Program Educational Objectives
The program educational objectives for the civil engineering program reflect the mission of the Department of Civil Engineering. They are important for successful professional practice and the ability to pursue advanced degrees. The Civil Engineering graduates from the University of Kentucky will be prepared to:
- Use technical, teamwork, and communication skills, along with leadership principles, to pursue civil engineering careers in areas such as structural, transportation, geotechnical, materials, environmental, construction, and water resources engineering, and/or other fields.
- Pursue graduate degrees in civil engineering and other fields.
- Function ethically in their professional civil engineering roles.
- Pursue professional licensure.
- Engage in life-long learning through independent study and by participating in professional conferences, workshops, seminars, or continuing education.
Civil engineering education focuses on outcomes rather than simply on input. As part of the preparation process, the Civil Engineering Department Faculty, students, and industry advisory board have adopted the Engineering Criteria outcomes and have defined specific outcomes to be achieved by the civil engineering students at the University of Kentucky. These outcomes are:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
- 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.
As students in the civil engineering program, you will be expected to demonstrate competence in these outcomes.
Further ABET curriculum requirements are:
- curriculum culminate in a major design experience,
- one year of mathematics and basic sciences (32 semester credit hours),
- one and one-half years of engineering topics (48 semester credit hours), and
- general education component consistent with program objectives.
In addition, 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.