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Civil & Environmental Engineering (Engineering, Ph.D)

The PhD degree is awarded to students who have satisfactorily completed all of the requirements of a doctoral degree program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The doctoral program involves taking coursework as well as conducting research of significant importance. The PhD degree program focus areas include Biofuels, Coastal Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering.

Civil & Environmental Engineering (Engineering, Ph.D)


Description


What is Civil & Environmental Engineering at ODU like?

The PhD degree is awarded to students who have satisfactorily completed all of the requirements of a doctoral degree program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The doctoral program involves taking coursework as well as conducting research of significant importance. The PhD degree program focus areas include Biofuels, Coastal Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering.

Program Highlights


What makes Civil & Environmental Engineering at ODU unique?

  • High-level jobs in engineering, faculty positions at universities, engineering consultants, leaders for governmental or non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and starting consulting enterprises or companies

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Civil Engineers

$91,790

MEDIAN SALARY


Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems.

Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary

$109,830

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses pertaining to the application of physical laws and principles of engineering for the development of machines, materials, instruments, processes, and services. Includes teachers of subjects such as chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, mineral, and petroleum engineering. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Civil & Environmental Engineering at ODU?

CEE 204:
Statics


Introduction to engineering problems and their solutions through a study of the statics of particles and rigid bodies. Pre- or corequisite: PHYS 231N. Prerequisite: MATH 211 with a C or higher.

CEE 219:
Surveying for Engineers


This course will provide an introduction to Land Surveying theory and practices as they relate to Civil Engineering. Upon successful completion of this course, prospective engineers will have a working knowledge of: survey computations; survey field methods; survey benchmarks and data; survey elements of land development; and survey legal issues

CEE 340:
Hydraulics and Water Resources


Analysis of closed-conduit flow and open-channel flow. Principles of surface water hydrology and groundwater hydraulics. Economics and probability concepts in water resources planning. Corequisite: CEE 335. Prerequisites: CEE 304; CEE 330 with a grade of C or better.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Civil & Environmental Engineering at ODU?

Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Civil & Environmental Engineering should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

A master’s degree or equivalent in engineering or a related field is required for admission to the Ph.D. program; however, exceptionally well qualified students can be directly admitted to the Ph.D. program directly without a master’s degree. Each applicant must submit an essay of 500 words or less describing personal and academic goals, professional objectives, preparation for graduate study, and how the chosen program will help the applicant achieve these goals and objectives. Two letters of recommendation are required. At least one of these must be submitted from former or current professors, and one could be from an employment supervisor. Regular admission to a Ph.D. program generally requires a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale in the master’s program. Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered for regular or provisional admission on the basis of successful engineering work experience or other credentials demonstrating potential for success in the Ph.D. program. Submission of GRE scores is required except for applicants who hold an engineering degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program. TOEFL (or IELTS) scores are required for all applicants whose native language is not English, unless they have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree from institutions in USA or countries where English is the primary language of the people.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Teaching & Research Assistantships


Teaching and research assistantships may be available on a competitive basis. The Civil and Environmental Engineering Visiting Council also offers Graduate Enhancement Awards to provide supplemental financial support to some of the graduate students who receive an assistantship. 

Next Steps


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Professor


Name:

Xixi Wang Ph.D., P.E.


Location:

130B KAUFMAN HALL, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4882


For General Inquiries:

CEGPD@odu.edu


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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