Student Objectives and Outcomes

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

Alumni Objectives

(What we expect most of our graduates will be several years after graduation.)

Supporting Student Objectives

(What we expect of our students at the time they graduate.)

1. To be practicing civil engineers 1.1 To have basic competence in math, science, and engineering principles and be able to apply this knowledge to solve engineering problems.
1.2 To have obtained a working knowledge in basic civil engineering areas: Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Civil Engineering Materials, Water Resources, and Environmental Engineering.
1.3 To have extended their knowledge in one or more of the aforementioned areas of civil engineering.
1.4 To be able to critically analyze and design equipment, structures, systems, or processes to meet current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.
1.5 To be competent in the use of current, and be able to independently learn new, engineering software (such as spreadsheet, graphing, word processing, presentation, computer-aided drafting, scheduling, and cost estimating software).
2. To be effective communicators


To be able to communicate and defend ideas in technical documents such as calculation sets, reports, and correspondence.
2.2 To be able to speak before a group and convey information to technical and non-technical audiences.
2.3 To be able to create and effectively use graphics in support of a presentation or report
3. To be good team players and leaders.


To be able to work effectively as a team member and team leader.
3.2 To be able to work on multi-disciplinary teams (consisting of members with different engineering specialties such as structures, geotechnical engineering etc…; with different professionals such as town officials, engineers, architects, and planners; or with a combination of these).
4. To be effective researchers who can gather and synthesize information and data as needed to accomplish tasks


To be able to locate, compile, and use existing information.
4.2 To be able to design and perform experiments to gather new information.
4.3 To be able to analyze information and draw conclusions.
5. To be good engineering citizens who are ethical and aware of the social, economic, and environmental impact of engineering solutions.


To have an awareness of sustainable engineering and the interaction between engineering practice and social, economic, and environmental issues.
5.2 To be familiar with the ASCE Code of Ethics.
5.3 To be aware of contemporary global issues, their effects on public policy, and their interaction with civil engineering practice.
5.4 To have a broad education, being familiar with topics outside of the math, science, and engineering areas, including the basics of business and management.
6. To be engineering professionals who are licensed, seek continuing education, participate in professional societies, and perform public service. 6.1 To have been prepared for and have taken the Fundamentals of Engineering examination.
6.2 To understand the need for lifelong learning.
6.3 To have been encouraged to join and be active in professional organizations such as ASCE, EWB, NSBE, SWE, ΤΒΠ, and The Order of the Engineer.