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The vision of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is to be regionally, nationally and internationally recognized in providing civil engineering education, leading to well-qualified engineers who are innovative, immediate contributors to their profession and successful in advanced studies.


The mission of the Civil Engineering program is to provide students with a supportive environment that facilitates learning to solve problems in civil and environmental engineering. The faculty and staff of the program use their background in teaching, research, and industry to prepare students to be successful as they move into the workforce or graduate school.

Educational Objectives

Our graduates will:

a. Demonstrate a strong fundamental scientific and technical knowledge base and critical thinking skills.

b. Actively engage in lifelong learning related to the civil engineering profession.

c. Plan, design, analyze, develop, organize, and manage civil and environmental engineering projects.

d. Demonstrate expertise in major sub-disciplines of civil engineering: structural engineering, transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental, and water resources engineering.

Program Outcomes

The outcomes necessary to achieve our program objectives are that our students will have:

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 constrains 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 lifelong learning;

10. A knowledge of contemporary issues;

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