Civil Engineering

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. The program objectives of the Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Civil Engineering (CVE) program are as follows:

  • Graduates of the CVE program who choose to pursue registration as a professional engineer or certification as a professional construction manager will, after attaining the required years of work experience stipulated by the relevant licensing board, achieve that distinction.
  • Graduates of the CVE program will pursue opportunities to advance their technical and professional skills through life-long learning.
  • Graduates of the CVE program will demonstrate a commitment to their profession and to their community by participating in and providing leadership for professional societies and/or public service activities.
  • Graduates of the CVE program will be able to evaluate complex systems or processes within realistic constraints such as customary standards of practice, costs, and sustainability.
  • Graduates of the CVE program who choose to do so will be able to move into advanced management positions, having the business, communications, leadership, and teamwork skills required.
  • Graduates of the CVE program will have the ability to determine appropriate courses of action in situations involving conflicting professional and ethical interests.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes are narrower statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. The student outcomes of the Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Civil Engineering (CVE) program are as follows:

  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 multidisciplinary 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. Explain basic concepts in business, specifically in the areas of project management, leadership, finance and economics
  13. Explain basic concepts in law and public policy, and develop recommendations on issues of public policy associated with the civil engineering profession
  14. Demonstrate the ability to apply master’s-level knowledge in one area of specialization
  15. Participate in professional society and community service activities
  16. An ability to (1) explain the importance of professional licensure, and (2) pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam prior to graduation
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