Course Descriptions - Civil Engineering Courses

CENG 220 – Engineering Surveying--4 cr. (2+6)
A continuation of SURE 110. Engineering surveying theory and techniques. Subject areas include horizontal, vertical, and easement curve calculations, and layout, slope staking, earthworks, introduction to GPS, and aspects of hydrographic, tunnel and mine surveying.
Pre-requisites: SURE 110- Fundamentals of Surveying

CENG 240 – Engineering Statics--3 cr. (3+0)
This first course in mechanics for engineers focuses on rigid bodies and more specifically, statics. Statics is the study of rigid bodies at rest. Using vector mechanics as appropriate the principles of mechanics and their application to the solution of engineering problems are explored.
Pre-requisites: MATH 230 Co-requisites: PHYS 241

CENG 321 – Hydraulics Engineering--4 cr. (3+2)
Combined presentation of hydrology and hydraulics.  Course shall include the natural occurrence of water on the earth and the study of fluid mechanics, kinematics of fluid flow, energy and momentum relating to the movement of water.  Open channel flow and pressure conduits leading to gravity drainage design and pressure water supply systems.
Pre-requisites:  PHYS 242 - Gen Phys II;  MATH 230 - Analytical Geometry & Calc 2.

CENG 421 - Soils Engineering--4 cr.(3+2)
Introductory course in soils engineering.  Topics include engineering characteristics, classifications, weight-volume relationships, permeability, flow nets, dams, lateral earth pressures, shear stresses, loads on buried conduits, slope stability, and foundations.
Pre-requisites: CONM 121 – Materials Properties and Testing; MATH 220 - Analytical Geometry & Calc 1

CENG 485 – Sustainable Land Use--4 cr. (3+3)
A senior capstone course including in part land use controls, land study and development design, site feasibility and utility service, site ecology, and social and psychological analysis of development.  The roles and tasks of the site design professional are studied.  A major design project will be undertaken.  Emphasis will be on subdivision design, site design, cost analysis of development, and use of technical design software.
Pre-requisites:  Senior Status


Construction Management Courses
Application and properties of construction materials. The sampling, testing, and application of the physical properties of aggregates and portland cement concrete; bituminous materials, metals, and wood.
Pre-requisites: MATH 110


Geographic Information Systems Courses

GISC 225 – Principles of GIS--3 cr. (2+3)
This course will explore fundamental principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and its applications including hardware and software. Topics covered include: database concepts, algorithms to manage spatial data, cost benefit analysis, GIS project management, and digital data dissemination methods using internet technologies. Students will work with database management, raster and vector GIS applications software on various case studies including nature and environmental conservation, real estate administration, marketing and city management.
Pre-requisites:  None

GISC 239 – Remote Sensing--3 cr. (2+3)
This course explores the fundamental principles of remote sensing as they relate to engineering and environmental problems.  Topics covered include energy interactions, reflectance, scanning systems, satellite sensors, digital image process, and image classification.  Students will work with image processing software.
Pre-requisites:  None

GISC 282 – Geographic Information Systems 2--3 cr. (3+0)
Continuation of GISC 225 which describes spatial data collection techniques, and land information systems. Spatial data collection techniques such as land surveying, Global Positioning System, photogrammetric mapping, remote sensing, Lidar, and mobile mapping will be studied. Geodetic and Cartographic data from Federal Government will be explored as well as mapping procedures and accuracy standards. Principles of the cadastre system will be taught including the public land survey system, property descriptions, and boundary surveys.
Pre-requisites:  GISC 225 - Principles of GIS

GISC 382 – GIS data analysis and specialization--3 cr. (3+0)
Continuation of GISC 282. Key topics include the point process and network analysis, and advanced surface operations (interpolation, line of sight, volume calculation, drainage, contour line mapping, and 3D visualization). Students will perform an independent research on one GIS specialty application (e.g., homeland security and criminal justice, transportation, health care, natural resources, environment and nature protection, city and county management, utilities, and public administration).
Pre-requisites:  GISC 282 – Geographic Information Systems 2

GISC 425 Technical Issues in GIS & Cartography--3 cr. (2+3)
Advanced concepts of geographic information systems and modern cartography will be studied. Topics covered include: metadata, federal and state spatial databases, map generalization, map labeling, advanced spatial data analysis, Digital Elevation Model (DEM), interpolation methods, DEM analysis such as slope, aspect, watershed, line of sight and grid operations. These topics will be linked to the data collection courses photogrammetry, remote sensing, land surveying and geodesy. Laboratory assignments will be project oriented using existing raster and vector GIS software.
Pre-requisites: SURE 272 and SURE 325


