Civil and Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Courses

Some courses may not be offered every year. Check with the college or department office for current information about when specific courses are offered.  

 

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CENE  150 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING      (3)

Scientific and technical introduction to contemporary ecological, environmental, and engineering issues.  Common contaminants, sources and effects, measurements, pollution prevention and control technologies, regulatory policies, and environmental ethics.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite:  (CHM 130 or CHM 151) and MAT 108 or higher with a grade greater than or equal to C or Math Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer 40+; PLACE 43+; SATI 420+) and Corequisite: CHM 130 or CHM 151

 

CENE  150L INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING COMPUTATIONS LAB      (1)

Intensive practical study of units, conversion factors, computations, block diagrams and material balance applied to the solution of environmental engineering problems.  Letter grade only.

 

CENE  180 COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING      (2)

Fundamentals of graphical communications, including sketching, computer aided drafting, standards, scaling, and basic civil and environmental engineering design applications.  1 hour lecture/3 hour laboratory.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite:  MAT 125 or MAT 125H or higher with a grade greater than or equal to C or Corequisite:  MAT 125 or MAT 125H or higher

 

CENE  199 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

Foundations of intellectual inquiry. In-depth study of a substantive problem.  Letter grade or pass-fail.  May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.

 

CENE  225 ENGINEERING ANALYSIS      (3)

Graphical and numerical descriptive statistics, probability, inferential statistics, discrete and continuous random variables, sampling error, hypothesis testing, and experiment design.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite:  MAT 137 or higher with grade greater than or equal to C or Math Placement Test Results (ACT 27+; Accuplacer 85+; PLACE 70+; SATI 620+)

 

CENE  251 APPLIED MECHANICS STATICS      (3)

Fundamentals of applied mechanics, vector algebra, equivalent force systems, equations of equilibrium, structures, centroids, friction, moments of inertia.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: PHY 161 or (PHY 262 and PHY 262L) and Pre- or Corequisite: MAT 137 or higher with grade greater than or equal to C or Math Placement Test Results (ACT 27+; Accuplacer 85+; PLACE 70+; SATI 620+)

 

CENE  253 MECHANICS OF MATERIALS      (3)

Effects of axial, flexural, torsional, and combined stresses on elastic beams, shafts, and columns.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Corequisite:  CENE 253L. Prerequisite: (EGR 251 or CENE 251 with a grade greater than or equal to C) or International Exchange Student Group

 

CENE  253L MECHANICS OF MATERIALS LAB      (1)

Lab experiments to reinforce the concepts discussed in CENE 253.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: EGR 251 or CENE 251 with a grade greater than or equal to C and Prerequisite or Corequisite: CENE 253

 

CENE  270 SURVEYING      (3)

Overview of basic surveying procedures, error analysis; note keeping; measurement of distance, elevation, and angles with appropriate precision; leveling; total stations; and topographic mapping. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: MAT 125 or MAT 125H with grade greater than or equal to C or Math Placement Test Results (ACT 22+; Accuplacer 60+; PLACE 55+; SATI 520+) or International Exchange Student Group

 

CENE  280 ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING FUNDAMENTALS      (3)

A course in environmental engineering fundamentals that applies biological, chemical, and mathematical principles to solve environmental engineering problems using the mass balance approach.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: [(CENE 150 and CHM 152 and (MAT 136 with grade >= C or Math Placement Test Results (ACT 27+; Accuplacer 85+; PLACE 70+; SATI 620+)) and Pre- or Corequisite: BIO 181 with grade >= C] or International Exchange Student Group

 

CENE  281L WATER QUALITY LAB      (1)

Lab and field methods of sampling and measuring water, wastewater, and microbiological parameters. Includes quality assurance and analysis of data.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: CHM 151 and CHM 151L and CENE 150 with grades greater than or equal to C and Corequisite:  EGR 225 or CENE 225

 

CENE  282L AIR AND SITE INVESTIGATIONS LAB      (1)

Lab and field methods for measuring parameters in air, soil, and hazardous materials.  Includes quality assurance and analysis of data.  2.5 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: (CHM 151 and CHM 151L and CENE 150 and (EGR 225 or CENE 225) with grades greater than or equal to C) or

International Exchange Student Group

 

CENE  299 SPECIAL TOPICS      (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem.  Letter grade or pass-fail.   May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.

