Sustainable Pavement Design and Construction—Graduate Certificate

Use innovation and strategy in pavement engineering.

The certificate will introduce students to best practices in pavement design and construction, with a strong emphasis on recent advances in sustainability. Learn about asphalt and concrete materials. Deploy mechanistic-empirical pavement design methods, life cycle assessment, life cycle cost analysis, and sustainability practices in project procurement and construction. Apply advanced knowledge of innovative materials in design and specification of construction practices. Create long-term performance and reduce environmental impacts while improving access and socioeconomic equity.

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Progress quickly with a compact curriculum.

Work with the program advisor to select courses that fit your interests and prerequisite skills. This is a 9-credit certificate.

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Here are some of the pre-requisite courses for this certificate.

CEE 3101 - Civil Engineering Materials

Covers properties and behavior of typical civil engineering materials, including wood, metals, aggregates, asphalt cement concrete, portland cement concrete, and composites. Laboratory exercises demonstrate selected engineering mechanics principles, including elastic, inelastic, and time-dependent material behavior. Additional topics include testing techniques, materials standards, report writing, and presentation of experimental data.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): ENG 2120 or MEEM 2150 or CMG 2120

CEE 3401 - Transportation Engineering

Introduction to transportation in the United States, transportation mode characteristics and applications, highway geometrics and design standards, pavement design and management.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman

Take 6 credits of required courses.

Take CEE 4401 Pavement Design and choose either CEE 5109 or CEE 5350.

CEE 4401 - Pavement Design

Analysis, behavior, performance, and structural design of highway pavements. Introduces pavement types and performance concepts, highway traffic and subgrade characterization, materials employed in highway construction, and highway drainage. Presents common methods used for designing pavement structures as well as mechanistic- empirical approaches.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3401 and CEE 3101

CEE 5109 - Sustainable Pavement Engineering and Civil Engineering Materials

This class will develop fundamental knowledge of sustainable pavements, recycled materials, asphalt and concrete materials, basic concept of characterization of pavement materials, data analysis, and basic modeling procedures. The course will cover a wide range of advanced knowledge of sustainable pavements and materials.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Permission of instructor required
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3101

CEE 5350 - Infrastructure Life Cycle Engineering

The course examines how life cycle assessment (LCA), life cycle costing analysis (LCCA), green rating systems, value engineering and alternative project delivery systems influence design decisions and project outcomes. Topics will be discussed within the context of the underlying scientific principles and relevant standards.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

Take a 3 credit elective course.

Take an elective which is not already counted in required coursework.

CEE 5101 - Bituminous Materials

Applications and properties of asphalt binder, aggregates for bituminous mixtures, and analysis and design of asphalt concrete mixtures. Includes asphalt cement production, rheology, chemistry, and grading, aggregate grading and blending, and mixture design and characterization. Also discusses asphalt mixture production, construction, and recycling.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3101

CEE 5102 - Advanced Concrete Materials

Properties and applications of portland cement and portland cement concrete. Includes cement production, chemistry and hydration, concrete admixtures, and the properties of fresh and hardened concrete. Presents concrete microstructure and durability. Other topics include high-strength and high early-strength concrete, fiber-reinforced concrete, and advanced cement-based materials.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

CEE 5109 - Sustainable Pavement Engineering and Civil Engineering Materials

This class will develop fundamental knowledge of sustainable pavements, recycled materials, asphalt and concrete materials, basic concept of characterization of pavement materials, data analysis, and basic modeling procedures. The course will cover a wide range of advanced knowledge of sustainable pavements and materials.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Permission of instructor required
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 3101

CEE 5350 - Infrastructure Life Cycle Engineering

The course examines how life cycle assessment (LCA), life cycle costing analysis (LCCA), green rating systems, value engineering and alternative project delivery systems influence design decisions and project outcomes. Topics will be discussed within the context of the underlying scientific principles and relevant standards.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

The minimum completion time is two semesters.

Here is a typical schedule.

Fall Spring
CEE 4401 CEE 5109 or CEE 5350

Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to:

  1. Apply life cycle assessment and explain how it applies to innovative and sustainable pavement designs.
  2. Apply pavement design guides, standards and construction best practice frameworks, to pavement selection and project procurement.