Civil Engineering
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  Dr. Jerry Lee Anderson, Interim-Director

Academic Services Building, Room 1.202

1201 W. University Drive

Edinburg, Texas  78539-2999

Telephone: 956/665-3038

Fax: 956/665-3527



Full-Time Faculty

Azarbayejani, Mohammad, Assistant Professor

Ho, Jungseok, Assistant Professor

Mahmoud, Enad, Assistant Professor

Vu, Thuy, Assistant Professor

Abdel-Raheem, Mohamed, Assistant Professor

Vidal, Jorge, Lecturer



Civil Engineers plan, design and supervise construction of facilities and systems used by our society. The wellness and convenience of our modern world is due largely to the infrastructure provided by civil engineers: water treatment plants and distribution systems, sanitary sewer collection and treatment systems, the distribution of electric power, transportation networks, high rise buildings, stadiums, dams, tunnels and bridges are all examples of civil engineering work that supports our civilization. The UTPA Civil Engineering program was implemented on September 1, 2010 with an emphasis in four areas of study: water resources, structures, geotechnical and management engineering. The program awards a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. The program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,




The Civil Engineering Program prepares graduates for local, regional or world-wide employment in the engineering profession or placement in a graduate school.  The program affords students opportunities to meet and interact with practicing engineers, businesses and government agencies; to participate in professional engineering organizations and in research.  The faculty endeavor to be accessible, maintain state of the art instruction and facilities, and to provide liberal access to laboratories and academic support.


Program Educational Objectives

Program Education Objectives are statements that describe the expected accomplishments of graduates during the first three to five years following graduation from the Civil Engineering program at the University of Texas – Pan American.

The University of Texas – Pan American Civil Engineering’s undergraduate program offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering, and our faculty is committed to teaching, inspiring, and mentoring students who will meet the following objectives:

  1. to meet or exceed the expectations of employers of civil engineers;
  2. to practice with professionalism and commit to ethical responsibilities and consider safety and socioeconomic issues in developing engineering solutions to technical problems;
  3. to pursue advanced study, if that is consistent with their career plans; and
  4. to engage in lifelong learning to maintain professional competency.


Student Outcomes

At the time of graduation, students will attain:

a)      an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;

b)      an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;

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;

d)      an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;

e)      an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;

f)       an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;

g)      an ability to communicate 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;

k)      an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.



Degree Requirements

Civil Engineering education is founded upon physical science and mathematics.  Lower division  coursework is focused upon gaining knowledge in these areas and then extending it into the realm of engineering science.  Upper division coursework applies the knowledge gained in math and science to analysis and design in specific areas of Civil Engineering.  The course requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering are as follows:


University Requirements**                                      

    Core Curriculum                                          43 hours



          ENG     1301   Composition

          ENG     1302   Rhetoric


        Natural Science

          PHYS    2401 Physics for Sci & Eng I

          PHYS    2402 Physics for Sci & Eng II



          MATH 1460   Calculus I



          ENG     23xx   English literature

                        x3xx   Visual /Performing Arts

          PHIL     2393   Engineering Ethics


        Social Sciences

          HIST     2313   American Heritage I

          HIST     2314   American Heritage II

          POLS    2313   US & Texas Gov't and Politics

          POLS    2314   US & Texas Gov't and Politics

                        x3xx   "Other" Soc. Sci. course


        Computer Literacy

          MECE  1221   Engineering Graphics


Engineering Requirements                        84 hours

    Other Science and Mathematics  (21 hours)

          CHEM  1307   Chemistry for Engineers

          CHEM  1107 Laboratory Chemistry for Eng

          MATH 1460   Calculus I (1 cr hr over core)

          MATH 1470   Calculus II

          MECE  2450   Numerical Meth & Statistics

          MECE  3449   Mechanical Eng Analysis I

          MECE  3450   Mechanical Eng Analysis II


    Engineering Science and Design (63 hours)

          ENGR  1101   Introduction to Engineering

          MANE 3337   Engineering Economics

          MECE  2405   Engineering Mechanics

          MECE  2335   Thermodynamics

          MECE  2340   Engineering Materials

          MECE  2140 Engineering Materials Lab

          MECE  3315   Fluid Mechanics

          MECE  3115   Fluid Mechanics Lab

          MECE  3321   Mechanics of Solids

          CIVE     2120   Civil Eng. Measurements

          CIVE     2140   Materials of Construction

          CIVE     3331   Environmental Engineering


        Water Resources

          CIVE     3333   Water-Wastewater Treatment

          CIVE     4315   Applied Hydrology

          CIVE     4335   Water Resources Engineering



          CIVE     3324   Structural Analysis

          CIVE     3341   Structural Steel Design

          CIVE     4346   Reinforced Concrete Design



          CIVE     3375   Geotechnical Engineering

          CIVE     4347   Foundation Design

          CIVE     4348   Highway Engineering



          CIVE     3352   Civil Eng Systems Analysis

          CIVE     4349   Const Planning & Mngmnt

          CIVE     4390   CE Senior Design Project


TOTAL                                                               127 hours


** University requirements may also include:

        UNIV     1301   Learning Frameworks

                        x6xx   Non-English Language

Course Description

CIVE 1221 Engineering Graphic [1-3]

This course provides an introduction to computer-aided drafting techniques for Civil Engineering.  Topics include methods of graphical communication, two- and three- dimensional drawing presentation, civil engineering design, and specifications.