 

CENE  330 AIR QUALITY ENGINEERING      (3)

Design and analytical approaches to air quality problems; source identification; acid deposition; ozone; control of primary and toxic air pollutants; indoor air quality.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: CENE 280 and (MAT 137 with grades greater than or equal to C or Math Placement Test Results (ACT 27+; Accuplacer 85+; PLACE 70+; SATI 620+))

 

CENE  331 SANITARY ENGINEERING      (3)

Water-quality issues affecting water supply and effluent treatment, disposal, and reuse.  Design of physical, chemical, and biological treatment facilities.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: CENE 333 with grade greater than or equal to C

 

CENE  332 SOLID AND HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT      (3)

Waste identification, soils, subsurface fate and transport, toxicology, environmental/public health and risk assessment, site characterization and assessment tools, remediation tools and technologies, team design project.  Cross-listed with ENV 332.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: (CHM 230 or CHM 235) and CENE 280 or for non-majors: (CHM 230 or CHM 235) and (BIO, CHM, GLG, or PHY 300-level or higher or ENV 280)

 

CENE  333 APPLIED HYDRAULICS      (3)

Hydraulic analysis and design for water systems, including wells, pumps, pressurized distribution systems, open-channel flow, and culverts.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: ME 395 with a grade greater than or equal to C or Corequisite: ME 395

 

CENE  333L APPLIED HYDRAULICS LAB      (1)

Lab for CENE 333.  Provides hands-on experience in solving design problems involving open channels, culverts, water systems, and storm water using contemporary hydraulics software and instrumentation, lab work, and field work.   Letter grade only.  Course fee required.

 

CENE  376 STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS I      (3)

Determinate structures, cables, shear and moment diagrams, influence lines,

moving loads, deflection methods, approximate analysis of indeterminate structures, and computer analysis.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: CENE 253 with grade greater than or equal to C

 

CENE  377 STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS II      (3)

Indeterminate analysis, classical energy methods, consistent distortion, slope deflection, moment distribution, matrix and finite element analysis, and computer analysis.  Instructor's Consent.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: CENE 376 with grade greater than or equal to C

 

CENE  383 GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING I      (3)

Origin of soils, identification/classification of earth materials, subsurface exploration, index properties, compaction, permeability, seepage, strength, and settlement, introduction to earth pressure analysis, and Terzaghi's Bearing Capacity.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: CENE 253 with a grade greater than or equal to C and Corequisite: CENE 383L

 

CENE  383L GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING I LAB      (1)

Lab experiments to reinforce the concepts discussed in CENE 383.  Letter grade only. Corequisite: CENE 383

 

CENE  386W ENGINEERING DESIGN: THE METHODS      (3)

Methods of engineering design, including project planning and management, project economics, assessment of engineering impacts on social and cultural concerns, and professional writing.  This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: EGR 286 and (ENG 105 or HON 190 or HON 191 with grade greater than or equal to C or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+)) JWRT

 

CENE  389 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION      (1-12)

Individualized preplanned cooperative employment experience related to your field of study or career objectives.  Pass-fail only.  No repeat limit.

 

CENE  410 UNIT OPERATIONS IN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING      (3)

Design of unit operations in water, wastewater, waste management, and/or air quality engineering.  Student-generated data informs and drives the design of relevant processes.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite or Corequisite:  CENE 480

 

CENE  418 HIGHWAY ENGINEERING      (3)

Highway capacity analysis and geometric design, including driver-roadway-vehicle model, traffic characteristics, level of service, human factors, safety, drainage, and specs.  Lab applies concepts to a semester-long, geometric design of an actual highway.   2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.   Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: (EGR 225 or CENE 225) and CENE 270 and CENE 383 with grades greater than or equal to C

 

CENE  420 TRAFFIC STUDY AND SIGNAL      (3)

Basic concepts including driver-roadway-vehicle systems, traffic studies, capacity analysis, and traffic-control devices.  Lab introduces traffic-engineering studies and signal-system operations and design, including computer applications.  2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Co-convenes with CENE 541.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: (EGR 225 or CENE 225) and EGR 286 with grades greater than or equal to C

 

CENE  430 AIR POLLUTION CONTROLS DESIGN      (3)

Design process and procedure for control of particulate and gaseous pollutants. Includes pollution prevention considerations.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: ME 395 with a grade greater than or equal to C

 

CENE  433 HYDROLOGY AND FLOOD CONTROL      (3)

Hydrologic design and analysis of drainage and flood-control systems.  Hydrologic system components necessary for determining design flows.  Development of computer tools for hydrologic analysis.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: CENE 333 with a grade greater than or equal to C or Corequisite: CENE 333

 

CENE  434 WATER AND WASTE-WATER UNITS DESIGN      (3)

Design of drinking water and wastewater treatment plants.  Applies microbiology, water chemistry principles and includes treatment plant design techniques, disinfection, and reuse.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: CENE 280 and CENE 333 with grades greater than or equal to C

