ABET Accreditation

Bucknell's civil engineering and environmental engineering degree programs are accredited by the the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The following information is for ABET reviewers. 

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Mission Statement

Bucknell University's civil engineering and environmental engineering programs strive to provide the best undergraduate civil and environmental engineering education possible within a four-year curriculum.

The civil engineering and environmental engineering degree programs seek to prepare our students to become responsible, contributing members of society, and to continue to develop personally and professionally after graduation. The programs are designed to ensure that our students are qualified to enter, and succeed in, the civil or environmental engineering profession, enroll in graduate programs in civil or environmental engineering, or enter related industrial and business professions. Primary emphasis is placed on educational excellence achieved through a coherent and comprehensive curriculum, outstanding teaching, extensive student-faculty interaction, small class sizes, substantial laboratory and field trip experiences, and faculty scholarship that often directly involves students.  

Program Goals  

The civil and environmental engineering programs seek to prepare students to be successful professionals recognized for their:

  1. Critical thinking and problem-solving based on a fundamental knowledge of the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, science, engineering sciences and a broad range of civil engineering technical areas.
  2. Consideration of global and societal concerns, ethics and sustainability when making engineering decisions. 
  3. Leadership and effective communication.
  4. Civil engagement and contributions to society.
  5. Pursuit of lifelong learning and professional development.  

Program Educational Objectives

  • Graduates will attain a record of engagement in civil or environmental 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 contribution to their fields, professions or society.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program shall demonstrate:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.