Montana State University
MSU 2012-2014 Catalog > Civil Engineering Courses

Course Equivalency Tool (Montana University System Common Course Changes)

ECIV
Civil Engineering


ECIV 101   INTRODUCTION TO CIVIL ENGINEERING

ECIV 202   APPLIED ANALYSIS & TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION

ECIV 220CS CIVIL ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION-FROM THE ANCIENT TO THE MODERN

ECIV 290R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

ECIV 291   SPECIAL TOPICS

ECIV 307   CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING & BIDDING

ECIV 308   CONSTRUCTION PRACTICE

ECIV 312   STRUCTURES I

ECIV 315   STRUCTURES II

ECIV 320   GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING

ECIV 331   ENGINEERING HYDROLOGY

ECIV 332   ENGINEERING HYDRAULICS

ECIV 350   TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING

ECIV 401   CIVIL ENGINEERING PRACTICE AND ETHICS

ECIV 404   HEAVY CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT & METHODS

ECIV 405   CONSTRUCTION PROJECT PLANNING & SCHEDULING

ECIV 414   STEEL DESIGN

ECIV 415   DESIGN OF MASONRY STRUCTURES

ECIV 416   DESIGN OF WOOD AND TIMBER STRUCTURES

ECIV 420   EARTH AND FOUNDATION ENGINEERING

ECIV 425   GEOTECHNICAL STRUCTURES

ECIV 431  OPEN CHANNEL HYDRAULICS

ECIV 435  CLOSED-CONDUIT HYDRAULICS

ECIV 450  PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM DESIGN 

ECIV 451  HIGHWAY PAVEMENTS

ECIV 452  TRAFFIC ENGINEERING AND ITS

ECIV 454  TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

ECIV 456  HIGHWAY GEOMETRIC DESIGN

ECIV 484  REINFORCED CONCRETE DESIGN 

ECIV 489R CIVIL ENGINEERING DESIGN I

ECIV 490R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH 

ECIV 491  SPECIAL TOPICS

ECIV 492  INDEPENDENT STUDY

ECIV 498  INTERNSHIP

ECIV 499R CAPSTONE:CIVIL ENGINEERING DESIGN II

ECIV 504   CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTIVITY

ECIV 505   QUALITY ASSURANCE/RISK MANAGEMENT IN CONSTRUCTION

ECIV 506   ADVANCED CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

ECIV 507   LAW OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

ECIV 511   BUILDING STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS

ECIV 512   STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS

ECIV 513   BEHAVIOR OF CONCRETE STRUCTURES

ECIV 514   BEHAVIOR OF STEEL STRUCTURES

ECIV 515  ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS

ECIV 519   BRIDGE & PRESTRESSED CONCRETE DESIGN

ECIV 521   APPLIED GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING

ECIV 524   ADVANCED SOIL MECHANICS

ECIV 529   GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION

ECIV 530   ADVANCED HYDRAULIC INVESTIGATIONS

ECIV 550   PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM DESIGN

ECIV 552   ROAD ECOLOGY

ECIV 554   TRANSPORTATION SAFETY

ECIV 556   TRAFFIC FLOW FUNDAMENTALS

ECIV 575   RESEARCH OR PROFESSIONAL PAPER/PROJECT

ECIV 589   GRADUATE CONSULTATION

ECIV 590   MASTER'S THESIS

ECIV 591   SPECIAL TOPICS

ECIV 592   INDEPENDENT STUDY

ECIV 594   SEMINAR

ECIV 598   INTERNSHIP

ECIV 690   DOCTORAL THESIS


Course Equivalency Tool (Montana University System Common Course Changes)

ECIV 101 INTRODUCTION TO CIVIL ENGINEERING
F 1 cr. LEC 1
PREREQUISITE: Must be taken within your freshman year.
-- This course is optional for students entering civil engineering but is encouraged for freshmen wanting to learn about the breadth of the discipline. Students choosing to take the course will be introduced to civil engineering, including department programs and areas of specialty, civil engineering career options, professionalism, history, and ethics.

ECIV 202 APPLIED ANALYSIS & TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION
S 2 cr. LAB 2
PREREQUISITE: M 165 or M 171 or M 181.
-- Computer applications in civil engineering using M-based software and a programming language. Introduction to engineering communication.

