Course Information

Course descriptions are provided below for Civil and Environmental Engineering. This supplemental course information is designed to give you a fuller picture of the course and an expanded look at the topics covered. This is an unofficial document. The USC Course Catalogue is the binding description of all university courses.

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Undergraduate Courses

Civil Engineering (CE)

106 Design and Planning of Civil Engineering Systems: History of civil engineering; introduction to the synthesis and design of systems dependent upon civil engineering technology; the structuring, modeling, and simulation of such systems. Course Syllabus

107 Introduction to Civil Engineering Graphics: Graphic communication and drawing; use of instruments, lettering, dimensioning, and detailing of engineering drawing; free-hand sketching, drafting, and modeling. Course Syllabus

108 Introduction to Computer Methods in Civil Engineering: Computer programming, organization of problems for computational solution, flow charts, programming; numerical methods; analysis and solution of civil engineering problems. Course Syllabus

110 Introduction to Environmental Engineering: Basic concepts of environmental engineering. Air, water, and soil pollution control technologies; pollution prevention strategies. Design of simple water distribution and treatment systems. Course Syllabus

205 Statics: Statics of particles and rigid bodies; equivalent force systems; distributed forces; applications to trusses, frames, machines, beams, and cables; friction; moments of inertia. Course Syllabus

207L Introduction to Design of Structural Systems: Structural materials, components and systems; gravity and lateral forces; structural performance and failures; introduction to structural plans and analysis; computer applications, case studies, design project. Course Syllabus

210L Introduction to Environmental Engineering Microbiology: Principles of environmental microbiology; waterborne pathogens; microorganisms and air pollution; microorganisms in soil; water pollution microbiology; biodegradation of hazardous chemicals; eutrophication. Course Syllabus

225 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies: Analysis of stress and strain; axial, flexural, and torsional behavior of slender bars; elastic deflections; combined stresses; introduction to elastic stability and energy methods. Course Syllabus

235 Dynamics: Elements of vector algebra; dynamics of particles, systems of particles and rigid bodies; kinematics; momentum relations, energy methods; vibrations; Euler’s equations of motion. Course Syllabus

334L Mechanical Behavior of Materials: Measurement of stress and strain; tensile, impact, creep, and fatigue behavior; statistical methods, brittle fracture; properties of structural materials. Course Syllabus

358 Theory of Structures I: Deformations and deflections of elastic systems; statically indeterminate beams, arches, and frames; secondary stresses. Course Syllabus

402 Computer Methods in Engineering: Fundamentals of analog and digital computers; simulation of nonlinear physical systems; numerical analysis and solution of engineering problems. Course Syllabus

404 Fundamentals of Law for Engineers: Legal problems confronting the engineer in his professional environment and daily life. Survey of the legal system and how it operates. Course Syllabus

408 Risk Analysis in Civil Engineering: Realization of nondeterministic problems in civil engineering; quantitative analysis of structural and system reliability; optimal design and design with specified risk. Course Syllabus

412 Construction Law and the Property Development Process: Legal aspects of property development and construction: land use, construction practices and specifications, architecture and engineering contracts, agency, subcontracting, professional registration, liability, insurance, liens, and bonds. Course Syllabus

443 Environmental Chemistry: Chemistry of water, gas, liquid and solid wastes. Chemical principles applicable to environmental engineering. Course Syllabus

451 Water Resources Engineering: Discussion of broad perspectives on control and utilization of water, quantitative hydrology, ground water, probability concept, economic study, hydraulic structures, multi-purpose water resources projects. Course Syllabus

453 Water Quality Control: Water quality criteria and fundamental of acceptability. Natural purification of surface waters. Processes employed in the treatment of waste waters for disposal or re-use. Course Syllabus

456 Design of Steel Structures: Fundamentals of analysis and design of steel structures; structural elements; simple and eccentric connections; design project. Course Syllabus

457 Reinforced Concrete Design: Strength and deformation of reinforced concrete; beams in flexure and shear; bond and development of bars; deflections; columns; slabs; footings; introduction to prestressed concrete. Course Syllabus

458 Theory of Structures II: Matrix algebra; stiffness method; force method; computer analysis of planar structures. Course Syllabus

460 Construction Engineering: Introduction to the construction processes; estimating and bidding, construction administration, planning and scheduling, equipment and methods, labor relations, cost control systems, and safety. Course Syllabus

461 General Construction Estimating: Theory of estimating. Quantity surveying; unit cost synthesis and analysis. Bid organization and preparation; competitive simulations and exercises. Course Syllabus

462 Construction Methods and Equipment: Current procedures in selected fields of construction; organization and planning; equipment economics; machinery. Course Syllabus

