Transportation Degree Programs and Courses at UIC

The following is a selected list of courses relevant to transportation that are offered in UIC. Many of the courses have departmental prerequisites; these should be checked on a course-by-course basis. This listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract. Every attempt is made to provide the most current and correct information. Courses listed here are subject to change without advance notice. Courses are not necessarily offered every term or year. Individual colleges or programs should be consulted for information regarding the frequency of course offerings.

The Department of Urban Planning and Policy offers a Master of Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy with a specialization in Urban Transportation. In addition to the transportation specialization courses, there are other required courses to complete the Masters and Ph.D. in urban planning and policy. Please contact the Urban Planning & Policy (UPP) program for general information.

Department of Urban Planning and Policy

Urban Transportation Specialization Courses


UPP 560 Syllabus
Urban Transportation I: Introduction 4 Hours
Transportation planning and linkages between it and urban land use and regional economic development. Recent trends, traditional problems and merging issues.


UPP 561 Syllabus
Urban Transportation II: Policy and Methods 4 Hours
Formation and implementation of transportation policy at the national, regional and local levels. Students will prepare an in-depth study of a major policy issue. Prerequisite: 560 or consent of the instructor.


UPP 562 Syllabus
Urban Transportation III: Laboratory 4 Hours
Software packages for urban transportation planning, transportation GIS and air quality monitoring. Heavy reliance on case studies. Prerequisites: UPP 561 or consent of instructor.


UPP 563 Syllabus
Transportation Management 4 Hours
Transit system planning, scheduling, pricing policy, and management; traffic control techniques and demand management; paratransit alternatives. Prerequisite: UPP 560.


UPP 565 Syllabus
Transportation: Special Topics 1-4 Hours
Examination of specific and current problems in urban and regional transportation. Topics to be determined at the time the course is offered. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.


UPP 569 Syllabus
Infrastructure Management 4 Hours
Integrated approach to the management of infrastructure systems: design, construction, operations, maintenance and rehabilitation of facilities. Performance of facilities, approaches to management, and available tools and developing technologies. Same as CME 580. Prerequisite(s): IE 201 or the equivalent or consent of instructor. Recommended background: Familiarity with computer spreadsheets.


UPP 589 Syllabus
Data Analysis for Planning and Management II 4 Hours
Advanced topics in data analysis and model building including specific models used in urban planning.


Department of Civil and Materials Engineering

Transportation Engineering and Transportation Planning Specialization Courses

The Department of Civil and Materials Engineering in UIC offers a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a specialty in Transportation Engineering.


CME 302 Syllabus
Introduction to Transportation Engineering 3 Hours
Fundamentals of transportation engineering. Design, operations and planning of transportation systems of various technologies, emphasizing road and public transit. Extensive computer use required. Field trips and computer laboratory required. Prerequisite(s): ME 210; and CS 107 or CS 108.


CME 402 Syllabus

Geometric Design of Highway Facilities 3 or 4 Hours
Elements of geometric design. Driver, vehicle, and roadway system characteristics. Horizontal and vertical alignment design. Intersection design and operation. Capacity and level of service. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CME 302.


CME 408 Syllabus

Traffic Engineering and Design 4 Hours
Highway Traffic control with an emphasis on highway capacity analysis and Traffic Signal Design. Queuing theory, traffic flow theory, corridor management, and Taffic Safety. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Extensive computer use required. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): CME 302 or consent of the instructor.


CME 494 Syllabus

Special Topics in Civil Engineering, Mechanics, and
1-4 Hours
Subject matter varies from section to section and from semester to semester, depending on the specialities of the instructor. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.


CME 501
Urban Transportation 4 Hours
Transportation technology, and its relation to travel and location phenomena in large urban areas, as a basis for planning, operating and design of multimodal transportation systems. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better or concurrent registration in CME 302; and MATH 210 and ECON 120. Recommended background: For transportation and urban planning majors.

CME 503 Syllabus
Advanced Transportation Demand Analysis 4 Hours
Advanced quantitative analysis and modeling of transportation demand for planning purposes. Disaggregate choice models, traveler behavior and values, activity-based and microsimulation approach to demand modeling. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): CME 508.


