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.