ECIV 220CS CIVIL ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION-FROM THE ANCIENT TO THE MODERN
Su On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
-- Through the lenses of civil engineering and construction, follow the advancement of civilizations. Assess and evaluate decisions that we must make as a society with respect to protecting the health of the public and the environment with our finite resources.

ECIV 290R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S 1-6 cr. IND may be repeated
-- Directed undergraduate research which may culminate in a written work or other creative project. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

ECIV 291 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: None required but some may be determined necessary by each offering department.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

ECIV 307 CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING & BIDDING
S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 202 or ETCC 204 and ECIV 308.
-- Preparation of cost estimates and bids for construction projects. Introduction of computer estimating software and procedures.

ECIV 308 CONSTRUCTION PRACTICE
F,S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BGMT 205 and EGEN 116.
-- Contract documents, insurance, bonding, specifications, drawings, labor and labor law, estimating, bidding and scheduling, business organizations, leadership, and ethics. Significant technical and business writing required.

ECIV 312 STRUCTURES I
F,S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: EGEN 205.
-- Study of loading on structures. Study of structural systems and systems modeling. Analysis of determinate and indeterminate structures. Introduction to matrix methods. Introduction to structural analysis software. Introduction to design approaches and philosophies.

ECIV 315 STRUCTURES II
F,S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 312.
-- Structural design of steel and reinforced concrete members used in buildings and bridges. Theory and application of design codes. Laboratory experience utilizing construction materials.

ECIV 320 GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING
F,S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: EGEN 205
-- The treatment of soil as an engineering material. Fundamental soil mechanics principles and introductory solutions to geotechnical engineering problems. Basic soil mechanics laboratory tests and procedures.

ECIV 331 ENGINEERING HYDROLOGY
S 2 cr. LEC 2
PREREQUISITE: EGEN 350 or STAT 332.
-- Descriptive and quantitative hydrology with applications in water resources engineering.

ECIV 332 ENGINEERING HYDRAULICS
F,S 2 cr. LEC 1 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: EGEN 335.
-- Pipe flow, open channel flow, and hydraulic machines with applications in water resources engineering.

ECIV 350 TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING
F,S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: SRVY 230.
-- Introduction to vehicle operating characteristics, geometric and pavement design, traffic flow theory, signal design and analysis, capacity analysis and planning. Laboratory work will introduce various in-practice software packages.

ECIV 401 CIVIL ENGINEERING PRACTICE AND ETHICS
F,S 1 cr. RCT 1
PREREQUISITE: Concurrent registration with ECIV 489 required.
--Professional ethics, social responsibility, public policy, and leadership.

ECIV 404 HEAVY CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT & METHODS
F,S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: STAT 216, EGEN 325, and ETCC 302 or ECIV 320.
COREQUISITE: ECIV 307.
-- Construction equipment operating characteristics, economics, and production rate estimation. Heavy construction methods associated with tunneling, aggregate production, and mass earthwork operations.

ECIV 405 CONSTRUCTION PROJECT PLANNING & SCHEDULING
F,S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 307.
-- Project planning and scheduling procedures involving both network (CPM) and non-network techniques. Introduction to computer scheduling software.

ECIV 414 STEEL DESIGN
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 315.
-- Design of structural steel members and systems.

ECIV 415 DESIGN OF MASONRY STRUCTURES
S alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 315.
-- Introduction to masonry design. Integrated with building design, including load calculations, design of foundations, structural elements and connections. Emphasis on low-rise buildings.

ECIV 416 DESIGN OF WOOD AND TIMBER STRUCTURES
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 315.
-- Students will be exposed to the basic behavior of wood and timber structures. They will also be exposed to the current building codes and methodology for the design of wood and timber structures.

ECIV 420 EARTH AND FOUNDATION ENGINEERING
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 320.
-- Application of soil mechanics principles to the engineering of shallow and deep foundations, analysis of lateral earth pressures and design of retaining walls, and the stability of natural and engineered slopes.

ECIV 425 GEOTECHNICAL STRUCTURES
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 320.
-- Analysis of lateral earth pressures and design of retaining structures and braced excavations. Stability analysis of natural and engineered slopes. Analysis and design of embankments and dams.

ECIV 431 OPEN CHANNEL HYDRAULICS
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 332 or consent of the instructor.
-- Principles of open channel flow; hydraulic design of open channel structures.

ECIV 435 CLOSED-CONDUIT HYDRAULICS
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 332.
-- Advanced topics in hydraulic engineering, with emphasis on analysis and design of pipe transmission lines, pumps, and pipe distribution networks.