Surveying Courses
SURE 110 Fundamentals of Surveying--4 cr. (2+6)
Orientation and introduction in proper field surveying theory and techniques. Subject areas include taping, tape corrections, leveling, angle measurements, traversing, traverse adjustments, contouring, fundamentals of mapping, and proper use and care of surveying instruments.
Pre-requisites: MATH 120.
SURE 115 Introduction To Computer Mapping--1 cr. (0+3)
This course is an introduction to Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) as applied to Surveying Engineering and Computer Aided Mapping (CAM). The emphasis of this course is on "hands on" exercises in CAD and CAD integrated surveying software.
Pre-requisites: NONE.
SURE 215 Surveying Computations--3 cr. (2+3)
A study of principles and methods of surveying computation related to Cartesian coordinate systems, coordinate geometry including a four-parameter similarity transformation and an introduction to spherical coordinate systems as applied to spherical astronomy and the use of mathematical software with programming features.
Pre-requisites: SURE 110.
SURE 230 Advanced Surveying--4 cr. (2+6)
An advanced study of the methods and instrumentation used in the surveying profession. The theory and application of electronic distance measuring devices, use of total stations and digital levels, GPS principles and applications, introduction to practical astronomy and the application of state plane coordinates.
Pre-requisites: SURE 110 & 115.
SURE 272 Programming Applications in Geomatics--2 cr. (1+3)
Exploring fundamental concepts of visual programming to solve surveying and mapping related problems. Topics covered include: object oriented syntax for looping and if statements, input/output statements, arrays, user-defined functions and procedures, reading and writing text and binary files, and introduction to database programming and graphics. Programming projects may include: angular units conversion; transformation of coordinates from polar to rectangular and rectangular to polar; traverse computation, adjustment and plotting.
Pre-requisites : MATH 130, SURE 215.
SURE 331 Ethics & Professionalism in Engineering & Technology--3 cr. (3+0)
Discusses the codes of ethics which have been adopted by many engineering societies. Explain meaning and attributes of professionalism along with the ethical, moral, and social responsibilities of technologists and engineers. Also standards, law, safety, risks, obligations of loyalty to employer, professional client relationship, global awareness, bribery, contracts, and intellectual property are discussed. This course meets General Education requirements: Cultural Enrichment.
Pre-requisites:ENGL 150
SURE 340 Photogrammetry--3 cr. (2+3 )
An introductory course in photogrammetry covering, in part, the history of photogrammetry, aerial cameras and camera calibration, geometry of the aerial photograph, stereoscopy and stereoscopes, parallax, and the theory and techniques of orientation. Students will perform basic mapping tasks in the stereoplotter.
Pre-requisites: SURE 110.
SURE 365 Legal Aspects Of Surveying 1--3 cr. (3+0)
An introductory study of the subdivision of public lands, theory of original survey, resurvey, subdivision survey, and methods describing real property. The more important statute laws affecting the surveyor are studied with emphasis on the Plat Act. This course meets General Education requirement: Writing Intensive
co-req SURE 215
SURE 366 Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Location--3 cr. (2+2)
A study of the rules of evidence and their application in conducting boundary surveys. It includes an introduction to littoral and riparian rights and major environmental considerations and their applications to survey projects. The course focuses on federal and state statutory law and case studies, melding the theoretical with the practical.
Pre-requisites: SURE 365.
SURE 372 Adjustment Computations 1--3 cr. (3+0)
This is the first of the two sequential courses on adjustment computations. Topics to be covered include: use of vectors, set theory, partial differentiation, matrix differentiation, statistical inference and hypothesis testing, an introduction to differential equations, propagation of random errors, and the relationships between variance covariance, weight and cofactor matrices as applied to least squares adjustment.
Pre-requisites: SURE 230 & MATH 230 & SURE 272 & MATH 322.
SURE 373 Adjustment Computations 2--3 cr. (3+0)
Topics covered include: review of error propagation, development and application of least squares, horizontal and vertical control network designs; adjustment of indirect of observations, adjustment of observations and parameters combined. Student adjustment projects include: level network, traversing, triangulation, trilateration, and GPS network.
Pre-requisites: SURE 372.
SURE 420 Professional Practice Of Surveying--3 cr. (3+0)
A study of business practices as they apply to the organization offering professional engineering and/or surveying practices. This course meets General Education requirement: Writing Intensive.
Pre-requisites: SURE 365 & ENGL 250.
SURE 440 Advanced Photogrammetry--3 cr. (2+3)
This course acquaints the student to advanced photogrammetric concepts that are normally encountered in photogrammetric practice. Topics include an introduction to analytical photogrammetric principles, concepts of the bundle adjustment, principles of advanced sensors, and principles of digital photogrammetry.
Pre-requisites: SURE 340 and 373.
SURE 452 Geodesy 1--4 cr. (3+3)
This is the first of the two sequential courses in geodesy. Topics covered include: ellipsoidal geometry, direct and inverse solution of geodetic line, geodetic datum, coordinate systems, deflections of vertical, celestial sphere, solution of spherical triangles, time systems, astronomical azimuth and Laplace's equation, developable surfaces, basic properties and characteristics of most common map projections with stronger emphasis on the projections used in State Plane Coordinates such as Lambert conformal, transverse Mercator and UTM.
Pre-requisites: SURE 230 and 372.
SURE 453 Geodesy 2--4 cr. (3+3)
This course is a continuation of SURE 452, Geodesy 1. Topics covered include: introduction to physical geodesy, gravity observations and reduction, Stoke's integral, Bruns formula, basic concepts of positioning by observing satellites, satellite geodesy, Global Positioning System (GPS) including both theoretical and practical aspects, VLBI, lunar and satellite laser ranging, satellite altimetry, and inertial positioning system.
Pre-requisites : SURE 373 and 452.
SURE 465 Legal Aspects Of Surveying 2--3 cr. (3+0)
A study of the total body of law as it applies to the practice of Land Surveying. Both Statute Law and Common Law are covered. A number of court cases are studied for the purpose of defining the Land Surveyor's role in the judicial process and the use of legal precedent in answering related questions of law and fact. Practical description writing and interpretation is an essential portion of this course. Writing Intensive.
Pre-requisites: SURE 365 & ENGL 250 & SURE 215.