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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Oct 17, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018

Civil and Environmental Engineering


In the College of Engineering .


Course Offerings  

Faculty


L. K. Nozick, Director; W. D. Philpot, Associate Director; J. D. Albertson, P. G. Carr, E. A. Cowen, R. A. Daziano, P. J. Diamessis, C. Earls, H. O. Gao, K. Gebremedhin, M. D. Grigoriu, D. A. Haith, D. E. Helbling, K. C. Hover,  D. S. Kammer,  D. P. Loucks, G. C. McLaskey, M. C. Reid, T. D. O’Rourke, P. M. Reed, R. E. Richardson, S. Samaranayake, J. R. Stedinger, H. E. Stewart, C. H. Trautmann, F.M. Vanek, D. Warner, M. Weber-Shirk

Civil Engineering:


Offered by the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contact: 221 Hollister Hall, (607) 255-3412, www.cee.cornell.edu

The Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

While it is not necessary to do so, students may focus in environmental engineering, environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation, or water resource systems.

Admission Requirements:


Students planning to affiliate with this major must complete ENGRD 2020 - Statics and Mechanics of Solids  with at least a grade of C. It is strongly recommended that ENGRD 2020  be taken as an engineering distribution during the first semester of the sophomore year.

Engineering Distribution Courses:


Majors are required to take ENGRD 2020 - Statics and Mechanics of Solids  as an engineering distribution course. For the second engineering distribution course, one of the following is recommended:

Major Program:


Students may substitute CHEM 2080  or CHEM 1570  for PHYS 2214  in the common curriculum. The following nine courses are required in addition to those required for the Common Curriculum.

Additional requirements:

Include a set of two major-approved electives, one capstone design and two design electives from a list of approved courses that is available in Hollister 221.  In addition, students must complete one technical communications course from among the courses designated ENGRC or approved communications courses.  If the technical communications course also fulfills another requirement (liberal studies, major approved elective, etc.), then an additional advisor-approved elective must be taken.  Students must also complete an additional science course  beyond the science requirements in the common curriculum.  This course may be selected from a list available in Hollister 221 or approved by petition.

Note:

a MAE 2030  should be taken in sophomore year, CEE 4780  should not be taken until third or fourth year.

b ENGRD 3200  can be used to satisfy an ENGRD requirement. If a student elects to use this course as a second distribution course, the student  must take an additional major-approved elective to fulfill the core course requirements.

c  ENGRD 2700  may be substituted (by petition) for CEE 3040  in the major, but only if ENGRD 2700  is taken before affiliation, or in some special cases where co-op or study abroad programs necessitate such a substitution.

d Students may substitute CEE 3720  for either BEE 2510   or CEE 3610 , if they also complete either CEE 4730  or CEE 4740 . However, CEE 3720  then counts as a core course only and not as a CEE design course or major-approved elective.

Academic Standing


 Majors in Civil Engineering are expected to meet the following standards:

  1. Semester GPA ≥ 2.0
  2. Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.0
  3. *A semester GPA ≥ 2.0 in core courses, design courses, major-approved electives, and engineering distribution courses(Tech GPA).
  4. No failing grades.
  5. 12 credit hours each semester
  6. At most, one grade below a C- in required core courses, design courses, major approved electives, and engineering distribution courses can count towards completion of undergraduate major.

*Grade(s) below C- in these courses beyond the first will require that the course(s) so graded be repeated.  (The College of Engineering also requires that each course in the required mathematics sequence - 1910, 1920, 2930, 2940 - be passed with a grade of C- or better.)

Civil Engineering Honors Program:


The B.S. degree with honors is granted to engineering students who satisfy the requirements given on the “Undergraduate Study and Graduation Requirements  ” page as well as the following requirements.

The 9 credits beyond the B.S. degree requirements shall be drawn from the following components (with no fewer than 2 credits in any selected component):

  1. A significant research experience or honors project under the direct supervision of a CEE faculty member using CEE 4000 - Senior Honors Thesis  (1–6 credits per semester). A  significant written report or senior honors thesis must be submitted as part of this component. Letter grades only.
  2. A significant teaching experience under the direct supervision of a faculty member or as part of a regularly recognized course in the College of Engineering, i.e., CEE 4010 - Undergraduate Engineering Teaching in CEE  (1–3 credits per semester).
  3. Advanced or graduate courses at the 5000 level or above.

Procedures:


Students must apply no later than the beginning of the first semester of their senior year but are encouraged to apply as early as the first semester of their junior year.  All honors program students must be in the program for at least two semesters before graduation.  Students must enter with and maintain a cumulative GPA equal or greater than 3.50. Each applicant to the CEE Honors Program must have a faculty advisor or faculty member to supervise the student’s individual program. (This need not be the student’s faculty advisor.) Applications can be obtained from Hollister 221. Each program must be approved by the CEE Curriculum Committee, although the committee may delegate approval authority to the associate director for all but unusual proposals.