CIVE 2120 Civil Engineering Measurements [0-3]

Principles of measurement and error analysis; introduction to plane surveying.

CIVE 2140 Materials of Construction [0-3]

Engineering properties of construction materials, preparation and testing of concrete mixtures,

chemistry and science of Portland cement, related ASTM test specifications.

Prerequisites: CHEM 1307 and 1107; or CHEM 1301 and 1101.


CIVE 3252 Civil Engineering Systems Analysis [1-3]

Systems approach to problem solving, application of operations research in civil engineering;

and mathematical modeling and analysis techniques including marginal analysis, linear

programming, and dynamic programming and decision analysis.

Prerequisite: MECE 3449.

CIVE 3324 Structural Analysis [3-0]

Forces and deflections in structural systems; considers stationary and moving loads and exact

and approximate methods, analysis of statically indeterminate structures by consistent

deformation, slope-deflection, and moment distribution methods.

Prerequisite: MECE 3321.

CIVE 3331 Environmental Engineering [3-0]

Principles, analysis, and design related to environmental monitoring, protection, and remediation

systems. Topics include environmental quality and legislation, modeling, water treatment,

wastewater treatment, solid and hazardous waste management, air and noise pollution, and

radioactive waste management.

Prerequisites: CHEM 1307 and 1107, PHYS 2401,  or CHEM 1301 and 1101

CIVE 3333 Water and Wastewater Treatment [3-0]

Theory, modeling, and design of chemical, biochemical and physical processes for water

treatment, wastewater treatment, and pollution control.

Prerequisite: CIVE 3331.

CIVE 3341 Structural Steel Design [3-0]

Analysis and design of steel tension members, beams, columns, and bolted or welded

connections. Emphasis on AISC structural codes and computer tools to assist the designer.

Introduction to plastic design.

Prerequisite: CIVE 3324.

CIVE 3375 Geotechnical Engineering and Applications [2-1]

Exploration, sampling, and in-situ measurements; laboratory testing; review of fundamental

properties of soil and rock; flow through porous media; the effective stress principle and

computation of in-situ stress distributions; shear strength of soils and one-dimensional

consolidation settlement; introduction to slope stability. Emphasis in laboratory on ASTM and

AASHTO testing standards.

Prerequisite: MECE 3321.

CIVE 4315 Applied Hydrology [3-0]

Hydrologic cycle, precipitation, hydrologic abstractions, surface runoff; unit hydrographs;

synthetic hydrographs; peak discharge relationships; flood frequency analysis; flood and

reservoir routing; and groundwater hydrology. Binomial, normal, and extreme-value skewed


Prerequisite: CIVE 3331.

CIVE 4335 Water Resources Engineering [3-0]

Analysis and design of surface and subsurface water resource facilities. Design of water supply,

gravity flow sanitary sewers and storm water drainage systems; pumps and pump systems and


Prerequisites: MECE 3315, CIVE 3331; CIVE 4315 co-requisite.

CIVE 4346 Reinforced Concrete Design [3-0]

Mechanics, behavior, and design of reinforced concrete members.

Prerequisites: CIVE 2140, CIVE 3324.

CIVE 4347 Foundation Design [3-0]

Design of footings, mats and slab-on-grade; earth pressures and design of retaining walls, piles

and drilled piers, soil improvement and ground modification; pre-stressed slab design.

Prerequisite: CIVE 3375.

CIVE 4348 Highway Engineering [3-0]

Principles of transportation engineering, traffic volume, highway capacity; General

characteristics of highway design; horizontal and vertical alignment, cross-sections, earthwork,

drainage, and pavement; and economic analysis.

Prerequisites: CIVE 2120, CIVE 3375.

CIVE 4349 Construction Planning and Management [3-0]

Planning, managing, scheduling and control of construction projects. Topics include

management functions, network techniques, equipment selection, management and operation,

construction financing, bidding strategy, risk assessment, cost control, and projection.

Prerequisites: CIVE 3252.

CIVE 4390 Civil Engineering Senior Design Project [2-3]

An overview of design, management and professional engineering; student design teams

complete a comprehensive project involving several areas of civil engineering. Course to be

completed in the final semester of the student's civil engineering degree plan.

Prerequisite: Consent of CIVE advisor.

CIVE 1100 CE Study I: [0-3]

Repeatable, lower division undergraduate course facilitating organized study in civil engineering.

Prerequisite: Consent of CIVE advisor.

CIVE 4100 CE Study II: [0-3]

Repeatable, upper division undergraduate course facilitating organized study in civil engineering.

Prerequisite: Consent of CIVE advisor.

CIVE 4199 CE Topic: [0-3]

CIVE 4299 CE Topic: [2-0]

CIVE 4399 CE Topic: [3-0]

CIVE 4499 CE Topic: [3-3]

Civil Engineering Topic: this course facilitates concentrated study of a civil engineering topic

beyond the depth or breadth of courses in the current undergraduate catalog; variable credit (1-4

semester credit hours).

Prerequisite: Consent of CIVE advisor.