Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing the graduates to achieve. The PEOs prepare students to:

  • Function effectively as civil engineering professionals in industry, government or other organizations, designing, improving, leading and implementing efficient civil engineering practices.
  • Provide solutions to engineering problems that account for economical, environmental, ethical, and societal considerations as well as professional standards, by applying acquired engineering knowledge.
  • Apply their broad civil engineering education to effectively communicate civil engineering concepts orally and in written forms to project stakeholders.
  • Utilize formal and informal learning opportunities to maintain and enhance technical, personal and professional growth.

Student Outcomes and Performance Criteria Used to Measure

  • Graduates have an ability to apply knowledge of engineering, mathematics through differential equations, probability and statistics, calculus-based physics, chemistry, and one additional area of science.
    • Performance Criteria: Demonstrate an ability to use mathematics through differential equations, statistics, probability theory, calculus-based physics, and chemistry to perform engineering calculations and solve engineering problems.
  • Graduates have an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data in more than one civil engineering area.
    • Performance Criteria: Demonstrate an ability to design and conduct experiments through collecting data, analysis and interpreting data using graphs, tables and reports to present data, compare data to theoretical predictions, and make conclusions and recommendations about the phenomena tested, with ability to operate test equipment.
  • Graduates have an ability to design a civil engineering system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
    • Performance Criteria: Demonstrate an ability to perform civil engineering process design, component and system design to meet defined constraints.
  • Graduates have an ability to function as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, with the ability to explain the role of a leader.
    • Performance Criteria: Demonstrate ability, as a member of a team, to lead, interact, communicate in a professional manner with other members on the team and contribute discipline-specific input to a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Graduates have an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems in technical areas appropriate to civil engineering.
    • Performance Criteria: Demonstrate an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems in the following civil engineering areas: Construction, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation, and Water Resources.
  • Graduates have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
    • Performance Criteria: Demonstrate an ability to analyze and evaluate a situation in which personal or professional ethics are involved.
    • Performance Criteria: Demonstrate knowledge of codes, standards and regulations.
  • Graduates have an ability to communicate effectively.
    • Performance Criteria: Demonstrate an ability to give an oral, individual, or group presentation that is organized and uses effective visuals.
    • Performance Criteria: Demonstrate an ability to convey technical information through the use of visual instruments such as data plots, graphs, calculations, drawing and equations, and write well-organized reports that are grammatically correct, properly formatted, and convey a specific concept.
  • Graduates have the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and social context.
    • Performance Criteria: Demonstrate an ability to identify economic, environmental and social impacts (both benefits and costs) of engineering projects.
  • Graduates have recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning and working towards professional licensing.
    • Performance Criteria: Demonstrate knowledge of various civil engineering professional organizations, the recognition of the need for participation in professional societies, professional meetings, advanced education, application of self learning, and ability to explain the importance of professional licensing..
  • Graduates have knowledge of contemporary issues.
    • Performance Criteria: Demonstrate an ability to identify and analyze information related to contemporary issues, such as current codes, the environment, traffic, and new technologies that may be associated with engineering projects and practices.
  • Graduates have an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
    • Performance Criteria: Demonstrate an ability to use computer programs and computer skills to organize and present information, to analyze problems, and to design components and systems.
  • Graduates can explain key concepts and problem-solving processes used in business, public policy, and public admission.
    • Performance Criteria: Demonstrate an ability to identify the basic concepts of various project delivery systems in construction, the fundamental concepts of construction cost estimating and scheduling techniques, the basic concepts of owner-engineer-contractor relationships, public policy and administration related to civil engineering practice.
    • Performance Criteria: Demonstrate an ability to implement the basic concepts of minimizing life-cycle costs, and the principle of using engineering economics for selecting public sector projects.