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Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Anthony S. Denzer, Department Head
3074 Engineering Building
Phone: (307) 766-2390 FAX: (307) 766-2221
Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/civil/

Professors

MICHAEL G. BARKER, B.S. Purdue University 1983; M.S. 1987; Ph.D. University of Minnesota 1990; Professor of Civil Engineering 2003.
KHALED KSAIBATI, B.S. Wayne State University 1984; M.S. Purdue University 1986; Ph.D. Purdue University 1990; Professor of Civil Engineering 2001, 1990.
FRED L. OGDEN, B.S. Colorado State University 1987; M.S. 1989; Ph.D. 1992; Professor, Cline Distinguished Chair in Engineering, Environment, and Natural Resources 2006.
MICHAEL A. URYNOWICZ, B.S. Michigan State University 1990; M.S. University of Wisconsin 1995; M.S. Colorado School of Mines 1998; Ph.D. 2000; Professor of Civil Engineering 2014, 2002.

Associate Professors

JONATHAN A. BRANT, B.S. Virginia Military Institute 1998; M.S. University of Nevada 2000; Ph.D. 2003; Associate Professor of Civil Engineering 2014, 2008.
ANTHONY S. DENZER,
B.A. University of California, Berkeley 1991; M.Arch. University of Kansas 1998; Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles 2005; Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering 2011, 2005.
DAVID J. MUKAI, B.S. University of Hawaii 1983; M.S. 1985; Ph.D. University of Washington 1991; Associate Professor of Civil Engineering 2005, 2001.
GANG TAN, B.S. Tsinghua University 1998; M.S. 2001; Ph.D. M.I.T. 2005; Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering 2016, 2009.
JENNIFER E. TANNER, B.A. Eastern College 1994; B.S. Oklahoma State University 1995; M.S. University of Costa Rica 1998; Ph.D. University of Texas 2003; Associate Professor of Civil Engineering 2009, 2003.
JIANTING “JULIAN” ZHU, B.S. Zhejiang University 1983; M.S. Peking University 1985; Ph.D. Dalhousie University 1996; Associate Professor of Civil Engineering 2012.

Assistant Professors

MOHAMED AHMED, B.S. Al-Azhar University 2001; M.S. University of Central Florida 2009; Ph.D. 2012; Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering 2013.
KEVIN BEFUS, B.S. Wheaton College 2008; M.S. University of Colorado at Boulder; Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin 2015; Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering 2016.
SHAWN C. GRIFFITHS, B.S. Utah State University 2009; M.S. University of Arkansas 2011; Ph.D. University of Austin 2015; Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering 2015.
JOHNN P. JUDD, B.S. Brigham Young University 2002; M.S. 2005; Ph.D. Virginia Tech University 2015; Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering 2015.
KAM NG, B.S. Iowa State University 1996; M.S. 1997; Ph.D. 2011; Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering 2012.
NORIAKI OHARA, B.A. Chuo University 1997; M.A. 1999; Ph.D. University of California-Davis 2003; Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering 2012.
LIPING WANG, B.S. Xi/an University of Architecture and Technology 2001; M.S. 2003; Ph.D. National University of Singapore 2007; Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering 2013.
MILAN ZLATKOVIC, B.S. University of Belgrade 2005; M.S. University of Utah 2009; Ph.D. 2015; Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering 2016.

Professor of Practice

MATTHEW NEWMAN, B.S. University of Colorado 2004; M.S. 2008; Professor of Practice of Civil Engineering 2016.

Academic Professionals

JON A. GARDZELEWSKI, B.S. University of Wyoming 2002; M.Arch. University of Oregon 2005; Academic Professional in Architectural Engineering 2012, 2010.
RYAN KOBBE, B.S. University of Wyoming 2003; M.S. Washington State University 2005; Academic Professional in Architectural Engineering 2011.
MARK D. REHWALDT, B.S. University of North Dakota 1977; M.E. 1980; Academic Professional in Civil Engineering 2009.

