COURSES (GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE)
FE 315: Soil Engineering  Winter Term  4 Credits
Prerequisites: ENGR 213 and CE 311 or CEM 311 or FE 330
Introduce Forest Engineering, Ecological Engineering, and Construction Engineering
Management students to soil and the engineering properties that determine how it is used as a
structural material in cut and fill slope structures, as a part of retaining structures, for
building foundation support, as a pavement subgrade, and for earth dams.
Course Objectives:
[1] Identify and classify soils by the Unified Classification System.
[2] Solve for the Phase Relationships in soil.
[3] Conduct compaction tests, understand compaction specifications.
[4] Estimate seepage quantities and associated pore water pressure.
[5] Compute gravity stresses in soil (ABET Outcomes: a, e, k)
[6] Make first order settlement estimates of sitework fills.
[7] Make time rate of settlement estimates for sitework fills.
[8] Understand basics of the MohrCoulomb strength relationship.
Offered: Winter Term
Find the course syllabus here.
FE 316: Soil Mechanics  Spring Term  4 Credits
Prerequisites: FE 315 or CE 372
Provide Forest Engineers, Ecological Engineers and Civil
Engineers with a working knowledge of the classical soil mechanics that is the basis for
basic slope stability analysis, retaining wall and anchor design, and bearing capacity.
Course Objectives:
[1] A basic understanding of soil strength and its application to classical soil
mechanics.
[2] The ability to determine the stability of an engineered or natural earth
slope.
[3] The ability to design stable slopes in situations of moderate geotechnical
difficulty.
[4] The ability to compute lateral earth pressures for retaining wall design
purposes.
[5] The ability to compute passive resistance for anchor design purposes.
[6] The ability to design modest height retaining walls, and anchor blocks.
[7] The ability to compute bearing capacity for shallow spread footings.
Offered: Spring Term
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FE/CE 479 / FE/CE 579:Slope and Embankment Design  Spring Term  3 Credits
A comprehensive overview of evaluating stability and performance for natural and engineering slopes. Design aspects include construction of road embankments, slope remediation techniques and application of geosynthetics for slope stabilization, slope and wall construction, and drainage.
Offered: Spring Term

