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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 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.

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.


The 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.