Civil & Environmental

Master of Engineering Courses

The following five core areas are offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering . In addition to the recommended courses in a given core area, the student may select technical electives approved by the academic advisor. The only guideline for the selection of electives is that the electives be part of an integrated program of study.


Geotechnical and Pavements

ENCE441 Foundation Design (3)
Prerequisite: ENCE340; and permission of ENGR-Civil & Environmental Engineering department.
Critical review of classical lateral earth pressure theories, analysis of retaining walls and reinforced earth walls, subsurface explorations, bearing capacity and settlement of shallow foundations, design of deep foundations that includes both pile foundations and drilled shafts.
ENCE447 Pavement Engineering (3)
Prerequisite: ENCE340; and permission of ENGR-Civil & Environmental Engineering department.
Fundamental principles underlying the design, construction, maintenance and repair, and management of highway and airfield pavement systems. Pavement performance (functional/structural; evaluation); pavement mechanics (multi-layered elastic theory; slab theory); pavement materials (properties and characterization); environmental effects; current rigid and flexible design methods (new/rehabilitation); construction (new construction; maintenance/repair; rehabilitation); economic evaluation; pavement management.
ENCE640 Advanced Soil Mechanics (3)
Prerequisite: ENCE340; or students who have taken courses with similar or comparable course content may contact the department.
Introduction to the use of elastic theory in stress and displacement solutions to geotechnical engineering (soil and rock mechanics). The effect of soil moisture (at rest) relative to effective stress principles, capillary and frost. Exact and numeric techniques for the analysis for soil seepage under isotropic and anisotropic conditions. Classical settlement (consolidation) and compressiblility theories, including finite difference solution for vertical and radial drainage.
ENCE641 Advanced Foundations Systems (3)
Prerequisite: ENCE340; or students who have taken courses with similar or comparable course content may contact the department.
Review of soil properties and subsurface exploration, evaluation and design of shallow foundations, including settlement and bearing capacity of spread footings and mats. Discussion of methods of soil improvement. Analysis and design of deep foundations including single pile, pile load testing, pile group actions, and drilled shaft foundations for both vertical and horizontal loads. Load and resistance factor design concepts will be presented.
ENCE643 Theory of Soil Strength (3)
Prerequisite: ENCE340; or students who have taken courses with similar or comparable course content may contact the department. Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Shear strength of cohesive and cohesionless soils is analyzed using the critical state soil mechanics theory of soil strength. Conventional laboratory strength tests, Mohr-Coulomb representation of soil strength, and recommended design parameters.
ENCE644 Advanced Pavement and Civil Engineering Materials (3)
Prerequisite: ENCE300. Credit only granted for: ENCE644 or ENCE688P. Formerly: ENCE688P.
Advanced course in Highway and Civil Engineering Materials. Dynamic Material Characterization. Elastic, Plastic and Viscoelastic Behavior. Energy Analysis. Physical and Mechanical Properties. NDT. Performance: Creep, Fatigue, Durability, other. Recent developments in Aggregate Evaluation, Portland Cement Concrete, High Performance Concrete, Conventional and Modified Asphalt Binders and Mixtures, Polymers & Composites, Geotextiles, Smart and Self Healing Materials, Recycled and Reclaimed Materials.
ENCE645 Geotechnics of Waste Disposal (3)
Credit only granted for: ENCE489X, ENCE645, or ENCE688X. Formerly: ENCE688X.
Fundamental aspects of geotechnical engineering that apply to problems of waste containment and remediation, basic principles of containment systems, compacted clay liners and clay mineralogy, hydraulic conductivity of compacted soils, methods of laboratory and field hydraulic conductivity measurements, design of waste containment systems, landfill stability and settlement, geosynthetic liners, waste compatibility, contaminant transport through liners, leachate collection systems, gas collection systems, covers and caps.
ENCE646 Geosynthetic Engineering (3)
Use of geosynthetics in geotechnical and geoenviromental construction, evaluation of fundamental, long lasting principles related to the geosynthetics that can be employed in the design, design methodologies with geosynthetics, discussion of properties and behavior of geosynthetics in a laboratory setting, measurement and quantification of geomechanical and hydraulic behavior of various geosynthetics.
