Jul 21, 2019  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Benjamin J. Mohr, Interim Chairperson

Departmental Graduate Faculty: Daniel A. Badoe, Steven M. Click, L. K. Crouch, R. Craig Henderson, David H. Huddleston, X. Sharon Huo, Y. Jane Liu, Jessica O. Matson, Benjamin J. Mohr, Francis O. Otuonye, Guillermo Ramirez, Edmond P. Ryan, James R. Smith, Lenly J. Weathers.


Civil and Environmental Engineering Website

Departmental Overview

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers advanced studies leading to the Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Engineering with specialization in Civil Engineering. The goals of the Ph.D. program are listed under the College of Engineering and administered by the Associate Dean of Engineering for Graduate Studies and Research. The goal of the MS program is to provide the strong academic programs necessary to prepare students to become educated members of society who can join and make significant contributions to the civil engineering profession.

This is accomplished by allowing MS graduate students to specialize in specific engineering topics through advanced and in-depth studies in these topics; by providing guidance to students in fundamental and applied research; by helping them to develop powers of analysis, synthesis and critical thinking; and by preparing outstanding graduate students to continue academic and research careers through doctoral-level studies.

The department offers the Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering with concentrations in environmental engineering, structural engineering, and transportation engineering. The departmental faculty have expertise and conduct research in the following areas: environmental and water resources engineering; structural engineering, transportation and paving materials; engineering mechanics; and computational mechanics. Faculty advisors assist graduate students in developing individual programs of study depending on their career goals and thesis research interests. The student’s advisory committee assists the student in the development and execution of the program of study and monitors and evaluates the student’s work towards the degree.

Many departmental faculty actively participate in research related to the three Centers of Excellence operated within the University: two within the College of Engineering and one under the Office of Research & Economic Development. The resources and facilities of the Centers greatly enhance the graduate program of the Department.

Fast-track M.S. Program

The Fast-track M.S. Program in Civil Engineering will provide an opportunity for promising CEE undergraduate students to accelerate the completion of the M.S. by allowing undergraduates to accumulate up to six (6) credit hours of graduate coursework while still pursuing their undergraduate degree and to transition to the graduate program smoothly. Up to six hours of graduate coursework, exclusive of directed study, taken during the student’s senior year can be used to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. These courses must be taken at Tennessee Tech University and must be approved as appropriate substitutions in the undergraduate curriculum for senior CEE electives.

Students must apply to the CEE Fast-track M.S. program by the end of their second junior term. Students must apply and take the GRE(R) General Test (GRE) during their second senior term (one [1] semester prior to their anticipated graduation). The CEE Fast-track students should be aware that they need to consult with their future M.S. advisor for the 5000-level courses taken during their senior terms, especially for the courses not in their area of concentration.

The minimum requirements for acceptance into the Fast-track program are:

  • Enrolled in TTU Civil Engineering student with Junior or Senior standing
  • Overall GPA of 3.25 and a GPA for CEE courses of at least 3.5
  • Recommendation of a CEE faculty mentor
  • All requirements for admission to Graduate School must be met upon graduation

Departmental Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to the MS program are the same as those for any MS program in the College of Engineering and are stated under the College of Engineering  listing. The program is designed for graduates of approved undergraduate programs. Thus a baccalaureate degree in civil engineering is required for full standing. Applicants that have an undergraduate degree in a closely related field will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be admitted to full standing upon completion of identified background courses.

For the admission requirements to the Ph.D. program, please refer to the College of Engineering  program listing elsewhere in this catalog.

Departmental Degree Requirements for Doctor of Philosophy

Requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Engineering may be satisfied with a primary emphasis in civil engineering. The degree requirements for the Ph.D. degree are given in the College of Engineering  listing. In addition, all candidates must take at least two (2) hours of



Master of Science