Course Descriptions

CEE 100 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering
Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering. Definition and Classification of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Discussion about the Scope & Pattern of Job as a Civil and Environmental Engineer. Five major divisions of civil engineering, codes, ethics and professional responsibilities.
MAT 116 Pre-Calculus
Approved NSU course. Non-credit
ENG 102 Introduction to Composition
Approved NSU course. Non-credit
BEN 205 Bangla Language and Literature
Approved NSU course. 3 credits
HIS 103 Emergence of Bangladesh
Approved NSU course. 3 credits
MAT 120 Calculus & Analytical Geometry I
Approved NSU course. 3 credits
MAT 130 Calculus & Analytical Geometry II
Approved NSU course. Prerequisite: MAT 120. 3 credits
MAT 361 Probability and Statistics
Probability and the laws of probability. Conditional probability. Independence. Expectation. Standard discrete and continuous distributions. Regression and correlation. Point and interval estimation. Illustrations from engineering. 3 credits
MAT 125 Linear and Vector Algebra for Engineers
Definition of Matrix. Algebra of matrices. Multiplication of matrices. Transpose of a matrix and inverse of matrix. Rank and elementary transformation of matrices. Solution of linear equation. Linear dependence and independence of vector. Quadratic forms. Matrix polynomials. Determination of characteristic roots and vectors. Null space and nullity of matrix. Vector Analysis: scalars, Vector, equality, addition, subtraction, multiplication. Position vector. Scalar and vector products and associated geometrical interpretation. Linear dependence and independence. Differentiation and integration of vectors. Line, surface and volume integral. Gradient, divergence and curl of point functions. Gauss’s teorem, Stoke’s theorem. Green’s theorem. 3 credits
MAT 350 Engineering Mathematics
Differential Equation: Definition, Formation of differential equations. Solution of first order differential  equations by various methods. Solution of differential equation of first order and higher degrees. Solution of general linear equations of second and higher orders with constant co-efficient. Solution of Euler’s homogeneous linear equations. Solution of differential equations in series by the method of Frobenius. Bessel’s functions, Legendre’s polynomials and their properties. Partial Differential Equation: Introduction. Equations of the linear and no-linear first order. Standard forms. Linear equation of higher order - Equation of the second order with variable co-efficient. Pre-requisite : MAT 130. 3 credits
ENV 107 Environmental Science
Man and environment. Major components of the environment. Brief history of earth; bio-geo-chemical cycles. Population and the environment: basic population dynamics. Biosphere: ecological concepts and ecosystems; flow of matter and energy through an ecosystem; biodiversity. Lithosphere: agriculture and environment: urbanization; solid and hazardous waste management. Atmosphere: chemistry of air; urban air pollution; acid rain; global warming; ozone layer depletion. Hydrosphere: water chemistry; water pollution and treatment; wetland and coastal management. Alternative energy sources. Environmental health and toxicology. Sustainable development. 3 credits
PHY 107 General Physics I
Electricity and Magnetism: Coulomb’s Law, Electric field and Gauss’s Law, Potential, Capacitance and properties of dielectric, Current, Resistance and Electromagnetic Force, DC circuits, Magnetic field, Magnetic forces, Induced Electromotive force, AC circuit; Heat and Thermodynamics: Temperature and Kinetic Theory of Gases, First Law of Thermodynamics, Second Law of Thermodynamics. 3 credits
PHY 107L Physics Lab. I
Laboratory experiments on general physics I. 1 credit
PHY 108 General Physics II
Oscillatory Motion, Wave Motion, Vibrating bodies and Acoustic Phenomena, Wave Nature of Light, Inference of Waves, Diffraction, Relativistic Mechanics, Particle Nature of Light, Atomic Models, Basis of Quantum Mechanics, Nuclear Phenomena, Supplementary topic (includes Optical Fibers, Holography, Lasers, etc.). Prerequisite: PHY 107. 3 credits
PHY 108L Physics Lab. II
Laboratory experiments on general physics II. 1 credit
CHE 120 Inorganic Chemistry
Atomic Structure; Periodic Table; Chemical Bonds; Physical and Chemical Properties of Water; Different Types of Solution, Concentration Unit; Chemical Equilibrium and Thermo-chemistry; Reaction Kinetics; Colloid and Colloidal Solution; Chemical Corrosion; Chemical of Environmental Pollution; Polymers Paint and Varnishes. laboratory introduction and laboratory safety protocol, introduction to analytical chemistry, measurement of chemical parameters of water (e.g., pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, total dissolved solids), acid base titration, chemical reactions, solution chemistry. 4 credits
ENV 209 (3 credits) /CEE209 Environmental Chemistry
The course begins with a brief introduction and overview of fundamental understanding of environmental chemistry, covers a selection of the following topics: the sources, reactions, transport, effects, and fates of chemical species in the atmosphere, hydrosphere (continental waters and oceans) and continental solids; biogeochemical effects of chemicals on the environment on a local, national and global scale; Sampling of pollutants in air, water, land and sediments. Prerequisite: CHE 120. 4 credits.
