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Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is the oldest branch of the profession of engineering that deals with planning, design, construction and maintenance of the built environment on which society depends. Many of the life sustaining important things in our lives are the product of civil engineering. There are two broad types of civil engineer leaders:  those who work in creating visible infrastructures such as  buildings, highways, bridges, airports, ports, waterways, and dams; and those who work behind the scenes such as in building foundations, water treatment plants, water supply pipe systems, ecological restoration and underground drainage systems.

The program for the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering offers four major areas of concentration: water resources engineering; construction; geotechnical; transportation and structural engineering. The Civil Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accrediting Commission (EAC) of ABET.

The objective of the Civil Engineering Program is to prepare students for engineering careers and/or advanced study in civil engineering and to offer research and service programs for the general public. Civil engineers have responsibility for designing various structures, including bridges, highways, and infrastructure facilities. The program places special emphasis on solving problems in urban areas, particularly in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Civil engineers are employed in both industry and governmental agencies. The demand is significantly higher than the number of graduates.

The expertise of the civil engineering faculty, combined with their dedication to quality of instruction, their willingness to provide individual attention to students, and their experience provide the basis for a solid fundamental engineering education.

Program Educational Objectives

In accordance with ABET accreditation criteria and pursuant to the University's mission statement, the following program educational objectives (PEOs) have been established. Within three to six years of graduation, civil engineering graduates are expected to exhibit the following professional characteristics.

  • Practice civil engineering within the general areas of civil engineering or closely related field in the organizations that employ them as effective problem solvers.
  • Advance their knowledge of civil engineering or closely related fields to pursue graduate studies and/or professional studies.
  • Pursue professional development opportunities and career advancement through successfully earning their professional licensure by passing Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination and subsequent licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) within six years of graduation.
  • Serve as effective professionals role models based on commitment to lifelong learning through ongoing professional development, leadership training, and research opportunities along with a deep understanding of the social, ethical, and environmental context of a changing global work environment.

Program Enrollment & Graduation Data

Program: BS Civil Engineering
Student enrollment in Fall 201443
Number of graduates in AY12-1312

Program Outcomes

Students graduating from the civil engineering program are expected to acquire the following:

  • 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 multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand 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
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

 In addition to these ABET-inspired outcomes, the following outcomes have been developed based on the stipulated program criteria applicable to civil engineering program:

CE (a) An ability to apply fundamentals of probability and statistics in the analysis and design of civil engineering systems, and

CE (b) Faculty members responsible for the upper-level professional program are maintaining currency in their specialty area.

Curriculum (Starting Fall 2010)