463L Water Chemistry and Analysis: Chemistry of water purification technology and water pollution control. Chemical processes in natural and engineering aquatic environments; physical/chemical and biological characterization of water and wastewater. Course Syllabus

465 Water Supply and Sewerage System Design: Design of water supply systems, storm drains, sanitary sewers, and lift stations. Course Syllabus

466 Design of Free-Surface Hydraulic Systems: Hydrological and hydraulic design for uniform and non-uniform flows, channel transition, sedimentation controls, design discharge for tributary watersheds, flood routing, flood detention, computer aided design. Course Syllabus

470 Building Information Modeling and Integrated Practice: Building Information Modeling, current BIM technologies; coordination of design and construction; information management throughout building lifecycle; project delivery systems and technologies for integrated practice. Course Syllabus

471 Principles of Transportation Engineering: Planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operation of facilities for air, water, rail, and highway transit systems. Junior or senior standing. Course Syllabus

473 Engineering Law, Finance and Ethics: An examination of the legal, financial and ethical issues regularly considered by all practicing engineers. Upper division standing. Course Syllabus

476 Design of Pressurized Hydraulic Systems: Application of hydraulic principles to the engineering design of hydraulic structure with pressurized flow, piping network, water hammer, surge suppression, pumps and turbines, manifold hydraulic design. Course Syllabus

478 Timber and Masonry Design: Characteristics and properties of wood; beams, columns, trusses, connectors, and diaphragms. Properties of masonry, working stress and strength design, seismic design requirements. Course Syllabus

480 Structural Systems Design: Evaluate, design and analyze buildings. Organize and perform calculations for vertical loads, wind loads, and seismic loads on building projects. Course Syllabus

482 Foundation Design: Analysis and design principles of building foundations, including spread footings, piles, drilled shafts, sheetpile walls and retaining structures. Course Syllabus

484 Water Treatment Design: Predesign studies, precipitation softening, coagulation and flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, sludge handling, chlorination, chloramination, ozonation; plant hydraulics, flow measurement, pumps, instrumentation and control, tertiary treatment. Course Syllabus

485 Wastewater Treatment Design: Process kinetics, mass balance, reactor design, pretreatment, clarification, chemical treatment, biological treatment (aerobic and anaerobic), disinfection, sludge treatment, nitrogen and phosphorus removal, carbon adsorption. Course Syllabus

Environmental Engineering (ENE)

200 Environmental Engineering Principles: Analysis of water, air, and land pollution, including hazardous waste and engineering of mitigation measures. Water and waste water treatment analysis. Course Syllabus

410 Environmental Fluid Mechanics: Equation of motion; continuity, momentum, energy principles; dimensional analysis, similitudes; groundwater flows; transports in conduits and channels; mixing, dispersion in environments; manifold diffusers; hydraulic transients. (Duplicates credit in CE 309 and AME 309.) Course Syllabus

426 Particulate air pollutants: Properties/Behaviors/Measurements: Particulate air pollutants, their measurement and instrumentation methods, and their effects on the environment and human health; optical properties and visibility degradation. Course Syllabus

428 Air Pollution Fundamentals: Air pollution effects on man, vegetation, materials; pollutant sampling and analysis; air quality standards and criteria; meteorological factors and dispersion modeling. Prerequisite: senior standing. Course Syllabus

429 Air Pollution Control: Emission surveys; engineering controls of aerosols and gaseous contaminants at emission sources, disposition of contaminants. Field trips. Senior standing. Course Syllabus

443 Environmental Chemistry (Enroll in CE 443): Chemistry of water, gas, liquid and solid wastes. Chemical principles applicable to environmental engineering.

453 Water Quality Control (Enroll in CE 453): Water quality criteria and fundamental of acceptability. Natural purification of surface waters. Processes employed in the treatment of waste waters for disposal or re-use.

463L Water Chemistry and Analysis (Enroll in CE 463L): Chemistry of water purification technology and water pollution control. Chemical processes in natural and engineering aquatic environments; physical/chemical and biological characterization of water and wastewater.

465 Water Supply and Sewerage System Design (Enroll in CE 465): Design of water supply systems, storm drains, sanitary sewers, and lift stations.

486 Design of Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering Systems: Engineering design of solid and hazardous waste facilities such as waste minimization, secured landfill, and hazardous waste treatment. Course Syllabus

487 Environmental Biotechnology and Bioremediation: Understanding and designing microbiological processes for environmental protection; learning how processes in environmental biotechnology work; emerging applications for bioremediation of hazardous chemicals in the environment. Course Syllabus