Adjunct Faculty

William Bellamy, Song Jin, James Kladianos, Marcie Miller, Derek Swanson

Professors Emeriti

Leonard B. Baldwin, Jr., Arthur P. Boresi, Robert L. Champlin, Patricia J.S. Colberg, Charles W. Dolan, Thomas V. Edgar, K. James Fornstrom, David H. Foster, Victor R. Hasfurther, Michael Humenick, Don Lamb, Anton Munari, Larry O. Pochop, Jay Puckett, Paul Rechard, Richard J. Schmidt, James L. Smith, John P. Turner, Eugene M. Wilson

Civil and Architectural Engineering

The mission of the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Wyoming is to:

  1. Educate civil and architectural engineers to design, build, operate and manage sustainable human habitat and infrastructure systems for Wyoming and the world.
  2. Develop the technical solutions to support sustainable human habitat and infrastructure systems through research, innovation, application, design, and technology transfer.

Civil Engineering

The civil engineering curriculum begins with a basic education in the physical, engineering, mathematical and computer sciences. This foundation supports further development of engineering topics that prepare the engineer to address critical societal needs. To meet these needs, the civil engineer designs and builds bridges, buildings, dams and hydraulic structures, pipelines and canals, power plants, transportation facilities, sanitary and environmental engineering facilities, surveying and mapping systems, space and ocean platforms, as well as numerous other engineering systems. The civil engineer must also be aware of the social, humanistic, and political aspects of their projects. Therefore, course work in the humanities and social sciences is required to better understand the social aspects of public works. During the last two years of their program, students may pursue several areas of civil engineering or, depending upon their interests, more specialized courses in one or more of the specific technical areas listed below. All students must have a comprehensive design experience.

Civil engineering degree candidates must meet the academic requirements of the college and in addition must have an average GPA of 2.000 (C) in civil and architectural engineering courses attempted at this university. Students must complete a minimum of 42 upper division (junior/senior) or graduate-level semester credit hours.

Computer Requirement

Many courses in Civil Engineering require students to have a laptop or tablet computer to bring to class, and to be able to download various software program (normally free). See www.uwyo.edu/civil/undergrad/laptop.html for more information.

Structural engineering: Analysis and design of structural systems including buildings, bridges, towers and other structures. Structural engineering also includes the study of solid mechanics and advanced structural materials.

Environmental engineering: Analysis, design and development of engineering systems to provide potable water supplies, treat municipal, industrial and hazardous wastes and protect human health and the environment.

Water resource engineering: Planning, analysis and design of hydraulic and hydrologic systems with respect to watersheds, municipalities, irrigation and drainage, and flood control. Conservation and management of groundwater and surface water are emphasized.

Transportation engineering: Planning, analysis and design of highways, traffic engineering and control, traffic safety, and pavement maintenance, design and rehabilitation.

Geotechnical engineering: Design and analysis of foundations, dams, embankments, slope stability and construction practices in soil and rock.

The civil engineering curriculum prepares the graduate to engage in professional practice, and upon completion of post-graduate requirements, to obtain registration as a Professional Engineer. It also provides the graduate with an excellent preparation for graduate studies in engineering, business or law.

Civil Engineering Objectives

CE Objectives Three to six years after graduation, graduates of the University of Wyoming Civil Engineering Program will:

  • CE-OB1 Be able to successfully practice the profession of Civil Engineering.
  • CE-OB2 Be prepared and motivated to accept challenging assignments and responsibilities.
  • CE-OB3 Demonstrate successful career growth. 

CE Outcomes

The Civil Engineering department regularly evaluate the following student skills. Specifically, every University of Wyoming Civil Engineering graduate shall have:

  • CE-A. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • CE-B. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • CE-C. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • CE-D. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • CE-E. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • CE-F. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • CE-G. An ability to communicate effectively.
  • CE-H. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • CE-I. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • CE-J. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • CE-K. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Civil Engineering Curriculum**

