General Information about Undergraduate Education
First year students are admitted to the College of Engineering (CIT). They declare a departmental major in the spring of their first year. The basic undergraduate degree in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department is a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Students with an interest in environmental engineering are encouraged to pursue the minor in Environmental Engineering and Sustainability.
As summarized in the Carnegie Mellon Undergraduate Catalog, the program education objectives of the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering curriculum are to develop graduates who embody the following definitions:
- graduates distinguish themselves within their organizations as someone able to complete both conventional and cutting-edge professional challenges related to one or more of the areas of the built, natural and information environments;
- graduates work for a wide range of engineering and non-engineering organizations located both in the U.S. and internationally, and work on a wide range of activities, such as academic research, government service and private sector activity;
- graduates are innovative, proactive, and adaptive professionals, highly engaged in their professional communities.
The Civil Engineering curriculum is intended to allow ample opportunity for students to pursue areas of personal interest. The opportunity for self-exploration requires careful advising to gain meaningful educational experiences. We believe that design and team working experiences should occur at regular intervals in the curriculum, and that graduates should have appropriate “hands on” experience in laboratories and projects. Students are encouraged to participate in research projects and to pursue study or work abroad.
The vision, mission and values for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering can be found here.
Our undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. In the 2012-2013 academic year, we had 127 undergraduate students enrolled across the sophomore, junior and senior years, and we had 44 students graduate with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. In the 2013-2014 academic year, we have 125 undergraduate students enrolled.
By the end of the B.S. program, students should have achieved the following student outcomes:
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 within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
D. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
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, economic, environmental, and societal context
I. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
J. a knowledge of contemporary issues relevant to engineering practice
K. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice