The program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
ABET, Inc. is the recognized accrediting agency for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET is a federation of 28 professional and technical societies representing these fields. Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the U.S., ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 70 years.
The civil engineering program constituents are those individuals, groups, or institutions that directly benefit from the academic quality of the program. They are the primary contributors to and beneficiaries of our program, and have a vested interest in the quality of the program. Furthermore, the identified primary constituents are used, in various ways, to define, review and assess our program’s progress towards meeting all objectives and outcomes. The major constituents of our program are:
- Current students.
- Alumni, with representation on the Department Advisory Board.
- The Department’s faculty.
- Private consulting firms, with representation on the Department Advisory Board.
- Private industry, including major regional, national and international construction and product-development companies, with representation on the Department Advisory Board.
- Local, state and federal agencies and departments, with representation on the Department Advisory Board.
To be among the top tier civil engineering and environmental engineering programs at a land-grant university.
To provide a premier undergraduate education in civil engineering that prepares our graduates to contribute effectively to the profession and society, for advanced study, and for life-long learning; to conduct world-class disciplinary and interdisciplinary research that is integrated with both graduate and undergraduate education in selected areas of excellence; and to serve a diverse constituency through technology transfer, public service, and outreach.
Objectives and Outcomes
The career and professional accomplishments our program is preparing graduates to achieve are as follows:
- Our graduates engage in entry-level engineering or related employment or advanced education.
- Our graduates demonstrate competence and ongoing development in their technical and professional skills.
- Our graduates demonstrate continued growth in effective communication.
- Our graduates pursue their careers with integrity, service, and professionalism.
- Our graduates continue learning and they grow into positions of responsibility.
The Department has adopted and added to the list of Student Outcomes from ABET, Criterion 3, labeled 1 through 7, below, with an additional one labeled 8.
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
- 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.
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- 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.
- 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.
- An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
- An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
- An ability to think logically, critically, and creatively.