Engineering Department

Civil Engineering Program

Educational Objectives & Student Outcomes

Mission Statement

The mission of the civil engineering program is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in civil engineering fundamentals, applications, and design that prepares them for the practice of civil engineering at the professional level with the confidence and skills necessary to meet the technical and social challenges of the future. The program provides a broad and thorough education in mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering mechanics, and civil engineering, coupled with application of modern engineering tools. Graduates will attain the skills for entry-level civil engineering positions leading to professional engineering registration, and will have a solid undergraduate foundation in general civil engineering principles, enabling continued education at advanced levels.

Vision Statement

The civil engineering program will serve Connecticut and the nation by providing a quality engineering education that enables students to enter a profession that can improve the civil infrastructure, and economic welfare. Our civil engineering program will maintain a strong emphasis on undergraduate education with the goal that our program will be recognized for quality instruction in civil engineering analysis and design. An important emphasis of the civil engineering program is preparation of students for professional engineering licensure and practice, and we expect that most of our students will pursue this objective following graduation.

Civil Engineering Program Educational Objectives

("Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing the graduates to achieve" [Ref: EAC of ABET]. Program learning outcomes pave the way to the attainment of program objectives. Therefore, the Civil Engineering student outcomes have been crossreferenced to the program educational objectives. The I.a through I.k references EAC of ABET Criterion 3. The “II.a through II.f student outcomes are based on the EAC of ABET “Program Criteria for Civil Engineering and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.”) 

Guided by the Mission of the University, the Civil Engineering program is committed to preparing students who will be thoughtful, responsible, and successful citizens. Within three to five years of graduation, the program expects that Civil Engineering graduates will have:

  1. Become competent and engaged engineering professionals, applying their technical and managerial skills in the planning, design, construction, operation or maintenance of the built environment and global infrastructure, and utilizing their skills to analyze and design systems, specify project methods and materials, perform cost estimates and analyses, and manage technical activities in support of civil engineering projects. (I.a, I.b, I.c, I.e, II.a, II.b, II.c and II.d)

  2. Initiated an active program of life-long learning, including studies leading to professional licensure or an advanced degree in engineering, that provides for continued development of their technical abilities and management skills, and attainment of professional expertise. (I.i, I.k and II.f)

  3. Developed their communication skills in oral, written, visual and graphic modes when working as team members or leaders, so they can actively participate in their communities and their profession. (I.d and I.g)

  4. Established an understanding of professionalism, ethics, quality performance, public policy, safety, and sustainability that allows them to be professional leaders and contributors to society when solving engineering problems and producing civil engineering solutions. (I.f, I.h, I.j and II.e)

Civil Engineering Student Outcomes

Note: Program Student Outcomes part I, a through k are cross referenced to a through k of EAC of ABET General Criteria, Criterion 3, Student Outcomes 

Part I - Civil Engineering graduates will have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (a);
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data (b);
  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 (c);
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams (d);
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (e);
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility (f);
  7. an ability to communicate effectively (g);
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context (h);
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning (i);
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues (j); and
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice (k).

Note: Program Student Outcomes part II, a through f are based on EAC of ABET “Program Criteria for Civil and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.” 

Part II - Civil Engineering graduates will have the additional ability to:

  1. apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, calculus-based physics, chemistry, and at least one additional area of science;
  2. apply knowledge of four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering, including but not limited to structural, geotechnical, transportation, geomatics, environmental, and water resources engineering;
  3. conduct civil engineering experiments and analyze and interpret the resulting data;
  4. design a system, component, or process in more than one civil engineering context;
  5. explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership; and
  6. explain the importance of professional licensure.