Transportation Undergraduate and Graduate Education
The University of Kentucky, College of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, in conjunction with the Kentucky Transportation Center, is prepared to sponsor and provide a transportation systems management education to a multidisciplinary group of graduate students. The program involves 10 credit hours which will provide students, who have been admitted to the Graduate School, an opportunity to enhance their competencies and skills in management without undertaking a graduate degree in management or transportation.
- Provide students a specialized education/research experience in the multimodal freight and passenger transportation systems to enhance transportation in Kentucky, the nation, and around the globe. This includes an opportunity for students to participate and be involved in the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.; Kentucky and regional transportation meetings; and transportation related research projects conducted at the Kentucky Transportation Center.
- Provide students with an opportunity to develop an understanding of the issues and complexities of transportation system planning, design, and delivery (including freight and passenger), the supporting infrastructure and resources required, and the impacts of transportation planning on the economic and social systems it serves.
- Provide students with an introduction to the knowledge and skills required for the development, implementation, and management of transportation system components.
The Transportation Systems Management Graduate Program consists of 10 credit hours. The core curriculum consists of four credit hours:
- CE 599 – – Topics in Civil Engineering – Transportation Project Development – – 1 credit hour
- This seminar course will allow lecturers to cover aspects of the transportation project development process and provide an overview of current and anticipated transportation issues.
- CE 699 – – Sustainability in Transportation Systems – – 3 credit hours
- This course introduces students to the increasingly important concern for environmental sustainability in transportation and land use planning. Transportation facilities have multiple impacts on the physical, social, and economic well-being of our communities. Some of these impacts are positive (improved access and economic growth), but some are negative (pollution and excessive resource use devoted to passenger and freight transportation). The course covers the various techniques for (and approaches to) sustainable transportation, the goal of which is to retain the beneficial impacts, while minimizing the extent and frequency of the harmful impacts. The goal of sustainable transportation will be explored in all its dimensions including methods to improve the sustainability of passenger and freight transportation and related facilities at local, national, and international levels.
Courses for the remaining six credit hours will be selected by students to address special interests in transportation and/or to fulfill graduate degree requirements. These courses will be chosen from a variety of 3 credit hour graduate electives offered through the civil engineering, geography, business administration, public policy and administration, landscape architecture, and historic preservation programs:
- GEO 485G – – Urban Planning and Sustainability
- GEO 490G – – American Landscapes
- CE 525 – – Civil Engineering Applications of Geographic Information Systems
- CE 531 – – Geometric Design and Project Development
- CE 533 – – Railroad Facilities Design and Analysis
- GEO 545 – – Transportation Geography
- CE 599 – – Topics in Civil Engineering – Inland Waterway Transportation
- CE 599 – – Mass Transit Systems
- HP 601 – – Introduction to Historic Preservation
- HP 602 – – Dynamics of Historical Preservation: Law, Land Use Planning and Economics
- GEO 609 – – GIScience Fundamentals
- DIS 612 – – Supply Chain Management
- CE 631 – – Urban Transportation Planning
- PA 632 – – Public Financial Management
- CE 633 – – Airport Design
- CE 634 – – Traffic Characteristics
- CE 635 – – Highway Safety
- PA 642 – – Public Organization Theory and Behavior
- PA 651 – – The Policy Process
- GEO 709 – – Advanced GIScience
- LA 858 – – Regional Land Use Planning Systems
- LA 869 – – Advanced Regional Land Use Planning Applications
- Other future courses developed
Graduate Program Admission and Completion Requirements
The admission requirements for this Graduate Program will be the same as those in effect for admission to the Graduate School in post-baccalaureate status. Students are expected to come from backgrounds in civil engineering, geography, business administration, public policy and administration, landscape architecture, and historic preservation.
The completion requirements for this Graduate Program involve a total of 10 graduate credit hours. All course work for the Graduate Program must be completed within five years of admission. Graduate Program students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better to progress in the curriculum.
Student Research Assistantship/Travel/Part-time Work Opportunities
There is funding available to provide research assistantships to a limited number of students enrolled in the Program curriculum. These research assistantships will be awarded to students, based on their Program enrollment application, who best fit the transportation research needs of the University. There is also funding available to help in covering the cost of students’ Program-related travel to Kentucky or regional meetings and the Transportation Research Board’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Depending on local transportation industry needs and student availability, some students may work part-time.
Undergraduate and Graduate Emphasis Program in Railroad Engineering
CE 433: Railway Freight & Passenger Operations and Intermodal Transportation
This course emphasizes the transportation engineering aspects of railway operations – efficient movement of freight and passengers – and complements the existing course CE 533 – “Railroad Facilities Design and Analysis” which places emphasis on the engineering aspects of railroad infrastructure. It provides students with instruction in the critical concepts and planning of railway operations. Students are exposed to the processes used for managing local railway operations to managing system-wide operations. The key planning roles of railroad professionals are stressed. Equal emphasis is placed on the increasing reliance on intermodal (multi-modal) freight transportation systems and the re-emergence of rail passenger, commuter, and transit systems, and their roles for the 21st century.
CE 533: Railroad Facilities Design and Analysis
This course concentrates on the fixed infrastructure aspects of the industry with material addressing railroad construction, maintenance, structures, geotechnical, geometrics, track, and engineering management.
In addition to these two courses, there are co-op, intern, and research opportunities available to students pursuing railway engineering and/or operations careers.
CE 599: Urban Mass Transit
This course introduces the basic concepts and methodologies in rail and bus operations and planning of urban mass transit systems. Students are expected to (1) understand transit system characteristics and performance measures; (2) apply basic methodologies in service planning; and (3) conduct transit demand estimation.