Accreditation

The bachelor’s program in civil engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. See https://www.abet.org/ for the details.

Constituents

Current students, alumni, employers, and faculty.

Program Educational Objectives

The following statements describe what the Department’s undergraduate engineers are expected to attain a few years after graduation.

  1. Increasing leadership and responsibility beyond entry level that meet the emerging and evolving demands of civil engineering;
  2. Communication and project management skills for effective problem solving;
  3. Engagement in life-long learning through professional activities, training, pursuing licensure, and understanding of professional ethics, public safety, cost constraints, environmental impacts, and policy implications.

Student Outcomes

The student outcomes used by the civil engineering program are those published in the ABET “Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs” document.  Those outcomes are as follows:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as wells as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and social contexts;
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions;
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Program Criteria

The Civil Engineering Program criterion as listed in the ABET "Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs" is as follows:

Curriculum:

The curriculum must prepare graduates to apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, calculus-based physics, chemistry, and at least one additional area of basic science; apply probability and statistics to address uncertainty; analyze and solve problems in at least four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering; conduct experiments in at least two technical areas of civil engineering and analyze and interpret the resulting data; design a system, component, or process in at least two civil engineering contexts; include principles of sustainability in design; explain basic concepts in project management, business, public policy, and leadership; analyze issues in professional ethics; and explain the importance of professional licensure.

Faculty:

The program must demonstrate that faculty teaching courses that are primarily design in content are qualified to teach the subject matter by virtue of professional licensure, or by education and design experience. The program must demonstrate that it is not critically dependent on one individual.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering is to provide students with high quality, accessible undergraduate and graduate civil engineering education; to engage and empower students with skills and knowledge to thrive in professional careers; and to serve society through economic and technological development of Southeast Texas and beyond.

Year Status Total Undergrad Civil Declared Major Civil Graduates
2017 FT 107 45 20
PT 21
2016 FT 118 38 11
PT 20
2015 FT 124 52 12
PT 22
2014 FT 124 24 14
PT 19
2013 FT 119 24 9
PT 22

Total Undergrad: This number represents all undergraduate Civil Engineering students.
Civil Declared Major: This number represents the number of students who have reached junior or senior level.

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