CE 201 Civil Engineering Computing

This course provides students with an introduction to computer use within the civil engineering profession and how the computer is a tool for engineering problem solving using computer-aided design (CAD) and geographical information systems (GIS) for civil engineering systems.

Prerequisite: MATH 162, CE 271

Corequisite: CE 271

CE 203 Envisioning a Sustainable World

Students explore various types of activities, systems, and/or processes encountered in our everyday lives, as well as metrics to evaluate their sustainability. Discussions, projects and research will focus on the use of energy, consumption of resources, and implementation and/or development of technology and their social, political, environmental, and economic implications.

Fulfillment of Common Course of Study Requirements: Science and Technology in Social Context (STSC) and Values (V)

Prerequisite:  Natural Science course with a lab

CE 251 Fluid Mechanics

Basic principles of fluid mechanics. Topics include fluid properties, hydrostatics, and fluid flow concepts including continuity, energy, and momentum. Dimensional analysis is also covered. Applications include open channel flow, pipe systems, and fluid flow measurements. Lecture/laboratory.

Prerequisite: ES 226

Offered: Spring semester

CE 271 Land development/surveying

An introductory course in engineering measurement through surveying techniques. Topics include fundamentals of surveying, statistical analysis, project management, and technical writing all of which are applied throughout the course in a series of field survey projects. Laboratory work includes surveying field work, CAD, project management, and a CAD-based civil engineering applications. Lecture/laboratory

Prerequisite: Mathematics 161, 162; and ES 101.

Offered: Fall semester

CE 311 Structural Analysis and Steel Design

This course covers both classic determinate sturctural analysis and the design of steel structures. Topics include loads, load paths, tributary areas, degree of determinacy, stability, approximate methods of indeterminate structural analysis, trusses, cables, arches, influence lines, deflections of trusses and frames by various methods, the principal of virutal work, introduction to force methods of indeterminate structural analysis, structural optimization, steel tension members, bolted and welded connections, steel columns, beams, and beam-columns.

Prerequisite: ES 230

Offered: Fall semester

CE 321 Environmental Engineering and Science

This course introduces the student to applications of engineering principles to a variety of environmental topics.  The topics will revolve around local issues within the Bushkill Watershed; therefore, we will adopt a watershed approach to better understand the various topics.  Topics include environmental chemistry, hydrology, risk assessment, water supply and pollution control, solid and hazardous wastes, and environmental management.  Laboratories consist of field trips, computer modeling exercises, sample collection, and chemical analysis methods.

Prerequisite: Mathematics 162; Chemistry 121 or ES 231, or permission of instructor

Offered: Fall semester

CE 325 Sustainable Environmental Management

Sustainable environmental management is currently one of the essential elements in product design and facilities management. At the facility level, environmental management means everything from manifesting hazardous waste, to redesigning a product, to installing air pollution control equipment. Key considerations include economics, long-term liability, and public perception, both in the USA and globally. The emphasis in this course is on management, policy, and technological solutions that can promote sustainability with a focus on manufacturing facilities.[W]

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

CE 331 Civil Engineering Project Management

This course addresses management of civil engineering projects, including planning and feasibility studies, environmental assessments, resource development, design, construction, and other types of projects in which civil engineers are involved. Topics include definition and scheduling of project tasks and resource management. The course also provides an overview of the concepts and analytical techniques of engineering economics, including present and annual worth analysis, capitalized cost analysis, rate of return analysis, cost/benefit analysis, and sensitivity analysis. The course introduces students to software packages used in project management and economic analysis. Lecture.

Prerequisite: ES 225

Offered: Fall semester

CE 341 Introduction to Transportation Systems

Technical and policy related aspects of transportation systems. Topics include traffic analysis and control, traffic flow theory, geometric design, capacity analysis and level of service, transportation demand analysis, and transportation planning. Computer applications. Design projects include oral presentations and written reports. Lecture/discussion.

Prerequisite: Mathematics 264 and junior or senior standing in engineering

Offered: Fall semester

CE 351 Water Resources Engineering

An introductory course in hydraulics, hydrology, and water resources engineering. Topics include groundwater and surface water supply, flow measurements, flow and pressure losses in pipe systems, probablility concepts in design, open channel design including storm sewers and culverts, pump design, and detention basis design. Written laboratory and design reports are required.