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year: Fall Hours
CE 1000 1
CHEM 1020 [PN] 4
MATH 2200 [Q] 4
First-Year Seminar [FYS] 3
Communication 1 [COM1] 3
US and WY Constitutions [V] 3
Total Hours 18
Freshman Year: Spring Hours
CE 1010 3
ES 2110 3
MATH 2205 4
Communication 2 [COM2] 3
Science Elective1 4
Total Hours 17
Sophomore Year: Fall Hours
CE 2000 3
CE 2070 3
ES 2120 3
ES 2410 3
MATH 2210 4
Total Hours 16
Sophomore Year: Spring Hours
CE 3200 3
ES 2310 3
ES 2330 3
MATH 2310 3
PHYS Eng Physics I or II [PN] 4
Total Hours 16
Junior Year: Fall Hours
CE 3000 3
CE 3210 [COM3] 3
CE 3400 3
STAT 2050 4
Human Culture [H] 3
Total Hours 16
Junior Year: Spring Hours
CE 3300 3
CE 3500 3
CE 3600 3
Structural Design PDE3 3
MSTP Elective2 3
Total Hours 15
Senior Year: Fall Hours
Math/Science Elective2 3
Professional development elective3 3
Professional development elective3 3
MSTP Elective2 3
Human Culture [H] 3
Total Hours 15
Senior Year: Spring Hours
CE 4010 3
CE 4900 3
Professional development elective3 3
Professional development elective3 3
MSTP Elective2 3
Total Hours 15

1Science Elective: ASTR 2310; ATSC 2000, 2100, 4001, 4010, 4031, 4033, 4035, 4320, 4400, 4410; LIFE 1010; CHEM 1030, 1060; GEOL 1100, 1200, 1500, 1600, 2000, 4113, 4444; MOLB 2021; PHYS 1210, 2310; AECL 2010, 3030; ENTO 1100; SOIL 4100, 4130.
2MSTP Elective: To be selected from appropriate departmentally approved elective lists. At least 2 hours must be Math or Science so that the total hours of Math + Science is at least 32.
3Professional Development Electives: One must be Structural Design. Others must cover at least 3 of the following areas: Environmental, Geotechnical, Transportation, Water Resources.

A minimum of 42 credit hours must be upper division (3000+) level.

Advanced Civil and Architectural Engineering Standing

All undergraduate students in Civil and Architectural Engineering must fulfill the Gateway Requirement prior to enrolling in any upper-division (3000-5000 level) courses taught in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

To meet the Civil and Architectural Engineering Gateway Requirement, the student must earn a minimum of 57 Quality Points from any combination of the following seven classes or their equivalent. It is not necessary to complete all seven courses to fulfill the Gateway Requirement.

Gateway Courses

  • CHEM 1020 - General Chemistry I
  • PHYS 1210 or 1220 - Engineering Physics I or Engineering Physics II
  • MATH 2200 - Calculus I
  • MATH 2205 - Calculus II
  • ES 2110 - Statics
  • ES 2120 - Dynamics
  • ES 2410 - Mechanics of Materials

See the advising pages on the Civil and Architectural Engineering website for more information.

Graduate Study

Graduate Programs

An advanced degree in civil and architectural engineering is professionally and economically attractive. Advanced degrees are important for professional civil engineers in many specialized areas of civil engineering. Many consulting firms and industrial design groups require advanced knowledge gained from graduate studies. Engineers in such firms often work at the forefront of their profession. UW Alumni are involved in design and construction of major projects worldwide.

An advanced degree is also required for careers in university teaching and research. A university career is highly recommended for those motivated students who are interested in becoming leaders in education and in the development of new concepts, processes and inventions.

The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering offers programs leading to the degrees of master of science and doctor of philosophy. Areas of study in the M.S. and Ph.D. programs include: environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and water resources engineering. The department also offers a master of science in architectural engineering and a master of science in environmental engineering in cooperation with the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. Additional information is available from the department or from the Web page.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Admission is open to all students holding a bachelor's degree with at least a 3.000 GPA from an accredited engineering curriculum and a GRE combined minimum score of 291 on the quantitative and verbal reasoning, with a minimum score of 149 on the verbal reasoning.

Ph.D. applicants are reviewed with regard to stated interests, objectives, and the ability of the department to provide a quality experience for the applicant.

International students must achieve a TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based, a minimum of 76 on the internet-based, or a minimum of 60 on the IELTS.

MSCE Quick Start Program

The MSCE Quick Start program in Civil and Architectural Engineering (CAE) is designed to present highly qualified UW students with the opportunity to begin graduate study while they complete their bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in civil engineering or architectural engineering. These students must apply for admission to the Quick Start program no later then the second semester of their junior year.

This program allows for early planning of the graduate portion of a student's education and provides more flexibility in the number of required courses and the order in which they are taken. The more efficient and better-planned use of time should result in reduction of the time required for obtaining the master of science in civil engineering (MSCE) degree.  Students who enter the Quick Start program must accept the primary responsibility for actively planning their programs of study to assure timely completion of their coursework and research programs.

