Undergraduate Program

Educational Objectives & Student Outcomes


Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the program are that during the first few years after graduation:

  • CVEEN graduates will be engaged in the practice of civil or environmental engineering, or related field, or will be pursuing advanced knowledge through post-graduate study and research.
  • CVEEN graduates will be on the path towards licensure, when appropriate, and will be active in professional organizations, seeking opportunities for professional development and participating in the betterment of their profession.
  • CVEEN graduates will be ascending into leadership roles and be advocating for their profession utilizing their accumulated education and experience solving complex societal issues for the broader good of the community.

The rationale for these Program Educational Objectives are given below, respectively:

(1) The practice of civil or environmental engineering entails the design, construction, operation and maintenance of infrastructure and systems for public and private enterprises. It often entails the practice of material, coastal, construction, earthquake, environmental, geotechnical, water resources, structural, transportation, forensic, municipal or urban engineering.

CVEEN graduates are encouraged to seek additional educational opportunities in a graduate program, or seek post B.S. university courses as working professionals. Such post B.S. degree training is advocated by ASCE policy statement 465.

(2) A CVEEN graduate’s path to professional licensure continues after graduation. To be on this path, graduates must successfully complete the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and acquire post-graduation design experience working under the direction of a licensed professional engineer. They must also successfully complete the Principles and Practice of engineering (PE) exam which allows them to apply for licensure according to rules adopted by the professional licensing boards of various States. The clause, “when appropriate,” is added for cases where CVEEN graduates choose career paths that do not require professional licensure (e.g., some governmental, industry, research and teaching positions, etc.). Nonetheless, such graduates are expected to become knowledgeable in the practices and codes that govern their respective career paths and to obtain the necessary training to become effective professionals. CVEEN graduates are encouraged to be active in professional organizations early in their careers, and to continue in that participation. CVEEN graduates are given a charge to continue their professional development and post B.S. degree learning. This learning is necessary for obtaining and retaining professional licensure. Graduates with P.E. licenses are required to obtain professional development hours (PDHs) in order to maintain licensure. Just as important, CVEEN graduates are trained in critical thinking and reasoning skills that will continue to develop and mature throughout their careers. CVEEN graduates have an obligation to seek opportunities to improve the practice of their profession. These activities might include participating on professional and technical committees, boards, panels, etc., or providing service to dis-advantaged communities and non-profit organizations.

(3) CVEEN graduates will begin their technical engagement as members of engineering or technological teams responsible for delivering engineering solutions that meet the needs of society. Because civil engineering is often practiced in the public arena, which requires CVEEN graduates to assume roles of leadership and management, sometimes relatively early in their professional careers, some CVEEN graduates may become city, county, state or federal engineers and as such will have the opportunity to implement public policy. This statement encourages CVEEN graduates to be proactive in seeking these and other leadership opportunities.

Student Outcomes

The following statements describe what students are expected to know and are able to do by the time of graduation:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

  3. an 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. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

  7. an 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. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues

  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

  12. explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership; and explain the importance of professional licensure

Enrollment and Degrees Conferred
Student Enrollment
Fall 2015 Spring 2016
Pre Major 52 17
Intermediate Major 2 0
Bachelor 194 192
Master 61 55
Doctorate 51 46
Totals 360 310
Degrees Awarded
2014 – 2015 2015 – 2016
Bachelors 56 65
Masters 36 26
Doctorate 7 7
Total 99 98

ABET Accreditation

The Undergraduate Civil Engineering Program is accredited by: The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET www.abet.org