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Civil Engineering Objectives and Outcomes


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

The graduates of the civil engineering program are technically competent. They possess a broad knowledge of the principles and fundamentals of civil engineering and their application, and thus are able to: successfully practice as professional civil engineers; pursue graduate or professional degrees; or engage in other professional careers that involve the application of the engineering method. 

The graduates of the civil engineering program are effective team members. They function effectively in multicultural and multidisciplinary groups in their practice of the civil engineering profession. They effectively participate in the management of projects and the business of which they are a part. 

The graduates of the civil engineering program are professional. They perform all of their duties professionally and ethically. They understand that what they do is a part of a larger society, and they understand their part within that society. They engage in life-long learning to continually provide themselves with the necessary skills, certifications, and licenses to effectively perform their professional duties, even if their career takes them beyond engineering and into another profession.


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.


 Last Modified 7/3/11