The Department administers an undergraduate degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Degree (BSCE), which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The Department also administers an undergraduate degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, which we will be applying for accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
The three Program Educational Objectives for our BS Civil Engineering program are:
- Graduates can obtain positions in both public and private organizations.
- Graduates are continuing their professional development by extending their professional knowledge through independent learning, continuing education courses, conferences, workshops, short courses, graduate study and involvement in professional societies.
- Graduates who are working in public or private organizations which encourage professional registration, will have made appropriate progress towards achieving that registration.
The three Program Educational Objectives for our BS Environmental Engineering program are:
- Graduates apply their technical and civic knowledge and a systems approach in developing smart, sustainable, and inclusive solutions for critical infrastructures that protect public health and well-being and the environment while promoting safety.
- Graduates engage meaningfully and effectively with diverse local, state, and global stakeholders and communities to develop environmental engineering solutions.
- Graduates behave ethically and responsibly, continue their professional development, and participate fully in their profession and society.
In addition, the following Seven Student Outcomes (for our BS Civil Engineering and BS Environmental Engineering) prepare students to enter the professional practice of engineering. Accordingly, at the time of graduation, students will have an ability to:
- identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- 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
- communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- 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
- function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
Students following the Civil Engineering curriculum have the opportunity during their senior year to specialize with elective courses in the concentrations of: Geotechnical/Transportation, Structures/Materials, or Water/Environmental. These are fields of study that have special significance for the state of Florida and the Tampa Bay area. Both private industry and public agencies offer many career opportunities for graduates in these fields. Students following the Environmental Engineering curriculum have the opportunity to take elective coursework in the areas of (1) infrastructure, (2) sustainability, (3) health, (4) data science, and (5) global citizenship.
Structural & Materials Engineering: When most people think of Civil Engineering, they usually think of the handiwork of the structural engineer. Structural engineers are responsible for designing great bridges, skyscrapers, factories, commercial buildings and power-plant buildings one sees all over the world. They are also responsible for lesser-seen structures such as offshore oil platforms and outer space structures.
Courses Include: Concepts of Steel Design, Concrete Construction Materials, Concepts of Concrete Design
Geotechnical Engineering: The geotechnical engineer must be knowledgeable about structural design, fluid flow in soils, environmental concerns, and engineering geology. Good written and oral communication skills are essential. Familiarity with current construction practices and techniques is also important. Generally, graduate study is recommended for persons serious about pursuing a career in Geotechnical Engineering.
Courses Include: Geotechnical Engineering I & II, Surveying
Transportation Systems: The field of Transportation Systems Engineering (TSE) encompasses a wide range of subjects including planning, design, and monitoring of transportation infrastructure, systems safety, and applications of emerging and advanced technologies in transportation, network optimization, large-scale microsimulation modeling, and intelligent transportation systems.
Courses Include: Transportation Engineering I & II, Transportation & Society
Environmental & Water Resources Systems: With the continued rapid growth of the world's population, water becomes a more valuable resource with every passing day. The water resources engineer is educated to address critical problems that include locating and developing reliable sources of water, distributing water to users, adequately treating and recycling waste waters, and protecting natural water bodies from environmental degradation.
Courses Include: Water Resources Engineering I & II, Environmental Systems Engineering, Water Quality & Treatment