Instructional Mission

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering seeks to provide the highest quality of undergraduate and graduate education. At the undergraduate level, the Department's mission is to provide all students the opportunity for a broad-based educational experience, enabling them to address complex and multi-faceted civil engineering problems. The Department provides students with the fundamentals necessary to evolve in the profession and to respond to changing technological and societal needs. In addition, the Department's undergraduate program provides the depth of preparation and fosters intellectual curiosity needed for graduate studies and research.

This mission reflects a recognition of the diversity of our students' backgrounds, needs, and career aspirations.

Educational Objectives

In practice, following graduation, our students are expected to

  1. Successfully apply fundamental mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles in formulating and solving engineering problems;
  2. Work competently in one or more core civil engineering areas of practice;
  3. Work effectively and conduct themselves ethically in their professional environment; and
  4. Develop improved skills and new skills to enhance the state of their practice in a dynamic professional environment.

Student Outcomes

We have adopted the ABET Criterion 3 Program Outcomes (a-k) as our own Program Outcomes, and have augmented them to include outcomes based on additional required ASCE Curriculum Program Criteria (l-o). The resulting list of Program Outcomes is that students have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  12. Civil Engineering-Specific:

  13. proficiency in mathematics through differential equations, probability and statistics, calculus-based physics, and general chemistry, and an ability to apply knowledge in additional areas of science
  14. proficiency in a minimum of four (4) recognized major civil engineering areas
  15. an understanding of professional practice issues
  16. an understanding of the importance of professional licensure and continuing education

Accreditation

The BS program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org/.