The mission of the WKU Civil Engineering Program is to prepare students for professional engineering and management positions in all phases of civil engineering projects.
The program provides a broad educational background with a foundation in basic engineering and business principles. These basic skills are complemented by advanced topics in engineering design, management, finance, computer applications, and real world civil engineering experiences throughout the baccalaureate degree program.
The teaching philosophy of this program focuses on project-based learning. This is achieved by placing competent, practicing engineers in the classroom as professors, engaging students in the practice of civil engineering through hands-on class projects, and involving students in faculty consulting and applied research activities. Real engineering projects often serve as class projects. Project sites and professional engineering and construction management firm offices often serve as classrooms.
OBJECTIVES: What our graduates know and can do 3-5 years after graduation
- Graduates of the Civil Engineering program will produce designs using sound application of engineering methods and principles, and give consideration to issues such as cost, sustainability, form, and function.
- Graduates of the Civil Engineering program will perform their duties professionally, ethically, and are effective team members, upholding the standards of their employer as well as the Engineering Code of Ethics.
- Graduates of the Civil Engineering program will engage in lifelong learning, such as achieving professional licensure, furthering their education, membership in professional societies, achievement of professional certifications, or other activities that demonstrate growth both personally and professionally.
- Graduates of the Civil Engineering program will demonstrate leadership both professionally and in other activities.
OUTCOMES: Skills and abilities our graduates have at completion of their program of study
(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
The design includes consideration of both technical and non-technical issues
The design includes consideration and implementation of the applicable standards and constraints
(d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams, including effective participation in the management of the team project.
(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 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.