Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

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Programme Description

About

Civil engineering historically encompassed all engineering endeavors needed to provide the infrastructure for society to function. Because of its origin and history, civil engineering still embraces a wide variety of technological areas. These include:

  • Construction
  • Environmental and Water Resources
  • Geotechnical
  • Structures
  • Transportation

Civil engineers work with problems that directly impact the health and economic vitality of people and communities. These problems include waste disposal, environmental pollution, transportation systems analysis and design, water resource development, and the design, construction, and rehabilitation of constructed facilities such as dams, bridges, buildings, and highways.

Thus, the challenges and opportunities for a civil engineer lie in combining technical competence with a human concern for the applications of technology. To help students to understand their role in the community, to be effective in working with design teams involving other engineers and other professionals, and to be effective in written and spoken communications, the curriculum attempts to give a meaningful educational experience in the humanities, social studies, English, and economics.

The goal of the undergraduate curriculum in civil engineering is to prepare graduate civil engineers to meet the present and the future infrastructural and environmental needs of society. This requires an education based on scientific and engineering fundamentals as well as one that incorporates experience in engineering design using modern technology. Because the systems they design impact the public directly, civil engineers must be aware of the social and environmental consequences of their designs. Graduates must be prepared to work and communicate with other professionals in a variety of associations and organizations. Ethics and life-long learning are essential components in the education of civil engineers.

During the course of study, civil engineering students are given a solid grounding in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Added to this is the extensive development of the fundamentals of materials science, construction, water and environmental, soils, structural, and transportation systems engineering. This broad base of knowledge is provided to assure that civil engineers are educated in all branches of the profession and to permit continuous learning throughout a professional lifetime. Throughout the program, each student works with an academic advisor in the selection of electives. Specialization in one or more of the branches of civil engineering is possible by selection of a sequence of technical electives during the junior and senior years.

Programme Educational Objectives

  • The graduates will be successful in their professional careers as civil engineers in industry, public agencies, and/or post-graduate education.
  • The graduates will continue to develop professionally and serve in leadership roles.
  • The graduates will be successful in demonstrating their obligations to the profession, to their employer, and to society.

Student Outcomes

Upon graduation, all Bachelor of Science students in Civil Engineering will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyse and interpret data.
  • 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.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Civil Engineering in Bahrain

WVU offers a new B.Sc. in Civil Engineering degree program in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It is designed to have the same Programme Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes as the program in Morgantown. The curriculum includes all degree requirements as the Morgantown program and requires additional courses in Arabic Language and Culture, History of Bahrain, and Human Rights as mandated by the Higher Education Council of Bahrain. The Bahrain program conforms to all policies and academic standards of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Statler College, and West Virginia University. The B.Sc. program in Civil Engineering is not accredited.

Learning Outcomes

Programme Educational Objectives

  • The graduates will be successful in their professional careers as civil engineers in industry, public agencies, and/or post-graduate education.
  • The graduates will continue to develop professionally and serve in leadership roles.
  • The graduates will be successful in demonstrating their obligations to the profession, to their employer, and to society.
Last updated September 2018

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