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 courses in the several sub-disciplines of civil engineering that include structural engineering, water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, and construction engineering. The Civil Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accrediting Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

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 of Study

Program Enrollment & Graduation Data

BS in Civil Engineering
Enrollment Fall 2016 Fall 2017 Fall 2018
91 86 74
Degrees Awarded July 2015- June 2016 July 2016 – June 2017 July 2017 – June 2018
8 11 13

ABET Accreditation Information

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.

PEO 1: Practice civil engineering within the general areas of civil engineering or closely related field in the organizations that employ them as effective problem solvers.

PEO 2: Advance their knowledge of civil engineering or closely related fields to pursue graduate studies and/or professional studies.

PEO 3: 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.

PEO 4: 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.

Student Outcomes

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

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply the engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration for public health, safety, and welfare, as well 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 societal 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.

Contact the Program Director

Dr. Bryan Higgs

bryan.higgs@udc.edu