Civil Engineering

Department Mission Statement

    The primary objective of this program is to produce well-balanced civil engineers capable of entering the civil engineering profession or continuing their studies at the graduate level. Graduates will be well-prepared to solve current civil engineering problems, and they will have the ability to adapt to problems of the future. The achievements of civil engineers are well-known to the general public, because civil engineers build the world’s infrastructure. In doing so, they can shape the history of nations. Projects that civil engineers work on include: airports, bridges, buildings, dams and waterways, drainage and sewer systems, city roads, and highways. The undergraduate program offers a balanced approach to civil engineering education. Students take a common core of civil engineering courses, and they can specialize in the areas of geotechnical, water resources, or structural engineering. The program is also designed to give students a solid foundation in engineering and science. Students take courses in chemistry, physics, and math, in addition to a core set of engineering courses common to most engineering disciplines. The civil engineering courses teach students the fundamentals of engineering design, as well as potential applications. Students are taught how to use computer software to expedite the design process, and they are also taught how to balance engineering designs with economic constraints. During their senior year, undergraduate students work with a professor on a design project.

    Program Educational Objectives

    1. To develop graduates that function successfully in the fundamental areas of civil engineering, and within a specialty, such as structural, geotechnical or water resources engineering.

    2. To prepare graduates for advanced education in civil engineering and related fields, and for professional licensure.

    Student Outcomes

    The civil engineering program uses the following student outcomes for assessment:
    (a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
    (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
    (c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
    (d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
    (e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
    (f) an understanding of professional ethical responsibility
    (g) an ability to communicate effectively
    (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal contex
    (i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
    (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
    (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.