Course Offerings

TRSP 513 Transportation Internship - 3 Credits - This course provides practical experience in the field of transportation and an opportunity to apply research and management tools to real world situations by placement with a transportation agency or organization.

TRSP 514 Advanced Transportation Internship - 3 Credits - This course provides practical experience in the field of transportation and opportunity to apply transportation research and management tools to real-world situation.It is designed for students selected for the MSU-MDOT internship program or other similar internship and co-op programs

TRSP 601 Introduction to Urban Transportation - 3 Credits - This course is designed to familiarize the student with the problems associated with urban transportation systems. Common transportation problems in urban areas will be diagnosed, and potential solutions will be discussed in the context of policy, planning, engineering and design.

TRSP 602 Economics of Transportation - 3 Credits - This course focuses on the microeconomic tools necessary for understanding, analyzing, and managing transportation firms and industries. The course is a mix of theoretical tools and applied industry studies. The major subjects covered in this course include costs, pricing behavior, regulation, inter modal competition, technological advances, and strategic decision making. Prerequisite: college algebra or equivalent.

TRSP 603 Quantitative Methods in Transportation - 3 Credits - This course reviews statistical analysis and probability models relevant to transportation systems analysis and modeling. Discussions include descriptive statistics, regression and correlation analysis, hypothesis testing using parametric and non parametric statistics, probability distribution models, vehicular flow theory, and gap and queue analysis. Prerequisite: college algebra or equivalent.

TRSP 604 Operations Research Applications in Transportation - 3 Credits - This course reviews operations research techniques most relevant to physical distributions and transportation systems management. Discussions include linear programming (integer programming), transportation and transshipment problem, dynamic programming and inventory control, and graphs. Problem formulation skill is emphasized. Prerequisite: TRSP 603 or equivalent.

TRSP 605 Land Use and Transportation Planning - 3 Credits - This course deals with the basic concepts, principles, strategies, and tools of local-level urban transportation and land use planning. The focus is on the real-world planning process and implementation and its relationship with transportation planning. We will consider information requirements for planning, policy considerations, environmental analysis, residential and non-residential land use needs, and a range of planning tools and put them into practice through a series of real-world exercises.

TRSP 606 Urban Public Transportation Systems - 3 Credits - The basic aim of the course is to acquaint the student with the major problems and issues in the planning and management of public transportation systems. The role of the various types of public transportation systems including buses, rapid transit systems, and other new models will be examined.

TRSP 607 Freight Transportation Systems and Logistics - 3 Credits - This course focuses on management of the distribution of goods and freight within and between urban areas. The course covers management of raw materials and finished products transported from sources to marketplace.

TRSP 608 Advanced Logistics and Supply Chain Management - 3 Credits - This course focuses on the strategy, tactical, and contingency planning in the physical distribution of goods and service. Such planning deals with the trends facing firms and the strategies, options, and tactics available through physical distribution. Prerequisite: TRSP.507

TRSP 609 Transportation in Developing Countries- 3 Credits - This course provides an opportunity for in depth examination of transportation issues as they relate to developing countries. The course deals with problems, issues, policies, and solutions of transportation systems and the development process.

TRSP 610 Management of Transportation Systems- 3 Credits - This course is designed to familiarize the student with some of the basic tools and skills required for mid-level and senior managers in transportation. It will focus on managerial issues and problems including economic, marketing, operational,financial,technological labor related,political and institutional concerns.

TRSP 611 Labor Relations in Transportation- 3 Credits - This course will examine the relationship between the transportation and its organized or union employees. Special attention will be given to labor-management cooperation to enhance employee productivity and at the same time meet employee needs of increased wages, better working conditions, etc. The major problems and issues in collective bargaining and negotiation will also be examined.

TRSP 612 Special Problems in Transportation-3 Credits - This course provides the opportunity for students to examine special topics of inters in transportation. They may include; Air & Water Ports Management Transportation, Geographic Information Systems, Transportation Safety, Transportation & Environmental Issues, Transportation Policy, Transportation & Energy Conservation, Transportation & Spatial Integration, and other emerging transportation issues.