ENCE647 Slope Stability and Seepage (3)
Prerequisite: ENCE340. Credit only granted for: ENCE489A, ENCE647, or ENCE688A. Formerly: ENCE688A.
Theoretical and practical aspects of seepage effects, and groundwater flow, review of shear strength principles, flow through porous media, hydraulic conductivity, flow nets, determination of water pressure, seepage forces and quantity of seepage, laboratory and field tests for shear strength, infinite slopes, block analysis, method of slices, seismic analysis of slopes, effective and total stress analysis, computer program for slope stability analysis, slope stability problems in waste disposal, construction excavations, reinforced embankments, embankments on soft ground.
ENCE740 Computational Geomechanics (3)
Recommended: Must have previous coursework on finite element theory (e.g. ENCE611). Credit only granted for: ENCE688X or ENCE740. Formerly: ENCE688X.
Focus on the application of computational mechanics, and in particular the finite element method, on the solution of stress and flow problems in geomechanics. Review of theoretical formulation of the finite element method, with particular emphasis on the special features most useful in geomechanics. Thorough treatment of the issues involved in performing robust practical analyses of real-world problems. Course term project enables students to apply these techniques to a geomechanics problem of their choosing.
ENCE741 Earth Retaining Structures (3)
Introduction to types and uses of earth retaining structures, and lateral earth pressure concepts and theories. Analysis and design of retaining walls and shoring structures and their bracing systems. These include conventional retaining walls, mechanically stabilized earth walls, cantilever and anchored sheet piling, cellular cofferdams, braced cuts, soil nailing, and the design of tiebacks and anchors. Load and resistance factor design concept will be presented.
ENCE743 Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (3)
Credit only granted for: ENCE642 or ENCE743. Formerly: ENCE642.
Review of theory of vibration and wave propagation in elastic media. Field and laboratory methods for determining dynamic soil properties. Analysis and design of soil-foundation systems subjected to machinery generated vibrations and methods of foundation isolation. Earthquake causes, magnitude and intensity, seismic hazard evaluation, NEHRP site classification, site response analyses and ground motion amplification, liquefaction and response of earth structures.
ENCE744 QA/QC and Specification for Highway Materials (3)
Prerequisite: ENCE300.
Factorial Experiments and Analysis. Materials Variability Components: Inherent and Testing Variability. Quality Control/Quality Assurance: Analysis Methods, Assurance Plans and Components. Specifications for Asphalt and Concrete Materials: Method, End-Result, Performance Based. Life Cycle Analysis and Performance Modeling Techniques. Use of Advanced Statistical Analysis for Material Properties Monitoring and Performance Predictions: ANOVA, Time Series, Spatial Data Analysis. Advanced Highway Materials including Polymer Modified and High Performance Asphalt and Concrete.
ENCE745 Geoenvironmental Site Remediation (3)
Prerequisite: ENCE340. Credit only granted for: ENCE489R, ENCE688R, or ENCE745. Formerly: ENCE688R.
Analysis of various techniques for remediation of contaminated media, applicable regulations and methods of field reconnaissance, invasive and non-invasive methods of site characterization, geoenvironmental monitoring, vertical cut-off walls, caps, soil vapor extraction systems, air sparging, permeable reactive walls, electro-kinetic remediation, waste stabilization and solidification systems.
ENCE747 Infrastructure and Pavement Management Systems (3)
Credit only granted for: ENCE688D or ENCE747. Formerly: ENCE688D.
Pavement and Infrastructure Management Systems. System Engineering. Condition Evaluation and Rating, Non Destructive Methods. Performance Evaluation and Modeling. Economic Analysis, Cost and Benefits. Pavement Management Systems:Overview, A Framework for System Design, Project and Network PMS, Pavement Condition and SHRP Surveys, Costs and Benefits of Improved Levels of Pavement Management. PMS Case Studies . Use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Systems Concepts Applied to Design. Implementation of Maintenance Management Systems. Bridge Management Systems: Inspection, Rating, Benefits, e.t.c. Building Management Systems: Critical Issues, Private and Public Ownership, Life Cycle Cost. Infrastructure Management Systems.


