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The following courses are offered by Engineering Online, the Distance Education Division of NC State's College of Engineering. The SEMESTER notation indicates past and tentative future scheduling.


COURSE   TITLE SEMESTER
CE 501   Transportation Systems Engineering Fall
Planning and analysis of multi-modal transportation systems including railroads, airports, highways and other modes. Supply, demand, flows, impacts and network analysis. Highway mode emphasized. Completion of term paper for CE501 credit. 3 credit hours

CE 502   Traffic Operations Fall
Highway capacity; traffic control systems; intelligent vehicle/highway systems; and other advanced topics. This course is open to undergrads as an engineering science elective. 3 credit hours

CE 503   Highway Design Spring
Corridor selection; highway alignment; design of roadsides, intersections and interchanges. Completion of research paper for students taking course for graduate credit. Credit will not be given for both CE 403 and CE 503. 3 credit hours

CE 504   Airport Planning and Design Fall
Analysis, planning and design of air transportation facilities. 3 credit hours

CE 509   Highway Safety Spring
Methods to reduce collisions and injuries on highways. Identifying promising locations, choosing appropriate countermeasures, and evaluating past projects. Understanding the institutional context and establishing appropriate highway design standards. 3 credit hours

CE 515   Advanced Strength of Materials Fall
Fundamentals of stress, strain and deformation, linear elastic theory, elastic bodies: isotropic, anistropic and orthotropic constitutive equations; St. Venant's classical theory of torsion: non-circular bars, thin-walled open sections, thin-walled single-cell tubes, multi-cell thin-walled tubes; unsymmetric bending and transverse shear, shear flow and shear center in thin-walled sections, nonlinear beam, shear deformation of beams, curved beams; stress concentration, beams on elastic foundations, introduction to plasticity theory, and introduction to fracture mechanics. 3 credit hours

CE 522   Theory and Design of Prestressed Concrete Fall
Principles and concepts of design in prestressed concrete including elastic and ultimate strength analyses for flexure, shear, torsion, bond and deflection. Principles of concordancy and linear transformation for indeterminate prestressed structures. 3 credit hours

CE 523   Theory and Behavior of Steel Structures Fall
Bolted and welded connections subjected to eccentric shear and combined bending and shear; framed beam connections; fully restrained moment connections; beams subjected to torsion and combined bending and torsion; flexural, torsional, and flexural-torsional buckling of compression members; members subjected to combined bending and axial compression. 3 credit hours

CE 526   Finite Element Methods in Structural Engineering Spring
Review of direct stiffness method; degrees of freedom; stiffness; assembly; transformation; analysis of solids through principle of virtual work; approximate stiffness through finite element shape functions; study of various finite elements including constant strain triangle and bilinear rectangle, their limitations and convergence issues; higher order elements, incompatible elements; isoparametric formulation and distorted elements; application of finite element analysis for solids and structures; modeling considerations and software use. 3 credit hours

CE 527   Structural Dynamics Spring
Analysis of single and multi-degree-of-freedom structures subjected to various types of excitations and initial conditions. Computational aspects of dynamic analysis. Introduction to approximate methods of analysis. 3 credit hours

CE 528   Structural Design in Wood Spring
The course covers the complete design of wood buildings, except for the foundations. By the end of the course, students will be able to determine gravity and lateral design loads (from ASCE 7-10 and IBC 2012), design structural elements and subassemblages for vertical loads (tension members, compression members, and beams), and design structural elements and subassemblages for lateral loads (beam-columns, horizontal diaphragms, and shearwalls). The course concludes with an introduction to nailed connections.  3 credit hours

CE 529   FRP Strengthening and Repair of Concrete Structures Fall
This course emphasizes the fundamental behavior of FRP strengthened/repaired reinforced concrete structures contributing towards sustainable and resilient civil infrastructure by extending the useful life of existing structures using advanced materials. As appropriate, reference is made to ACI440.2R-08: Guide for the Design and Construction of Externally Bonded FRP Systems for Strengthening Concrete Structures. The course material is applied to a practical strengthening design of a realistic reinforced concrete structure. 3 credit hours

CE 530   Properties of Concrete and Advanced Cement-Based Composites Spring
This course consists of three parts. In the first part, basic properties of hydraulic cements, aggregates, mixture proportioning, mineral and chemical admixtures, and placement and curing are discussed. The second part of this course deals with mechanical properties of concrete and covers subjects such as compressive and tensile strength, multi-axial loading, composite models, fracture mechanics of concrete materials, and shrinkage cracking. In the second part of the course, porosity and micro-structural models are also discussed. The third part of this course deals with durability and deterioration mechanisms of concrete materials. This part of the course cover subjects such as corrosion of steel in concrete, mass transport in cementitious materials, service life prediction, and non-destructive testing. Advanced laboratory techniques such as calorimetric, electrical measurements, and acoustic emission are discussed. This course also covers emerging topics in concrete materials such as internal curing, self-consolidating concrete, fiber reinforced concrete materials, and low carbon footprint materials.  3 credit hours

