Transportation Technology & Policy (Graduate Group)

Susan Handy, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Group

Group Office. West Village, 1605 Tilia, Suite 100; 530-752-0247; https://its.ucdavis.edu/students/graduate-group-in-transportation-technology-and-policy/

Faculty. https://itspeople.ucdavis.edu/

Susan Handy, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Group

Group Office. West Village, 1605 Tilia, Suite 100; 530-752-0247; https://its.ucdavis.edu/students/graduate-group-in-transportation-technology-and-policy/

Faculty. https://itspeople.ucdavis.edu/

Graduate Study. The Graduate Group in Transportation Technology and Policy offers the M.S. (Plan I—thesis; and Plan II—exam), and Ph.D. degrees in two areas of specialization: Transportation Technology; and Transportation Planning and Policy. The technology track is for students trained in engineering and the physical sciences and interested in systems-level planning, analysis, management and design of advanced technologies (emphasizing vehicle propulsion and “intelligent transportation system” technologies) focusing on energy and environmental issues. The planning and policy track is aimed at students from a wider range of disciplines interested in the broader public policy issues concerning transportation systems. The curriculum for both tracks includes courses in civil, mechanical, and environmental engineering, economics, policy sciences, statistics, travel behavior, management, technology assessment and environmental studies.

Preparation. Applicants will normally be expected to have completed two courses in calculus, one course in linear algebra, and one course each in calculus level statistics and microeconomics. Additionally, students entering the technology track will need either to have an appropriate technical background or make up a relatively large number of prerequisite courses in order to be able to take the approved courses in that track.

Program of Study. Students will have the option of following either a technology or policy/management track. M.S. students complete six core courses plus electives. Ph.D. students take seven courses from the same core, three additional courses from their chosen track, one more in the alternate track, plus electives. Master's degrees require a minimum of 36 quarter units and doctoral degrees require a minimum of 54 units. M.S. Plan I students may replace up to six units of regular course work with research (course 299) units. At least two thirds of all credits must be at the graduate level.

Graduate Advisors. Susan Handy; Gil Tal (Admissions)

Susan Handy, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Group

Group Office. West Village, 1605 Tilia, Suite 100; 530-752-0247; https://its.ucdavis.edu/students/graduate-group-in-transportation-technology-and-policy/

Faculty. https://itspeople.ucdavis.edu/

Graduate Study. The Graduate Group in Transportation Technology and Policy offers the M.S. (Plan I—thesis; and Plan II—exam), and Ph.D. degrees in two areas of specialization: Transportation Technology; and Transportation Planning and Policy. The technology track is for students trained in engineering and the physical sciences and interested in systems-level planning, analysis, management and design of advanced technologies (emphasizing vehicle propulsion and “intelligent transportation system” technologies) focusing on energy and environmental issues. The planning and policy track is aimed at students from a wider range of disciplines interested in the broader public policy issues concerning transportation systems. The curriculum for both tracks includes courses in civil, mechanical, and environmental engineering, economics, policy sciences, statistics, travel behavior, management, technology assessment and environmental studies.

Preparation. Applicants will normally be expected to have completed two courses in calculus, one course in linear algebra, and one course each in calculus level statistics and microeconomics. Additionally, students entering the technology track will need either to have an appropriate technical background or make up a relatively large number of prerequisite courses in order to be able to take the approved courses in that track.

Program of Study. Students will have the option of following either a technology or policy/management track. M.S. students complete six core courses plus electives. Ph.D. students take seven courses from the same core, three additional courses from their chosen track, one more in the alternate track, plus electives. Master's degrees require a minimum of 36 quarter units and doctoral degrees require a minimum of 54 units. M.S. Plan I students may replace up to six units of regular course work with research (course 299) units. At least two thirds of all credits must be at the graduate level.

Graduate Advisors. Susan Handy; Gil Tal (Admissions)


Courses in TTP:
TTP 200Transportation Survey Methods (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): STA 013 or STA 013Y; ECI 251 recommended. Description of types of surveys commonly used in transportation demand modeling, including travel and activity diaries, attitudinal, panel, computer, and stated-response surveys. Discussion of sampling, experimental design, and survey design issues. Analysis methods, including factor, discriminant and cluster analysis. Not open for credit to students who have taken ECI 255. (Same course as GEO 281.) (Letter.) Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
TTP 210Fundamentals of Transportation Technology (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MAT 021A; MAT 021B; MAT 022A; and Consent of Instructor. Graduate or junior/senior undergraduate as a technical elective. Limited enrollment. Fundamentals of Transportation Technology is a course designed to prepare students in the basics of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer as they relate to transportation. Not open for credit to students who have completed TTP 289. (Former TTP 289.). (Letter.) Effective: 2007 Spring Quarter.
TTP 220Transportation Planning and Policy (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Limited enrollment. Transportation planning process at the regional level, including the role of federal policy in shaping regional transportation planning, tools and techniques used in regional transportation planning, issues facing regional transportation planning agencies, pros and cons of potential solutions and strategies. Students having taken this course previously as TTP 289 cannot repeat it for credit; having taken other TTP 289 offerings does not preclude taking this course for credit. (Same course as GEO 236.) (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Winter Quarter.
TTP 281ITS Transportation Seminar Series (1) Active
Seminar—1.5 hour(s). Transportation seminars by guest speakers, on varied topics. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2006 Spring Quarter.
TTP 282Transportation Orientation Seminar (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Ten weeks of seminars, introducing various topics in transportation research and education, focusing on topics of particular interest at UC Davis. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2006 Spring Quarter.
TTP 283Professionalism, Leadership, and Ethics (1) Active
Seminar—2 hour(s). Speakers from industry, government, academia, and NGOs will lead discussions about succeeding and performing in the professional world. They will address leadership, ethics, and other workplace issues. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2006 Spring Quarter.
TTP 289ASelected Topics in Transportation Technology and Policy (1-5) Active
Lecture; Laboratory. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Directed group study of special topics with instruction carried out through lecture or laboratory, or a combination of both. May be repeated for credit. May be repeated for credit. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Fall Quarter.
TTP 289BSelected Topics in Transportation Technology and Policy (1-5) Active
Lecture; Laboratory. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Directed group study of special topics with instruction carried out lecture or laboratory, or a combination of both. May be repeated for credit. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1999 Fall Quarter.
TTP 290CGraduate Research Group Conference (1) Active
Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Research problems, progress, and techniques in transportation. May be repeated for credit. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Fall Quarter.
TTP 292Internship in TTP (1-5) Active
Internship. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Second year standing; approval of project prior to period of internship. Supervised work experience in transportation studies. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2000 Spring Quarter.
TTP 298Group Study (1-5) Active
Discussion—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Fall Quarter.
TTP 299Research (1-12) Active
Discussion—1-12 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Fall Quarter.
TTP 396Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.