Students are expected to complete their Qualifying Exam after their first year of study.
The exam committee shall consist of at least three faculty members. The majority of the committee membership shall be faculty members from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University.
The student must work with their advisor to select the members of their exam committee, and to determine the date and time of the written and oral parts of the examination. The length of time spent on the written portion of the exam will be determined by the advisor in coordination with the committee.
The dissertation defense committee will consist of six a minimum of five members, including
• The Research Advisor;
• Three tenured or tenure-track faculty members
with at least 51% appointment with the department; and
• The Chair of the Oral Examination Committee.
The Chair of the Oral Examination Committee must be a Syracuse University tenured or tenure-track faculty member from outside of the department and student’s program.
The student may substitute one committee member based on subject-matter expertise Upon approval by the research advisor and the department chair, one committee member (internal or external to Syracuse University) who does not satisfy the second bullet above and may be internal or external to Syracuse University. Additional external committee members may be allowed by petitionis allowed to serve on the exam committee provided they hod a Ph.D. (or comparable doctorate) degree and has the relevant expertise.
The dissertation defense is usually initiated with a 30-40 minute summary of the research. This is followed by open questioning from the audience. When this is completed, the candidate is questioned by the dissertation committee members.
Additional coursework at Syracuse University or SUNY ESF may be approved by petition.
CEE Master’s Degree Programs require at least 15 Credits of Coursework be CEE Prefixed.
Unless otherwise noted, all courses offered by either Syracuse University or SUNY ESF that are numbered 600:996 with one of the following prefixes are approved as electives for all MS & PhD programs of study.
Construction Management Engineering
Computer and Information Science
Engineering and Computer Science
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Supply Chain Management
· Approved by Course, Syracuse University
Additionally, the following specific courses offered by Syracuse University are approved as electives for all graduate-level programs of study.
Introduction to Building Information Modeling*
Advanced Building Information Modeling and 3D Design
Multimedia Reporting: Climate Change
Water Energy Field Course
Statistics for Engineers
Strategic Management & The Natural Environment
Sustainability Driven Enterprise
Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Data Science
Engineering Economics and Technology Valuation
Application of Finite Element Analysis
Design of Solar Energy System
Vibration of Mechanical Systems
Built in Environmental Modeling
Supply Chain Management
Supply Chain and Logistics Management
Principles of Management Science
*Note that CEE 520 - Building Information Modeling and ARC 555 - Introduction to Building Information Modeling can only be counted once towards a program of study. If a student has taken either CEE 520 or ARC 555 and used it towards any program of study, they cannot take the other course for program credit.
Additionally, the following specific courses offered by SUNY ESF are approved as electives for all graduate-level programs of study.
Probability and Statistics for Engineers
Experimental Design and ANOVA
GIS for Engineers
Ecological Economics & Policy