CME 507 Syllabus
Sustainable Transportation Systems 4 Hours
Transportation network analysis, mobile source emission modeling and life-cycle based transportation energy modeling. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in CME 501; and credit or concurrent registration in CME 508. Recommended Background: Transportation engineering, urban planning, and environmental engineering.


CME 508 Syllabus
Urban Travel Forecasting 4 Hours
Theory and method of forecasting travelers' choices of route, mode, destination, departure time, trip frequency and origin location in congested urban transportation networks. Prerequisite: CME 302 and MATH 210 and ECON 120.


CME 509
Transportation Networks 4 Hours
Application of constrained optimization methods to the analysis, planning and design of urban transportation networks. Prerequisite(s): CME 501 and ECON 501 and MATH 484 and CME 508.


Program in Computational Transportation Science



CS 594
Special Topics 4 Hours
Topic: Computer and Network Privacy and Security: Ethical, Legal, and Technical Considerations. May be repeated for credit. Students may register for more than one section per term. Subject matter varies from term to term and section to section, depending on the specialties of the instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

CTS 594 Syllabus
Principles of Computational Transportation Science 4 Hours
Modeling and simulation of network problems, complexity of network optimization, network equilibrium problems. Database design and theory, Geographic Information Systems and Location Based Services. Prerequisite: UPP 560 or equivalent, intermediate-level microeconomics.
Some computer science background, beyond a one-semester programming language course.


Program in Geography



GEOG 464
Geographic Modeling of Transportation Systems 3 or 4 Hours
Discussions of the principles of spatial interaction, emphasizing passenger movements, commodity flows, the practicality of network analysis, and the impact of transportation facilities on land use and regional development. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 100 and GEOG 161.


GEOG 481
Geographic Information Systems I 4 Hours
Components and performance properties of geographic information systems. Geographic hierarchies and data structures. Problems and solutions in handling large geographic files. Geocoding. Same as ANTH 481. Prerequisite(s): GEOG 100 and one from GEOG 278, GEOG 386, IDS 100; or consent of the instructor.


GEOG 482
Geographic Information Systems II 4 Hours
Application of raster (or grid) based geographic information systems to the spatial analysis of landscapes. Same as ANTH 482.


GEOG 589
Geographic Information Systems for Planning 4 Hours
Applications of Geographic Information Systems to urban planning and policy making. Same as UPP 508. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in urban planning and policy or consent of the instructor.


Department of Economics



ECON 450
Business Forecasting Using Time Series Methods 4 hours
Same as IDS 476. Autoregressive, moving average, and seasonal models for time series analysis and business forecasting. Forecasting using multivariable transfer function models is also included. Prerequisite: IDS 371 or Econ 445 or consent of the instructor.


ECON 570
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 4 hours
Analytical methods for evaluating the impacts and control costs of pollution externalities and natural resource changes. Consequent implications for public and business policy. Prerequisite: Econ 501 or Econ 520 or MBA 502.


ECON 571
Urban Real Estate and Land Economics 4 Hours
Economic analysis of urban real estate and land. Real estate appraisal. Demand for urban land; supply of land and improvements. Prerequisite: Econ 501 or 520.


ECON 572
Urban Economics 4 hours
Urban economic models and economic analysis of urban problems. Firm location, housing, transportation, local public finance. Prerequisite: Econ 501 or 520.


ECON 574
Comparative Urbanization 4 hours
Process of urbanization in different economic and social contexts. Urban growth, primacy, city size, distribution, urban hierarchy, core and periphery. Relationship with economic development. Prerequisite: Econ 501 or 520 or consent of the instructor.


ECON 575
Economic Analysis of Public Expenditures 4 Hours
Microeconomic theory as applied to public expenditure decisions; externalities, shadow prices and investment criteria in cost-benefit analysis; uncertainty and the value of life; extensive illustrative case studies. Prerequisite: Econ 501 or 520.


Department of Civil and Materials Engineering

Program in Computational Transportation Science

Program in Geography

Department of Economics