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    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Aug 09, 2022  
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Dayakar Penumadu, Head

Bennett, R.M., PhD, PE - Illinois
Burdette, E.G. (Fred N. Peebles Professor), PhD, PE - Illinois
Cox, C.D. (Research Fellow), PhD, PE - Penn State
Davis, W.T. (Dean), PhD - Tennessee
Penumadu, D., PhD - Georgia Tech
Reed, G.D. (Associate Vice Chancellor), PhD, PE - Arkansas
Urbanik, T. (Condra Professor and Goodrich Chair), PhD, PE - Texas A&M
Associate Professors
Gentry, R., PhD, PE - Memphis
Han, L.D., PhD - California (Berkeley)
Ma, Z., PhD, PE - Nebraska
Miller, T.L., PhD, PE - Tennessee
Richards, S.H., PhD, PE - Tennessee
Robinson, K.G., PhD - Virginia Tech
Assistant Professors
Agnihotri, S., PhD - Illinois
Cherry, C., PhD - California (Berkeley)
He, Q., PhD - Illinois
Huang, B., PhD, PE - Louisiana State
Schwartz, J., PhD, PE - Illinois
Tootle, G., PhD - Nevada (Las Vegas)
Zhao, Q., PhD - California (Berkeley)
Emeriti Faculty
Chatterjee, A., PhD, PE - North Carolina State
Deatherage, J.H., PhD, PE - Tennessee
Goodpasture, D.W., PhD, PE - Illinois
Robinson, R.B., PhD, PE - Iowa State
Tschantz, B.A., ScD, PE - New Mexico State
Wegmann, F.J., PhD - Northwestern

The department offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Undergraduate Education Mission

To prepare students to enter the general practice of civil engineering and/or pursue graduate education, the department’s undergraduate education mission is to provide a high-quality teaching and learning environment in recognized areas of civil engineering with proficiency in environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering.

Educational Objectives

Consistent with the mission of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee, graduates of the program will have technical competency to conduct engineering projects and to advance with increasing responsibility; and professional competency to continually increase engineering proficiency, proceed on a track to attain professional licensure, and contribute to the profession and community.

The curriculum in civil engineering provides training in fundamental engineering sciences and in basic subjects in related fields. Technical electives are available in construction, environmental engineering, geotechnical, materials, structures, transportation, or water resources.

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to be advised every semester. Students are required to maintain a cumulative grade point of at least 2.0 in all civil engineering and environmental engineering courses taken at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, used to satisfy the graduation requirements. No more than four credit hours of civil and environmental engineering courses in which a C- or lower is the highest grade earned may be counted toward graduation. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within their two selected concentrations.


Electives are chosen to meet student career objectives and program accreditation requirements. Students must consult with their advisor and have their selections pre-approved. A student must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher or approval of the instructor to take 500-level courses for undergraduate credit.

Five-Year BS-MS Program

The department offers a 5-year BS-MS program with a BS (major in civil engineering) and an MS (major in civil or environmental engineering) for qualified students. The primary component of the program is that qualified students may take up to 6 hours of approved graduate courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Significant components of the program are:

  • Students must have an overall GPA of 3.4 in required course work. Conditional admission to the 5-year program may be granted after completion of 65 hours of required course work, while full admission may be granted after the completion of 96 hours of required course work with a minimum GPA of 3.4.
  • Admission must be approved by the department, the College of Engineering, and the Graduate School.
  • Students must at least be conditionally admitted to the program prior to taking courses that receive credit for both the BS and MS degrees. All courses taken for graduate credit must be approved by the chair of the department and the Graduate School.
  • Students will not be eligible for assistantships until they complete their bachelor’s degree.


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