The Quick Start program contains two essential elements:

Qualified students may receive provisional admission to the civil engineering graduate program prior to completing the normal application process. This provisional admission will permit students to make their long-term educational plans earlier in their studies, thus providing enhanced opportunities for course selection and involvement in research.

Students in the program may apply up to 6 credit hours of 4000 or 5000-level courses toward both the B.S. and M.S. degree programs. By completing successfully up to 6 credit hours of graduate classes during their senior year, these students will have demonstrated their ability to do graduate-level coursework as undergraduates, easing their transition to the civil engineering graduate program.

For additional information and an application form, please contact the CAE graduate program coordinator at (307) 766-2390 or stop by 3074 Engineering Building.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Master's Program

Areas of study in the master of science program include:  building mechanical systems engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and water resources engineering. The master of science degree in each of these areas requires completion of 12 to 18 hours of engineering courses related to the particular program area.

Plan A (thesis)

The degree of master of science, Plan A, requires a minimum of 26 hours of coursework and a minimum of 4 hours thesis research in addition to the minimum requirements set forth in this bulletin.

Early in the program, the student must submit a program of study listing coursework for approval by the departmental graduate studies committee (CEGS), and the department head.  The Office of the Registrar will load the approved program into CAPP.

Plan A is required of all state or contract supported graduate assistants.

Plan B (non-thesis)

Requires a minimum of 30 hours of coursework and a Plan B paper, in addition to the minimum requirements set forth in this bulletin.

Early in the program, the student must submit a program of study listing coursework and the course number that the Plan B paper covers for approval by the CEGS, the department head, and subsequently, the Office of the Registrar.

Doctoral Program

Areas of study in the doctor of philosophy program include: building mechanical systems engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and water resources engineering.

Minimum of 42 hours of coursework beyond the baccalaureate, 36 hours of which must be 5000-level (graduate-level) courses or the equivalent, and concentrated independent research leading to an acceptable dissertation.

In addition to expertise in the specific dissertation topic, the candidate must demonstrate competence in two or more research areas that will help to insure a high-quality dissertation acceptable to the student's graduate committee.

Subject to department and university requirements, the student's coursework is arranged by consultation between the student, his/her adviser, and his/her committee, and must also be approved by the CEGS and by the department head.

Coursework is defined in a program of study that should be filed by the end of the second semester of the Ph.D. program.

At a time near the completion of formal coursework, the student is required to take and pass a preliminary examination on the Ph.D. coursework and, as a part of the examination, is required to present a written and oral dissertation proposal to his/her committee for approval.

Finally, the student must demonstrate research competence in an oral defense of the dissertation and must submit an acceptable written version of the dissertation to his/her graduate committee in a timely manner to meet deadlines.  In addition, the student is to meet the minimum requirements set forth in this catalog.

Civil Engineering (CE) Courses

Architectural Engineering

Architectural Engineering is a rapidly expanding profession that deals with the myriad aspects of buildings and their design, construction and operation. Architectural engineers are typically specialists, responsible for the design and integration of such building elements as the structural, plumbing, fire protection, heating and air conditioning, or lighting and electrical systems. The curriculum in architectural engineering is designed to acquaint students with the various aspects of building design and construction and exposes them to a variety of courses dealing with different building materials and systems. The curriculum also includes course work in the humanities and social sciences, both to enrich the student's academic experience and assist in dealing with and contributing to society. The program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, preparing graduates to engage in practice as Professional Engineers upon completion of post-graduate registration requirements. Graduate work with emphasis in Architectural Engineering leading to a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered through the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Programs. Additionally, advanced study can also be pursued in allied areas such as architecture, business or other engineering fields.

Students choose an area of emphasis in either structural or mechanical systems and select courses from approved electives, usually beginning their elective sequence in the second semester of their junior year. Consult with the Civil and Architectural Engineering Department for current elective lists.

Civil engineering degree candidates must meet the academic requirements of the college and in addition must have an average GPA of 2.000 (C) in civil and architectural engineering courses attempted at this university. Students must complete a minimum of 42 upper division (junior/senior) or graduate-level semester credit hours.

