Civil Engineering Program Mission, Objectives, and Outcomes

The Civil Engineering major is concerned primarily with fundamental civil engineering design and analysis in such areas as structures, geotechnical engineering, sanitary engineering, water resources, and transportation engineering. Civil Engineering students are required to take a minimum of two Project Design Courses, which synthesize various pre-requisite course offerings into a design project. These projects are usually “open-ended” and duplicate real-world engineering problems. The students typically work in small design team groups. The prerequisites needed for the various project courses vary.

MISSION

The Civil Engineering Program Faculty strive to create a high-quality learning experience for our students. The principal goals include:

  • Provide a broad engineering education to our graduates that will prepare them for both current and future professional challenges.
  • Promote a commitment to continued scholarship and service among our graduates.
  • Foster a spirit of innovation so that our graduates are positioned to take advantage of new technology in our profession.
  • Promote an environment that is inclusive and diverse.
  • To attain prominence in key areas of Civil Engineering graduate education and research.

PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

Within the first several years following graduation, graduates should:

  • Be successfully employed or employable in civil engineering practice in areas such as structural, geotechnical, transportation, construction, water resources, or related fields and/or be continuing their studies at the graduate level.
  • Show a commitment to ethical practice and professional development by extending their knowledge through continuing education and self-directed life-long learning, professional licensure, and service to the profession and society.

STUDENT OUTCOMES

  • Outcome 1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

  • Outcome 2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

  • Outcome 3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

  • Outcome 4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

  • Outcome 5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

  • Outcome 6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

  • Outcome 7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

  • Outcome 8. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.