Objectives, Goals and Outcomes
Civil Engineering Program Educational Objectives
- Graduates will attain a record of engagement in civil engineering or other fields that require analytical and/or professional abilities.
- Graduates will attain a record of continuing professional development.
- Graduates will attain a record of contributions to their fields, professions, or society.
Civil Engineering Program Goals
The Civil Engineering Program seeks to prepare students to be successful professionals recognized for their:
- Critical thinking and problem solving based on a fundamental knowledge of humanities, social sciences, mathematics, science, engineering science and a broad range of civil engineering technical areas;
- Consideration of global and societal concerns, ethics, and sustainability when making engineering decisions;
- Leadership and effective communication;
- Civic engagement and contributions to society; and
- Pursuit of lifelong learning and professional development.
Bucknell Civil Engineering Program Outcomes
Graduates of the Civil Engineering Program:
- Can apply calculus-based physics, chemistry, mathematics through differential equations, and one additional area of science1 to solve problems.
- Can design2 a civil engineering experiment to meet a need, conduct the experiment, and analyze and interpret the results
- Can design3 components, systems or processes in more than one civil engineering technical area4 to meet desired needs, within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, constructability, and sustainability
- Can function effectively5 as a member of a multidisciplinary team6
- Can formulate and solve engineering problems in the environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation and water resources areas, using appropriate skills, techniques, and/or software
- Can apply standards of professional and ethical responsibility in a relatively clear-cut situation, to determine an appropriate course of action.
- Can organize and deliver effective verbal, written, and graphical communications7
- Drawing upon a broad education, can determine the likely global, economic, environmental, and societal impacts of a specific, relatively constrained engineering solution
- Demonstrate the ability to learn on their own, without the aid of formal instruction
- Can incorporate specific contemporary issues8 into the identification, formulation, and solution of a specific engineering problem
- Can explain the basic concepts of management, business, public policy, and leadership, and the importance of professional licensure
1The additional area should be Geology and/or biology
2Experiment design could include the selection and application of appropriate published testing standards to meet a given need.
3Design is the process of devising a system, component, or process to meet desired needs. It is a decision-making process (often iterative), in which the basic sciences, mathematics, and the engineering sciences are applied to convert resources effectively to meet these stated needs.
4Civil Engineering technical areas are Environmental, geotechnical, structures, transportation, and water resources engineering.
5To function effectively, a team member must interact constructively with the team in defining and working toward a goal.
6A multidisciplinary team is one consisting of members focusing on more than one discipline. Different technical areas within civil engineering are considered multidisciplinary.
7Effective communication requires that students: a) Identify and consider the audience; b) Provide factually correct technical content and appropriate evidence or support; c) Organize content effectively and present it clearly, using appropriate style guidelines for graphs, figures, tables, equations, and references; and d) Communicate content with appropriate vocabulary, grammar, spelling, usage, and style.
8A contemporary issue is any current issue or topic that has an impact on a project.