ENV 209L Environmental Chemistry Lab. (integrated with CEE209)
Design laboratory/experiments related to the topics covered in the theory portion of the course. Topics include: basic laboratory skills (instrumental techniques in environmental chemical analysis); statistical treatment of data; field sampling protocol; surface water (grab; composite) sample collection from field; measurement/analyses of geochemical parameters (e.g., pH, conductivity, color, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, chloride) of collected surface water samples; measurement/analyses of geochemical parameters of sewage treatment plant wastewater samples; measurement of biological oxygen demand. 1 credit
CEE 260 Hydrology
Introduction to the global water and energy cycles and the earth system including the atmosphere, oceans, land, and biosphere. Fundamentals of hydrologic science and its applications. Covers bases for the characterization of hydrologic processes such as precipitation, evaporation, transpiration by vegetation, infiltration, and storm runoff. Understanding of groundwater flow, hydraulics of wells, transport of pollutants, Probabilistic analysis and risk estimation for hydrologic variables. CEE2113 credits.
ENV 311 Geology & Geomorphology
Rocks and minerals: identification of rocks and minerals; common rock forming mineral; physical properties of minerals; mineraloid rocks; types of rocks; cycle of rock change. Structural geology: faults; type of faults; fold and fold type;  domes; basin, erosion process; analysis of erosion land forms; earthquake and seismic map of Bangladesh; geology of Bangladesh. Fluvial processes in geomorphology: channel development, channel widening, valley shape, stream terraces; alluvial flood plains; deltas and alluvial fans; fluvial deposits, coastal deposits, glacial deposits, lacustrine deposits and Aeolian deposits, river basin; geomorphologic characteristics of rivers of Bangladesh. 3 credits.
CEE 110 Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) for Engineers
Introduction – lettering, numbering and heading; plane geometry. Projection (Solid Geometry). Development and true shape – cub e, pyramid, cone, prism; section and true shape. Isometric drawing, oblique drawing. Plan, elevation and section of engineering structures; reinforcement details of beams, columns, slabs, stairs etc. Introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD). 3 credits.
CEE 215 Numerical Analysis & Computer Programming
Numerical solution of algebraic and transcendental equations; solutions of systems of linear equations; curve-fitting by least squares; finite difference; interpolation; numerical differentiation and integration; numerical solution of differential equations; Basic components of computer system; introduction to programming languages; Structured and object oriented Programming Languages (C/C++/Java). Prerequisite: MAT 130. 3 credits.
CEE 210 Engineering Mechanics
Statics: Force vectors and their units; addition of coplanar forces, equilibrium of a particle; moments and equilibrium of rigid bodies; structural analysis of trusses; friction; Center of gravity and centroids; distributed loadings; moments of inertia of areas; moments of inertia of masses; Dynamics: review of concepts of velocity and acceleration; dynamics of particles and rigid bodies; concepts of work, energy, momentum; introduction to vibrations. 3 credits.
