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Bachelors of Science Offered:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical
  • Metallurgical and
    Materials Engineering


  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and
    Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical and
    Industrial Engineering
  • Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

    Dr. Andrew Swift, Dean
    Dr. Stephen Stafford, Associate Dean
    Dr. Pablo Arenaz, Associate Dean for Entering Students
    Dr. Vijay Singh, Associate Dean for Research
    Dr. Darrell Schroder, Assistant Dean

    Engineering/Science Complex
    Engineering Building, Room E230
    Phone: (915) 747-5460
    Fax: (915) 747-5616
    E-mail: engineer@utep.edu

  • Civil Engineering

    201B Engineering Science Complex
    Phone: (915) 747-5464
    E-mail: civilengineering@utep.edu

    CHAIRPERSON: Carlos M. Ferregut
    PROFESSORS EMERITI: Howard G. Applegate, Herbert H. Bartell
    PROFESSORS: Ferregut, Nazarian, Oey, Osegueda, Tarquin, Turner
    ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS: Li, Rozendal, Walton

    Civil Engineering Courses (CE)

    1305 Graphic Fundamentals in Engineering Design (2-4) (Common Course Number ENGR 1304)
    Freehand projection, fundamentals of multiview projections, auxiliaries, sections, detailed drawings, and dimensioning, pictorials and computer-aided drafting. Laboratory fee required.

    1403 Introduction to Civil Engineering (3-3)
    A general introduction to the field of civil engineering and the engineer's responsibilities to society. The class includes procedures for solving engineering and design problems with computational tools and statistical concepts. The class includes a three hour lab each week where the student learns to utilize the computer as an engineering tool, prepares a team design project, and visits engineering facilities.

    2315 Engineering Mechanics I (3-0) (Common Course Number ENGR 2301)
    Forces in space, equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies, friction, centroids, and centers of gravity. Prerequisite: MATH 1411 with a grade of "C" or better.

    2334 Mechanics of Materials I (3-0) (Common Course Number ENGR 2332)
    Study of stress, strain, torsion, shear, moment, flexure, combined stresses, and column action. Prerequisite: CE 2315 with a grade of "C" or better.

    General Prerequisite: Junior standing in Civil Engineering or written permission of the instructor for all 3000-4000-level courses.

    3136 Engineering Materials Laboratory (0-3)
    Laboratory practice in manufacture and testing of concrete, steel, wood, and plastic specimens; instrumentation work in the measurement of stresses and strains. Prerequisite: CE 2334 with a grade of "C" or better. Laboratory fee required.

    3313 Engineering Measurements (2-3)
    Theory and practice of surveying measurements with emphasis on precision, errors, and significant figures, the use of the level, transit, and engineer's tape. Prerequisites: CE 1305 and CS 1420, each with a grade of "C" or better. Laboratory fee required.

    3325 Environmental Engineering Fundamentals (3-0)
    Introduction to the engineering aspects of environmental systems to include such topics as water quality management, air pollution and control, solid and hazardous waste management, environmental impact assessment, and governmental regulation. Prerequisite: Junior standing in engineering or science.

    3343 Structural Analysis (3-0)
    A study of framed structures, trusses, girders, and beams including applications of static and moving loads on bridges. Prerequisite: CE 2334 with a grade of "C" or better.

    3373 Probability, Statistics, and Decision Models for Civil Engineers (3-0)
    Applications of statistical methods in structural, geotechnical, environmental, and transportation engineering data. Development of probabilistic models for winds, hydrologic precipitation, and other natural variables. Statistical decision models for engineering design. Prerequisite: MATH 1411 with a grade of "C" or better.

    3490 Introduction to Air Pollution (3-3)
    Classification of air pollutants and their effects on man, animals, plants, and the environment; meteorological aspects of air pollution; sources of air pollution; plume characteristics; units of measurement; physical properties of dusts, gases, and aerosols. Prerequisites: Junior standing in engineering or sciences and instructor approval. Laboratory fee required.