CE 536   Introduction to Numerical Methods of Civil Engineers Summer
This is an entry level graduate course intended to give an introduction to widely used numerical methods through application to several civil and environmental engineering problems. The emphasis will be on the breadth of topics and applications; however, to the extent possible, the mathematical theory behind the numerical methods will also be presented. The course is expected to lay foundation for students beginning to engage in research projects that involve numerical methods. Student will use MATLAB as a tool in the course. Experience with MATLAB is not required. The course will be taught in an interactive setting in a computer equipped classroom. 3 credit hours

CE 538   Information Technology, Modeling, and Infrastructure Asset Management Fall
Information technology, modeling, and infrastructure asset management technologies of interest to engineers. Issues in the design and development of engineering information systems phenomena.to acquire, manage, and use engineering data and complex applications. The most prominent and recent literature will be used to create a rich knowledge base for students. 3 credit hours

CE 548   Engineering Properties of Soils I Fall
Significant soil properties in earthwork engineering, including soil elasticity and soil mineralogy, hydraulic conductivity, stress-strain relations and shear strength, compressibility and compaction. Laboratory work including plasticity, triaxial compression, permeability, consolidation and compaction tests. 3 credit hours

CE 561   Construction Project Management Fall
Successful Construction Project Management is not only critical to the success of the project engineer, construction manager and the contractor, but reduces overall costs to the owner and society.  Modern construction presumes an in depth understanding of the theory and techniques associated with planning, analysis and control.  This is a practice oriented, construction project-planning, management and control course emphasizing standard quantitative and qualitative techniques.  The Planning, Management, and Control skills necessary to function effectively on complex projects share a common requirement for understanding scheduling, cost control, and their inter-relationship for ensuring successful project performance. 3 credit hours

CE 562   Lean Construction Concepts and Methods Fall
Student teams apply concepts and methods in field studies of real project management processes and construction operations by using principles and methods in Lean Production, Construction, Design, Assembly, Supply, Production Control, and Work Process Design. 3 credit hours

CE 564   Legal Aspects of Contracting Spring
Legal aspects of contract documents, drawings and specifications; owner-engineer-constructor relationships and responsibilities; bids and contract performance; labor laws; governmental administrative and regulatory agencies; torts; business organizations; ethics and professionalism. 3 credit hours

CE 565   Construction Safety Management Spring
A review of fundamentals of Safety Management Principles. A detailed review of OSHA regulations and standards pertinent to engineers and managers that expect to perform and/or influence activities in a construction site. Minimum safety requirements are discussed in a practical context for immediate application in construction field operations. Course material include a review of OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry, a review of selected sections of OSHA Standards for General Industry, a review of general principles of construction safety management. 3 credit hours

CE 567   Risk and Financial Management in Construction Fall
Fundamental concepts in financial and risk analysis in construction; accounting and financial metrics in construction; risk assessment and risk management in construction including the cost of risk, managerial decisions based on company financial and risk evaluation, insurance and bonding issues, effects of risk in project delivery methods and contract types; risk effects in project financing including a review of financing sources, considerations for financing local and international projects; and the impact of financial and risk management in strategic planning in construction. 3 credit hours

CE 571   Physical Principles of Environmental Engineering Spring
Many aspects of environmental engineering require a solid foundation in understanding mass and momentum transport of different processes in the environment. In addition, an understanding of the fate of pollutants in the environment is also necessary to tackle current environmental problems. Chemical reactions are therefore important in both engineered treatment processes and in natural systems in which wastes may be attenuated. Thus, mass and momentum transport covered in this course is fundamental to an engineer's understanding of water and waste treatment and contaminant behavior in the environment. CE 571 is a core component of the Water Resources and Environmental Engineering graduate program for students that are developing plans of study that emphasize either process engineering and water resources. 3 credit hours

CE 573   Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering Fall
CE 573 prepares you to use fundamental biological principles to analyze important biological processes in environmental engineering. The principles will be applied to: biological treatment of municipal and industrial wastes, public health microbiology, and microbial ecology of engineered and natural systems. The course will cover basic microbiology (what is a cell?), survey key microbial groups and their metabolisms (how do they make a living?), cover biodegradation/catabolism of the basic macromolecules (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins), and introduce microbial ecology concepts, including molecular approaches. 3 credit hours

