Master's and Doctoral Areas of Focus

Environmental Engineering

Program Overview
This program is designed to provide students with the fundamentals and knowledge about the various specializations within environmental engineering. These include among others, water, wastewater, hazardous wastes, industrial wastes and pertinent regulatory requirements. The students are given a broad overview of each area, which enables them to select specific areas for advanced study, if they should choose to do so. In this program, the students have to take a number of required courses, along with courses selected from the following subject areas:

  • Environmental chemistry
  • Water and wastewater treatment processes
  • Advanced sanitary engineering design
  • Industrial waste treatment
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Advanced treatment processes

Required Courses:
CE 650165036609

Geotechnical Engineering

Program Overview
The main goal in this area of concentration is to provide essential tools for civil engineers who want to specialize in foundation engineering, rock mechanics, and soil mechanics. A variety of courses in the theoretical and practical aspects of geomechanics are available. Students are trained to undertake the analysis and design of such geotechnical structures as earth dams, embankments, and abutments. The program also provides the knowledge necessary to design geo-environmental structures such as landfills and general infrastructure systems constructed on or in geomaterials. Some of the main topics covered in this area are:

  • Theoretical soil mechanics
  • Groundwater and seepage
  • Physicochemical aspects of soil behavior
  • Foundation engineering
  • Geotechnical earthquake engineering
  • Finite element methods in solid mechanics
  • Rock mechanics
  • Environmental geotechnology
  • Soil dynamics

Required Courses:
CE 621064026605

Mechanics and Materials Engineering

Program Overview
Courses in this concentration teach you to develop and apply means of describing and predicting the mechanical behavior of materials (crystalline and polycrystalline metals, insulators, semiconductors, amorphous materials, and composites) and structures (individual elements or the whole of machine, spacecraft, bridge, or other structures) in their interaction with physical environments. The study of engineering mechanics allows you to draw on the resources of GW's Departments of Physics and Chemistry, and provides for the concentrated study of:

  • Mechanics of continua with emphasis on solids
  • Science of materials and materials behavior
  • Applied mathematical analysis
  • Numerical and finite element analysis

Required Courses:
ApSc 6213; CE 62066210


Structural Engineering

Program Overview
This area enables you to specialize in computer-aided structural design or structural dynamics. You develop specialized methods to analyze the effects of the environment, large-scale human occupancy, heavy traffic, and various types of dynamic excitation on the infra-and super-structures of complex building and bridge systems. You'll focus on topics such as:

  • Reinforced concrete and prestressed concrete design
  • Metal structure design with emphasis on steel structures
  • Soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering
  • Advanced mechanics and materials science
  • Composite materials
  • Analysis of plates and shells
  • Vibration and stability analysis
  • Structural analysis
  • Probabilistic methods and random vibrations
  • Numerical and finite element methods
  • Computer applications

Required Courses:
CE 620162026210

Transportation Engineering

Program Overview
The program offers a focused and comprehensive study on intelligent transportation systems, traffic flow dynamics and transportation network modeling. Courses on big data analysis, sustainable planning, infrastructure optimization and traffic engineering and control are provided. Students will utilize the different transportation laboratories at the George Washington Transportation Research Program while being exposed to interdisciplinary materials through the following courses:

Required Courses:
CE 61026721 and 6722

Water Resources Engineering

Program Overview
In this area, you deal with the increasingly complex problem of planning and designing sustainable physical systems for water storage, delivery, and utilization. You develop special skills needed to design water supplies for domestic, industrial, and agricultural use; flood hazard mitigation; control of rivers for navigation, water conveyance, flood control, and recreation; and manage soil loss from watersheds and its impact on waterways and storage dams. You follow a program of required courses specific to this area and a carefully selected list of courses covering topics such as:

  • Open channel flow
  • Groundwater and seepage
  • Advanced hydrology
  • Water resources planning and control
  • Hydraulic engineering
  • Design of dams
  • Ocean and coastal engineering
  • Pollution transport systems
  • Sedimentation engineering
  • Mechanics of alluvial channels
  • Hydraulic modeling
  • Numerical methods in water resources engineering

Required Courses:
CE 650366016609