Course descriptions index


Civil Engineering

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CE F112 Elementary Surveying

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Basic plane surveying; use of transit, level, theodolite and total station. Traverses, public land system, circular curves, cross-sectioning and earthwork. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: MATH F108. (2+3)


CE F326W Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering

4 Credits     Offered Spring

Fundamentals of geotechnical engineering including identification and classification of soil, physical and mechanical properties of soil, subsurface exploration, laboratory testing techniques, seepage, compaction, stresses in soil, soil consolidation, shear strength of soil, and basic frozen ground considerations. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F334; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; ES F331; ES F341; or permission of instructor. (3+3)


CE F331 Structural Analysis

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate structures to include beams, trusses and frames. Internal force resultants, shear and moment diagrams, deflections, internal stresses. Influence lines and criteria for moving loads. Indeterminate analysis to include methods of consistent deflections, slope deflection and moment distribution. Introduction to matrix methods. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F334. (2+3)


CE F334 Properties of Materials

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Properties of engineering materials. Bonding, crystal and amorphous structures. Relationships between microstructure and engineering properties. Modification of properties and environmental serviceability. Concrete and asphalt mixes. Special fees apply. Co-requisite: ES F331. (2+3)


CE F341 Environmental Engineering

4 Credits

Fundamentals of environmental engineering including theory and application of water and wastewater, solid waste and air quality engineering practice; emphasis on natural processes that influence pollutant fate and use of these processes are used in engineered systems for pollution control. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CHEM F106X; ES F341; or graduate standing. (3+3)


CE F344 Water Resources Engineering

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Fundamentals of engineering hydrology and hydraulic engineering. Water cycle and water balance, precipitation, evaporation, runoff, statistical methods, flood control, open channels and groundwater. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ES F341. (3+0)


CE F400 FE Exam

0 Credits

Complete the FE application and take the State of Alaska Fundamentals of Engineering Exam in the same semester of course enrollment. Graded Pass/Fail. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Senior standing in civil engineering. (0+0)


CE F402 Introduction to Transportation Engineering

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Introduction to multimodal transportation systems and the factors that influence the planning, design and operation of the systems. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE junior standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)


CE F405 Highway Engineering

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Design of geometric elements of streets and highways with emphasis on safety and efficiency. Roadway functional classification, design controls, vertical and horizontal alignments, cross sections, interchanges and intersections. Special fees apply. Co-requisite: CE F302 or permission of instructor. (2+3)


CE F406 Traffic Engineering

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Operation and control of transportation systems with emphasis on traffic on highways and streets. Traffic control devices, data collection, capacity and level of service analysis, intersection signalization, traffic impact analysis, accident analysis and other safety considerations. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F405 or permission of instructor. (2+3)


CE F415 Advanced Surveying

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Azimuth by astronomic methods. Route surveying, including horizontal and vertical curves, spirals, cross-sectioning and earthwork. Reduction of electronic distance measurements. Alaska State Plane Coordinate System, both old (NAD27) and new (NAD83). Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F112. (2+3)


CE F416 Boundary Surveying

1 Credit     Offered As Demand Warrants

Surveying problems related to land subdivision with emphasis on the legal aspects. Metes and bounds descriptions and platted subdivisions. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F112 or permission of instructor. (1+0)


CE F422 Foundation Engineering

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Bearing capacity of soils and effects of settlements on structure. Design of footings and rafts, pile and pier foundations, retaining walls and anchored bulkheads. Foundations on frozen soils and construction problems in foundation engineering. An introduction to slope stability analysis. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F326; ES F301. (3+0)


CE F423 Introduction to Earthquake Engineering

3 Credits     Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Introduction to sources of earthquakes; source mechanism and source parameters; attenuation relationships; earthquake response of single and multi-degree of freedom systems; earthquake response spectra and earthquake-induced liquefaction and densification of soil. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F326. (3+0)


CE F425 Advanced Soil Mechanics

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Soil formation, identification and classification, physical and mechanical properties of soil, seepage, drainage and frost action, subsoil investigation, bearing capacity of soils, and lateral earth pressures and stability of slopes. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F326; ES F301. (2+3)


