Course Offerings

Course Projection Guide

The Course Projection Guide is a tool to help students plan their academic careers by forecasting course offerings up to three years in advance.

Course Descriptions

A full list of all courses offered by the CEE Department, including detailed descriptions and prerequisite information, can be found on the PSU Bulletin. 

Graduate Student and Senior Elective Courses

For elective planning, CEE provides a list of course descriptions for CEE technical electives and graduate courses for the next academic quarter.  These are published prior to the official opening of the registration period and subject to change.


Spring 2021
Graduate and Senior Elective Courses

Environmental / Water Resources

Course Description Prerequisites

CE 510:
Ecohydrology

Use of deterministic and probabilistic tools to model water, carbon, and nutrient exchange through soils, plants, and atmosphere. Will cover the fundamentals of rainfall interception and partitioning, soil moisture and biogeochemistry, plant water use and photosynthesis, and the atmospheric boundary layer.

Undergraduates: CE 361 and instructor permission

Graduates: graduate standing

CE 412 / 512: 
Sustainability in CEE Seminar
This course features seminar speakers discussing sustainable practices in the broad discipline of engineering, and optimal collaborations in pursuit of that goal. Examples topics include green building design for zero net energy, urban heat management and minimization, “green vs. “gray” in waste water treatment, and feasibility of energy from biomass. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits.

Undergraduates: CE 362 or CE 341 or CE 454 or CE 325

Graduates: graduate standing

CE 578 / 678: 
Water Quality Modeling
Introduction to descriptive modeling approaches for analyzing water quality changes in lakes, reservoirs, rivers, and estuaries. Applications include modeling dissolved oxygen, temperature, nutrients, and algal dynamics.

Undergraduates: CE 361, CE 371

Graduates: graduate standing

CE 479 / 579: 
Subsurface Hydrology
Basic principles of aqueous flow in the subsurface, emphasizing the importance of groundwater as a resource. Hydrologic cycle, history of groundwater usage, aquifer classification and properties, Darcy’s experiments and Law, hydraulic head and potential, porosity and permeability, transmissivity and storativity, heterogeneity and anisotropy, saturated vs. unsaturated subsurface flow, and hydraulics of pumping wells (drawdown, flow in confined and unconfined aquifers, steady-state vs. transient flow, slug tests, and aquifer-test design).

Undergraduates: senior standing

Graduates: graduate standing

CE 486 / 586: 
Environmental Chemistry
Survey of chemical aspects of major environmental issues: stratospheric ozone holes and chlorofluorocarbons; air pollution; global climate change; fossil fuel energy/"carbon footprint"; renewable energy; nuclear energy/radioactivity; toxic chemicals (pesticides, PCBs); endocrine disruptors; surfactants, chemical dispersants/oil spills; biodegradability of chemicals; chemistry of natural waters/acid rain; toxic heavy metals. This is the same course as Ch 486 and can be taken only once for credit.

Undergraduates: CE 371; or CH 334 or CH 331

Graduates: graduate standing

CE 489 / 589: 
Introduction to Advanced Environmental Fluid Mechanics

Advanced introduction to the geophysical fluid flows, including properties of seawater; conservation of mass, energy and momentum; dimensional analysis; the Navier-Stokes, Reynolds and turbulent kinetic energy equations; geostrophy and potential vorticity; long and short waves; and turbulence and boundary layers. Lecture and laboratory.

Undergraduates: CE 362

Graduates: graduate standing

Transportation

Course Description Prerequisites
CE 410 / 510: 
New and Emerging Technologies in Transportation
This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the way technology is evolving and expanding transportation choices, impacting both the mobility of people and goods. The concepts of shared mobility, micromobility, electrification and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) are explored. An introduction to connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) is presented, covering both the technological developments and the potential secondary impacts of CAVs on cities if/when they are deployed. The deployment of technologies and services are examined thru policy, planning and engineering lens, and will include the environmental and social implications.

Undergraduates: CE 351

Graduates: graduate standing

CE 450 / 550: 
Transportation Safety Analysis
Incorporating safety in highway engineering and transportation planning that includes highway design, operation, and maintenance, as well as human factors, statistical analysis, traffic control and public policy. Design concepts of intersections, interchanges, signals, signs and pavement markings; analyzing data sets for recommendations and prioritization; principles of driver and vehicle characteristics in relation to the roadway.

Undergraduates: CE 351

Graduates: graduate standing

Structural

Course Description Prerequisites
CE 416 / 516: 
Forensic Structural Engineering
Application of engineering principles to investigate failures and performance problems of structures; case studies and examples of actual structural failures.

Undergraduates: knowledge of reinforced concrete (CE 434 or equivalent), steel (CE 432 or equivalent), and
timber structures (CE 417 or equivalent)

Graduates: graduate standing

CE 419 / 519: 
Bridge Engineering
Introduction to analysis and design of short to medium span highway bridges, including load descriptions, analysis and design procedures outlined in AASHTO Load Resistance Factor Design specifications.

Undergraduates: CE 325

Graduates: graduate standing

CE 434: 
Principles of Reinforced Concrete
Loads, load factors and structural safety, ultimate strength analysis; short column behavior, design of simple and continuous beams; one-way slabs; serviceability and detailing requirements with reference to current codes.

Undergraduates: CE 321 and CE 325

CE 436 / 536: 
Masonry Design
Materials of construction; design of masonry elements, lateral load resisting systems, and connections with reference to current codes.

Undergraduates: CE 434

Graduates: graduate standing

CE 539 / 639: 
Advanced Steel Design
Analysis and design of metal structures including connections, plate girders, design loads, structural systems, and bracing.

Undergraduates: CE 432

Graduates: CE 532

Geotechnical

Course Description Prerequisites
CE 510 / 610:
Geology & Geotech Site Characterization
This course builds on concepts introduced in CE 541, with a focus on how to approach geotechnical site characterization given a site's geologic history. The course topics include geologic origins of soil, geohazards, geotechnical drilling & sampling, in-situ testing, and laboratory testing.

Undergraduate: CE 444

Graduate: graduate standing

CE 546 / 646: 
Numerical Methods in Soil-Structure Interaction
Application of finite difference and finite element methods to the solution of soil-structure problems, stability of soil masses and foundation installation. Use of commercial computer programs in working applied problems.

Undergraduate: CE 444

Graduate: graduate standing

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Summer 2021
Graduate and Senior Elective Courses

Registration for Summer 2021 courses opens on 5/3/2021. Please see the PSU Academic Calendar for more information.

Environmental / Water Resources

Course Description Prerequisites
CE 485 / 585: Environmental Cleanup and Restoration Survey of procedures for evaluating risks posed by hazardous waste sites and the cleanup steps that lead to an acceptable restoration of such sites. Topics include U.S. environmental law and regulation, site investigations, risk assessment, and a focus on actual case studies, many in Portland and the Pacific Northwest.

Undergraduates: Junior standing

Graduates: graduate standing

Transportation

Course Description Prerequisites
CE 462 / 562: Traffic Engineering and Signal Timing Theory and practice of traffic signal timing. Focuses on terms associated with signal timing, relating practice in the field with analysis completed using the Highway Capacity Manual and other traffic engineering software. A significant portion of the class is focused on applications, specifically focused on multimodal applications.

Undergraduates and Graduates: CE 351

Structural

Course Description Prerequisites
CE 432 / 532: Structural Steel Design Design of components of steel structures based on allowable strength design and load and resistance factor design methods.

Undergraduates: CE 321 and CE 325

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