Engineering | Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment

Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering (MS/PhD)

The Civil Engineering program at Arizona State University emphasizes sustainability as an integrated approach to engineering that focuses on the long-lasting improvement of the human condition.

You can be a part of local, national and international research efforts to promote safe and sustainable development including transportation, water resources, buildings and other man-made structures.

A broad range of theoretical, computational and experimental research programs have been established in civil and environmental engineering to prepare graduate students for careers in professional practice and research. If an admitted student does not have an undergraduate degree in civil/environmental engineering, they may be assigned deficiency courses specific to their specialty area. Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in each deficiency course.

 

Graduate degrees

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Graduate Applications

Priority applications dates for our PhD programs: July 1 for spring semester admission
January 1 for fall semester admission

Master’s degree applicants must apply by
March 1 for fall semester
October 1 for spring semester

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Online applications are made through ASU’s Graduate College and not directly to the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.

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Teaching and Research Assistantships

Specialty areas:

Environmental Engineering

The Environmental Engineering program has two general themes: environmental processes occurring in arid regions of the world and multidisciplinary sustainability related projects to address societal issues in developing urban environments. We look at the unique aspects of air and water pollution and sustainable development. Some of our ongoing research that has attracted national funding is in the areas of sustainable engineering of urban systems, environmental biotechnology and environmental nanotechnology.

Additional Requirements
If the applicant does not have an undergraduate degree in civil or environmental engineering, the following general description of course deficiencies constitute the common requirement. Additional deficiency courses may be placed based upon the applicant’s background. Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in each deficiency course.

  • Sufficient courses in mathematics including but not limited to calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra, physics and chemistry.
  • CEE 210 and CEE 212 Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics or equivalent.
  • CHM 114 General Chemistry for Engineers or equivalent.
  • CEE 341 Fluid Mechanics for Civil Engineering or equivalent.
  • CEE 361 Introduction to Environmental Engineering or equivalent.

Please see Environmental Engineering program description for more information, a list of courses, and faculty.

Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering

Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering at ASU is focused upon unsaturated soil mechanics, waste mechanics, and geotechnical earthquake engineering. ASU is a leader in unsaturated soil mechanics applied to the performance of pavement subgrades and the impact of expansive soil upon foundations. Our unsaturated soil mechanics laboratory is one of the finest in the world and our Enamul and Mahmuda Hoque laboratory has unique, large scale equipment for static and dynamic testing of waste materials. Our research strengths include the seismic design of geosynthetic lined landfills, groundbreaking work on microbially-induced carbonate precipitation for remediation of earthquake hazards, mitigation of geologic hazards and environmental protection and remediation.

Additional Requirements
If the applicant does not have an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, the following deficiencies constitute the minimum requirement. Additional requirements may be placed based upon the applicant’s background. Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in each deficiency course.

  • Sufficient courses in mathematics including but not limited to calculus, differential equations and linear algebra, physics, and chemistry.
  • CEE 210 and 212: Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics.
  • CEE 213 Introduction to Deformable Solids or equivalent.
  • CEE 351 Geotechnical Engineering or equivalent.

Please see Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering program description for more information, a list of courses, and faculty.

Hydrosystems Engineering

Hydrosystems Engineering encompasses the technical areas of hydrology, hydraulics and water resources engineering with sustainable considerations of water policy, management and environmental remediation.

Additional Requirements
If the applicant does not have an undergraduate degree in civil or environmental engineering, the following general description of course deficiencies constitute the common requirement. Additional requirements may be placed based upon the applicant’s background. Students must obtain a minimum grade of “B” in each deficiency course.

  • Sufficient courses in mathematics including but not limited to calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra, physics and chemistry.
  • CEE210 and CEE212 Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics or equivalent.
  • CEE 341 Fluid Mechanics for Civil Engineering or equivalent.

Please see Hydrosystems Engineering program description for more information, a list of courses, and faculty.

Structural and Materials Engineering

The Structural and Materials Engineering program encompasses a multitude of areas such as structural analysis and design, steel and concrete structures, timber and masonry structures, matrix and computer methods, buildings, bridges and dams, power plant design, wind analysis and design, finite element method, earthquake analysis and design, stability of structures, nonlinear structural analysis, structural failure, pre-stressed concrete structures, lifeline analysis and design, applied optimal design, probabilistic methods, structural dynamics, composite materials, stress analysis, cement based materials and experimental methods.

Additional Requirements
If the applicant does not have an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, the following deficiencies constitute the minimum requirement. Additional requirements may be placed based upon the applicant’s background. Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in each deficiency course.

  • Sufficient courses in mathematics including but not limited to calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra, physics and chemistry.
  • CEE 210 Engineering Mechanics: Statics
  • CEE 212 Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics
  • CEE 213 Introduction to Deformable Solids or equivalent.
  • CEE 321 Structural Analysis or equivalent.
  • CEE 353 Civil Engineering Materials or equivalent.
  • CEE 420 Steel Structures or equivalent, and/or CEE421 Concrete Structures or equivalent.

Please see Structural and Materials Engineering program description for more information, a list of courses, and faculty.

Sustainable Engineering

The Sustainability Engineering specialty area emphasizes flexibility and individuality. Students from many different engineering and physical science backgrounds may enter this specialty area and design a plan of study that supports their original research and professional development goals. Faculty in the Sustainability Engineering specialty area study topics at the intersection of multiple fields, including alternative energy, transportation, earth systems and the environment.

Additional Requirements
If the applicant does not have an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, the following deficiencies constitute the minimum requirement. Additional requirements may be placed based upon the applicant’s background. Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in each deficiency course.

  • Sufficient courses in mathematics including but not limited to calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra, physics, and chemistry.
  • CEE 210 and CEE 212 Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics or equivalent.
  • CHM 114 General Chemistry for Engineers or equivalent.

Please see Sustainability Engineering program description for more information, a list of courses, and faculty.

Transportation Engineering

The Transportation Engineering program has two general themes: transportation systems, and pavements and materials. Faculty in transportation systems focus on traffic operations and simulation, intelligent transportation technologies, traveler safety and risk, travel behavior, transportation systems simulation and transportation planning applications. The Pavements and Materials program addresses pavement analysis and design, pavement performance and management, material testing and characterization and development of new and more efficient construction materials.

Additional Requirements
If the applicant does not have an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, the following deficiencies constitute the minimum requirement. Additional requirements may be placed based upon the applicant’s background. Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in each deficiency course.

  • Sufficient courses in mathematics including but not limited to calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra, physics and chemistry.
  • CEE 210 and CEE 212 Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics.
  • CEE 213 Introduction to Deformable Solids or equivalent.
  • CEE 353 Civil Engineering Materials or CEE 372 Transportation Engineering.

Please see Transportation Engineering program description for more information, a list of courses, and faculty.

Degrees offered

Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, MS

Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, PhD

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Location
Tempe

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