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CIV 171 - Surveying I
Introduces surveying equipment, procedures and computations including adjustment of instruments, distance measurement, leveling, angle measurement, traversing, traverse adjustments, area computations and introduction to topography. Prerequisite: Engineering Technical Math or divisional approval.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
CIV 172 - Surveying II
Introduces surveys for transportation systems including the preparation and analysis of topographic maps, horizontal and vertical curves, earthwork and other topics related to transportation construction. Prerequisite: CIV 171 or equivalent.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hour per week.
3 credits
CIV 197 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
CIV 210 - Structural Systems
Introduces the application of the principles of mechanics and strength of materials to the analysis and design of civil engineering structures, specifically in the areas of building and highway construction. Prerequisite: Statics and Strength of Materials.
Lecture 4-5 hours per week.
4-5 credits
CIV 225 - Soil Mechanics
Focuses on soil in its relationship to engineering construction. Includes soil composition and structure, weight-volume relationships, sampling procedures, classification systems, water in soil, stresses, strains, bearing capacity, settlement and expansion, compaction, stabilization, and introduction to foundations and retaining walls.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week. (Rev. 5/1/08)
2-3 credits
CIV 226 - Soil Mechanics Laboratory
Introduces practical soil sampling; classification of unified, ASTM and ASSHTO specifications; laboratory testing of soils to predict engineering performance.
Laboratory 2 hours per week.
1 credits
CIV 228 - Concrete Technology
Introduces properties of Portland cement concrete, methods of mix design and adjustment, transportation, placement and curing in accordance with ACI and PCA recommended procedures.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
CIV 229 - Concrete Laboratory
Focuses on mixing, curing, testing and quality control of concrete.
Laboratory 2 hours per week.
1 credits
CIV 240 - Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics
Introduces the principles of fluid flow and development of practical hydraulics resulting from study of fluid statics, flow of real fluid in pipes, multiple pipe lines, liquid flow in open channels, and fluid measurement techniques. Prerequisite: Statics or divisional approval.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
CIV 256 - Global Positioning Systems for Land Surveying
Introduces principles of satellite-based surveying and presents Global Positioning System (GPS) as it is utilized in land surveying and the various components of the GPS technology and the techniques through which the GPS technology may be used in land surveys. Utilizes field surveys using the GPS equipment as part of the laboratory activities. [This course covers the same content as GIS 256. Credit will not be granted for both courses].
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
CIV 261 - Advanced Surveying
Introduces layout of curves under complex field conditions. Explores route surveying, vertical curves, slope boundaries, legal aspects of surveying, original surveys and resurveys, public land surveys. Discusses topics in surveying, astronomy, and celestial observations. Provides drills in the use of theodolite and electronic equipment. Prerequisite CIV 172 or equivalent.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
CIV 265 - Curves and Earthwork
Studies computations of simple, compound and transition curves; grades and vertical curves; earthwork and haul quantities.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
CIV 280 - Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Introduces the engineering elements of water and wastewater treatment, water distribution and wastewater collection systems, solid and hazardous waste, erosion control, and storm water management.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
CIV 297 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-6 credits
CIV 298 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits