Scope and Objectives

Graduate study in the Infrastructure Materials focus area at Oregon State University emphasizes the fundamental understanding of materials and property relationships, microstructural development and its impact on long-term performance, durability and sustainability of civil and construction engineering materials, principles of green construction and materials selection as well as rehabilitation, assessment and repair of infrastructure with a focus on materials aspects. Coursework provides fundamental theory as well as application to real-world engineering problems. Research opportunities abound and are supported in the suite of world-class Infrastructure Materials Laboratories. The M.S. and M.Eng. Programs prepare students for careers in consulting, design, development, state and federal positions, regulation, or construction. Additionally, the M.S. program provides the background for students wishing to further their career in academic or industrial research, teaching, or further specialization to pursue the Ph.D. degree.

Program of Study

Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

The program of study for the M.S. and M.Eng. degrees consists of a minimum of 45 credit hours. If a minor is pursued, approximately two-thirds of the work must be in the major area and one-third in the minor area. For the M.S. degree, a student with major professor approval may elect a thesis or non-thesis (technical report) option; a maximum of 12 credit hours is allowed for the thesis and 6 for a non-thesis or project option. Students who are supported with a GTA or GRA position must produce a research thesis or project report. The M.Eng. degree requires coursework only; students pursuing the M.Eng. degree are generally not supported with GTA or GRA positions.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The program of study for the Ph.D. requires 63 credits beyond the 45 credit hours required for an M..S or M.Eng. These consist of roughly 18 additional hours of coursework and approximately 45 hours of thesis credit. The exact hours must conform to the CCE and OSU Graduate School Curriculum requirements as well as guidance provided by the student’s committee. More information on degree checklist and program of study can be found here

The courses offered in the Infrastructure Materials focus area are listed below.

Entrance Requirements

Minimum entrance requirements (equivalent coursework to OSU Course Numbers Listed Below):
Calculus and differential equations: MTH 251, 252, 254, 256, and 306
Statistics: ST 314
Physics (with calculus): PH 211 and 212

Civil and Construction Engineering Materials (CCE 321)
Chemistry: CH 201
Engineering Mechanics: ENGR 211 (statics), 212 (dynamics), and 213 (strength of materials)

Structural Theory:  CE 381, CE 382*

*recommended but not required

Available Courses

CCE 520 – Selected Topics in Infrastructure Materials (4)

CCE 520 – Advanced Pavement Materials (3)

CCE 520 – Pavement Design and Sustainability (3)

CCE 522 – Green Building Materials (3)

CCE 523 – Concrete Durability and Performance (4)

CCE 524 – Condition Assessment and Repair of Reinforced Concrete Structures (4)

CCE 525 – Experimental Methods in Cement Chemistry (4)

CE 572 – In-situ and Lab Testing of Soils (4)

CE 532 – Finite Element Analysis (4)

CE 592 – Pavement Structures (3)

MATS 555 – Experimental Techniques in Material Science (4)

MATS 570 – Structure Property Relationships (4)

MATS 581 – Thermodynamics of Solids (4)

MATS 587 – Dislocations, Def, Creep (4)

MATS 584 – Advanced Fracture and Fatigue of Materials (4)

WSE 571 – Renewable Materials in Building Construction (3)

WSE 521 – Wood Science I (4)

WSE 522 – Wood Science II (4)

WSE 561 – Manufacturing with Renewable materials I (4)

WSE 562 – Manufacturing with Renewable materials II (4)

WSE 553 – Global Trade in Renewable Materials (3)

WSE 555 – Marketing and Innovation in Renewable Materials (3)

WSE 530 – Polymer Composites (3)

WSE 573 – Bio-energy and Environmental Impacts

ST 511 – Methods of Data Analysis (4)

ST 512 – Methods of Data Analysis (4)

ST 515 – Design and Analysis of Planned Experiments (3)

*Up to 15 hours can focus on minor area of interest (e.g., related to research activities), subject to approval by the student’s committee. These can be within CCE (e.g., structures, geotechnical, transportation, etc.) or outside of CCE (e.g., material science, geosciences, chemistry, wood science, etc.).

Additional UG courses related to materials: These undergraduate courses may be taken for NO graduate credits to gain better understanding of renewable materials.

WSE 210 – Renewable Materials Technology and Utilization (4)

WSE 321 – Anatomy and Chemistry of Renewable Materials (4)

WSE 322 – Physical and Mechanical Properties of Renewable Materials (4)

WSE 324 – Renewable Materials Lab (3)

WSE 390 – Global Issues in Renewable Materials (3)


In CCE Faculty Advisors (in and out of department):

Dr. Chris Bell, Professor and Associate School Head, CCE

Dr. Erdem Coleri, Assistant Professor

Dr. Jason H. Ideker, Associate Professor

Dr. O. Burkan Isgor, Associate Professor

Dr. David Trejo, Professor and Hal Pritchett Chair in CEM

Others potential advisors depending on research focus area (not exhaustive)

In Materials Science

Dr. Brady Gibbons

Dr. Jay Kruzic

Dr. David Cann

Dr. Bill Warnes

Dr. Roberto Albertani

Dr. P. Alex Greaney

In Wood Science and Engineering

Dr. Lech Muszynski

Dr. Fred Kamke

Dr. Arijit Sinha

Dr. Rakesh Gupta