2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    Sep 23, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Civil Engineering (Ph.D.)

Location(s): Brookings Main Campus

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Nadim Wehbe, Department Head
Guanghui Hua, Associate Professor/Graduate Coordinator
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Crothers Engineering Hall 310, Box 2219

Program Information

The program is designed to provide breadth and depth within the civil engineering main sub-disciplines including structural, environmental, transportation, geotechnical, hydraulic, and water resources engineering.  The department’s graduate faculty members conduct research in the fields of bridge engineering, earthquake engineering, traffic operations and safety, transportation infrastructure, breaking waves and river hydraulics, fate and transport of contaminants, water/wastewater treatment processes and biological filtration, and soil stability and deep foundations.

Program Educational Objectives

The Ph.D. program’s educational objectives are to prepare graduates to:

  1. Generate and disseminate new discovery in civil engineering disciplines
  2. Develop resilient civil engineering infrastructure to withstand man-made and natural hazards
  3. Advance sustainable civil engineering systems to serve the needs of future generations and preserve natural resources

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge: Apply knowledge and skills to develop new ideas, knowledge, and applications in civil and environmental engineering.
  • Make contributions: Make a contribution to the state-of-the-art in the graduate’s specialized area of research through development and completion of a research project that culminates in a doctoral dissertation.
  • Communication: Communicate effectively with one’s peers, students, and public at large by written, oral, and visual means.
  • Evaluate literature: Evaluate relevant literature and existing engineering knowledge.
  • Ethics: Exhibit ethical and scientific conduct of research.

Course Delivery Format

The majority of the courses will be taught on campus in a classroom setting.  Some courses will be offered through the “Access Grid” system in collaboration with other regental institutions in the state of South Dakota.

Facilities and Services

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is home for state-of-the-art experimental and research facilities.  The Lohr Structures Laboratory is a 400 square meters high-bay/strong-floor structural testing facility that is configured to accommodate large-and full-scale test specimens. The Fluid Mechanics Laboratory has a 25-m-long, 0.90-m-wide and 0.75-m-deep research flume which can be used either as an open channel or as a wave tank.  The HDR Environmental Laboratory is designed to perform three major functions: Teaching, Analysis, and Research.  The research area of the HDR laboratory contains space for graduate work, a ventilated room for biological research, and an area with a high ceiling to accommodate pilot plant work.  In addition, the materials, geotechnical, and asphalt laboratories are equipped with basic and advanced testing equipment which can support experimental research.

Student Support and Engagement Opportunities

Students seeking a Ph.D. degree in civil engineering will be conducting research in their area of interest under the mentorship of highly qualified and dedicated faculty.  Research and teaching assistantships will be offered to qualified students.  Students will also be expected to engage in scholarly activities through publishing of peer-reviewed journal papers and dissemination of research results at national conferences.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy 60 Credit Plan

Core Requirements

  • Credits: 1 (3 credits required)
  • Credits: 1-12 (36 credits required)
  • Supporting Electives Credits: 15
    (Elective courses will be chosen by the Advisor in consultation with the student and approved by the Graduate Advisory Committee as part of the Plan of Study.)

Required Emphasis

Select from the following emphasis areas. Credits: 6

Additional Admission Requirements

GRE: General scores required
TOEFL: 90-91 Internet-based
TOEFL Essentials: 9.5
IELTS: 6.5
Duolingo: 115

General Requirements

Graduate students must consult with their advisor before registering for graduate coursework.

For additional information refer to the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Requirements .

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