Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Chair

    Catherine A. Peters

  • Departmental Representative

    Branko Glišić

  • Director of Graduate Studies

    Eric F. Wood

  • Professor

    Michael A. Celia

    Maria E. Garlock

    Peter R. Jaffé

    Denise L. Mauzerall, also Woodrow Wilson School

    Catherine A. Peters

    Amilcare M. Porporato, also Princeton Environmental Institute

    James A. Smith

    Eric F. Wood

  • Visiting Professor
  • Associate Professor

    Sigrid M. Adriaenssens

    Elie Bou-Zeid

    Branko Glišić

    Mark A. Zondlo

  • Assistant Professor

    Ian C. Bourg, also Princeton Environmental Institute

    Maurizio Chiaramonte

    Ning Lin

    Claire E. White

  • Associated Faculty

    Ilhan Aksay, Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Lars O. Hedin, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton Environmental Institute

    Michael G. Littman, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Forrest M. Meggers, Architecture, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

    François Morel, Geosciences, Princeton Environmental Institute

    Satish C. Myneni, Geosciences

    Guy J. Nordenson, Architecture

    Tullis C. Onstott, Geosciences

    Jorge L. Sarmiento, Geosciences

    Bess B. Ward, Geosciences, Princeton Environmental Institute

    Gerard Wysocki, Electrical Engineering

Information and Departmental Plan of Study

Requirements for study in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering follow the general requirements for the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the University. The student's course of study is planned in consultation with the departmental representative and the academic adviser and requires a year-long thesis, which counts as two courses. The CEE curriculum is sufficiently flexible to provide opportunities for students to pursue certificate programs across the University, and to do study-abroad in the junior year.

Program of Study

The department offers five sub-plan options: architecture and engineering, environmental engineering, geological engineering, structural engineering, and engineering and the liberal arts. In the freshman year, students should complete the mathematics basic science, computing, and writing requirements common to all B.S.E. programs. At the end of the freshman year, the student declares CEE as a major and selects one of the subplans. Course requirements include engineering science courses, engineering design courses, a senior thesis, and program electives. For all but the non-ABET accredited tracks, there are additional math and science requirements that are normally satisfied by taking MAE 305 Mathematics in Engineering, ORF 245 Fundamentals of Engineering Statistics and GEO 203 Fundamentals of Solid Earth Science. In total, a student's program of study must include a minimum of fourteen engineering courses, with the exception of students in the non-ABET accredited tracks.

The selection of a sub-plan provides a guide in the selection of program electives. A student's program electives must provide a coherent sequence in the student's area of interest. Approval is based on agreement from the advisor and the departmental representative. For a list of pre-approved electives, consult the CEE Academic Guide (The Yellow Book). In addition, all candidates for the B.S.E. degree are required to satisfy the general University and School of Engineering and Applied Science requirements.

Architecture and Engineering: Structural Focus

In the structures-focus option, the requirements include a strong emphasis on civil and environmental engineering. This track is designed for students who intend to become practicing engineers and may go to graduate school in architecture or engineering. This track is accredited by the Engineering Commission of ABET (www.abet.org) under the program in civil engineering. This track has architecture course requirements beyond the normal requirements in civil and environmental engineering.

Engineering science requirements (eight courses):

CEE 205 Mechanics of Solids
CEE 262A Structures and the Urban Environment
CEE 207 Introduction to Environmental Engineering, or CEE 302 Practical Models for Environmental Systems, or CEE 304 Environmental Implications of Energy Technologies, or CEE 306 Hydrology, or CEE 307 Field Ecohydrology
CEE 312 Statics of Structures
CEE 361 Matrix Structural Analysis and Introduction to Finite-Element Methods
CEE 364 Materials in Civil Engineering
CEE 365 Soil Mechanics
ARC 374 Computational Design or CEE 463 A Social and Multi-Dimensional Exploration of Structures

Engineering design requirements (two courses):

CEE 366 Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures
CEE 461 or 462 Design of Large-Scale Structures: Buildings/Bridges

Independent Work (two courses):
CEE 478 Senior Thesis (Counts as two courses)

Track Specific Requirements (three courses):

ARC 203 Introduction to Architectural Thinking
ARC 204 Introduction to Architectural Design
ARC Junior Independent Work (Fall)

Program elective requirements (one or more courses): Students in this sub-plan must take one more program elective and it must be an engineering course.