Prerequisite: CE 251

Offered: Spring semester in alternate years

CE 361 Geotechnical Engineering

An introductory course in soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering. Studies include the classification, permeability, consolidation, and strength of soils in lecture and laboratory settings. Written reports for laboratory and design results are required. Discussion of traditional design methods in foundation engineering is included. Lecture/laboratory. [W]

Prerequisite: ES 230 and CE 251 (corequisite) or permission of instructor

Corequisite: CE 251

Offered: Fall semester

CE 390, 391 Independent Study or Research

Independent study or research projects selected based on the background and interests of the student. An outline of the proposed work is submitted for approval by the department head and the faculty member who serves as adviser. A final paper presenting the results of the work is required. Hours arranged.

Offered: 390/Fall, 391/Spring

CE 395, 396 Special Topics

This course considers recent advances and/or subjects of current interest to students and faculty. The special topic(s) for a given semester are announced prior to registration.

Offered: 395/Fall, 396/Spring

CE 411 Advanced Design: Steel Bridge

This is a course in advanced engineering decision-making, as students design and fabricate a steel bridge according to the rules of the National Students Steel Bridge Competition. Conceptual design: computer based parametric optimization studies and prototype connection testing. Preliminary design: the selection of bridge members and geometry to safely support loads. Detail design: 3-D solid modeling, drafting, and dimensioning of shop drawings. Bridge fabrication will require fine attention to detail and troubleshooting skills.

In the course, the team of students designs a steel bridge according to the rules of 2010-2011 National Students Steel Bridge Competition (www.aisc.org), including:
• Developing and sketching concept designs
• Fabricating, testing, and evaluating prototype structural connections and members
• Conducting detailed quantitative studies of design alternatives
• Analyzing and sizing all members and connections in the final design
• Producing detailed professional-quality construction documents

Prerequisite: CE 311

Offered: As needed

CE 412 Advanced Structural Analysis

Analysis of forces and deflections in indeterminate beams, frames, and trusses. Topics include energy methods, slope- deflection, moment distribution, direct stiffness, and the matrix analysis method. Computer applications. Lecture.

Prerequisite: CE 311

Offered: As needed

CE 413 Design of Concrete Structures

This course focuses on the mechanics and design of components of reinforced concrete structures and builds upon the knowledge gained in CE 311. Extensive use of the ACI 318 design code is made. Topics include concrete and reinforcement properties, slender beams, deep beams, T-beams, shear, torsion, columns, one- and two-way slabs, walls, footings, and reinforcement splicing and development lengths. Introduction to prestressed concrete structures.

Prerequisite: CE 311

CE 414 Structural Dynamics

This course considers the analysis and design of structures subjected to time-dependent loads. Included is the formulation of dynamic models for single and multiple degree of freedom systems. Deterministic and stochastic responses to shock and environmental loadings (earthquakes, winds, and waves) are developed. Emphasis is given to design applications using existing codes and commercially available structural software.

Prerequisite: CE 311

Offered: As needed


This course covers advanced topics in the design of steel structures, including steel connections, composite steel-concrete construction, plate girder design, stability analysis, torsion, and the loading specifications of ASCE7.  This course makes significant use of the AISC Manual of Steel Construction

Prerequisite: CE 311

CE 421 Hydrology

Introduction to engineering hydrology, primarily dealing with surface waters. Topics include hydrologic cycle, frequency analysis, rainfall/runoff relationships, routing, and stormwater management and design. Design problems using current hydrological computer models are assigned. Lecture.

Prerequisite: CE 251

Offered: Fall semester in alternate years

CE 422 Environmental Site Assessment

Introduction to preliminary site investigations for environmental hazards. Topics include identification of wetlands, title searches, air photo interpretation for environmental hazards, visual site surveys, operation of environment monitors, current EPA regulations regarding site assessment and investigation, and sampling of surface materials. Lecture/discussion/laboratory.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 121, and permission of instructor

CE 423 Water Quality

Basic chemical principles and applications to the analysis and understanding of aqueous environmental chemistry in natural waters and wastewaters. Modeling of dissolved oxygen, nutrients, temperature, and toxic substances with applications to rivers, lakes, estuaries, and coastal waters. Lecture/laboratory.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 121; CE 221, 251

Offered: Spring semester, alternate years

CE 424 Groundwater Hydrology

Analysis of groundwater flow and contaminant transport in the subsurface. Topics covered include geologic and physical factors affecting the movement of water and contaminants, sources of pollution, mathematical formulation and solution of groundwater flow and transport problems, remediation methods, and an introduction to computer simulation models. Lecture.

