graduate study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees may be arranged in
a wide variety of areas. The fields of specialization available include
structural analysis and design, computational mechanics, structural
reliability, structural optimization, structural dynamics, concrete
structures, experimental mechanics, soil mechanics and foundations,
soil dynamics, soil composite materials, constitutive modeling of
geomaterials, hydraulic engineering, hydromechanics, coastal studies,
water and wastewater treatment, environmental fluid mechanics, water
resource systems, transportation engineering, intelligent
transportation systems, transportation infrastructure design
operations, construction engineering, and management.
Students with a B.S. degree from an accredited civil engineering field
may apply for direct admission to the graduate program. Students with
backgrounds in engineering programs other than civil engineering are
required to complete certain prerequisite undergraduate courses in
Master of science degree candidates may elect either a thesis or
nonthesis option. The thesis option consists of 24 credits of course
work, 6 credits of research in a specialized area, and a final thesis
presentation. In the nonthesis option, a candidate must complete 27
credits of course work, do a 3-credit special project with a report,
and pass an oral final examination.
Requirements for the M.S.
degree may be satisfied for all options in a part-time evening program,
which is designed for students em-ployed in industry and other students
whose obligations preclude full-time study. Admission and academic
standards for part-time students are the same as for full-time
students. This arrangement makes it possible for students to combine
day and evening schedules simultaneously or at different periods in
their academic careers.
The master of philosophy degree is available to doctoral students.
The degree of doctor of philosophy is primarily a research degree and
is not conferred solely for completion of a series of prescribed
courses. The requirements for the Ph.D. degree include a minimum of 48
credits of course work beyond the baccalaureate, a minimum of 24
credits of research beyond the M.S. degree, and successful completion
of a research dissertation. There is no language requirement. Ph.D.
candidates normally are required to register for at least two
consecutive terms as full-time students in residence. Exceptions to
this requirement may be made in special situations.
Significant computing and experimental laboratory resources are
available to graduate students. The computer resources of the School of
Engineering include a design, simulation, and visualization (DSV) lab
with 60 Sun Ultra 10 workstations. Located within the School of
Engineering is the Supercomputer Remote Access and Graphics Center,
which provides facilities for developing large-scale computational
programs, for high-speed access to the National Science Foundation`s
Supercomputer Centers, and for graphical processing and display.
Students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have
access to a graduate civil engineering laboratory and to the Rutgers
Intelligent Transportation Systems (RITS) computing laboratories. The
laboratories provide excellent computational capabilities, software
packages specific to civil/environmental engineering, and access to
supercomputing resources. A number of research laboratories are used to
complement theoretical and analytical course work and for doctoral and
master`s thesis research. These laboratories include the Concrete
Structures and Materials Laboratory, the Environmental Engineering
Laboratory, the Fluid Mechanics and Environmental Hydraulics
Laboratory, the Large-Scale Structural Laboratory, the Rutgers Asphalt
Pavement Laboratory (RAPL), the Soil Dynamics and Highway Materials
Laboratory, and the Soil Mechanics Laboratory. Additional research
opportunities are provided through the department`s Center for Advanced
Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT).
Degree programs in
civil and environmental engineering may be arranged with the program
director. Details may be found in Program Information Manual for
Graduate Students, available on request from the program office.