Areas of Specialization - Transportation Engineering

The Transportation Engineering specialty area within Louisiana State University's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering was developed to train students in the discipline required to improve the infrastructure systems serving the State of Louisiana and the nation. This program is designed to produce graduates who are well educated in fundamental disciplines, have a sound knowledge of relevant basic engineering practices, can adapt to change, and have the vision and insight needed to implement creative and cost effective solutions to growing demands. Graduate studies in Transportation Engineering provide the framework for a new generation of professionals who are well prepared to plan, design, build, and maintain our vital infrastructure systems far into the 21st century.

Graduate students enrolled in the program come from around the country and abroad, and also from the large population of practicing engineers in the public and private sectors of Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas. These students bring with them a variety of training and work-related backgrounds, a diversity that enriches the educational environment. In addition, the seminar series coordinated by the faculty will regularly bring visiting researchers and professionals to LSU, exposing students to a variety of intellectual perspectives.


Fields of Study and Research

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a M.S. and Ph.D. degrees with specialization in Transportation. The Departments offerings are enhanced by access to the facilities and resources of the Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC).

The Master's degree is designed as a broad-based curriculum that covers all aspects of transportation engineering. The Doctoral degree is designed as an in-depth specialty degree that permits students to choose specific areas of concentration to pursue at significantly greater depth.


Requirements and Course Work

Core Course Requirements

MS and Ph.D core course requirements in Transportation Engineering are: EXST 7003 plus at least one course from three of the following four group of courses:

Planning: CE7640, CE7641, CE7600
CE4600, CE7610
CE4670, CE7650, CE7672
CE4650, CE7655


Major Field Courses

CE 3600 -- Principles of Highway and Traffic Engineering
CE 4600 -- Geometric Design of Highways and Airports
CE 4670 -- Fundamentals of Pavement Design
CE 4650 -- Introduction to Asphalt Mixture Design
CE 7600 -- Transportation Engineering Data Collection
CE 7610 -- Traffic Engineering Operations and Control
CE 7615 -- Advanced Highway Design and Safety
CE 7640 -- Urban Transportation Policy and Planning
CE 7641 -- Urban Transportation Planning Models
CE 7645 - Transportation Network Modeling and Optimization
CE 7650 -- Bituminous Materials and Mixtures
CE 7655 -- Pavement Material Characterization
CE 7672 -- Pavement Management Systems


Related Field Courses

The following are related field courses that may be included in a course of study for a graduate degree in Transportation Engineering.

CE 4440 -- Advanced Mechanics of Materials
CE 4450 -- Finite Element Methods
CE 7300 -- Advanced Geotechnical Engineering I
CE 7310 -- Advanced Geotechnical Engineering II
CE 7455 -- Finite Element Method in Engineering
CE 7480 -- Plasticity and Viscoelasticity
ARCH 4062 -- Urban Planning and Design
ARCH 4353 -- Principles and Practice of Land Development
CHEM 7760 -- Asphalt Chemistry
ECON 4710 -- Aggregate Economic Analysis
ECON 5600 -- Microeconomic Theory for Policy Analysis
ECON 7630 -- Economics Methods
ECON 7631 -- Economics Methods II
EXST 7003 -- Statistical Inference I
EXST 7004 -- Experimental Statistics I
EXST 7005 -- Statistical Techniques I
EXST 7011 -- Nonparametric Statistics
EXST 7012 -- Fundamental Sampling Techniques
EXST 7037 -- Multivariate Statistics
GEOG 4047 -- Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 4073 -- Urban Geography
GEOG 4077 -- Economic Geography
GEOL 7134 -- Clay Mineralogy


Articulation Courses

Math 1550 -- Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
Math 1552 -- Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
Math 2057 -- Multidimensional Calculus
Math 2065 -- Elementary Differential Equations
CE 2200 -- Fluid Mechanics
CE 2450 -- Statics
CE 3300 -- Geotechnical Engineering I
CE 3400 -- Mechanics of Materials
CE 3700 -- Engineering Materials Laboratory