Geotechnical Principles CE180
Understanding the behavior of soils is the foundation of Civil Engineering. This class enables students to understand fundamental geotechnical principles. Course work covers the characteristics and classification of soils; physical, mechanical and hydraulic properties of soils; seepage; the effective stress principle; stress distribution, consolidation, settlement; and shear strength. This class has a strong hands-on component — the experiments conducted in the laboratory not only allow students to apply basic principles to practice, but also introduce different field practices.
Two research projects are included in this inquiry-based, research-based class. Technical writing and interpersonal skills are emphasized. The students are introduced to the concepts of physical modeling and computer modeling.