Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org
Mission of the Program
The mission of the Civil Engineering (BSCE) program is to provide a high quality undergraduate education that prepares graduates with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes to successfully begin a career in the civil engineering profession and continue to grow professionally and personally throughout their career.
Program Educational Objectives
After graduation, civil engineering graduates should demonstrate the following abilities:
- Lifelong Learning - to pursue professional development by obtaining professional licensure, certifications or by post-graduate study as appropriate to meet and adapt to emerging and evolving technology and infrastructure challenges.
- Successful Careers - to have a successful career in the field of civil engineering or a related field.
- Professionalism - to contribute to the field of civil engineering or a related field as a professional
Upon graduation students should demonstrate (at a minimum) the following outcomes:
(1) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
(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.
(3) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
(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.
(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.
(6) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
(7) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
The program must prepare graduates to apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, calculus-based physics, chemistry, and at least one additional area of basic science, consistent with the program educational objectives; apply knowledge of four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering; conduct civil engineering experiments and analyze and interpret the resulting data; design a system, component, or process in more than one civil engineering context; explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership; and explain the importance of professional licensure.
The program must demonstrate that faculty teaching courses that are primarily design in content are qualified to teach the subject matter by virtue of professional licensure, or by education and design experience. The program must demonstrate that it is not critically dependent on one individual.
In addition to the above baccalaureate civil engineering program educational outcomes, the educational experience (classroom, lab, and extra curricula activities) of the students addresses the baccalaureate degree outcomes described by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in their report “Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century: Preparing the Civil Engineer for the Future” (Second Edition, 2008). This report (Executive Summary) is based on a broad based and continuing dialogue by the civil engineering profession that has been facilitated and lead by ASCE. The dialogue recognizes the need for change in the preparation of civil engineers for professional practice and is decades old. It reached a tipping point for ASCE in 1998 when the ASCE Board of Trustees approved Policy Statement 465: “Academic Prerequisites for Licensure and Professional Practice”. The future of the civil engineering profession is also described in ASCE’s Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025.