Our Mission

The mission of the Department is threefold:

  • Provide a high quality, challenging education that encompasses breadth and depth; and prepare graduates to be proficient in both analysis and synthesis aspects of civil engineering design
  • Maintain a strong research program that is recognized for excellence in major areas of civil and environmental engineering
  • Provide service to the University, the civil engineering profession, and the community at large

The Department provides an educational program of basic and specialized engineering knowledge necessary for its graduates to be proficient in recognized specialties of civil engineering. This preparation provides graduates with the tools needed for successful practice in the period following graduation. In addition to general and technical education, the educational program stresses professional and ethical responsibilities, an awareness of societal issues, and the need for life-long learning.

The Department contributes to the advancement of knowledge through research on important engineering problems. The research results are communicated through recognized channels of knowledge dissemination.

The Department serves the needs of the community by emphasizing global and societal issues. The Department addresses these issues through University and professional channels and contributes to their solutions.

Program Educational Objectives

The Department has established the following specific program educational objectives:

  • To understand, apply and develop fundamental knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • To attain advanced qualification in both specialization and breadth
  • To understand and apply business sensitive criteria in meeting professional responsibilities
  • To incorporate societal sensitive criteria into professional decisions
  • To develop forward-thinking attitudes that enhance lifelong learning, communication and exemplary practice

Student Outcomes

1. Mathematics 13. Teamwork
2. Natural sciences 14. Professional and ethical responsibility
3. Materials science 15. Humanities
4. Mechanics 16. Social Sciences
5. Experiments 17. Sustainability
6. Problem recognition and solving 18. Risk/uncertainty
7. Design 19. Globalization
8. Breadth in civil engineering areas 20. Contemporary issues and historical perspectives
9. Technical specialization 21. Communication
10. Project management 22. Leadership
11. Public Policy 23. Attitudes
12. Business and public administration 24. Lifelong learning