ENCE610 Fundamentals of Structural Analysis (3)
Cartesian tensor notation. Linear forms of the general equilibrium, compatability, and constitutive equations. The calculus of variations. The principles of virtual work and complementary virtual work. Self-adjoint problem formulations.
ENCE611 Finite Element Methods (3)
Formerly: ENCE661.
Basic principles and fundamental concepts of the finite element method. Consideration of geometric and material nonlinearities, convergence, mesh gradation and computational procedures in analysis. Applications to plane stress and plane strain, plates and shells, eigenvalue problems, axisymmetric stress analysis, and other problems in civil engineering.
ENCE613 Structural Dynamics (3)
Formerly: ENCE653.
Analysis of the dynamic response of structrues and structural components subjected to impact load, transient load, and ground excitations; study of single degree-of-freedom and multi degree-of-freedom systems in classical closed form solution and approximate numerical solution; solution in the frequency domain and the use of finite element method.
ENCE614 Computer Methods in Engineering (3)
UNIX programming environment, C programming, matrices, data structures, sets and set operations, parsing techniques, interactive window systems, applications to engineering.
ENCE615 Structural Reliability (3)
Probability and statistics. Fundamentals of uncertainty analysis. Fundamentals of structural reliability. Reliability-based design. Simulation and variance reduction techniques. Fuzzy sets and applications.
ENCE616 Plates and Shells (3)
Formerly: ENCE652.
Medium thick plate theory, Von-Karman's plate theory, orthotropic plates; approximate methods; buckling; membrane theory of shells, bending theory of shells and shell deformations.
ENCE710 Steel Structures I (3)
Formerly: ENCE656.
Moment connections of beams and columns. Wind bracing connections. Plate girders. Floor systems for buildings. Strengthening of beams and trusses. Corrosion control. Fatigue and fracture.
ENCE711 Steel Structures II (3)
Formerly: ENCE 655.
Plastic analysis and design of beams, rigid frames, eccentrically braced frames, and plates. Design of light-gauge cold-formed members.
ENCE712 Masonry Structures (3)
Analysis, design and construction of masonry structures. Analysis and design of beams, columns and pilasters, non-load bearing walls, load bearing walls, and shear walls. High rise building design. Composite masonry. Prestressed and post-tensioned masonry. Energy considerations, passive solar design of masonry structures. Recent developments in masonry research.
ENCE713 Concrete Structures I (3)
Formerly: ENCE753.
The behavior and strength of reinforced concrete members under combined loadings, including the effects of creep, shrinkage and temperature. Mechanisms of shear resistance and design procedures for bond, shear and diagonal tension. Elastic and ultimate strength analysis and design of slabs. Columns in multistory frames. Applications to reinforced concrete structures.
ENCE714 Concrete Structures II (3)
Formerly: ENCE754.
Fundamental concepts of prestressed concrete. Analysis and design of flexural members including composite and continuous beams with emphasis on load balancing technique. Ultimate strength design for shear. Design of post tensioned flat slabs. Various applications of prestressing including tension members, compression members, circular prestressing, frames and folded plates.
ENCE715 Earthquake Engineering (3)
Restriction: Permission of instructor. Formerly: ENCE755.
Review of SDOF and MDOF structural dynamics; characteristics of earthquakes; philosophies of seismic design; elastic and inelastic response spectra; design for ductility; principles of capacity design; design of structural systems requiring special performance criteria.
ENCE716 Forensic Engineering (3)
Application of the art and science of engineering in the jurisprudence system. Includes the investigation of the physical causes of accidents and other sources of claims and litigation, preparation of engineering reports, testimony at hearings and trials in administrative or judicial proceedings, and the rendition of advisory opinions to assist the resolution of disputes affecting life and property. Study of the process of failure investigation from initial site visit, through report preparation to adjudication. Emphasis on lessons learned from failures.
ENCE717 Bridge Structures (3)
Formerly: ENCE751.
The design and rating of bridge structures in accordance with the AASHTO WSD, LFD, ALFD, and LRFD specifications. Development of the basic strength and performance requirements as defined within AASHTO, area and various foreign codes. Projects requiring the design, rating and ultimate strength evaluations will be assigned for all of the predominate construction types including: simple and continuous span, straight and horizontally curved, non-composite and composite w and box section superstructure elements.
ENCE718 Advanced Structural Systems (3)
Formerly: ENCE750.
Review of classical determinate and indeterminate analysis technique; multistory buildings; space structures; suspension bridges and cables structures; arches; long span bridges.

