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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Chris D. Cox, Head

Alshibli, K.A. (Associate Head for Graduate Programs), PhD, PE – Colorado
Bennett, R.M. (Director, Engineering Fundamentals Program), PhD, PE – Illinois
Cox, C.D. (R.M. Condra Professor and Head), PhD, PE – Penn State
Davis, W.T. (Dean), PhD – Tennessee
Eighmy, T.T. (Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement), PhD – New Hampshire
Fu, J., PhD – NC State
Han, L.D., PhD – California (Berkeley)
Hazen, T.C. (Governor’s Chair Professor), PhD – Wake Forest
Huang, B. (Edwin G. Burdette Professor), PhD, PE – Louisiana State
Khattak, A.J. (Beaman Professor), PhD – Northwestern
Loeffler, F. (Governor’s Chair Professor), PhD – University of Hohenheim Technical University
    of Harburg, Germany
Ma, Z., PhD, PE – Nebraska
Nambisan, S., PhD, PE – California (Berkeley)
Papanicolaou, T. (Goodrich Chair of Excellence), PhD – Virginia Tech
Penumadu, D. (Fred N. Peebles Professor), (JIAM Chair of Excellence), PhD – Georgia Tech
Schwartz, J.S. (Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs), PhD, PE – Illinois

Associate Professors
Cherry, C., PhD, PE – California (Berkeley)
El-adaway, I., PhD – Iowa State
He, Q., PhD – Illinois

Assistant Professors
Carter, K.E., PhD – Arizona
Hathaway, J.M., PhD, PE – NC State
Palomino, A.M., PhD, PE – Georgia Tech
Truster, T.J., PhD – Illinois
Wierschem, N.E., PhD – Illinois

Amoah, J., PhD, PE – Florida State
Retherford, J., PhD, PE – Vanderbilt

Emeriti Faculty
Burdette, E.G., PhD, PE – Illinois
Chatterjee, A., PhD, PE – North Carolina State
Deatherage, J.H., PhD, PE – Tennessee
Goodpasture, D.W., PhD, PE – Illinois
Reed, G.D., PhD, PE – Arkansas
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 Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The new Nuclear Decommissioning and Environmental Management (ND&EM) Minor  is offered by the Nuclear Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering Departments. The program is administered through the Nuclear Engineering Department.

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.

In support of the above objectives, at the time of graduation, students will have achieved and demonstrated the following outcomes:

(a) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
(b) 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;
(c) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
(d) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
(e) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
(f) an ability to communicate;
(g) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering effectively;
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Graduation Requirements

Students are strongly recommended to meet with their advisor 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 Five-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. This program is designed for students attending the University of Tennessee for their Master of Science degree because other universities may not accept these courses for graduate credit since they were used to satisfy requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. Significant components of the program are:

  • Students must have an overall GPA of 3.4 in required coursework. Conditional admission to the five-year program may be granted after completion of 65 hours of required coursework, while full admission may be granted after the completion of 96 hours of required coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.4.
  • Admission must be approved by the department, the Tickle 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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