Courses & Curriculum


Degree Requirements

To earn the Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree, you need to earn 42 graduate credits. You are also expected to earn a minimum grade of 2.7 in each course credited to the degree and to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Courses

The multidisciplinary curriculum is a unique quality of this program. Courses combine engineering principles with management techniques and cover a range of topics, including marine construction, cost estimating, utility construction, construction law, pavement construction, environmental regulations, cost analysis, energy infrastructure and more.

Courses are offered completely online. Core courses are worth three credits each. Three to four courses are offered each quarter, and students can take as many courses as they like each quarter. Courses may be taken in any sequence over the course of the degree program. Quarterly course offerings may be adjusted due to curriculum changes or other factors. Whenever possible, one quarter’s notice will be given for any upcoming changes.

Autumn Winter Spring Summer
Design and Construction Law (CM 500) Cost Analysis and Management (CM 525) Temporary Structures
(CM 580)
Environmental Regulations (CEE 552)
Construction Procurement Systems (CM 520) Construction Operations and Productivity
(CM 588)
Statistical Fundamentals for Construction and Materials Applications (CEE 592) Heavy Construction Estimating (CM 582)
Energy Infrastructure
and the Environment
(CEE 588)
Construction Materials (CEE 595) Pavement Construction (CEE 596) Utility System Construction (CM 586)

Accounting and Finance for Construction
(CEE 599)

Computer-Aided Construction (CEE 594)

All courses follow the UW's academic calendar.

For the academic year 2016-2017, we recommend that students enroll in Accounting and Finance for Construction (CEE 599) instead of Independent Study or Research (CEE 600). If you have already taken CEE 600, those credits count toward graduation and you do not need to complete CESI 508. If you are graduating in autumn 2016 and haven’t taken CEE 600, you may complete it to reach the 42 credits required for graduation.

  • Design and Construction Law (CM 500)

    Instructor: Athan Tramountanas
    Quarter: Autumn
    Credits: 3

    Legal issues arising from design and construction services, focusing on risk management and liability awareness. Topical areas include basic legal doctrines, the design professional/client relationship, contractor selection, the construction process and professional practice problems. Emphasis on Washington state law.

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  • Construction Procurement
    Systems (CM 520)

    Instructor: John Schaufelberger
    Quarter: Autumn
    Credits: 3

    Study of the different methods used in the procurement and delivery of projects in the construction industry, including lump sum, unit price, cost-plus, design-build and construction management contracts.

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  • Cost Analysis and Management (CM 525)

    Instructor: Yong-Woo Kim
    Quarter: Winter
    Credits: 3

    Study of cost management procedures applicable to the building process from the conceptual phase through owner operations, including conceptual estimating, project cost analysis and control, and value engineering and life-cycle costing.

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  • Environmental Regulations (CEE 552)

    Instructor: Christopher May
    Quarter: Summer
    Credits: 3

    Principal emphasis on regulations pertaining to construction-site stormwater runoff, including regulatory background and requirements; how to analyze potential site problems and prepare plans to solve them; and which practices to use to avoid or reduce water pollutant releases. Briefer coverage of regulations concerning air pollution, wetlands, hazardous wastes and endangered species.

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  • Temporary Structures (CM 580)

    Instructor: Kamran Nemati
    Quarter: Spring
    Credits: 3

    Study of materials, methods and techniques associated with temporary structures used in various construction operations, such as concrete formwork, scaffolding, underpinning, cofferdams, slurry trenches, earth-retaining structures and dewatering systems.

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  • Heavy Construction Estimating (CM 582)

    Instructor: Ahmed Abdel Aziz
    Quarter: Summer
    Credits: 3

    Study of the principles used in developing cost estimates for heavy construction projects. Includes interpretation of contract documents, quantity take-off, pricing, and preparation of unit-price bid documents. Emphasizes developing cost estimates for highway projects.

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  • Utility System Construction
    (CM 586)

    Instructor: Giovanni Migliaccio
    Quarter: Spring
    Credits: 3

    Study of the materials, methods and techniques associated with construction of major utility systems, such as water, sewer, communications, electrical and natural gas systems. Includes construction of central utility plants as well as major distribution and collection systems.

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  • Energy Infrastructure and the Environment (CEE 588)

    Instructors: Joe Mahoney
    Quarter: Autumn
    Credits: 3

    Focuses on energy infrastructure which includes site selection, permitting, design, construction, and maintenance. This includes electrical production facilities as well as transmission, with a focus on planning, permitting, and construction of renewable energy facilities. Renewable energy infrastructure covered will emphasize wind, solar, and geothermal.

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  • Construction Operations and Productivity (CM 588)

    Instructor: Omar El-Anwar
    Quarter: Winter
    Credits: 3

    Study of heavy construction operations with emphasis on productivity enhancement focusing on an integrated approach to planning, modeling, analysis, and design of construction operations, as well as the use of simulation models and other analytical tools.

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  • Statistical Fundamentals for Construction and Materials Applications (CEE 592)

    Instructor: Stephen Muench
    Quarter: Spring
    Credits: 3

    Overviews statistical measures used in various construction and materials decision-making processes. Subjects include data distributions, hypothesis tests (making decisions with statistics), regression analysis, sampling, quality control and assurance, and experimental design. Uses construction data to illustrate these measures.

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  • Computer-Aided Construction (CEE 594)

    Instructor: Fady Masoud
    Quarter: Summer
    Credits: 3

    Application of information technology to construction management and cost estimating. Topics include, but are not limited to, computerized construction, fundamentals of computer hardware, construction management software tools, Web publishing, GPS applications and construction data management.

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  • Construction Materials
    (CEE 595)

    Instructors: Joe Mahoney
    Quarter: Winter
    Credits: 3

    Provides students with detailed knowledge of aggregates, bituminous mixtures, Portland cement concrete, roller compacted concrete, soil and site stabilization, utility cuts and flowable backfill. Background information will be provided on basic soil properties and characterization. Emphasis is on the behavior of materials in various construction applications.

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  • Pavement Construction
    (CEE 596)

    Instructor: Steve Muench
    Quarter: Spring
    Credits: 3

    Examines pavement construction, including pavement contracts and specifications, quality control and assurance programs, and plant and laydown operations. Reviews both national and international pavement construction practices.

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  • Accounting and Finance for Construction (CEE 599)

    Instructor: Mohammad Malakoutian
    Quarter: Winter
    Credits: 3

    This course introduces to the students to construction-oriented financial management and explains why construction financial management is different than financial management in other industries. It describes how to account for a company’s financial resources and how to build the company’s accounting system. Also, it examines how to manage the costs and profits of a construction company (at the project level as well as at the company level). Moreover, it looks at how to manage a company’s cash flows and how to evaluate different sources of funding cash needs. Finally, it explores ways to quantitatively analyze financial decisions.

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  • Independent Study or Research
    (CEE 600)

    Quarter: Any
    Credits: 2-3

    Topics covered depend on the faculty who offer the course and student interest.

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