Civil Engineering Objectives and Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

Within five years of graduation, graduates of the Civil Engineering program are expected to:

  1. Effectively and accurately communicate with technical and non-technical audiences.
  2. Successfully apply technical knowledge to solve engineering problems to satisfy client, industry and governmental requirements.
  3. Evaluate projects from a holistic perspective including some or all of the following: sustainability, environmental impacts, ethics, aesthetics, politics, historical perspectives, social impacts, technical needs, and costs.
  4. Make significant and innovative contributions in their professional endeavors.
  5. Become registered professional engineers.

Student Outcomes

The following student outcomes define the competencies that students are expected to demonstrate at graduation:

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. Ability to (i) design and (ii) conduct experiments, as well as to (iii) analyze and interpret data.
  3. 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. Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. 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. Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


The vision of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is to provide the education and training to create citizen engineers who will be leaders in the civil and environmental engineering professions and in their communities. Citizen engineers are:

  • Able to address technical and non-technical issues
  • Attuned to the needs of their community and nation
  • Able and willing to engage in public policy
  • Appreciative of sustainability
  • Ethical
  • Innovative, but aware of risk
  • Life-long learners

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