Civil engineers plan, design and develop communities, roads, bridges, buildings, and transit systems while solving problems associated with water resources, energy, and pollution.
General requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree are given in the Graduate Program section of this Catalog. In addition, students must take a distribution of graduate courses that support their dissertation research.
Emphasis and Course Requirements
In addition to the general University doctoral degree general requirements, students pursuing a Ph.D. in Engineering with a concentration in Civil Engineering must meet the following criteria:
The areas of emphasis are :
Equivalent graduate-level courses taken at anothser institution may be used to satisfy some requirements, but this must be decided on a case-by-case basis by the Graduate Advisor or Graduate Committee in the Civil Engineering department.
Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a concentration in civil engineering must demonstrate a competence in basic areas of the field by satisfactorily completing the departmental qualifying examination. Doctoral students must take the qualifying exam during their first or second semester as a Ph.D. student. After a student has substantially completed his/her course work, the prospective candidate takes a comprehensive exam to demonstrate an ability to conduct Ph.D.-level research. A student is advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree after satisfactory completion of the comprehensive examination with approval of the doctoral committee, submission of the Application for Candidacy, and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies. The Application to Candidacy is submitted to Graduate Studies by the end of the semester in which the Comprehensive Exam is passed. The Ph.D. Dissertation must be defended in an oral examination before the student’s Dissertation Committee.
The program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/.