ECIV 450 PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM DESIGN
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 350, and EGEN 350 or STAT 332.
-- Design, implementation and management of public transit systems including paratransit, bus and light rail; including an overview of funding sources, legislation, public relations and other issues with coverage or route optimization strategies and demand estimation techniques. CE 450 is co-convened with CE 550. Students enrolled in CE 450 will not be able to take CE 550 and have it count toward degree requirements.

ECIV 451 HIGHWAY PAVEMENTS
S alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 320, ECIV 350.
-- Design of highway pavements including drainage and base/subbase/subgrade preparation. Laboratory in bituminous materials.

ECIV 452 TRAFFIC ENGINEERING AND ITS
S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 350 and EGEN 350 or STAT 332.
-- Application of driver, vehicle, and roadway characteristics to principles of traffic control, operations, and safety. Traditional and advanced technology solutions will be explored.

ECIV 454 TRANSPORTATION PLANNING
S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 350 and EGEN 350 or STAT 332.
-- Transportation planning process and travel demand forecasting including trip generation, trip distribution, mode split and traffic assignment. Laboratory work will introduce TransCADtm software.

ECIV 456 HIGHWAY GEOMETRIC DESIGN
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: SRVY 230, ECIV 350.
-- Advanced geometric design of highway systems including two-lane and interstate roadways and intersection design and traffic control.

ECIV 484 REINFORCED CONCRETE DESIGN
F alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 315.
-- Design of reinforced concrete members and systems.

ECIV 489R CIVIL ENGINEERING DESIGN I
S 2 cr. RCT 1 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: Student must be within two semesters of graduation.
COREQUISITE: EGEN 325, ECIV 308 and EGEN 310. Concurrent registration with ECIV 401 is required.
-- Senior capstone course. Discussion of the design process from conceptual/preliminary design to final design, plans, and specifications. Develop proposal for engineering services, including scope of work, data acquisition, and organization of design team.

ECIV 490R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S,Su 1-4 cr. IND May be repeated. Max 12 cr.
-- Directed undergraduate research/creative activity which may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or undergraduate thesis. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

ECIV 491 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

ECIV 492 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. IND Maximum 4 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor, and approval of Department Head.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

ECIV 498 INTERNSHIP
On Demand 2 cr. IND
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor and approval of Department Head.
-- An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business, or other organization to provide guided experience in the field. Students may not take this course the semester they graduate.

ECIV 499R CAPSTONE:CIVIL ENGINEERING DESIGN II
F,S 2 cr. RCT 1 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 489.
-- Senior capstone course. Design of an engineering project. Evaluation of design alternatives and design recommendations. Development of construction documents. Discussion of project management, cost estimates, and engineering services during construction.

ECIV 504 CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTIVITY
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: One year of experience or one internship (ECIV 498 or ETCC 498).
COREQUISITE: ETCC 499 or equivalent.
-- Productivity improvement data collection, analysis, and solutions to include the construction work face and the office. Human factors and economics involved in productivity will be emphasized.

ECIV 505 QUALITY ASSURANCE/RISK MANAGEMENT IN CONSTRUCTION
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Either EGEN 350, EIND 354 or STAT 332 and ECIV 308 or equivalent plus one year of industrial experience or one internship (ECIV 498 or ETCC 498)
-- Analysis of quality assurance and control concepts to include utilization of statistical analysis. Application of risk analysis principles to the construction process to minimize liability and project costs.

ECIV 506 ADVANCED CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: One year of industrial experience or one internship (ECIV 498 or ETCC 498).
COREQUISITE: ETCC 499 or equivalent.
-- Quality improvement techniques to include Total Quality Management and Partnering. Enlightened leadership and management concepts.

ECIV 507 LAW OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: BGEN 361.
-- This class exposes engineers to the effect of law, rules and regulations on their work both from a practical perspective, for example, what engineers should know about basic concepts of contract law, to more abstract concepts like whether, and in what manner, government should mandate green construction practices. It is about understanding how the construction industry works within a framework of rules and regulations, critically considering whether the rules help or hinder the construction process and most importantly, how you as future leaders in the engineering profession are going to make the process better.

ECIV 511 BUILDING STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS
F alternate years, to be offered even years 2 cr. LEC 2
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 484 or ECIV 414 or ECIV 415 or ECIV 416.
COREQUISITE: ECIV 512.
-- Analysis of multistory structural systems. Emphasis on lateral force resisting systems in buildings.