Environmental Engineering:


Offered jointly by the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering and the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Contact: BEE Office, 207 Riley-Robb Hall, (607) 255-2173, or CEE Office, 221 Hollister Hall, (607) 255-3412, www.enve.cornell.edu.

The Environmental Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Environmental Engineering is the study and practice of analyzing, designing, and managing natural and engineered systems in ways consistent with the maintenance or enhancement of environmental amenities and sustainability. It requires the ability to predict interactions and impacts among natural and engineering-system components at various spatial and temporal scales in response to alternative projects, and design and management policies. It requires a thorough understanding of interactions among the natural environment, the constructed environment, and human activities. Environmental engineers pursue development of sustainable energy systems and the impacts of climate change.

Students matriculating in the College of Engineering (CoE) generally affiliate with this major in their second year. Students matriculating in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) generally enroll in this major in their first semester. This major requires that students take the following courses:

Course:


Introduction to engineering (a): (3 Credits)


Engineering distribution courses (†):


Major-required courses:


Major Courses:

Electives


Technical communications course (select one from list of options for fulfilling technical writing) (e):

https://www.engineering.cornell.edu/academics/undergraduate/curriculum/courses/communications/techwriting.cfm

Design electives (9 credit minimum):

Need a total of three (3) courses, at least one from list of capstone design courses and remainder from list of design courses (g)

Major Approved Electives (6 credit minimum):

  • Two courses from a list of major-approved engineering electives to complete total credit requirement (h)
Additional Requirements:

  • First-year writing seminar (6)
  • Two advisor approved electives (6)
  • Liberal studies (18)

Total credits (minimum): 126


Note:


  1. Students may also take BIOSM 1610  or BIOSM 1780 .
  2. Students using this course as a second engineering distribution must take an additional major-approved elective.
  3. ENGRD 2700  (f,s,3) may be accepted (by petition) to substitute for CEE 3040  if taken prior to affiliation with the Environmental Engineering major or if necessary because of scheduling conflicts caused by co-op or study abroad. A supplement learning styles exercise is required.
  4. Students may take BIOMI 2900 - General Microbiology Lectures  in place of CEE 4510 .
  5. If the course fulfilling the technical writing requirement also fulfills another requirement (e.g., liberal studies, major-approved elective), then it may be used to satisfy both requirements.
  6. To be chosen from a list of design courses on the Environmental Engineering web site.
  7. The list of suggested courses covers the areas of environmental engineering, hydraulics/hydrology, environmental systems engineering, geotechnical engineering, remote sensing, air pollution, and renewable energy systems. The respective lists are available in the Environmental Engineering Handbook.

Academic Standing


 Majors in Environmental Engineering are expected to meet the following standards:

  1. Semester GPA ≥ 2.0
  2. Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.0
  3. A semester GPA ≥ 2.0 in core courses, design courses, major-approved electives, and engineering distribution courses(Tech GPA).*
  4. At most one grade below C- can be used to fulfill the EnvE degree requirement [in the following four categories required core courses, design courses, major-approved electives, and engineering distribution courses*].
  5. 12 credit hours each semester
  6. No failing grades

*Grade(s) below C- in these courses beyond the first will require that some of the courses so graded be repeated.  (The College of Engineering also requires that each course in the required mathematics sequence - 1910, 1920, 2930, 2940 - be passed with a grade of C- or better.)

Environmental Engineering Honors Program:


The environmental engineering honors program consists of at least nine credits beyond the minimum required for graduation in the environmental engineering major. These nine credits must be drawn from one or more of the following categories with at least 3 credit hours in the first category:

  1. A significant research experience or honors project under the direct supervision of a Environmental Engineering faculty member using BEE 4990 : Undergraduate Research and BEE 4993 : Honors Thesis or CEE 4000 : Senior Honors Thesis (1 to 6 credits per semester). A significant written report or senior honors thesis must be submitted as part of this component. Letter grade only.
  2. A significant teaching experience under the direct supervision of a faculty member or as part of a regularly recognized course in the College of Engineering (i.e., Undergraduate Engineering Teaching, BEE 4980  or CEE 4010  [1 to 4 credits per semester]).
  3. Advanced or graduate courses at the 4000 level or above.

No research, independent study, or teaching for which the student is paid may be counted toward the honors program. 

Eligibility: students must enter with and maintain a cumulative GPA equal or greater than 3.50.

Application: students must apply no later than the beginning of the first semester of their senior year but are encouraged to apply as early as the first semester of their junior year. All honors program students must be in the program for at least two semesters before graduation.