Civil Engineering Objectives & Outcomes

In accordance with its mission, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering seeks to attain the specific Educational Objectives and Outcomes listed herein:


(What graduates are expected to attain five years after graduation.)


  1. Professional employment, primarily in the civil and environmental engineering disciplines.
  2. Commitment to continuous learning through graduate and post-graduate education, coursework, and research.
  3. Being resourceful in finding solutions, and retaining ownership and accountability for their work.
  4. Positions of leadership, directing the work of others.
  5. Professional licensure or certification in civil and environmental engineering disciplines and other professions.
  6. Positions and active participation in community, public, and professional service.


(What students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.)


  1. To have obtained a working knowledge[1] in the civil engineering areas of materials, environmental, geotechnical, structural, sustainability, and water resources.
  2. To be able to locate, assess, and compile data, to design and perform experiments to gather data, and analyze data to draw conclusions.
  3. To have an ability to use and learn techniques, skills, and software necessary for engineering practice.
  4. To be able to contribute as a member of multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. To be able to effectively communicate and support ideas in documents and presentations to a variety of audiences.
  6. To be able to apply principles of mathematics, science, and engineering to identify, formulate, and solve problems.
  7. To have been prepared for the Fundamentals of Engineering examination.[2]
  8. To have the broad education necessary to have an understanding of contemporary issues and the interaction between sustainable and ethical engineering practice and global, social, economic, political, and environmental issues.
  9. To have a recognition of the need for leadership, and an ability to engage in life-long learning ­and to understand the importance of professional licensure.
  10. Given realistic economic, environmental, social, political, and ethical constraints, to be able to critically analyze and design equipment, structures, systems, or processes to meet society’s current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.


[1] A “working knowledge” is defined as understanding and being able to apply a sub-discipline in analysis and design as demonstrated by successful completion of two or more courses with a substantial focus in that sub-discipline.

[2] A specific Departmental goal is to have 85% of BSCE students take the exam before graduation with an 80% pass rate.