Architecture and Engineering: Architecture Focus

In the architecture-focus option, the requirements include a strong emphasis on architecture theory, history, and practice. This track is designed for students planning to do graduate work in architecture or to practice engineering in consultation with architects and planners. Students choosing this option do a senior thesis under the direction of advisers from both the School of Architecture and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Engineering science requirements (six courses):

CEE 205 Mechanics of Solids
CEE 262A Structures and the Urban Environment
CEE 312 Statics of Structures or CEE 361 Matrix Structural Analysis and Introduction to Finite-Element Methods
CEE 364 Materials in Civil Engineering
ARC 311 Building Science and Technology: Building Systems
ARC 374 Computational Design or CEE 463 A Social and Multi-Dimensional Exploration of Structures

Engineering design requirements (two courses):

CEE 366 Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures
CEE 461 or 462 Design of Large Scale Structures: Buildings/Bridges

Independent Work (two courses)
CEE 478 Senior Thesis (Counts as two courses)

Track specific requirements (six courses):

ARC 203 Introduction to Architectural Thinking
ARC 204 Introduction to Architectural Design
ARC 403 Topics in the History and Theory of Architecture
ARC 404 Advanced Design Studio
ARC Junior Independent Work (Fall)
ARC Junior Independent Work (spring)

Program elective requirements (two courses): Students in this program must take two or more program electives, normally selected from a pre-approved list of courses in CEE, architecture and art.

Environmental Engineering. This track is designed for students who wish to pursue a career related to the environment, whether in engineering, law, business, public policy, hydrological, or health and epidemiological sciences, and for students who wish to continue on to advanced graduate studies in environmental engineering (or a related earth science discipline). Course work in environmental engineering focuses on analysis of a large range of environmental problems as well as engineering design of innovative solutions to these problems. This is done through a combination of course work in hydrological sciences, environmental sciences, and geology, applied to different environmental settings, and environmental engineering design. The environmental engineering track is closely linked to the Environmental Studies Program of the Princeton Environmental Institute. This track is accredited by the Engineering Commission of ABET (www.abet.org) under the program in Civil Engineering. Students normally take the following courses:

Engineering science requirements (eight courses):

CEE 205 Mechanics of Solids
CEE 207 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
CEE 302 Practical Models for Environmental Systems or CEE 304 Environmental Implications of Energy Technologies
CEE 305 Environmental Fluid Mechanics
CEE 306 Hydrology or CEE 307 Field Ecohydrology
CEE 308 Environmental Engineering Lab
CEE 311 Global Air Pollution
CEE 364 Materials in Civil Engineering or CEE 365 Soil Mechanics

Engineering design (two courses):

CEE 471 Introduction to Water Pollution Technology
CEE 477 Engineering Design for Sustainable Development

Independent Work (two courses):
CEE 478 Senior Thesis (Counts as two courses)

Program elective requirements (three courses): No more than one program elective can be at the 200 level. For the environmental engineering track, at least one of the program electives must be an engineering course.

Geological Engineering. Geological engineering is the application of science to problems and projects involving Earth, its physical environment, Earth materials, and natural resources. The curriculum, offered in cooperation with the Department of Geosciences, is specially designed for the student who wishes to build upon the freshman and sophomore mathematics and engineering courses as a basis for studies in the earth sciences. Typical areas of concentration are water resources, engineering geology, earth resources, geotechnical engineering, geophysics, geochemistry, and atmospheres and oceans. This track is accredited by the Engineering Commission of ABET (www.abet.org) under the program in Civil Engineering. In addition to the general requirements of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the following courses are required:

Engineering science requirements (eight courses):

CEE 205 Mechanics of Solids
CEE 207 Introduction to Environmental Engineering or CEE 302 Practical Models for Environmental Systems

CEE 304 Environmental Implications of Energy Technologies

CEE 305 (GEO 375) Environmental Fluid Mechanics or CEE 311 (GEO 311) Global Air Pollution
CEE 306 Hydrology or CEE 307 Field Ecohydrology
CEE 308 Environmental Engineering Laboratory or GEO 300 Summer Course in Geologic Field Methods
CEE 365 Soil Mechanics (lab), or CEE 370 (GEO 370) Sedimentology (field course)