CEE 211 Fluid Mechanics
fundamental concepts in fluid mechanics; fluid properties, Hydrostatics, Conservation of mass and momentum using differential and integral balances; fluid kinematics, fluid flow concepts: continuity equations, energy and momentum equations, Shear stresses and velocity profiles in laminar and turbulent flows; incompressible flow, similitude and dimensional analysis, viscous flow in pipes, drag and lift; fluid measurement in orifices, nozzles, venturimeter, weirs and pitot tubes. Civil engineering applications. Prereq. MAT125/MAT230, CEE 210. 3 credits
CEE 211L Fluid Mechanics Lab.
laboratory experiments on determination of center of pressure in fluid, investigation of Bernoullis theorem, fluid flow measurement in orifices, external mouthpiece, venturimeter, v-notch weir, sharp crested weir, head loss due to sudden contraction and sudden expansion in a pipe, measurement of fluid friction in pipes. Prereq. MAT125/MAT230, CEE 210. 1 credit
CEE 214 Engineering Materials
Mechanical behavior of materials; Variability; Atomic structures and properties of materials; Properties, selection criteria, applications and uses of steel, aluminum, mineral aggregates, cement, cement concrete, asphalt, asphalt concrete, masonry, wood, protective coating materials, and composites; Design of concrete mix; Laboratory experiments on measuring devices, steel, course and fine aggregates, cement, concrete, brick and wood. Credits: 3.

Pre-requisite: CEE 210.

CEE 212 Solid Mechanics
Methods of structural analysis of beams and frames; Internal forces; axial force, shear force and bending moment diagrams of statically determinate beams; deflection of beams; stresses and strains in solid bodies, constitutive relationships; states of stress (axial, bending, shear,  and torsion); Transformation of stresses and strains, instability of columns. Pre-requisite: CEE 210, CEE 214. 3 credits.
CEE 212L Solid Mechanics Lab.
Laboratory experiments covering tension, compression, bending and buckling tests; impact energy, hardness of metal and tests on helical springs. Prerequisite: CEE 212. 1 credit
CEE 213 Surveying & Introduction to GIS
Types of surveying; chain surveying; traverse surveying; leveling and contouring; calculation of areas and volumes; problems of heights and distances; curves and curve ranging; uses of modern surveying equipment. Tachometry: theory, field procedure, errors in tachometry. Astronomical surveying: astronomical terms, co-ordinate systems, astronomical corrections and systems of time. Photogrammetry: definitions related to photogrammetry, terrestrial photogrammetry, aerial photogrammetry, Remote sensing: introduction to global positioning system (GPS). Hydrographic surveying: elements of hydrograph; acoustic measurements and investigations; hydrographic operations. Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS). 3 credits.
CEE 213L Surveying & Introduction to GIS Lab
GIS software in the GIS lab and field survey. 1 credit
Analysis of Rates; Detailed Estimate of all Items of Work of a Building. Bridge, Truss, Highway. Specifications of Materials for the Above Constructions. 3 credits.
CEE 330 Structural Analysis and Design-I
Stability and determinacy of structures; wind and earthquake  loads; arch, analysis of three hinged arch; analyses of cable structures; influence lines, moving loads; approximate analysis of statically indeterminate structures; elastic strain energy and external work, Virtual work principle, deflection of beams, trusses and frames by virtual work method. Prerequisite: CEE 212. 3 credits.
CEE 330L Structural Analysis and Design Lab.
Algorithms for implementing direct stiffness method in computer; hands-in practice on truss (roof and bridge) and frame analyses by professional software.  1 credit
CEE 331 Structural Analysis and Design- II
Analysis of statically indeterminate beams and frames by and Moment Distribution Method; Flexibility method; Stiffness method, stiffness matrix, member stiffness, stiffness transformations, assembly of stiffness matrices and solution for beams, frames and trusses. Prerequisite: CEE 330. 3 credits.
CEE 335 Reinforced Concrete Design-I
Materials and fundamental behavior of reinforced concrete; loads and design philosophies; analysis of beam section under various stages of loading; design of singly reinforced, doubly reinforced and T-beams according to USD methods; shear and diagonal tension; bond and anchorage; reinforced concrete floor and roof systems, design of one way slabs; two way slab design by ACI coefficients, column supported slab design by direct design and equivalent frame methods; strip method for slabs. Prerequisite: CEE 212. 3 credits.
