Soil Mechanics (CIT-108)
This course focuses on a study of soil as a basic construction material, including the relationship of geology to soil characteristics, the study of soil physics and the behavior of soil under various loading conditions. The course also covers the following topics: soil composition and terminology, properties and behavioral analysis under load, site exploration and sampling techniques, an introduction to environmental soil contamination and remediation, soil reinforcement and improvement methods, bearing capacity, shallow and deep foundations, consolidation and settlement, soil structures, soil erosion/sediment control during construction and common laboratory and field testing procedures. Prerequisite: MAT 119. 2 lecture and 2 laboratory hours per week. 3 credit hours.