The mission of the Civil Engineering Department is to provide the highest quality technical education, which is grounded in the arts and sciences, by faculty dedicated to exceptional teaching and extraordinary care for individual students. The department will strive to develop graduates who will be effective members of engineering teams, managers of engineering projects, and serve as leaders in the civil engineering discipline and within the broader community of church and society.
Student Outcomes - Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program.
The Student Outcomes (SO) help to direct and measure the success of the Civil Engineering Program in accomplishing its mission. Review of the Student Outcomes is an integral part of the annual assessment process.
The Civil Engineering Program will demonstrate that graduates from the Civil Engineering Program at Valparaiso University have attained the following outcomes:
(A) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, calculus based physics, chemistry, at least one additional area of science, and five technical areas appropriate to civil engineering
A1 an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations
A2 an ability to apply knowledge of calculus based physics, chemistry, and microbiology or geology
A3 an ability to apply knowledge of engineering in five technical areas (environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, water
(B) an ability to design and conduct civil engineering experiments and an ability to analyze and interpret the resulting data
B1 an ability to design civil engineering experiments
B2 an ability to conduct civil engineering experiments
B3 an ability to analyze and interpret data from civil engineering experiments
(C) an ability to design a system, component, or process in more than one civil engineering context to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
C1 an ability to design a system, component, or process in more than one civil engineering context
C2 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
F1 an understanding of professional responsibility
F2 an understanding of ethical responsibility
(G) an ability to communicate effectively
G1 an ability to communicate effectively through writing
G2 an ability to communicate effectively through oral presentations
(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 life-long learning
(J) a knowledge of contemporary issues
(K) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
(L) explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership.
L1 explain basic concepts in management
L2 explain basic concepts in business
L3 explain basic concepts in public policy
L4 explain basic concepts in leadership
(M) explain the importance of professional licensure