CE 574   Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering Fall
Inorganic and organic environmental chemistry including acid-base equilibria, precipitation, complexation, redox reactions, and natural organic matter. The role of these factors in controlling the fate of contaminants in engineered treatment systems and natural environments. 3 credit hours

CE 576   Engineering Principles of Air Pollution Control Fall
Fundamentals of air pollutant formation and control from stationary and mobile emission sources. Chemical kinetics, mass and heat transfer, and thermodynamics affecting gaseous and particle pollutant formation in a variety of emission sources. Study of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, hydrocarbons, and air toxics formation and control. Principles of conventional and advanced flue gas desulfurization, thermal and fuel NOx control, and particle/air toxics emission control will be among the emission topics to be explored. 3 credit hours

CE 577   Engineering Principles of Solid Waste Management Spring, Summer
Solid waste management is an integral component of civil infrastructure that must be addressed by virtually every municipality. Solid waste management is a highly visible and high-impact target for enhancing environmental sustainability. Appropriate selection of waste processing technologies and efficient waste management strategies can cost-effectively minimize environmental impacts, particularly through energy generation and materials recovery. Specific issues include cost, waste diversion programs, regulatory compliance, energy recovery, landfill capacity, and public opinion of waste management. This course will cover all aspects of municipal solid waste management including refuse generation, source reduction, collection, transportation, recycling and resource recovery, burial in landfills, biological treatment, and combustion. The environmental and economic advantages and disadvantages of these alternatives will be discussed. Regulations and policy relevant to municipal solid waste will also be presented and analyzed. Students are expected to integrate economic, environmental, regulatory, policy, and technical considerations into the development of engineering designs of solid waste processes and systems. The course will emphasize both engineering design and policy alternatives. 3 credit hours

CE 578   Energy and Climate Fall
This course provides an overview of the global energy system, relates fossil fuel consumption to climate change, and outlines alternatives that promote environmental sustainability. Topics include basic climate science, energetics of natural and human systems, fossil-fueled civilization, the impact of anthropogenic CO2 emissions on climate, and technology and public policy options for addressing the climate challenge. The course is highly interdisciplinary with a strong focus on science and engineering. 3 credit hours

CE 584   Hydraulics of Ground Water Fall
Introduction to ground water hydraulics and hydrology. Hydrologic cycle, basic ground water hydraulics, aquifer hydrology, flow to Wells and theory, flow net development, ground water contamination modeling, numerical solution of governing equations. 3 credit hours

CE 586   Engineering Hydrology Fall
Hydrologic principles underlying procedures for surface water modeling; applications of common hydrologic models to actual watersheds. 3 credit hours

CE 588   Water Resources Engineering Fall
Extension of the concepts of fluid mechanics and hydraulics to applications in water supply, water transmission, water distribution networks and open channels to include water-supply reservoirs, pump and pipe selection, determinate and indeterminate pipe networks, and analysis of open channels with appurtenances. 3 credit hours

CE 590   Introduction to Facilities Engineering Systems (also offered as EGR 590) Summer, Fall
This course covers an introduction to the multi-disciplinary facilities engineering functions, such as would be found in a typical municipal public works department, university facilities engineering organizations, various government agencies at the state level, department of transportation and airport and port authorities, and facilities engineering at both the installation level and the headquarters and policy level of certain federal government agencies. Non-governmental organizations such as utilities providers, and operators of plants, both processing and manufacturing, typically engage in facilities engineering and management such as included in this course. Engineering practice in facilities engineering is by nature broad, and also the engineer must understand underlying principles of related engineering disciplines to address the cross-cutting issues in the practice. The range of topics covered in this course includes the planning cycle, the buildings, infrastructure, technology systems, emergency preparedness and disaster recovery planning, installed equipment, select electrical and mechanical systems, sanitation systems including waste water, recycling programs, and environmental compliance. Additionally, topics such as sustainability in planning and design will be discussed from a technical perspective, and related business aspects such as decision making considering life-cycle costs, planning and budgeting are in the content of this course. Presentations and case studies are included, such that students will demonstrate their communication skills. 3 credit hours

CE 592   International Construction Spring
This course includes a series of guest lectures, student presentations on construction practices found in their respective countries, and a collaborative term project. Guest speakers include industry practitioners and academics speaking on topics such as global construction challenges, procurement issues, legal aspects, international finance and public private partnerships, leadership, industry best practices, and lean construction techniques. 3 credit hours

CE 595   Asphalt and Bituminous Materials Fall
Asphalt and Bituminous Materials covers:

  •  Introduction to pavements / pavement distress
  •  Asphalt chemistry
  •  Old asphalt grading systems
  •  Superpave Performance Grading (PG) system
  •  Aggregate specification
  •  Previous asphalt mixture design methods
  •  Superpave volumetric mix design
  •  Performance test methods and models

