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Educational Objectives and Outcomes

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. Civil engineering graduates from the University of Kentucky will:

  • Excel in civil engineering or a related career
  • Create ethical and sustainable solutions
  • Seek professional licensure
  • Embrace life-long learning

Student Outcomes

Civil engineering education focuses on outcomes rather than simply on input. As part of the preparation process, 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:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  2. Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. 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
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

As a student in the civil engineering program, you will be expected to demonstrate competence in these outcomes.

Further ABET curriculum requirements are:

  • curriculum culminating 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)
  • 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.


logo-abetThe University of Kentucky Civil Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. For more information on ABET visit www.abet.org.