 

CENE  435 ENVIRONMENTAL BIOTECHNOLOGY      (3)

Presents the engineered application of biological systems for remediation of contaminated environments (land, air, water), and for sustainable development technologies and processes.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: (CENE 280 and CENE 281L and CENE 282L) or (BIO 205 and (STA 270 or PSY 230)) and CHM 230

 

CENE  436 STRUCTURAL STEEL DESIGN      (3)

Tension members, compression members, flexural members, combined stresses, and introduction to load and resistance factor design and computer applications.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: CENE 376 with grade greater than or equal to C

 

CENE  437 WOOD BUILDING DESIGN      (3)

Building structures and wood system design.  Lateral load concepts, diaphragms, connections, shear walls and framing.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: CENE 253 with grade greater than or equal to C

 

CENE  438 REINFORCED CONCRETE DESIGN      (3)

Working stress and strength design concepts, beams, columns, slabs, retaining walls and footings.  Computer applications.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: CENE 376 with grade greater than or equal to C or Corequisite:  CENE 376

 

CENE  440 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION:  TODAY AND TOMORROW      (3)

Explores current legal and regulatory strategies for environmental protection. Examines innovative approaches to environmental management. Group and class projects.  Co-convenes with CENE 540.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: ENV 101 or ENV 101H or CENE 150 or FOR 222 with grade greater than or equal to C

 

CENE  441 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION CASE STUDY      (1)

Examines a contemporary and important environmental topic through a real or hypothetical case study. Sample topics include water quality, water resource management, air quality protection, and hazardous waste management.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for a maximum of 2 units. Prerequisite: ENV 101 or ENV 101H or CENE 150 or FOR 222 with grade greater than or equal to C

 

CENE  450 GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING II      (3)

Advanced methods in geotechnical evaluation and design, with applications in foundations, earth retention systems, slope stability, ground improvement, and geosynthetics (varies from semester to semester).  Co-convenes with CENE 550.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: CENE 383 with grade greater than or equal to C

 

CENE  457 MASONRY DESIGN      (3)

Behavior, analysis, and design of reinforced masonry members subjected to axial, flexure, and shear loading.  Masonry beams, walls and columns, with practical application of concepts will be covered.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: CENE 253

 

CENE  460 CLASSICAL OPEN CHANNEL FLOW      (3)

Free surface flows in engineered and natural channel systems, including common hydraulic structures and flow control facilities.  Incompressible flow, flow potential and resistance, uniform and gradually varying flow regimes.  Co-convenes with CENE 560.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: CENE 333 with grade greater than or equal to C

 

CENE  462 WATER QUALITY MODELING      (3)

Derivation and application of the systems of differential equations describing chemical and biotic transformations in lakes and streams.  Procedures for calibrating and verifying water quality models.  Co-convenes with CENE 562.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite:  MAT 137 and CHM 151 with grades greater than or equal to C

 

CENE  468 ENGINEERING IN NATURAL SYSTEMS:  RIVERS AND STREAMS      (3)

Prepares you for projects involving natural stream systems. Involves stream classification, field data collection, and application of hydrologic and hydraulic models calibrated to natural stream channels.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: CENE 333 and CENE 383 and CENE 433 with grades greater than or equal to C

 

CENE  476 ENGINEERING DESIGN: CAPSTONE PREPARATION      (1)

Involves forming design teams, selecting projects with sponsor interaction, and completing a project proposal accepted by the sponsor.  Must be taken in same academic year as CENE 486C.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: CENE 386W or CENE 386 with grade greater than or equal to C

 

CENE  480 ENVIRONMENTAL TRANSPORT PROCESSES      (3)

Fundamental engineering concepts of mass transfer, with applications for environmental engineering design.  Co-convenes with CENE 502.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: ME 395 with grade greater than or equal to C

 

CENE  485 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH      (1-6)

Original research under the supervision of a research adviser.  May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit.  Department consent required.  Pass-fail or letter grade.  Course fee required.

 

CENE  486C ENGINEERING DESIGN      (3)

Involves design methodology and decision making and preparing team design projects that culminate in oral and written reports. Must be taken in the year in which you graduate. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required. Prerequisite: (CENE 386W or CENE 386) and CENE 476 with grades greater than or equal to C CAP

 

CENE  497 INDEPENDENT STUDY      (1-6)

Individualized approach to selected topics by guided reading and critical evaluation.  No repeat limit.  Department consent required.  Pass-fail or letter grade.  Course fee required.

 

CENE  499 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS      (1-4)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area of a particular major field of study.  Letter grade only.  No repeat limit.