civil engineering problem solutions. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): CET230 and MTH242. Spring Only.

Geotechnical Engineering Technology


Study of physical properties of soils related to engineering evaluations and designs, subsurface investigation methods, settlement and bearing capacity analyses for shallow foundations, flow net analyses for seepage estimates, slope stability factor-of-safety analyses, lateral earth pressures and design of retained-earth structures, soil stabilization methods, and geotextiles. Computer applications. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CET238 and MTH242. Fall Only.

Reinforced Concrete Design


Design of members and frames of reinforced concrete; concrete and reinforcement properties; anchorage and splicing reinforcement; design of beams, columns, slabs, frames, footings, and retaining walls; ACI Code requirements; and computer applications. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CET311 and CET321. Fall Only.

Civil Engineering Estimating and Scheduling


Mass diagram analysis for earthwork, factors affecting construction equipment selection, time studies, cost estimating, bid proposals, project planning and management, and Critical Path Method (CPM). Computer applications. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CET234 and MET315. Fall Only.

Senior Capstone Design-Planning


Theory and practice of defining and planning a civil engineering project. Selection of capstone design project or internship position for capstone project. The project must include at least three areas of civil engineering and be approved by the faculty. Course work includes participation in a project planning team, development of a project schedule for planning and design, development of a list of available resources required for construction of the project, and development and presentation of a proposal for the capstone design project for CET 496. Student must have Seventh Semester standing to enroll in this course. 2 Credits (1 Lecture - 3 Lab) Corequisite(s): CET413. Fall Only.

Design for Capstone Project


Data gathering and design for the selected and approved project in Planning/Analysis for Capstone Project (CET495). Course work includes development of an organized project file containing letters, memos, notes, and computations for the planning and design that can become part of a project record as well as drafted plans, written specifications, and/or reports to present the completed work to the client. 2 Credits (0 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CET495. Spring Only.


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