CE F432 Steel Design

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Design philosophies and current practice related to steel design are covered. Describes how the understanding modes of failure are used to design structural members with an appropriate factor of safety to satisfy strength and serviceability (performance). Tension members, fasteners, welds, column buckling, beam behavior and beam-columns will be discussed. The current AISC specifications are used. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F331; ES F331. (2+3)


CE F433 Reinforced Concrete Design

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Behavior of reinforced concrete members. Design philosophies and current practices. Flexural members, to include: rectangular, T-beams and one-way slabs. Crack control, anchorage, development lengths and deflections. Axially loaded members. Laboratory experiments. Current ACI 318 Code used. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F331; ES F331. (2+3)


CE F434 Timber Design

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Design loads. Building systems and loading path. Physical and mechanical properties of wood. Design values and adjustment factors. Design of axial members, beams and columns. Connection details. Design of wood frame structures. Current National Design Specifications (NDS) for Wood Construction used. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F331; ES F331. (2+3)


CE F435 Design and Construction of Bridges

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Design-build technology for bridge structures is introduced. A bridge system is developed for a given crossing with predetermined specifications. Alternate designs are developed. These alternatives are based on design calculations, prepared drawings and suitability. Design ideas are developed and tested to verify if the idea meets the design assumptions. Techniques in design, fabrication, fund raising, project management, fiscal responsibility, safety, public speaking and teamwork are learned and used during the semester. The final structure will be load tested and graded based on meeting the goals of the specification. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Recommended: CE F432. (1+6)


CE F438W,O Design of Engineered Systems

3 Credits     Offered Spring

System design principles for large-scale constructed facilities. Application of ethics, liability and legal principles to professional practice. Emphasis on teamwork and leadership. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; last year of civil engineering B.S. program. (3+0)


CE F442 Environmental Engineering II

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Design of pollution control and remediation systems. Theories and principles for the design of engineering systems for environmental protection, management and control. Includes air pollution control, water and wastewater treatment, solid waste management, and hazardous and toxic waste transport, treatment and disposal. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F441 and junior standing in civil engineering. (3+0)


CE F445 Hydrologic Analysis and Design

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Design and analysis; extended coverage of hydrologic concepts from CE F344. Precipitation, snow cover and evaporation analysis; groundwater hydraulics; runoff analysis and prediction; statistical hydrology; application of simulation models. Design of structures such as culverts, reservoirs, wells, pumps and pipe networks. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F344. (2+3)


CE F451 Construction Cost Estimating and Bid Preparation

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Compilation and analysis of the many items that influence and contribute to the cost of projects to be constructed. Preparation of cost proposals and study of bidding procedures. Special fees apply. Recommended: College math. (3+0)


CE F470 Civil Engineering Internship

1 Credit

Supervised work experience in engineering organizations. Assignments individually arranged with cooperating organizations and agencies. Course may be repeated three times. Each repeat must be for a different type of project. As part of the requirements for earning credit, the student must have a letter of release of information from the company, prepare a written report and make an oral presentation. Program must be approved in advance by the department. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Upper division standing; permission of department coordinator. (0+3)


CE F490 Civil Engineering Seminar

0.5 Credits     Offered Fall

CE 490 - 491, together, constitute the standard one-year engineering seminar. The class is designed to provide the student with exposure to the latest information available from researchers and practicing professionals in industry. Graded Pass/Fail. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Junior/senior standing. (0.5+0)


CE F491 Civil Engineering Seminar

0.5 Credits     Offered Spring

CE 490 - 491, together, constitute the standard one-year engineering seminar. The class is designed to provide the student with exposure to the latest information available from researchers and practicing professionals in industry. Graded Pass/Fail. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Junior/senior standing. (0.5+0)


CE F603 Arctic Engineering

3 Credits

Application of engineering fundamentals to problems of advancing civilization to polar regions. Logistics, foundations on frozen ground and ice thermal aspects of structures, materials, transport and communications, and heating and ventilating. Special fees apply. Recommended: Senior standing or B.S. degree in engineering; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