TRSP 613 Air Quality Planning - 3 Credits - This course provides the fundamental understanding of air quality concepts, analytical modes, and problems encountered when complying with Federal Air quality planning/analytical requirements. The main objective is to acquaint students with air quality analysis techniques used by transportation professionals from a wide spectrum of fields.

TRSP 614 Air and Sea Port Management - 3 Credits - This course provides students with an understanding of the planning, management and operations of transportation hubs. Master planning and its impacts on management of facilities are covered from beginning to end. The course focuses on the relationship between the planning process and the needs of management in the operation of the facility.

TRSP 615 Traffic & Highway Systems Design and Analysis - 3 Credits - This course discusses the basic concept of traffic and highway systems performance analysis and design. Topics covered include traffic flow theory, traffic data collection and analysis, levels of service concept and analysis, traffic safety, highway geometric and drainage design.

TRSP 616 Microcomputer Application in Transportation - 3 Credits - This course is designed to provide an introduction of microcomputer applications appropriate for solving problems in transportation planning and management.

TRSP 617 Intelligent Transportation - 3 Credits - This introductory course examines the cross-cutting issues in intelligent transportation system (ITS) deployment in the United States. Discussions will include the overview of ITS evolutionary process, the original six program category areas, the new seven services, and intelligent transportation infrastructure and system architecture.

TRSP 618 Advanced Urban Transportation Planning - 3 Credits - This course discusses the traditional four -step planning process and the respective mathematical models and algorithms. Hands-on experience with state -of-the-art travel demand simulation, noise, and air quality analysis software will be emphasized. Students will be given a case problem and are expected to follow MPO accepted procedures to document and present their proposed transportation plan.

TRSP 619 Geographic Information Systems - 3 Credits - This course is designed to expose students to the concepts of spatial analysis using GIS tools. Students learn how to develop and use a GIS-based decision support system. In addition, students will learn how to undertake GIS need assessment studies and learn how to determine the appropriate software and hardware requirements. State of the art software is used to expose students to current tools available to produce quality GIS output.

TRSP 620 Transportation System Evaluation - 3 Credits - The course focuses on analytical methods commonly used in transportation planning. Discussions include transit, highway, and intersection capacity analysis, pavement performance evaluation, traffic accident analysis, benefit-cost analysis, and environmental impact assessment process. Hands-on experience with planning module of the 1990 Highway Capacity Software is emphasized. Prerequisite:TRSP 516 and 503, or permission of the instructor.

TRSP 623 Urban Infrastructure Planning and Management - 3 Credits - This multidisciplinary course will expose the student to the various components of critical urban infrastructure, with a primary focus in transportation infrastructure planning and management processes; and supplemental discussions in sewer, water, energy, and telecommunication distribution systems.

TRSP 625 Transportation Policy - 3 Credits - This course will introduce the student to the development, analysis and implementation of U.S. transportation policy. It will focus on how potential ideas for government action about transportation are translated from concepts into reality. It will cover principal issues, programs, concepts, decision-making processes, and institutional relationships. A broad conceptual framework to understand how policy is formed at the Federal, State, and local level will be analyzed in both governmental and modal basis.

TRSP 701 General Systems Theory - 3 Credits - This course introduces students to the concept and types of systems, and application of systems-based solution approach in transportation and urban infrastructure planning and management.

TRSP 717 Advanced Intelligent Transportation Systems - 3 Credits - This course exposes students to high-level simulation and communications tools for modeling connected vehicles, including vehicle-infrastructure interface (VII), vehicle-vehicle interface (VVI), adaptive traffic signal systems, driver response to traveler information systems, and multimodal transportation systems safety and security.

TRSP 725 Advanced Policy Analysis - 3 Credits - This course, built on materials discussed in TRSP 625, simulates a think-tank environment for analyzing complex issues, using landmark transportation and infrastructure policy decisions as case studies. Students will be exposed to quantitative tools for analyzing complex issues.