One course selected from the following list:

CEE 360 (GEO 361) - Physics of the Ocean and Atmosphere
GEO 363 Environmental Geochemistry
GEO 366 - Current and Future Climate
CEE 417 (GEO 417) - Environmental Microbiology
GEO 418 - Environmental Aqueous Geochemistry
CEE 424 (GEO 424) - Seismology
GEO 430 - Climate and The Terrestrial Biosphere
GEO 441 - Computational Geophysics
GEO 470 - Environmental Chemistry of Soils
GEO 499 - Environmental Change, Poverty and Conflict

Engineering design requirements (two courses):

CEE 471 (GEO 471) Introduction to Water Pollution Technology
CEE 477 Engineering Design for Sustainable Development

Independent Work (two courses):
CEE 478 Senior Thesis (Counts as two courses)

Program elective requirement (three courses): No more than one program elective can be at the 200 level. For the geological engineering track, two of the three required program electives must be engineering courses.

Structural Engineering. Structural engineering is concerned with the analysis and design of civil engineering structures with an emphasis on buildings, bridges, stadiums, dams, and foundations. Particular emphasis is given to the design of these structures to resist earthquake and wind loads. The program is designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in continuing to advanced graduate studies or who plan to go into engineering practice and consulting. This track is accredited by the Engineering Commission of ABET (www.abet.org) under the program in Civil Engineering. Its basic aim is the preparation of flexible and innovative graduates who can address the novel problems of modern engineering. Students in this program have the chance to interact directly with some of the best design and consulting companies in structural engineering. Students normally take the following courses:

Engineering science requirements (eight courses):

CEE 205 Mechanics of Solids
CEE 262A Structures and the Urban Environment
CEE 207 Introduction to Environmental Engineering, or CEE 302 Practical Models for Environmental Systems, or CEE 304 Environmental Implications of Energy Technologies
CEE 306 Hydrology, or CEE 305 Environmental Fluid Mechanics, or CEE 307 Field Ecohydrology
CEE 312 Statics of Structures
CEE 361 Matrix Structural Analysis and Introduction to Finite-Element Methods

Any two from:

CEE 308 Environmental Engineering Laboratory, CEE 364 Materials in Civil Engineering, or CEE 365 Soil Mechanics

Engineering design requirements (two courses):

CEE 366 Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures
CEE 461 or 462 Design of Large-Scale Structures: Buildings/Bridges

Independent Work (two courses):
CEE 478 Senior Thesis (Counts as two courses)

Program elective requirements (three courses): For the structural engineering track, three program electives are required and at least one must be an engineering course.

Engineering and the Liberal Arts. This program is designed for students who wish to obtain an engineering background as a foundation for a wide range of careers, such as medicine, law, public policy, visual arts, or engineering studies in materials, ethics, or history. Course work in this track should integrate engineering courses in a coherent manner with the topic of interest to the student. The track is designed to be rigorous, yet allow for a wide degree of flexibility in the course of studies.

All students in engineering and the liberal arts are required to take a minimum of six courses in engineering sciences that stress design and analytical methods in civil and environmental engineering. The program electives should form a coherent sequence of at least four courses in the student's area of interest, and junior independent research is strongly recommended as a program elective. This is followed by the senior thesis. In the junior independent research and senior thesis, students should relate their topics of interest to engineering problems. Students normally take the following courses:

Engineering Science Requirement (six courses):

A minimum of six CEE courses, of which at least three should be at the 300 level or above. At least one of the 300-level courses has to have a laboratory component.

Program Electives (seven courses):

Seven program electives are required and these should include a coherent sequence of at least four courses in the student's area of interest, three of which should be at the 300 level or above.

Independent Work (two courses):
CEE 478 Senior Thesis (Counts as two courses)

Collectively the selection of engineering science requirements and electives should form a coherent program of study, which needs to be approved by the advisor. At least eight of these courses must be at the 300 level or above.

Study Abroad

Study abroad can be used to enhance and diversify the educational experience of departmental majors. Courses taken during foreign study may be preapproved for credit as departmental requirements by the departmental representative. Study abroad has served as a valuable option for junior independent work and in providing research material for the senior thesis. Students considering study abroad should consult with the departmental representative as early as possible.

 

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