CEE 335L Reinforced Concrete Design Lab
Analysis of concrete building frame by professional software; design of slab bridge, deck girder bridge and balanced cantilever bridge; Design of concrete building components (stair, water tanks  etc.); BNBC, ACI and AASHTO codes. Prerequisite: CEE 335, 1 credit
CEE 430 Reinforced Concrete Design-II
Design of columns; strength interaction diagrams for uniaxial bending and reciprocal load method under biaxial bending; foundations, individual and combined footings, rafts and pile caps; retaining walls; concrete building systems; seismic detailing; structural forms; shear walls; introduction to prestressed concrete. Prerequisite: CEE 335. 3 credits.
CEE 240 Introduction to Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering
Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering & Soil Mechanics; Soil formation and deposits; Index properties of soil; Classifications of soil; Phase relationship; Soil compaction; Permeability & seepage; Total & effective Stresses; Stress distribution; One-dimensional consolidation; Shear strength of soil; Lateral earth pressure. Prerequisite: CEE 212. 3 credits.
CEE 240L Soil Mechanics Lab.
Laboratory Tests of Soil on: Field identification; Specific gravity of soil solids; Sieve analysis; Hydrometer analysis; Atterberg Limits; Compaction; Maximum density and minimum density of sandy soil; Unconfined compression; Direct shear; Permeability by constant head and falling head methods; Consolidation. 1 credit
CEE 340 Advanced Foundation Engineering
Subsoil investigation; Types of foundations; Bearing capacity settlement of shallow foundations; Bearing capacity and settlement of pile foundations; Slope stability; Earth retaining structures. Prerequisite: CEE240. 3 credits.
CEE 250 Introduction to Transportation Engineering
Transportation systems; Transportation economics; Land-use, vehicle and human characteristics in transportation; Geometric design of roadways and railways; Roadway and railways materials; Bituminous mix design; Traffic loading and volume; Design of flexible and rigid pavements; Pavement construction, distresses and maintenance; Introduction to railway and waterways. Design labs on bituminous mix design and pavement design are embedded in the course to reinforce the theories discussed in the lectures. Credits: 3. Pre-requisite: CEE 210, CEE 214.
CEE 250L     Transportation Engineering Lab
Laboratory experiments on highway materials (soil, aggregates and asphalt), asphalt concrete mix design, and characterization of highway materials. Credit: 1. Pre-requisite: CEE 214, CEE250.
CEE 350 Traffic Analysis and Design
Fundamentals of traffic engineering; Traffic flow characteristics; Travel demand forecasting; Analysis and design of the capacity of urban and rural roadway segments and intersections; Traffic control devices, systems and warrants; Transportation planning; Public transportation systems; Transportation safety. Credits: 3. Pre-requisite: CEE 250.
CEE 360 Open-Channel Hydraulics
Advanced hydraulics of free surface flow in rivers and open channels; discussion of theory, analytical and numerical solution techniques, and their applications to gradually and rapidly varied non uniform flows, unsteady flow, and flow in open channel networks. Design of channel and flow through hydraulic structures will be discussed. Pre-requisite: CEE 260. 3 credits.
CEE 360L   Open-Channel Hydraulics Lab
Open channel hydraulics lab includes laboratory experiments on hydraulic jump, and flow over broad and sharp crested weirs, computation of GVF using numerical methods, regression analysis,  use of HEC-RAS modeling software for river flow analysis, channel flow analysis with bridges and culverts, channel design and modification and floodplain modeling. 1 credit
CEE 460 Groundwater Hydraulics
Physical properties of groundwater and aquifers, principles and fundamental equations of porous media flow and mass trans port, well hydraulics and pumping test analysis, role of groundwater in the hydrologic cycle, groundwater quality and contamination. Prerequisite:  CEE 360. 3 credits.
CEE 370 Water Supply & Treatment
Human need of water; potable water source and their development and protection; applied hydraulics of pipelines and pumps; potable water needs; water quality regulatory requirements; physical and chemical water treatment process design and operation; rural water supply options; Design and operation of urban municipal water distribution systems.

Prerequisite: CEE 211, ENV 209. 3 credits.

CEE 370L     Water Supply and Treatment Lab
Design of water treatment plant based on laboratory experiment data. 1 credit
CEE 373 Sewerage Engineering
Wastewater characteristics and treatment systems; sanitary sewer and storm drainage systems; wastewater characteristics; primary treatment systems; secondary treatment systems; sludge: processing systems and disposal options; analysis and design of sewer systems. Prerequisite: CEE 211, ENV 209. 3 credits.
