Montana State University

Department of Civil Engineering

Department of Civil Engineering

Montana State University
Po Box 173900
Bozeman , MT 59717-3900
Tel: (406) 994-2111

Department Head

Dr. Brett W. Gunnink


    • E.E. Adams; engineering mechanics, continuum and snow mechanics.
    • A.K. Camper; water quality and treatment, environmental engineering.
    • A.B. Cunningham; water resources, environmental engineering.
    • J.D. Dent; engineering mechanics, snow mechanics.
    • J.J. Fedock; structural engineering.
    • B.W. Gunnink; construction engineering, geotechnical engineering.
    • T.E. Lang; solid mechanics.
    • Z. Lewandowski; environmental engineering.
    • S.W. Perkins; geotechnical and pavements engineering.
    • O.R. Stein; water quality management, hydraulics, erosion and sedimentation.
    • J.E. Stephens; structural engineering, blast-resistant structures.
    • R.D. VanLuchene; structural engineering, computer analysis of structures.

Associate Professors

    • J.E. Cahoon; overland flow, soil-plant-water relationships, soil physics, hydraulics, river engineering.
    • W.L. Jones; environmental engineering.
    • R.G. Oakberg; engineering mechanics

Assistant Professors

    • A. Al-Kaisy; transportation engineering.
    • M. Berry (research); structural engineering.
    •P.M. Knoll; construction engineering.
    • A. Larsson (adjunct); structural engineering.
    • W.A. Lutey; construction management.
    • P.T. McGowen; travel modeling, transp. safety, highway-wildlife interactions, adv. tech. in transportation.
    • R.L. Mokwa; soils, foundations, soil-structure interaction, transportation.
    • D.J. Peterson; construction management.
    •D.E. Smith (adjunct); surveying engineering.


    •C.L. Crayton (adjunct); environmental engineering.
    • S.A. Keller (adjunct); transportation engineering.
    • L.R. McKittrick(research, adjunct); engineering mechanics.
    • S.C. Morrical (adjunct); concrete engineering.
    •S. Sadik (adjunct); engineering mechanics.

Degree Offered

M.S. in Civil Engineering
M.S. in Environmental Engineering
M.S. in Land Rehabilitation
Master of Construction Engineering Management (MCEM)
Ph.D. in Engineering
Options: Applied Mechanics
             Civil Engineering
              Environmental Engineering

The department offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and an interdisciplinary Master of Science degree in Land Rehabilitation. The department also participates in the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Engineering through the College of Engineering.

The M.S. program is also available following a concurrent schedule of undergraduate and graduate classes starting the senior year, allowing a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree to be obtained in a total of ten semesters of study. This program is intended for qualified students interested in an advanced degree for practitioners, for which the civil engineering work place is currently seeing an increased demand. Contact the department for further information on this program.

In addition, a Master of Construction Engineering Management (MCEM) degree is available (see description below).

For the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, major study is offered in various combinations of the subject areas of transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, fluid mechanics, hydraulic and hydrologic engineering, structural engineering, engineering mechanics, and environmental engineering.


A bachelor’s degree in a similar engineering field is normally required for admission to the graduate programs in the department, although graduates in the physical and life sciences may be accepted. In certain cases a student may be required to make up subject area deficiencies.

For admission to the Ph.D. program in engineering, the student is required to have earned an M.S. degree in engineering at an accredited college or university or have successfully completed an equivalent amount of advanced study acceptable to the faculty in civil engineering.

For more detailed information, interested students are referred to the Admission Policies and Application Requirements sections. Successful applicants are accepted into both the department and the Division of Graduate Education.

Program Requirements

 MS Degree

Students may pursue the M.S. degree in any of the programs offered in this department under either Plan A or Plan B. Plan A requires a minimum of thirty (30) credits of acceptable coursework, including a thesis. Plan B requires a minimum of thirty (30) credits of acceptable coursework, including a maximum of six (6) credits of CE 575 and ENVE 575 (Professional Paper). In addition, one (1) credit of CE 500 (Seminar) is required for both Plans A and B.

Some research experience, acceptable to the student’s graduate committee, is required of all M.S. students. A Plan A student prepares a thesis that is submitted to the student’s graduate committee and defended at the oral comprehensive examination. A Plan B student prepares a professional paper that is submitted to the student’s advisor and presented at a CE 500 seminar.

Candidates for the M.S. degree must pass a written comprehensive examination near the completion of their graduate program. A Plan A student must pass an oral comprehensive examination as well. Students are expected to be familiar with the degree requirements of both the department and the College of Graduate Studies. Refer to the For Master's Students section.

Curriculum requirements are highly individualized and established in consultation with and approved by the student's graduate committee.

Ph.D. Degree

Refer to the College of Engineering and For Doctoral Students sections.

Interdisciplinary M.S. Degree in Land Rehabilitation

The Department of Civil Engineering participates in the interdisciplinary M.S. degree in Land Rehabilitation. This program offers advanced study in disturbed land rehabilitation, site revegetation, soil remediation, riparian zone restoration, stream channel restoration, investigation of impacted geologic resources, and remediation of contaminated sites. Students wishing to obtain an M.S. in Land Rehabilitation through the Department of Civil Engineering are referred to the Interdisciplinary M.S. Degree in Land Rehabilitation description in the College of Agriculture section.

Master of Construction Engineering Management (MCEM)

The MCEM program is designed to provide education for entry into the construction industry and the background for continuing education and advancement in the industry. It has a structured curriculum, with emphasis on oral and written communications and team skills.

Students with a GPA of 3.0 or above may apply for this program at the start of their senior year. With advanced curriculum planning that schedules interdisciplinary courses taught in alternate years, early admission should allow a student to complete both the remaining Bachelor of Science degree requirements and MCEM degree requirements in two years. A capstone construction project course provides a creative dimension and allows for integration and application of the skills a student has acquired. Successful applicants are accepted into both the department and the College of Graduate Studies.

The following thirty (30) credits are required for completion of the Master of Construction Engineering Management degree:

CE 504 Construction Productivity 3 credits
CE 505 Qual Assur/Risk Mgmt 3 credits
CE 506 Adv Construct Mgmt 3 credits
CE 575 Prof Paper & Project 3 credits
XXX Professional Electives 18 credits

Total 30

Six professional electives are required from approved multi-disciplinary areas. Electives must be 400/500 level and approved by the department head.

This multi-disciplinary graduate construction management curriculum is structured to mesh with the Construction Engineering Technology (CET) undergraduate curriculum. Students applying for admission to the MCEM program from disciplines other than CET must complete or have the equivalents of thirty-six (36) semester credits of required preparatory undergraduate coursework prior to entrance into the MCEM program.

Program course requirements, as well as other detailed information, are available from the department. Students are expected to be familiar with both department and Division of Graduate Education degree requirements (see the For Master's Students section).

Research Facilities

The research facilities of the department include well-equipped laboratories for bituminous materials, concrete, hydraulics and irrigation, fluid mechanics, structures, stress analysis, computer analysis, photogrammetry, geotechnical engineering, and environmental engineering. Civil Engineering students also frequently utilize the research facilities of the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE), the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) and the Subzero Science and Engineering Laboratory.

Financial Assistance

A number of teaching and research assistantships are available in the department for students who qualify. Teaching assistantships involve assisting professors with the conduct of classes including preparation and grading. Research assistantships provide the opportunity for work on a research project under the direction of a faculty member. Results of the research done on an assistantship may form the basis for the graduate student’s thesis or professional paper. See the Graduate Assistantships sections for detailed information on appointment criteria.

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