Environmental & Water Resources

ENCE630 Environmental and Water Resource Systems I (3)
Application of statistical and systems engineering techniques in the analysis of information necessary for the design or characterization of environmental or hydrologic processes; emphasis on the fundamental considerations that control the design of information collection programs, data interpretation, and the evolution of simulation models used to support the decision-making process.
ENCE631 Hydrologic and Nonpoint Pollution Models (3)
A detailed analysis of the physical processes controlling the spatial distribution of runoff and constituent transport during rainfall and snowmelt events. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of the processes and translating this understanding into practical models that can be used for runoff simulation, stormwater management, and environmental impact assessment.
ENCE634 River Engineering (3)
The application of fundamentals of hydrology and hydraulics to engineering analysis and design questions focused on rivers and the watersheds they drain. The course examines issues of flood and drought flows, sediment transport, and water quality. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of watershed behavior in the face of land use change --particularly urbanization.
ENCE635 Geographic Information Systems for Watershed Analysis (3)
Credit only granted for: ENCE524 or ENCE688Z. Formerly: ENCE688Z.
Emphasis is on the use of GIS to support the analysis and modeling tasks associated with watershed planning and management. This course familiarizes the student with fundamentals of GIS data models, projections, and coordinate systems. Students develop a set of GIS- based alogrithms solving common engineering problems in hydrology. Internet data sources and GPS technology are also covered.
ENCE650 Process Dynamics in Environmental Systems (3)
Formerly: ENCE636.
The fundamentals of heterogeneous equilibria, rates of environmental reactions, and flow and material transport or presented. Applications of these principles will be presented to small and large scale environmental problems involving liquid, gas, and solid phases. Both natural and engineered environmental systems will be examined.
ENCE651 Chemistry of Natural Waters (3)
Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Credit only granted for: ENCE633 or ENCE651. Formerly: ENCE633.
Application of principles from chemical thermodynamics and kinetics to the study and interpretation of the chemical composition of natural waters is rationalized by considering metal ion solubility controls, pH, carbonate equilibria, adsorption reactions, redox reactions and the kinetics of oxygenation reactions which occur in natural water environments.
ENCE652 Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering (3)
An examination of biological principles directly affecting man and his environment, with particular emphasis on microbiological interactions in environmental engineering related to air, water and land systems; microbiology and biochemistry of aerobic and anaerobic treatment processes for aqueous wastes.
ENCE655 Environmental Behavior of Organic Pollutants (3)
Prerequisite: ENCE651.
Introduction to the scientific data needed and methods currently available to assess the environmental risk of organic chemicals. Applications of principles from chemical thermodynamics will be used to study phase-transfer processes of organic pollutants in the environment (solid/water, solid/air, water/air). Physical-chemical properties of organic pollutants will be used to estimate partitioning.
ENCE730 Environmental and Water Resource Systems II (3)
Prerequisite: ENCE630; or permission of instructor.
Advanced topics in operational research. Applications to complex environmental and water resource systems. The use of systems simulation and probabalistic modeling.
ENCE753 Unit Operations of Environmental Engineering (3)
Credit only granted for: ENCE636 or ENCE753. Formerly: ENCE636.
The fundamental theory of unit operations in the physical, chemical, and biological treatment of water is considered in detail. Coagulation and flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, ion exchange, adsorption, gas transfer, and membrane processes are among topics to be considered. Pollution prevention and waste minimization will be integrated into the course.
ENCE755 Transformations of Organic Compounds in the Environment (3)
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Focuses on reaction kinetics and mechanisms of organic pollutants transformations. Kinetic principles will be used to calculate or estimate the pollutants' half-lives. Physical-chemical properties of organic pollutants will be used to estimate transformation mechanisms and rates. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of how physico-chemical and structural properties relate with the transformations of organic pollutants.
ENCE756 Bioremediation (3)
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Introduction to microbiological and engineering fundamentals of bioremediation. Coverage will emphasize current and emerging technologies for major classes of environmental contaminants and contaminated site characteristics; relevant microbial ecology, biochemistry and physiology; site data needed to assess the feasibility of the bioremediation option; design and operation of engineered bioremediation systems, including reactor and in situ approaches; monitoring methods for evaluating the success of bioremediation projects; technical evaluation of selected case studies.


