Graduate Certificate Programs

Infrastructure Renewal

Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Program Description:
This certificate program is designed to provide formalized education in the area of infrastructure renewal and emerging technologies for construction. Students will learn the latest developments in assessment and repair/rehabilitation techniques and emerging technologies using an interdisciplinary approach. Particular emphasis is placed on composite materials.

Two of the following courses are required:

  • CIV ENG 5231 Infrastructure Strengthening with Composites
  • AERO / MECH ENG 5282 Introduction to Composite Materials & Structures
  • CIV ENG 5744 Geosynthetics in Engineering

One of the following courses is required:

  • CIV ENG 5210 Advanced Steel Structures Design
  • CIV ENG 5220 Advanced Concrete Structures Design
  • CIV ENG 5222 Prestressed Concrete Design

One of the following courses is required:

  • CIV ENG 5729 Foundation Engineering II
  • CIV ENG 5445 Construction Methods
  • CIV ENG 5208 Structural Dynamics

Please check the semester wise Schedule of Classes for a current listing of the courses available for distance students.

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AERO / MECH ENG 6284 Analysis of Laminated Composite StructuresCIV ENG 5231 Infrastructure Strengthening with Composites
The course presents composite materials and includes principles of reinforcing and strengthening for flexure, shear, and ductility enhancement in buildings and bridges. It covers the design of existing members strengthened with externally bonded laminates and near surface mounted composites. Case studies are discussed. Prerequisites: Civ Eng / Arch Eng 3201, Civ Eng / Arch Eng 3220. (Co-listed with Arch Eng 5231).

AERO / MECH ENG 5282 Introduction to Composite Materials & Structures
Introduction to fiber-reinforced composite materials and structures with emphasis on analysis and design. Composite micromechanics, lamination theory and failure criteria. Design procedures for structures made of composite materials. An overview of fabrication and experimental characterization. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 2210.

CIV ENG 5744 Geosynthetics in Engineering
Geotechnical principles are applied to design of geosynthetic systems for foundation support, earth retention, drainage, and disposal of hazardous conventional wastes. Geosynthetic testing and identification. Emphasis is on design of geosynthetic earth reinforcement, roadway stabilization, filters, and waste containment systems. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 3715 with grade of "C" or better.

CIV ENG 5210 Advanced Steel Structures Design
The design of structural steel systems into a final integrated structure. Plate girders, composite systems, stability, connections, rigid frames, single and multistory buildings, and similar type problems of interest to the student. Use of the computer as a tool to aid in the design will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 3210 with a grade of "C" or better. (Co-listed with Arch Eng 5210).

CIV ENG 5220 Advanced Concrete Structures Design
The design of structural concrete systems into a final integrated structure. Two-way slabs, long columns, connections, and discontinuity regions, deflections and cracking of beams and slabs, ACI design criteria, and similar type problems of interest to the student. Use of the computer as a tool to aid in the design will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 3220 with a grade of "C" or better. (Co-listed with Arch Eng 5220).

CIV ENG 5222 Prestressed Concrete Design
Behavior of steel and concrete under sustained load. Analysis and design of pre-tensioned and post-tensioned reinforced concrete members and the combining of such members into an integral structure. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 3220 with a grade of "C" or better. (Co-listed with Arch Eng 5222).

CIV ENG 5729 Foundation Engineering II
Classical earth pressure theories. Analysis of shallow and deep foundations to include bearing capacity and settlement of footings, rafts, piles, and drilled piers. Analysis of stability and design of retaining walls and anchored bulkheads. Prerequisites: Civ Eng 4729 with a grade of "C" or better. (Co-listed with Arch Eng 5729).

CIV ENG 5445 Construction Methods
Introduction to construction planning, selection of equipment and familiarization with standard methods for horizontal and vertical construction. Application of network analysis and schedules to project control. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 4448 with a grade of "C" or better. (Co-listed with Arch Eng 5445).

CIV ENG 5208 Structural Dynamics
This course deals with fundamental concepts and structural responses under dynamic loads. Hand calculations and computer methods are developed. Specific topics include resonance, beating phenomenon, equation of motion, dynamic properties, frequencies and mode shapes, and modal and Ritz analyses. Prerequisites: IDE 2350 or equivalent; Civ/Arch Eng 3201 or equivalent. (Co-listed with Arch Eng 5208).

AERO / MECH ENG 6284 Analysis of Laminated Composite Structures
An overview of isotropic beams, plates, and shells. Bending, vibration, and buckling of laminated composite beams and plates: exact and approximate solutions. Development of composite shell theory and simplified solutions. Analysis of composite structures including transverse shear deformation and thermal effects. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 5282 or Aero Eng 5282. (Co-listed with Mech Eng 6284).

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This certificate program is open to all individuals who hold a bachelor's, master's or PhD degree and who have a minimum of 12 months of post-BS professional employment experience. Once admitted to the program, you must take four designated courses. In order to receive a graduate certificate, you must have an average cumulative grade of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses.

Students are admitted to the certificate program on a non-matriculated basis; however, if you complete the four-course sequence with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, you can enroll in the master's program, if you so choose. The certificate credits you've taken will count toward your master’s degree. If you do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take the course in the certificate program, you can take “bridge” courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses.

Once admitted to the program, you are given three years to complete the program so long as you maintain a B average in the courses taken.

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Students applying for a business project management graduate certificate will need the following:

Complete the Online Application. When you start your application select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select which certificate you are applying for. Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.

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Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2015-16 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016)

 

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Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation*. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Civil Engineering (MS)
Environmental Engineering (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.

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Classes are offered over the internet via live-streaming video. There will be a PowerPoint presentation available on the Internet to enhance the class lecture so that you can view the PowerPoint slides and watch the video simultaneously. Tests and reports are arranged by the course instructor. If you view the video online in real time, a technician can help resolve any communication problems, and when you need to ask a lecture-related question, you can call the instructor. If you view the lecture video offline, you can communicate with the instructor through email.

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