CE F605 Pavement Design

3 Credits     Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Current design techniques for flexible and rigid pavements. Materials characterization, loading considerations, empirical design methods, mechanistic design methods and rehabilitation. Special fees apply. Recommended: CE F402; graduate standing; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


CE F617 Control Surveys

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Geodetic surveying, where the shape of the earth must be considered. Forward and inverse geodetic problems. Medium to long electronic distance measurements. Heavy emphasis on Alaska State Plane Coordinate System (NAD 83) and UTM Coordinate System. Adjustment of level nets. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F415 or other surveying experience acceptable to instructor. (3+0)


CE F620 Civil Engineering Construction

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Construction equipment, methods, planning and scheduling, construction contracts, management and accounting, construction estimates, costs, and project control. Special fees apply. Recommended: ESM F450 or equivalent. (3+0)


CE F622 Foundations and Retaining Structures

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Advanced study of shallow and deep foundations; analyses and design of retaining walls, free-standing sheet-pile walls, braced excavations, slurry walls, tied-back retention systems, reinforced earth, frozen soil walls, anchored bulkheads, and cellular cofferdams. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F422 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


CE F625 Soil Stabilization and Embankment Design

3 Credits     Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Soil and site improvement using deep and shallow compaction, additives, pre-loading, vertical and horizontal drains, electro-osmosis and soil reinforcement, dewatering and stabilization; embankment design, earth pressure theories and pressure in embankment, embankment stability, embankment construction, control and instrumentation. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F422 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


CE F626 Thermal Geotechnics

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Fundamentals of thermal regimes of soils and rocks. Thermal impact of structures on soils. Thawing of permafrost beneath roads, buildings and around pipelines. Natural and artificial freezing of soils. Engineering means to maintain thermal regime of soils. Thermal design considerations. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F326; CE F422; CE F425; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


CE F627 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

3 Credits     Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Introduction to soil dynamics and geotechnical aspects of earthquakes; influences of soils on ground motion, determination of soil response under strong seismic motion, causes of soil failures, soil liquefaction, lateral spreading, the seismic response of earth structures, and seismic-deformation procedures for slopes. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F326 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


CE F628 Unsaturated Soils Mechanics

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Fundamentals of soil behavior under load; pore pressure during monotonic loading; Ladd's "Simple Clay" model; densification and drained cyclic loading of sand; undrained cycle loading of soil. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F326. (3+0)


CE F630 Advanced Structural Mechanics

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Shear and torsion, nonsymmetrical bending, shear center, curved beams, introduction to composite material mechanics, application in bridge engineering. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Math F302; ES F331. Recommended: Graduate standing in engineering. (3+0)


CE F631 Advanced Structural Analysis

3 Credits     Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Derivation of the basic equations governing linear structural systems. Application of stiffness and flexibility methods to trusses and frames. Solution techniques utilizing digital computers. Planar structures and space structures (trusses and frames) will be covered. Both exact and approximate solution techniques will be reviewed. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F331 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


CE F633 Theory of Elastic Stability

3 Credits     Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

The theory and implementation of the buckling of slender elements will be covered. Both lateral and local buckling concepts will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on developing the ability to evaluate if a member is likely to buckle. The course will cover elastic and inelastic buckling of columns. Other topics include lateral torsional buckling of beams, potential buckling of beam-columns and rigid frame members and the buckling of non standard shapes. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F431; CE F432; or permission of instructor. Recommended: MATH F302. (3+0)


CE F634 Structural Dynamics

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

This course covers the theory of structural dynamics. Subjects include equations of motion for un-damped single and multiple degree of freedom systems. Free vibration and response to harmonic and periodic excitations will be studied. Response to arbitrary, step and pulse type excitations are studied in preparation for a study of earthquake type loading. The basic concepts related to the interaction of a structure to an earthquake event will be discussed. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F431; ES F209; ES F210; or permission of instructor. Recommended: MATH F302. (3+0)