Computer Requirement

Many courses in Architectural Engineering require students to have a laptop or tablet computer to bring to class, and to be able to download various software programs (normally free). See www.uwyo.edu/civil/undergrad/laptop.html for more information.

Architectural Engineering Objectives

Three to six years after graduation, graduates of the University of Wyoming Civil Engineering Program will:

  • ARE-OB1 Be able to successfully practice the profession of Architectural Engineering.
  • ARE-OB2 Be prepared and motivated to accept challenging assignments and responsibilities.
  • ARE-OB3 Demonstrate successful career growth.

ARE Outcomes

University of Wyoming Architectural Engineering graduates shall:

  • ARE-A. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • ARE-B. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • ARE-C. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • ARE-D. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • ARE-E. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • ARE-F. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • ARE-G. An ability to communicate effectively.
  • ARE-H. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and social content.
  • ARE-I. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in the life-long learning.
  • ARE-J. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • ARE-K. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Architectural Engineering Curriculum*

Suggested Course Sequence.

Freshman and Sophomore years are the same for both options.

Freshman Year: Fall Hours
ARE 1000 1
CHEM 1020 [PN] 4
MATH 2200 [Q] 4
First-Year Seminar [FYS] 3
Communication 1 [COM1] 3
US and WY Constitutions [V] 3
Total Hours 18
Freshman Year: Spring Hours
ARE 1600 3
ES 2110 3
GEOL 1100, 1500, or 1600 4
MATH 2205 [Q] 4
Communication 2 [COM2] 3
Total Hours 17
Sophomore Year: Fall Hours
ARE 2000 3
ES 2120 3
ES 2410 3
MATH 2210 [Q] 4
PHYS Eng Physics I or II 4
Total Hours 17
Sophomore Year: Spring Hours
ARE 2410 3
ARE 2600 3
ARE 3200 3
ES 2310 3
ES 2330 3
Total Hours 15
Junior Year: Fall Hours
ARE 3600 3
ARE Junior Elective2 3
ART 3030 [H] 3
ES 2210 3
STAT 2050 4
Total Hours 16
Junior Year: Spring Hours
ARE 3210 3
ARE 4600 3
ARE Junior Elective2 3
ARE Option Elective3 3
MATH 2310 3
Total Hours 15
Senior Year: Fall Hours
ARE 3000 3
ARE Option Elective3 3
ARE Option Elective3 3
ARE Major Elective4 3
Human Culture [H] 3
Total Hours 15
Senior Year: Spring Hours
ARE Capstone Design5 3
ARE Option Elective3 3
ARE Option Elective3 3
ARE Major Elective4 3
Math/Science Elective1 3
Total Hours 15

1Math/Science Elective: ATSC 2000; CHEM 1030; GEOL 1100, 1500, 1600, 1200, 2000, 2080; LIFE 1010; MATH 2250, 3310, 4230, 4255, 4440; PHYS 1220; STAT 4255.
2Junior Electives: ARE 3300, 3400; CE 3600.
3Option Electives (Structural): ARE 4200, 4250, 4260, 4280, 4290; CE 4610, 4620, 4630, 4970, 5010, 5020, 5200, 5220, 5240, 5260, 5270, 5280, 5600, 5620. Option Electives (Mechanical): ARE 3360, 4330, 4390, 4430, 4490; ME 3040, 3170, 4460, 4470.
4Major Electives: Additional Option Elective (either option), AMST 4900, 5400; ARE 4040, 4050, 5700; CE 3300, 3400, 3500, 3600, 4820, 4970, 4975; ENR 4600; FCSC 5101; ME 3040, 3170, 4460, 4470.
5Capstone Design: ARE 4720 or 4740.

A minimum of 42 credit hours must be upper division (3000+) level.

Advanced Civil and Architectural Engineering Standing

All undergraduate students in Civil and Architectural Engineering must fulfill the Gateway Requirement prior to enrolling in any upper-division (3000-5000 level) courses taught in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

To meet the Civil and Architecturl Engineering Gateway Requirement, the student must earn a minimum of 57 Quality Points from any combination of the following seven classes or their equivalent. It is not necessary to complete all seven courses to fulfill the Gateway Requirement.

