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Mission Statement


The mission of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is to:

  • Provide quality and essential education to undergraduate and graduate students through formal classes and supporting life-long learning through continuing education short courses and workshops.
  • Encourage and support research that will contribute to the competence and professional development of the faculty and broaden the body of engineering knowledge and methods.
  • Provide service to the college and university, local, state and federal governments, and private industry, and supporting professional organizations and society.

Educational Objectives


Program Educational Objectives*


  • 1) Graduates of the Civil engineering program should demonstrate their continuing successful practice as civil engineers and/or their pursuit of post baccalaureate education and/or their engagement in other professional careers that involve the application of engineering concepts.


  • 2) Graduates of the civil engineering program should demonstrate a commitment for continuing professional development and life-long learning.


  • 3) Graduates of the civil engineering program should demonstrate the ability to advance within their profession to positions of greater responsibility and leadership.

* The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of South Carolina uses the term "program educational objective" to describe the expected accomplishments of our students in a few years (three to five years) following graduation. The term "student learning outcome" is used to describe the knowledge and skills at the time of graduation.

The first two years of the undergraduate curriculum form the necessary foundation in mathematics, computer programming, the physical sciences, and basic engineering sciences, together with courses in the liberal arts, to provide the student with a well-balanced educational experience. The upper-division civil engineering program includes the study of construction materials, structural analysis and design, soil behavior, systems analysis, water supply, and pollution control. The department offers elective courses through which the student can specialize in such areas as geotechnical engineering, water resources and environmental engineering, structures and transportation engineering.

The civil and environmental engineering graduate is prepared to enter the job market with federal, state, and municipal agencies, with private consulting firms involved with aspects of planning, design, construction, or environmental control. Students may, following graduate study, also pursue careers in teaching and in research and development.


Student Outcomes


The Civil Engineering Program emphasizes eleven outcomes for assessing the learning experience and competency of students. These outcomes, labeled as items a through k, reflect the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Criteria for accreditation (ABET, Inc., October, 2010).

Upon graduation students will demonstrate an ability to:

  • apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data;
  • design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  • function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  • identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • understand of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • communicate effectively;
  • understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  • recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning, and explain the importance of professional licensure;
  • describe contemporary issues;
  • use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
  • explain the basic concepts in management, business and public policy;
  • explain basic concepts in leadership.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Program Criteria

The CEE curriculum components and the student outcomes ensure that the lead professional society (ASCE) engineering program criteria are satisfied. These criteria require the program to demonstrate that our graduates are prepared to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, calculus-based physics, chemistry and at least one additional area of basic science
  • Apply knowledge of four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering
  • Conduct civil engineering experiments and analyze and interpret the resulting data
  • Design a system, component or process in more than one civil engineering context
  • Explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership
  • Explain the importance of professional licensure











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