CE F635 Numerical Methods for Geo-Mechanics and Soil-Structure Interaction

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Applications of numerical methods for problems involving seepage, consolidation, foundation on expansive soils and pile installation. Finite difference and element methods, non-linear analysis techniques, elasto-plastic formulation with a tangent stiffness approach, seepage analysis, flow-deformation, coupled analysis, models for soil-structure interaction, solution accuracy and reliability. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F326; graduate standing; or permission of instructor. Recommended: MATH F302. (3+0)


CE F637 Earthquakes: Seismic Response of Structures

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Fundamentals of structural earthquake engineering: strong ground motion phenomena; dynamic analysis of structural systems for seismic motion; response spectrum and time history methods, design of structural systems for lateral forces; shearwalls and diaphragms; moment-resistive frames, braced frames; current design criteria and practice; connection details, serviceability requirement; story drift, non-structural building elements; soil-structure interaction. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F432. (3+0)


CE F640 Prestressed Concrete

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Theory and practice of prestressed concrete design. Pre-tensioning and post-tensioning. Anchorage of steel. Materials, design specifications. Application in bridges, tanks and slabs. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F431, CE F433. Recommended: Graduate standing. (3+0)


CE F646 Structural Composites

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

The basics of structural composite theory. Basic design procedures related to structural composite members and the structural analysis of members made of various materials to create laminates or sandwich panels will be covered. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ES F331; CE F431 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


CE F650 Bridge Engineering

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Covers structural systems, loading and analysis by influence lines. Slab and girder bridges considering composite design, prestressed and concrete bridges and how these bridges are designed and rated using AASHTO specifications. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F432; CE F433; CE F640; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


CE F661 Advanced Water Resources Engineering

3 Credits     Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Engineering hydraulics and hydrology including use of standard computer models to solve water resource engineering problems. Saint Venant shallow water equations. Introduction to perturbation method. Special fees apply. Recommended: Permission of instructor. (3+0)


CE F662 Open Channel and River Engineering

3 Credits     Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Principles of open channel flow, specific energy, hydraulic jump, transitions and controls, uniform and non-uniform flows, steady and unsteady flows, numerical solution for unsteady flows. River engineering, stream channel mechanics, and mechanics of sedimentation. Special fees apply. Recommended: Permission of instructor. (3+0)


CE F663 Groundwater Dynamics

3 Credits     Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Fundamentals of geohydrology, hydraulics of flow through porous media, well hydraulics, groundwater pollution, and groundwater resources development. Special fees apply. Recommended: Permission of instructor. (3+0)


CE F664 Sediment Transport

3 Credits     Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Fundamentals of sediment transport processes in rivers, oceans and reservoirs. Bed-load and suspended-load transports. Mechanics of turbidity currents. Reservoir sedimentation. Numerical modeling. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)


CE F676 Coastal Engineering

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Review of deep and shallow water waves, littoral drift, coastal structures, pollution problems and harbor seiches. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ES F341. (3+0)


CE F681 Frozen Ground Engineering

3 Credits     Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Nature of frozen ground, thermal properties of frozen soils, classification, physical and mechanical properties of frozen soils, subsurface investigation of frozen ground, thaw settlement and thaw consolidation, slope stability and principles of foundation design in frozen ground. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Training or experience in soil mechanics. (3+0)


CE F682 Ice Engineering

3 Credits     Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

The factors governing design of marine structures, which must contend with the presence of ice. Topics include ice growth, ice structure, mechanical properties and their dependence on temperature and structure, creep and fracture, mechanics of ice sheets, forces on structures, and experimental methods. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ES F331, MATH F202X, training or experience in soil mechanics. (3+0)


CE F683 Arctic Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering

3 Credits     Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Aspects of hydrology and hydraulics unique to engineering problems of the north. Although the emphasis will be on Alaskan conditions, information from Canada and other circumpolar countries will be included in the course. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F344 or equivalent. (3+0)


CE F684 Arctic Utility Distribution

3 Credits     Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Practices and considerations of utility distribution in Arctic regions. Emphasis on proper design to include freeze protection, materials, energy conservation and system selection. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ES F341 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


CE F685 Topics in Frozen Ground Engineering

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Selected frozen ground foundation engineering problems will be explored in depth including refrigerated foundations and pile foundations. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F681. (3+0)


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