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The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree program at the University of Maryland is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org. The 122-credit degree program is designed to give graduates the breadth and depth of knowledge they need to work in the fields of civil engineering and to continue learning throughout their careers. 

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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 

The department is using the following ABET learning outcomes:

a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering

b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

c. 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

d. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problem

f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

g. An ability to communicate effectively

h. The global education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

i. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning

j. A knowledge of contemporary issues

k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practices

Additional outcomes as per ASCE criteria are:

Breadth in civil engineering areas, technical specialization, project management, public policy, business and public administration, leadership, attitudes. 

Program Tracks

By their junior year, each student must choose between three specialization tracks that specify junior- and senior-level requirements. 

This track is designed for those students who wish to specialize in water and environmental engineering domains. An emphasis is placed on environmental chemistry, potable and wastewater treatment, bioengineering, and hydrologic/hydraulic engineering. Students who complete this track will be well prepared for entry level positions in industry or for graduate level work.

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This track is designed for students who wish to specialize in mechanics, structural engineering, or geotechnical and pavement engineering. The track stresses engineering mechanics as well as analysis and engineering design. Students who complete this track will be well prepared for entry level engineering positions in industry or for graduate level work.

Program planning form

This track is designed for students who wish to specialize in transportation systems, operations research, or engineering management. A heavy emphasis is placed on applied mathematics, optimization, uncertainty modeling, and decision theory. Students who complete this track will be well prepared for entry level engineering positions in industry or for graduate level work.

Program planning form


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