Prerequisite: CE 251; Mathematics 264, or permission of instructor

Offered: Spring semester in alternate years

CE 425 Water Supply and Pollution Control

Application of basic principles to the design of water and wastewater systems. Process design and equipment selection for water and wastewater treatment facilities. Lecture/discussion.

Prerequisite: CE 221, 251

Offered: Fall semester in alternate years

CE 431 Construction Management

This course addresses the concepts and techniques used in effectively managing construction projects. Topics include work breakdown systems, critical path scheduling, cost estimating, budgeting, monitoring and reporting progress, change orders,quality management, labor relations, and relevant legal and regulatory issues. Students develop capabilities with software packages used in cost estimating, scheduling and budgeting, reporting, and document management.

Prerequisite: CE 331

Offered: Spring semester in alternate years

CE 442 Urban Transportation Planning

Study of the transportation planning, design, and impact estimation process, including population changes affecting demand and mobility needs, transportation demand and supply analysis, service policy variables, and estimation of airpollution and energy use impacts. Computer applications. Student projects include impact studies of new facilities and system analysis to meet specific transportation requirements. Lecture/discussion.

Prerequisite: CE 341, or permission of the instructor

Offered: Fall semester in alternate years

CE 444 Civil Infrastructure Systems Management

This course presents an integrated approach to the management of civil infrastructure systems. Students examine the many aspects of performance and different management approaches in the context of available tools, new technologies, institutional issues, and resource constraints.

Prerequisite: ES 225 or permission of instructor

CE 451 Open Channel Hydraulics

Application of fluid mechanics principles to flow in open channels. Uniform, gradually varied, rapidly varied, and unsteady flow conditions are analyzed and applied to a variety of practical problems. Both laboratory and computer models are employed. Lecture/ discussion.

Prerequisite: CE 251

Offered: Fall semester in alternate years

CE 461 Foundation and Earth Pressures

This course focuses on the application of the basic principles of soil mechanics to the design of foundations and earth retaining structures. Shallow footings, mat foundations, deep foundations, cantilever retaining walls, and sheet pile walls are studied. Includes the use of design software for foundations and walls. Lecture/discussion

Prerequisite: CE 361

Offered: Spring semester in alternate years

CE 462 Slope Stability and Ground Improvement

This course applies the basic principles of soil mechanics to the analysis of the stability of slopes, walls, dams, and levees.The use of various ground improvement technologies, including geotextile reinforcement, to improve stability and solve construction problems are considered. Includes significant use of computers for analysis. Oral presentation and written reports are required. Lecture/discussion

Prerequisite: CE 361

Offered: Spring semester in alternate years

CE 464 Environmental Geophysics

Introduction to the geophysical techniques used to study large- and small-scale features and processes of the Earth. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental principles of gravity, magnetism, seismology, heat transfer, and electrical methods as they apply to environmental problems. Lectures, laboratory, and field exercises.

CE 471 Advanced Civil Engineering Analysis

A study of the analytical and design methods used in solving certain civil engineering problems. Lecture/discussion.

Prerequisite: Senior standing in Civil Engineering or permission of instructor

Offered: As needed


Students work in teams to complete two projects in two different areas of civil engineering and initiate a third project to be completed during the subsequent semester in Design II – CE 473. The projects are intended to provide design experience in varying areas of the civil engineering discipline.

The content of this course will expose students to open-ended design problems (i.e. problems with more than one possible “answer”) and provide an opportunity for students to utilize many of the skills learned in previous courses within the civil engineering discipline.

Prerequisite: Civil Engineering 311, Civil Engineering 321, Civil Engineering 331, Civil Engineering 341, Civil Engineering 361, or permission of instructor.

Corequisite: Civil Engineering 351

Offered: Spring semester


Students will work in teams on an actual civil engineering project that involves several interrelated engineering and non-engineering disciplines.  The student will be required to formalize the project in a written report.  At the end of the course students will present their overall project to their clients, students from the junior class, faculty, and engineering professionals.  The deliverable materials will be a well-developed final design and a technical proposal with approximate costs estimations for the project.

Prerequisite: Senior standing

Offered: Spring semester

CE 481 Advanced Surveying

The application of current surveying methods in the civil engineering field. Topics include Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and advanced topics in surveying such as remote sensing, the fundamentals of photogrammetry, and methods of precise measurements. Lecture/ laboratory.

Prerequisite: CE 271

Offered: Fall semester in alternate years

CE 495, 496 Thesis

This program is designed in accordance with the honors program of the College. Enrollment is limited to seniors.

Offered: 495/Fall, 496/Spring