CEE 373L     Sanitation and Wastewater Engineering Lab
Design of wastewater treatment plant based on laboratory experiment data. 1 credit
ENV 373 Environmental Impact Assignment
Concepts of environmental and social impact assessment; project cycle, scoping, initial environmental examination (IEE) and environmental impact assessment (EIA); methods of impact  identification- matrix, network and checklist methods, modeling and simulation; environmental indices and indicators for air, water and land and biota; prediction and assessment of impacts on different environmental media; assessment of visual impacts, social impacts and cultural impacts; decision methods for evaluation of alternatives- weighting, scaling, rating and ranking of alternatives, decision matrix; people’s participation; mitigation measures; environmental monitoring. Preparation of TOR for an EIA, EIA Report. 3 credits.
ENV 408 Environmental Pollution Control
Pollution of air, water and soil; sources and affects of pollution; pollution sampling and measurement techniques; analysis and design of control methods for air, water and land pollution; management of solid waste; appropriate technology of pollution control for rural areas; cause and effect of industrial pollutants on surrounding ecosystems; monitoring of industrial wastes, including production and disposal of radioactive and other hazardous wastes; biotechnological approaches; importance of municipal management of industrial pollution by setting guidelines; technologies and instruments for air pollution monitoring. Prerequisite; ENV 209. 3 credits.
ENV 455 Research Methodology
Topics include purpose of scientific research; features, scopes and limitations of research; classification of scientific research; overview of data types and sources; techniques of data collection and sampling; various biases in data collection; overview of contemporary research areas; review of analytical tools/software available to researcher; preparation and presentation of an independent research proposal. 3 credits.
CEE 410 Construction Engineering
Introduction to the construction processes: contracting and bonding, Project definition; scheduling and control models; material, labor and equipment allocation; optimal schedules; project organization; documentation and reporting systems; management and control. Prerequisite: CEE 310. 3 credits.
CEE 415 Socio- economic Aspects of Development Projects
Paradigms of Development and sustainable development.  Society - development - environmental linkage. Socio–economic Indicators of development. Participatory planning of development Projects. Seeking societal feedback: rapid rural appraisal (RRA), participatory rural appraisal (PRA), focus group discussion (FGD), key person interview etc. Involving the community: community based operation and maintenance of projects. Gender and institutional issues. ENV373. 3 credits.
CEE 431 Introduction to Structural Dynamics
General principles of dynamics. Single-degree-of-freedom systems. Multi-degree-of –freedom systems. Continuous systems. Frequency domain analysis. Numerical methods. Advanced topics. Case study. Prerequisite: CEE331. MAT260, MAT350. 3 credits.
CEE 433 Finite Element Methods
Introduction to Finite Element Method as Applied to Civil Engineering Problems. One Dimensional Stress Deformation And Time Dependent Flow Problem, Two Dimensional Plane Stress and Plane Strain Analysis of Stress Deformation Problems. Prerequisite: CEE331. . MAT260, MAT350. 3 credits.
CEE 435 Pre Stressed Concrete
Pre-Stressed Concrete: Materials; Prestressing System; Loss of Prestress Analysis of Sections for Flexure, Shear, Bond and Bearing; Beam Deflections and Cable Layout, Partial Prestress. Design of Pre-stressed Sections for Flexure, Shear, Bond and Bearing. Prerequisite: CEE430. 3 credits.
CEE 437 Behavior & Design of Metal Structures
Behavior of Structural Steel Members and Steel Frames, Code Requirements; Design of Tension & Compression Members by WSD and LFD Methods; Design of Beam, Beam-Columns; Joint Design. Prerequisite: CEE212. 3 credits.
CEE 439 Earthquake Resistant Structures
Theory and application of structural dynamics for single and multiple degree-of-freedom models of buildings subjected to earthquake ground motion. Characteristics of earthquake ground motion and design spectra. Concepts of overall seismic design of buildings, load paths, and proportioning and ductile detailing of members to achieve satisfactory seismic response. Prerequisite: CEE431, MAT260, MAT350. 3 credits.
