To carry out the mission of the College of Engineering and the mission of the department, the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering has established the following Educational Objectives for its Civil Engineering undergraduate program:
Civil engineering is the art and science used in the construction of facilities which people need in their environment — land, water and air. Airports, buildings, bridges, dams, harbors, highways, irrigation systems, transportation systems, sewerage and water supply systems are examples of the types of facilities which are the responsibility of the civil engineer.
Since the beginning of civilization, people have been building with the use of engineering principles. Modern society depends on this contribution from the civil engineer, whose education is systematically developed from a strong background in mathematics and the physical and engineering sciences. The civil engineer must relate to society and fellow men and women and be aware of how the engineering principles can be applied for the benefit of others.
Civil engineers are also stewards of the land, its resources and environment. Many civil engineers are involved in activities such as watershed and environmental planning, sustainable resource development and environmental protection.
The civil engineering major develops the analysis and design capabilities of the student in the study of structures and systems. The application of computers and pertinent software is used throughout the major. A broad educational program can be selected or some specialization is possible through advised elective course selection.
The environmental engineering major provides the student with a fundamental background in civil engineering and specialization in the field of environmental engineering.
The construction engineering and management major provides the student with general engineering skills and the management and finance background for entry into the field of construction engineering.
The curriculum provides the graduate with the necessary training to begin a professional career without further formal education, while also affording those students who enter graduate studies the opportunity to prepare more adequately in their field of specialization.