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    • School of Engineering

      • Kirkbride Hall
      • tel: 610-499-4037
      • fax: 610-499-4059
    • Dr. Ronald L. Mersky

    • Jill Gilbert

Program Objectives and Student Outcomes, Civil Engineering

Civil engineers use imagination, creativity, and technical knowledge to design, construct, and maintain the physical and operational infrastructure systems that keep our society functioning. Buildings and bridges, railroads and airports, highways, mass transit systems, dams, waste disposal and environmental protection systems, water supplies, and harbors and beaches are examples of the types of structures and systems with which civil engineers work. Because of the wide range of projects in which civil engineers are involved, job prospects look good with opportunities in all aspects of the civil engineering profession.

Widener’s civil engineering program provides a broad-based education in a supportive environment that encourages inquisitive, analytical, and creative thinking, and also exposes students to real-world practical aspects of the civil engineering profession. Faculty members have either an earned doctorate or a professional engineering license. Most have both, and all advise and mentor students and actively encourage questions in and out of class. The civil engineering curriculum can easily be combined with a minor in environmental engineering or  mechanical engineering. Minors in business or liberal arts subjects are also available.

In fulfillment of Section II.A.6.a in the ABET Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual (APPM),
the educational objectives and student outcomes for civil engineering are provided below.

Program Objectives

  • Perform successfully in civil engineering practice by utilizing technical, organizational, and business skills to meet the needs of their employers, clients, and communities.
  • Demonstrate commitment to professionalism in engineering practice by pursuing professional licensure.
  • Communicate and interact effectively with co-workers, other professionals, and the public.
  • Engage in continuous learning through graduate studies or continuing professional development.
  • Contribute to the advancement of the profession and the community through involvement with appropriate organizations and activities.

Student Outcomes

Over the course of their studies, graduates of the program shall have demonstrated:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments and to analyze and interpret data in several civil engineering areas.
  • An ability to design civil engineering systems, components, and processes to meet desired needs within realistic constraints.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve problems in at least four civil engineering areas.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of civil engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for civil engineering practice.
  • An understanding of professional practice issues such as business, management, public policy and leadership concepts, as well as the importance of professional licensure.