Department of

Civil and Environmental Engineering



Our Mission

Our mission is to prepare students for professional practice, graduate study, life-long learning, and societal leadership and to advance the scientific and technological basis for civil and environmental engineering practice. To fulfill this mission, we aim to provide a high quality undergraduate program with instruction in the fundamental areas of civil engineering that integrates concepts of sustainability and resilience, conduct a distinguished program of research and graduate study in selected areas of civil and environmental engineering, and disseminate advanced technical knowledge to engineers, other professionals, and the public.

Program Educational Objectives:

The educational objectives of our undergraduate program will prepare our graduates to:

  • begin and sustain a career in consulting, industry, or state and federal government agencies, such as the departments of transportation and departments of environmental protection;
  • lead and work in interdisciplinary teams needed to design sustainable and resilient infrastructure through knowledge and application of environmental, geotechnical, materials, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering;
  • engage in life-long learning opportunities, including graduate school; and
  • obtain and maintain professional licensure.

Program Outcomes (Student Outcomes):

The undergraduate program will provide students with:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • 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;
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • an ability to communicate effectively;
  • an understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning;
  • knowledge of contemporary issues in civil engineering;
  • an ability to use modern engineering techniques, skills, and tools necessary for engineering practice.