3 credit hours


CE 595   Railroad Engineering Spring, Summer
A course intended for undergraduate seniors and graduate students that teaches them about important aspects of railroad engineering. The areas stressed are alignment design, track, signaling systems, yards and other terminals, and operating plans. Also included are lectures about rail transit, conventional intercity rail, and high-speed rail. 3 credit hours

CE 596   Surface Water Quality Modeling Spring
This course provides the ability to understand and predict how human inputs affect large-scale, natural and engineered aquatic systems. Course topics integrate physical, chemical, and biologic processes related to pollutants and lower food-web dynamics within these systems. Lectures and assignments will cover both theory and application.  The course will be relevant to those with an interest in managing, protecting, and restoring inland and coastal waters. 3 credit hours

CE 610   Introduction to Building Information Modeling Fall
Introduction to current Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies. Includes the role of BIM in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry; tools and features common to Revit Architecture, Structure, and MEP; creating sets, building elements, structural systems, and MEP systems; using clash detective; and introduction of quantity takeoff and schedule functions. 1 credit hour

CE 702   Traffic Flow Theory Fall
Traffic stream characteristics, shock wave, queuing, and other macroscopic flow theories; car following, gap acceptance, and other microscopic theories; distributions of traffic stream parameters; building traffic simulation models. 3 credit hours

CE 705   Intelligent Transportation Systems Spring
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) planning and human factor elements; application of monitoring, communications and information dissemination technologies to transportation systems; advanced traffic management for freeway and arterial systems; traveler information and public transportation systems; automated vehicle and highway systems. ITS evaluation methods and models. 3 credit hours

CE 706   Advanced Traffic Control Spring
Advanced signalized traffic control methods at intersections, arterials and networks. Applications of mathematical optimization techniques to signal timing and coordination. Use of traffic simulation and optimization models for signal evaluation and design. Roundabout analysis and design. 3 credit hours

CE 707   Transportation Policy and Funding Spring
Understanding and debating important current transportation policy issues in the U.S. Raising and allocating funds for building and maintaining the transportation system. Highway, public transit, rail, air, and other modes. 3 credit hours

CE 724   Probabilistic Methods of Structural Engineering Fall
This course is intended to provide an understanding of probability and statistics in civil/ mechanical engineering applications. It will focus on common probabilistic models, statistical analysis of observed data, reliability based design and decision making, and modeling of uncertainties that are unavoidable in the design and planning of engineering systems. The major topics include: (1) Fundamentals of probability theory, (2) Common probabilistic models, (3) Statistical analysis of recorded data, (4) Fundamentals of reliability analysis (First and second order reliability methods), (5) Monte Carlo simulation,(6) Development of reliability based design codes, (7) Evaluation of target reliability levels (code calibration), (8) System reliability and risk-based decision making. 3 credit hours

CE 725   Earthquake Structural Engineering Fall
Effects of earthquakes on structures and of design of structures to resist earthquake motions; earthquake mechanisms and ground motions; response of structures to earthquake motions; behavior of materials, structural elements and assemblages subjected to earthquakes; principles of earthquake-resistant design practice; soil-structure interaction; and special topics. The course focus extensively on Displacement-Based Seismic Design and will utilize a recently released text on the topic. 3 credit hours

CE 747   Geosynthetics in Geotechnical Engineering Fall
Designing with Geosynthetics is a geoenvironmental engineering graduate course that is designed to teach the various types of geosynthetic materials available for today's geotechnical engineering market including geotextiles, geogrids, geonets, geomembranes, and geocomposites. Course material will cover the physical and engineering properties of the geosynthetic materials, and several applications including drainage and filtration systems, base and subgrade support, slope and wall reinforcements, embankments on soft soils, landfill liners and covers and other aspects of soil improvement. 3 credit hours

CE 755   Highway Pavement Design Fall
Mechanistic-empirical analysis and design of highway pavements with critical evaluation of current design practices. Pavement materials characterization; stresses and strains in pavements; traffic consideration; pavement performance models; and actual thickness design of pavements using the AASHTO Pavement ME program. 3 credit hours

CE 795   Transportation Economics Fall
The economics of transportation supply and demand from the perspective of the service providers (both public and private), the users (both freight and passenger), the government, and society at large. The concepts that pertain, the quantitative tools used to evaluate the economics, and the implications that pertain to the benefits produced from such systems, their costs, and their funding. 3 credit hours

CE 795   Transportation Logistics Fall
Understanding the models and tools used to analyze transportation logistics issues and challenges. 3 credit hours