TRSP 788 and 789 Supervised Research - 3 Credits (each) - This course is designed to enable the student to participate in meaningful and rigorous research in transportation. Under the supervision and direction of a faculty members, the student will conduct research in an area of interest. This provides an opportunity to apply research methods to analyze specific transportation problems.

TRSP 790 Independent Study in Transportation - 1-3 Credits - This course enables the student, under the tutelage of a graduate faculty, to undertake independent study on timely and practical transportation problems/issues not directly or extensively addressed by other courses in the curriculum.

TRSP 795 Transportation Project I - 2 Credits - This is the first of a two-part course that enables the student, under the tutelage of a faculty member, to develop a detailed proposal for an original research on timely and practical transportation topic.

TRSP 796 Transportation Project II - 2 Credits - This is the second of a two-part course that enables the student, under the tutelage of a faculty member, to complete an original research on timely and practical transportation problems/issues .

TRSP 797 Thesis Guidance - 2 Credits - Thesis guidance provides students who have not completed their thesis in the assigned semester, a mechanism for continuing their work under faculty supervision.

TRSP 799 Thesis Seminar in Transportation - 3 Credits - This course is for students conducting research and writing a thesis under faculty supervision.

TRSP 889 Contemporary Global Issues in Transportation and Urban Infrastructure - 3 Credits - This course exposes students to timely global issues and emerging paradigms in transportation and infrastructure planning, design, and management. Topics covered include adaptive and sustainable urban infrastructure systems, emergency-response transportation planning and management, transportation-energy infrastructure nexus, and innovative infrastructure financing methods.

TRSP 988 Doctoral Research Seminar I - 1 Credit - This is the first part of a seminar sequence that provides the forum for information exchange and synergized initiatives amongst doctoral students, the faculty, and professionals, including development of dissertation proposals and presentation of research activities.

TRSP 989 Doctoral Research Seminar II - 2 Credits - This is the second part of a seminar sequence that provides the forum for doctoral students at the advanced stage of their dissertation research to partake in research symposium and pedagogical activities for peer and faculty evaluation.

TRSP 996 Directed Dissertation Research - 3 Credits - This course enables students to undertake supervised research directed towards their dissertation. Students will undertake extensive review of literature and explore available technological tools and other pertinent resources for developing their dissertation proposal.

TRSP 997 Dissertation Guidance - 3 Credits - This course enables students who have taken but not met all of the requirements of the Dissertation Seminar course to continue research on their doctoral dissertation and have access to the resources of the University.

TRSP 998 Dissertation Seminar - 6 Credit Hours - This course requires the student to conduct high-level and original research for completing a doctoral dissertation that addresses timely transportation related issues.

Suggested Areas of Concentration Electives

Traffic Engineering

  • TRSP 615 Traffic & Highway Systems Design and Analysis
  • TRSP 616 Microcomputer Applications in Transportation
  • TRSP 617 Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
  • CEGR 655 Traffic Engineering
  • CEGR 657 Advanced Topics Traffic Engineering
  • CEGR 681 Theory of Traffic Flow

Transportation Planning

  • TRSP 612 Special Problems in Transportation
  • TRSP 613 Air Quality Planning
  • TRSP 616 Microcomputer Applications in Transportation
  • TRSP 617 Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
  • TRSP 618 Advanced Urban Transportation Planning
  • TRSP 619 Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • CEGR 661 Airport Planning in Engineering

Transportation Management &  Logistics

  • TRSP 604 Operations Research Applications in Transportation
  • TRSP 607 Freight Transportation Systems and Logistics
  • TRSP 608 Advanced Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • TRSP 610 Management of Transportation Systems
  • TRSP 612 Special Problems in Transportation
  • TRSP 614 Air and Sea Port Management
  • TRSP 616 Microcomputer Applications in Transportation
  • INSS 540 Operations Management
  • BUAD 699 Strategic Management
  • CEGR 680 Highway Infrastructure Management