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Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET logo The Civil Engineering Program at Lafayette College is Accredited by the  Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET”, www.abet.org. The Civil Engineering Program has been designed to satisfy the established program educational objectives and the program outcomes and to fulfill the mission statements of the College, engineering division, and the program.  The mission statements of the College, division, and program are provided below in addition to the established program educational objectives.

Program Mission Statement

To provide an exceptional broad-based undergraduate civil engineering education in a liberal arts environment emphasizing student-faculty interaction, opportunities for hands-on learning, scholarship and service, and an understanding of the professional, societal, ethical, and environmental implications of the engineering practice.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are intended to be broad statements that describe how the program will satisfy constituency needs in the most general terms possible but having sufficient specificity to establish what the program is not trying to achieve. The program educational objectives were developed for the civil engineering program at Lafayette using each of the eight criteria of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The program educational objectives are student-focused and are intended to provide each student with the necessary skills required to practice civil engineering. The program educational objectives also prescribe the need to maintain sufficient and competent faculty, adequate facilities, and sufficient financial and institutional support. The following Program Educational Objectives satisfy ABET requirements and were developed during the Advisory Board meeting in May 2006.

While we recognize that some of our graduates will, because of their broad education, choose to follow career paths outside of civil engineering, all students that graduate with a Civil Engineering degree will:

  1. be able to tackle unfamiliar problems and demonstrate an ability to understand, formulate, analyze, design, and provide solutions in the field of civil engineering
  2. demonstrate professional responsibility, addressing social, cultural, economic, sustainability, and environmental considerations in the solution of engineering problems in both local and global settings
  3. work well in multi-disciplinary teams and appreciate the value of multiple perspectives in engineering problem solving
  4. explain and defend their solutions and communicate effectively using graphic, verbal, and written techniques to all audiences
  5. value mentoring, life-long learning, and developing talents of others

And by accomplishing these objectives become effective leaders in engineering.

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes have been developed specifically to support the Program’s Educational Objectives. Our Student Outcomes are mapped directly to ABET’s outcomes (a) through (k) of Criterion 3:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) 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
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) an ability to communicate effectively
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Our Department Student Outcomes are grouped into the following five categories and reported as follows:

I. Tools For Lifelong Learning

Students will master the fundamental skills in engineering, math, and science required to begin the study of civil engineering and which are essential for the understanding and advancement of civil engineering analysis and design (i). Students also will develop skills and knowledge in the social sciences and humanities, which are necessary for their personal and professional growth and maturity (h). Areas of study required to meet these goals include:

a.  Math (a) – through calculus and differential equations
b.  Science (a) – science courses including at least one semester each of chemistry, calculus-based physics, and a basic science other than chemistry or physics
c.  Engineering Science (a) and (e) – statics, fluids, and strength of materials
d.  Computing (k) – drafting software, spreadsheets,  GIS, and other software packages
e.  Understanding of Uncertainties (a) and (b) – fundamentals of probability and statistics as applied to civil engineering problems
f.  Social Sciences and Humanities (c) and (h) – a sequence of courses selected by the student in consultation with a department advisor designed to meet the student’s educational, personal, and career goals

II. Civil Engineering Concepts

Students will develop knowledge in the fundamentals of civil engineering, including the following seven areas:

a.  Environmental Engineering (a) and (e)
b.  Geotechnical Engineering (a) and (e)
c.  Project Management and Construction (a) and (e)
d.  Structural Engineering (a) and (e)
e.  Surveying  (a) and (e)
f.  Transportation Engineering (a) and (e)
g.  Water Resources Engineering (a) and (e)

Iii. Fundamental Civil Engineering Skills

Students will develop skills in each of the following areas, all of which are essential to success in the practice of engineering:

a.  Communications (g) – Students will develop the written, oral, graphical and visual communication skills for technical and general audiences
b.  Laboratory and field testing, and data interpretation (b)
c.  Teamwork (d)
d.  Understanding and applying design codes and standards (c), (f), and (k)

Iv. Understanding of Civil Engineering in Society

Students will develop an appreciation of the role of the civil engineer in society and strategies for approaching ethical and professional issues. Areas of study required to meet this goal include:

a.  Engineering economics (c) and (h)
b.  Engineering ethics and professionalism (c) and (f)
c.  Contemporary engineering issues (j)
d.  Sustainability (c)

V. Engineering Design

Students will design solutions to engineering problems in multiple contexts, culminating in a capstone design experience with real-world constraints. (c)