Gateway Courses

  • CHEM 1020 - General Chemistry I
  • PHYS 1210 or 1220 - Engineering Physics I or Engineering Physics II
  • MATH 2200 - Calculus I
  • MATH 2205 - Calculus II
  • ES 2110 - Statics
  • ES 2120 - Dynamics
  • ES 2410 - Mechanics of Materials

See the advising pages on the Civil and Architectural Engineering website for more information.

Graduate Study

Graduate Programs

An advanced degree in architectural engineering is professionally and economically attractive. Advanced degrees are important for professional civil engineers in many specialized areas of civil engineering. Many consulting firms and industrial design groups require advanced knowledge gained from graduate studies. Engineers in such firms often work at the forefront of their profession. UW alumni are involved in design and construction of major projects worldwide.

An advanced degree is also required for careers in university teaching and research. A university career is highly recommended for those motivated students who are interested in becoming leaders in education and in the development of new concepts, processes and inventions.

The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering offers programs leading to the degrees of master of science and Areas of study in the M.S. programs include: building mechanical systems engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, and building energy modeling. Additional information is available from the department or from the Web page.

Students choose an area of emphasis in either, building, structural or mechanical systems and select courses from approved electives, usually beginning their elective sequence in the second semester of their junior year. Consult with the Civil and Architectural Engineering Department for current elective lists. Students are required to have a lap top computer.

Architectural engineering degree candidates must meet the academic requirements of the college and in addition must have an average GPA of 2.000 (C) in civil and architectural engineering courses attempted at this university.

MSARE Quick Start Program

The MSCE Quick Start program in Civil and Architectural Engineering (CAE) is designed to present highly qualified UW students with the opportunity to begin graduate study while they complete their bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in civil engineering or architec- tural engineering. These students must apply for admission to the Quick Start program no later then the second semester of their junior year.

This program allows for early planning of the graduate portion of a student’s education and provides more flexibility in the number of required courses and the order in which they are taken. The more efficient and better-planned use of time should result in reduction of the time required for obtaining the master of science in civil engineering (MSCE) degree. Students who enter the Quick Start program must accept the primary responsibility for actively planning their programs of study to assure timely completion of their coursework and research programs.

The Quick Start program contains two essential elements:

Qualified students may receive provisional admission to the civil engineering graduate program prior to completing the normal application process. This provisional admission will permit students to make their long-term educational plans earlier in their studies, thus providing enhanced opportunities for course selection and involvement in research.

Students in the program may apply up to six credit hours of 4000 or 5000-level courses toward both the B.S. and M.S. degree programs. By completing successfully up to six credit hours of graduate classes during their senior year, these students will have demonstrated their ability to do graduate-level coursework as undergraduates, easing their transition to the civil engineering graduate program.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Master’s Program

Areas of study in the master of science program include: building mechanical systems, building energy modeling, structural engineering, The master of science degree in each of these areas requires completion of 12 to 18 hours of engineering courses related to the particular program area.

Plan A (thesis)

The degree of master of science, Plan A, requires a minimum of 26 hours of coursework and a minimum of 4 hours thesis research in addition to the minimum requirements set forth in this bulletin.

Early in the program, the student must submit a program of study listing coursework for approval by the departmental graduate studies committee (AREGS), and the department head.

Plan A is required of all state or contract supported graduate assistants.

Plan B (non-thesis)

Requires a minimum of 30 hours of coursework and a Plan B paper, in addition to the minimum requirements set forth in this bulletin.

Early in the program, the student must submit a program of study listing coursework and the course number that the Plan B paper covers for approval by the AREGS and the department head.

Architectural Engineering (ARE) Courses

Land Surveying

A minor in Land Surveying requires 31 hours of specific course work. This minor meets the Wyoming Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyor’s surveying education requirements for eligibility as a Land Surveyor in Training. The Land Surveying minor may be paired with any major. With the exception of CE 2070, all classes are offered distance learning through Outreach Credit Programs.

Land Surveying Minor Curriculum Requirements:

Course Hours
LS 2110 3
CE 2070 or LS 2010 and LS 2015 3
LS 3130 3
LS 3100 2
LS 2400 2
LS 2020 4
ENTK 2500* 3
LS 3200 3
LS 3210 4
LS 3120 2
LS 3110 2
Total Hours 31

*Computer Aided Drafting I offered through Sheridan College Outreach Program.

Land Surveying (LS) Courses


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