Geotechnical Engineering Courses Offered in Spring 2022
The Geotech Group is offering the following courses for the Spring 2022 semester. Registration opens as soon as October 18! See the Spring 2022 Course Schedule for more information.
Instructors: Prof. Roman Makhnenko; Prof. Tugce Baser
Credit: 3 hours
This class introduces the basic concepts of geotechnical engineering, such as soil classification, effective stress, permeability, consolidation, and soil strength. The class project asks students to study a real-world project and learn how these concepts are applied.
Instructor: Prof. Reza Mesri
Credit: 4 hours
This class deals with the fundamentals, and equips students with the knowledge to answer two key questions for every geotechnical engineering project: what is down there? And, how much can it support? This course goes into detail on soil structure, properties, and strength, as well as experimental measurements. The lab component allows you to see how soil properties affect the behavior of the soil.
Instructor: Prof. Timothy Stark
Credit: 3 or 4 hours
This course deals with the practical aspects of geotechnical engineering. Students apply concepts learned in CEE 380 and CEE 483 to analyze retaining walls, slopes, foundations, and excavations while considering the construction process.
Instructor: Prof. Joe Tom
Credit: 3 or 4 hours
Offshore wind, wave, and tidal energy are rapidly developing sources of clean, renewable energy worldwide. This course serves as an introduction to offshore engineering, with emphasis on understanding loading on structures and the design of seabed infrastructure. We will survey a range of topics from an offshore perspective, including wave statistics, hydrodynamic loading, seabed scour, and geotechnical foundation, pipeline and cable design aspects.
Instructor: Prof. Scott Olson
Credit: 4 hours
This class deals with classical and modern earth pressure theories and their experimental justification; pressures and bases for design of retaining walls, bracing of open cuts, anchored bulkheads, cofferdams, tunnels, and culverts.
Instructor: Prof. Youssef Hashash
Credit: 4 hours
This course will cover the history of the development of tunneling design and methods, the relationship of geology on anticipated ground response to tunneling, the study of tunneling methods unique to tunnels in soil, tunnels in rock, caverns in soils and caverns in rock, and analysis approaches for tunnels in soils and rock. This course also deals with Geotechnical Baselines report and other risk allocation tools for tunnel construction as well as case histories of tunneling projects.
Seminar Coordinator: Prof. Joe Tom
All geotech graduate students are required to enroll in CEE 595 Seminar, Section F, which meets every other Friday at 11:00 am. Discussion of current topics in civil and environmental engineering and related fields by staff, students, and visiting lecturers.
Courses of Interest to Geotechnical Engineering Education
Courses Commonly Taken by Undergraduates
|GEOL 107 Physical Geology||Fall, Spring|
|CEE 380 Geotechnical Engineering||Fall, Spring|
|CEE 480 Foundation Engineering||Spring|
Courses Commonly Taken by Undergraduates and Graduates
|CEE 483 Soil Mechanics and Behavior||Fall, Spring|
|CEE 484 Applied Soil Mechanics||Spring|
|CEE 498GE Geoenergy Systems||Fall|
|CEE 498OS Design of Offshore Structures and Foundations||Spring|
Graduate Courses in Geotechnical Engineering
|CEE 580 Excavation and Support Systems||Fall, even years|
|CEE 581 Dams, Embankments and Slopes||Fall, odd years|
|CEE 582 Consolidation of Clays||Fall, even years|
|CEE 583 Shear Strength of Soils||Spring, odd years|
|CEE 584 Geotechnical Case Histories|
|CEE 585 Deep Foundations||Spring, odd years|
|CEE 586 Rock Mechanics and Behavior||Fall, even years|
|CEE 587 Applied Rock Mechanics||Spring, odd years|
|CEE 588 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering||Fall, odd years|
|CEE 589 Computational Geomechanics||Spring, even years|
|CEE 590 Geotechnical Field Measurements||Fall, odd years|
|CEE 593 Tunneling in Soil and Rock||Spring, even years|
Allied CEE Courses
|CEE 452 Hydraulic Analysis and Design||Spring|
|CEE 457 Groundwater |
(OR GEOL 470 Introduction to Hydrogeology)
|CEE 463 Reinforced Concrete II||Fall|
|CEE 468 Prestressed Concrete||Spring|
|CEE 470 Structural Analysis||Fall, Spring|
|CEE 471 Structural Mechanics||Fall|
|CEE 472 Structural Dynamics I||Fall|
|CEE 491 Decision and Risk Analysis||Fall|
|CEE 498CH Case Histories in Infrastructure Engineering||Summer|
|CEE 509 Transportation Soils||occasionally|
|CEE 559 Sediment Transport||Fall, even years|
|CEE 570 Finite Element Methods||Spring|
|CEE 572 Earthquake Engineering||Spring|
Allied Courses Outside of CEE
- 1 unit = 4 hours; Minimum of 36 hours (9 units) are required for M.S. degree (non-thesis option)
- See Pg. 47 of the CEE Undergraduate Handbook for CEE Undergraduate level courses.
- See the CEE Graduate Handbook for CEE Graduate level courses.
- The University’s Course Explorer is a catalogue for all classes across all departments at the University from 2004 onwards.