    4153 Water and Waste Laboratory (0-3)
    Laboratory analysis of water and wastes. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CE 4341 or CE 4342. Laboratory fee required.

    4171 Engineering Problems (0-0-1)
    4271 Engineering Problems (0-0-2)

    4371 Engineering Problems (0-0-3)
    Original investigation of special problems in the student's field, the problem to be selected by the student with the approval of the head of the department. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Senior standing and department approval.

    4181 Co-op Work Experiences (0-0-1)
    4182 Co-op Work Experiences (0-0-1)

    4183 Co-op Work Experiences (0-0-1)
    Work experience in business, industrial, governmental, professional, service, or other organizations to provide on-the- job training and professional preparation in the student's area of interest. A report covering the work experience must be submitted by the student to the departmental Co-op coordinator at the end of each work period. Upon completion of his or her third work period and submission of a report summarizing the total work experience, a student can use three hours of Co-op Work Experience in his or her degree plan in place of a technical elective or elective in the major. Prerequisite: Selection by the Co-op Coordinator, department chairperson, and employer.

    4195 Senior Professional Orientation (1-0)
    Introduction to the Engineering profession with emphasis on job placement, professional ethics, and an engineering field examination. Required of all students prior to graduation.

    4335 Structural Design I (3-0)
    Reinforced concrete theory; design of beams, columns, slabs, footings, and retaining walls using current design specifications. Prerequisites: CE 3343 and CE 3136.

    4340 Transportation Engineering (3-0)
    Study of planning, economics, finance, location, design, and administration of transportation systems. Prerequisite: CE 3313; CE 3313 may be taken concurrently with CE 4340.

    4341 Water Supply Engineering (3-0)
    principles of water supply engineering and the application of those to the design and operation of municipal and industrial water systems. Prerequisites: ie 3326 and mech 3454.

    4342 Wastewater Engineering (3-0)
    Principles of wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal and their application to the design and operation of municipal and industrial wastewater systems. Prerequisites: IE 3326 and MECH 3454.

    4349 Foundation Engineering (3-0)
    Subsoil exploration, spread footings, mat foundations, retaining walls, sheet pile structures, braced cuts, pile foundations, and cassions. Prerequisite: CE 4448.

    4355 Pavement Material Characterization (3-0)
    Asphalt cement, aggregates, hot mix, and asphalt mix design. Characterization of asphalt mixture. Mechanical modification of soils. Modification of soils by admixtures. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

    4361 Structural Design II (3-0)
    Design of steel structures including the application of plastic design methods using current design specifications. Prerequisite: CE 3343.

    4388 Senior Design (1-6)
    Conceptual, preliminary, and final design projects. Prerequisites: Department approval and minimum of 115 hours of Civil Engineering Curriculum completed. Laboratory fee required.

    4448 Soil Mechanics (3-3)
    Physical and mechanical properties of soils, plasticity, shrinkage, permeability, seepage, consolidation, shear strength, Rankine and Coulomb earth pressure, and braced cuts. Prerequisites: CE 2334 2334 with a grade of "C" or better, MECH 3454, and GEOL 3321. Laboratory fee required.

    4456 Hydraulic Engineering (3-3)
    Essential principles of hydraulics and hydrology demonstrated in the laboratory and applied to the design of hydraulic structures. Prerequisite: MECH 3454. Laboratory fee required.

    4460 Structural Analysis II (3-3)
    Analysis of statically indeterminate structures including continuous beams and frames. Prerequisite: CE 3343 with a grade of "C" or better.

    4470 Mechanics of Materials II (3-3)
    Analysis of problems dealing with energy methods, curved bars, torsion of noncircular sections, fatigue, stress concentration, stress and strain, and experimental methods of stress determination. Prerequisites: CE 2334 with a grade of "C" or better and Senior standing.

    See the Graduate Studies Catalog for graduate programs and courses.


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