ENCE670 Highway Traffic Characteristics and Measurements (3)
Prerequisite: ENCE470; or permission of instructor.
The study of the fundamental traits and behavior patterns of road users and their vehicles in traffic. The basic characteristics of the pedestrian, the driver, the vehicle, traffic volume and speed, stream flow and intersection operation, parking, and accidents.
ENCE672 Regional Transportation Planning (3)
Prerequisite: ENCE 471 or permission of instructor.
Factors involved and the components of the process for planning statewide and regional transportation systems, encompassing all modes. Transportation planning studies, statewide traffic models, investment models, programming and scheduling.
ENCE673 Urban Transportation (3)
The contempory methodology of urban transportation planning. The urban transportation planning process, interdependence between the urban transportation system and the activity system, urban travel demand models, evaluation of urban transportation alternatives and their implementation.
ENCE674 Urban Transit Planning and Rail Transportation Engineering (3)
Prerequisite: ENCE 471 or permission of instructor.
Basic engineering components of conventional and high speed railroads and of air cushion and other high speed new technology. The study of urban rail and bus transit. The characteristics of the vehicle, the supporting way, and the terminal requirements will be evaluated with respect to system performance, capacity, cost, and level of service.
ENCE675 Airport Planning and Design (3)
Prerequisite: ENCE 471 or permission of both department and instructor.
The planning and design of airports including site selection, runway configuration, geometric and structural design of the landing area, and terminal facilities. Methods of financing airports, estimates of aeronautical demand, air traffic control, and airport lighting are also studied.
ENCE676 Highway Traffic Flow Theory (3)
Prerequisites: ENCE 461 and ENCE 462; or permission of instructor.
An examination of physical and statistical laws that are used to represent traffic flow phenomena. Deterministic models including heat flow, fluid flow, and energy-momentum analogies, car following models, and acceleration noise. Stochastic approaches using independent and Markov processes, Queuing models, and probability distributions.
ENCE677 OR Models for Transportation Systems Analysis (3)
Fundamental skills and concepts of the quantitative techniques of operations research including: mathematical modeling, linear programming, integer programming, network optimization (shortest paths, minimum spanning trees, minimum cost network flows, maximum flows), heuristics, and basics of probabilistic modeling. Emphasis on the application of these techniques to problems arising in transportation.
ENCE681 Freight Transportation Analysis (3)
Application of operations research and system analysis methods to freight transportation systems. Cost and output analysis, terminal location, freight transportation demand models, freight transportation network equilibrium models and analytic models for analyzing the operations of rail, motor carrier, water carrier and air cargo systems.

Office of Advanced Engineering Education

2105 J.M. Patterson Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Copyright © 2017 University of Maryland. All rights reserved.

English French German Italian Portuguese Russian Spanish