Program Educational Objectives and Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science civil engineering program offered by the Department of Civil Engineering at The University of Akron is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The educational objectives of the Civil Engineering program are to educate and graduate biomedical engineers who, within a few years of graduation, are expected to:

  1. Successfully and accurately complete Civil Engineering projects as part of a team, on time and within budget, in an ethical and professional manner, and using modern engineering tools-software.
  2. Communicate effectively with written, oral, and visual means in both technical and non-technical settings.
  3. Be active in professional service as evidenced by active participation in a professional society and/or educational outreach activities.
  4. Engage in lifelong learning as evidenced by participation in continuing education courses, workshops, graduate courses, and by pursuing professional licensure.
  5. Aquire a basic knowledge of the business of engineering including how the private and public sector operate separately and collectively. 

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program and were developed to achieve ABET criterion 3 (a) – (k).

The UA Civil Engineering Department Program Student Outcomes are:

 Foundational Outcomes

Program Outcome #1Solve problems in mathematics through differential equations and apply this knowledge to the solution of engineering problems. (L3)

Program Outcome #2Solve problems in calculus-based physics, chemistry, and one additional area of natural science and apply this knowledge to the solution of engineering problems. (L3)

Program Outcome #3Demonstrate the importance of the humanities in the professional practice of engineering (L3)

Program Outcome #4Demonstrate the incorporation of social sciences knowledge into the professional practice of engineering. (L3)

Technical Outcomes

Program Outcome #5Use knowledge of materials science to solve problems appropriate to civil engineering. (L3) 

Program Outcome #6Analyze and solve problems in solid and fluid mechanics. (L4)

Program Outcome #7Specify an experiment to meet a need, conduct the experiment, and analyze and explain the resulting data. (L5)

Program Outcome #8Formulate and solve an ill-defined engineering problem appropriate to civil engineering by selecting and applying appropriate techniques and tools. (L4)

Program Outcome #9Evaluate the design of a complex system, component, or process and assess compliance with customary standards of practice, user’s and project’s needs, and relevant constraints. (L6)

Program Outcome #10Analyze systems of engineered works, whether traditional or emergent, for sustainable performance. (L4)

Program Outcome #11Analyze the impact of historical and contemporary issues on the identification, formulation, and solution of engineering problems and analyze the impact of engineering solutions on the economy, environment, political landscape, and society. (L4)

Program Outcome #12Analyze the loading and capacity, and the effects of their respective uncertainties, for a well-defined design and illustrate the underlying probability of failure (or nonperformance) for a specified failure mode. (L4)

Program Outcome #13Formulate documents to be incorporated into the project plan. (L4)

Program Outcome #14Analyze and solve well-defined engineering problems in at least four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering. (L4)

Program Outcome #15Evaluate the design of a complex system or process, or evaluate the validity of newly created knowledge or technologies in a traditional or emerging advanced specialized technical area appropriate to civil engineering. (L6)

Professional Outcomes

Program Outcome #16Plan, compose, and integrate the verbal, written, virtual, and graphical communication of a project to technical and non-technical audiences. (L5)

Program Outcome #17Apply public policy process techniques to simple public policy problems related to civil engineering works. (L3)

Program Outcome #18Apply business and public administration concepts and processes. (L3)

Program Outcome #19Analyze engineering works and services in order to function at a basic level in a global context. (L4)

Program Outcome #20Organize and direct the efforts of a group. (L4)

Program Outcome #21Function effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team. (L4)

Program Outcome #22Demonstrate attitudes supportive of the professional practice of civil engineering. (L3)

Program Outcome #23Plan and execute the acquisition of required expertise appropriate for professional practice. (L5)

Program Outcome #24Justify a solution to an engineering problem based on professional and ethical standards and assess personal professional and ethical development. (L6)

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Fall 2013 enrollment in the Bachelor of Science civil engineering program was 305 students. There were 46 graduates of the program for the 2012-2013 academic year (includes summer 2012, fall 2012 and spring 2013 graduates).