ECIV 512 STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS
F alternate years, to be offered even years 2 cr. LEC 2
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 312.
-- Response of structures to dynamic loads, including seismic loads.

ECIV 513 BEHAVIOR OF CONCRETE STRUCTURES
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 484.
-- Behavior of reinforced concrete members, frames, and shear wall systems. Significance of behavior in design of reinforced concrete structures.

ECIV 514 BEHAVIOR OF STEEL STRUCTURES
S alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 414 and EGEN 415.
-- Behavior of steel members and frames. Significance of behavior in design of steel structures.

ECIV 515 ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 2 cr. LEC 2
PREREQUISITE: EGEN 415.
-- This course will present the theoretical background behind common solid mechanics finite elements used by structural engineers. Elasticity, energy methods, dynamics, buckling, nonlinear materials and large rotation topics will be addressed. These topics will allow students to utilize advanced finite element software in an informed manner.

ECIV 519 BRIDGE & PRESTRESSED CONCRETE DESIGN
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 315.
-- Design of concrete structures utilizing pre- and post-tensioned concrete elements. Introduction to bridge analysis and design.

ECIV 521 APPLIED GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING
F alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 320.
-- Principles of advanced geotechnical laboratory testing and field investigative techniques. Application of laboratory and field test results to the geotechnical design of soil-supported structures.

ECIV 524 ADVANCED SOIL MECHANICS
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 320.
-- Topics leading to an advanced understanding of the engineering behavior of soils with an emphasis on settlement and shear strength.

ECIV 529 GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: EENV 434.
-- Subsurface mass transport and microbial processes and their affect on fate and transport of organic and inorganic contaminates. Bioremediation and other contemporary remediation technologies will be emphasized.

ECIV 530 ADVANCED HYDRAULIC INVESTIGATIONS
S alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. 3 LEC
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 431.
-- Advanced topics in open channel flow.

ECIV 550 PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM DESIGN
F alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Graduate Standing and ECIV 350 or equivalent.
-- This course covers the design, implementation and management of public transit systems including paratransit, bus and light rail. The course includes an overview of funding sources, legislation, public relations and other issues. The student will learn several route optimization strategies and demand estimation techniques.

ECIV 552 ROAD ECOLOGY
F alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 350 or consent of instructor.
-- This course provides multidisciplinary coverage of ecological effects of transportation systems, primarily focusing on rural highways. Ecological impacts on air quality, water quality, vegetation, and wildlife will be covered (there will be more coverage of impacts to wildlife than the other areas).

ECIV 554 TRANSPORTATION SAFETY
S alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 350 or consent of instructor.
-- This course addresses safety of the highway system as related to design, construction, and operations. The course provides an overview of the various elements of the highway system namely, road users, vehicles, roadways, and environment as related to safety. Apart from the introduction, the course is structured in three distinct components that represent the sequential stages in highway life; i.e. design, construction, and operations.

ECIV 556 TRAFFIC FLOW FUNDAMENTALS
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: ECIV 350 or consent of instructor.
-- This course covers traffic stream parameters, their relationships, and important analytical techniques in traffic engineering such as capacity analysis, queuing analysis, shockwave analysis, and traffic simulation. Topics covered are essential in understanding the behavior of vehicular traffic as a complex system.

ECIV 575 RESEARCH OR PROFESSIONAL PAPER/PROJECT
F,S,Su 1 - 4 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- A research or professional paper or project dealing with a topic in the field. The topic must have been mutually agreed upon by the student and his or her major adviser and graduate committee.

ECIV 589 GRADUATE CONSULTATION
F,S,Su 1-3 cr. TUT Maximum 3 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Master's standing and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- This course may be used only by students who have completed all of their course work (and thesis, if on a thesis plan) but who need additional faculty or staff time or help.

ECIV 590 MASTER'S THESIS
F,S,Su 1 - 10 cr. IND Maximum credits unlimited.
PREREQUISITE: Master's standing.

ECIV 591 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Upper division courses and others as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

ECIV 592 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1 - 9 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, approval of Department Head and Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

ECIV 594 SEMINAR
F,S 1 cr. SEM 1 Maximum 4 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or seniors by petition. Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Topics offered at the graduate level which are not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material.

ECIV 690 DOCTORAL THESIS
F,S,Su 1 - 10 cr. IND Maximum credits unlimited.
PREREQUISITE: Doctoral standing.

Back to Subject Areas


> Back to Table of Contents