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Civil Engineering

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

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. Within a few years of graduation, 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 (SOs)

UK civil engineering education focuses on outcomes rather than input. As part of the preparation process, department faculty, students and the industry advisory board have adopted the Engineering Accreditation Commission Student Outcomes, which are to be achieved by the time the Civil Engineering students graduate from the program. These specific outcomes are:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of 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.

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

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.


Enrollment and Graduation

AY Fall Enrollment* Spring Enrollment* Graduates**
  Civil College Civil College Civil College
2023-24 312 3136        
2022-23 332 3,085 295 2,812 97 667
2021-22 376 3,079 320 2,768 85 587
2020-21 384 3,192 355 2,858 73 616
2019-20 394 3,336 337 2,999 71 601
2018-19 410 3,398 354 2,986 93 653
2017-18 352 3,382 330 3,102 94 623

*Some of our first-year students enter undeclared and are not included in Fall and Spring enrollments for the individual programs but are included in the College numbers.

**Graduates include December, May and August. For example, 2017-18 graduates are December 2017, May 2018 and August 2018.