CEE 465 River Engineering
Behavior of alluvial rivers; river pattern and morphological processes; river training and bank protection works; navigation and dredging; sediment movement in river channels, bed forms and flow regimes; flood and its causes; methods of flood management; structural and nonstructural measures such as reservoirs, levees and flood zoning, flood hazard mapping, flood forecasting and warning; flood damage in urban and rural areas. Prerequisite: CEE360. 3 credits.
CEE 467 Irrigation and Drainage Engineering
Importance of irrigation; sources and quality of irrigation water; soil-water relationship; consumptive use and estimation of water requirements; methods of irrigation; design of irrigation canal systems; irrigation structures; irrigation pumps; problems of irrigated land; irrigation water management; importance of land drainage; drainage systems and theft design. Prerequisite: CEE360. 3 credits.
CEE 470 Solid & Hazardous Waste Management
Solid Waste Management: Sources and Types of Solid Wastes; Physical and Chemical Properties of Solid Wastes; Solid Wastes Generation; On-Site Handling. Storage and Processing; Collection of Solid Wastes, Transfer Stations and Transport; Ultimate Disposal Methods; Resources and Energy Recovery, Soil Pollution. Industrial Soils Waste Collection and Disposal; Hazardous Waste Management. CEE 373. 3 credits.
CEE 473 Coastal and estuarine Analysis
Definition, systems view of the coast. Abiotic subsystems; classification of coasts, wave, current sediment transport, two dimensional flow analysis. Biotic subsystem: coastal and estuarine ecosystems, fate and transport of pollutants in marine environment, bio-accumulation, risk form multiple stressors. Prerequisite: CEE360. 3 credits.
CEE 475 Environmental Modelling
Basic concepts of modeling: conceptualization, data collection, calibration, validation and prediction. Mathematical description and software implementation of mass/energy balance in water, soil and atmospheric systems; reactor processes; fate and transport of chemicals in environmental media. Prerequisite: MAT125/MAT230, MAT350. Inst. Permission. 3 credits.
CEE 477 Ecological Engineering
Ecological concepts and their applications in the assessment, conservation, and management of ecological systems. Description of important attributes and processes at the individual, community and system levels. Ecological implications of engineering structures and projects. Ecological restoration and engineering. ENV209/CEE209. 3 credits.
CEE 479 Air Quality Engineering
Solving air pollution problems requires a multi-disciplinary approach. Effects of air pollutants on human health and the environment. Origins of atmosphere pollutants and methods to estimate emissions from anthropogenic sources. Atmospheric chemistry and pollutant removal processes. Meteorological phenomena and pollutant dispersion modeling. Laws and regulation to control air pollution. Technological and methods used to control air pollution. Regional and global issues such as acid rain, ozone depletion, and global climate change. Prerequisite: ENV209/CEE209. 3 credits.
ENV 309 Environmental Toxicology
Physiology and biochemistry of intoxication; cellular responses to toxic compounds; toxicological, environmental, public health, occupational and ecological aspects of the use and release of toxic substances in the environment; biochemical mechanisms and ecosystem consequences. Genetic toxicology; physical and chemically-induced mutagenesis; genetic indicator organisms and assays; distribution of environmental mutagens and their biochemistry; toxic responses of the mammalian nervous system; neuroteratology; sensitive periods for neurotoxicology; xenobiotic in the etiology of nervous system disorders. Prerequisite: ENV 209/CEE209. 3 credits.
CEE 490 Special Topic
As decided by the faculty and the department based on student needs. 3 credits.
CEE 499 Engineering Project
A detailed analysis and design of a civil/environmental engineering project. 3 credits.
ENG 103 Intermediate Composition
Continued work on analysis reading and on fluency and control of the writing process. Development of expressive, persuasive and referential writing with emphasis on planning, organization, cohesion and coherence. 3 credits.
ENG 105 Advanced Composition
Analytic reading and on fluency and control of the writing process. Emphasis on sentence structure, organization, paragraphing, coherence and cohesion. Development of expressive, persuasive and referential writing with emphasis on planning, organization, cohesion and coherence. Participating in small group discussions and seminars. Employing appropriate mechanics of formal speech. Further practice in research techniques. Project work. Prerequisite: ENG 103. 3 credits.