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Program Objectives and Student Outcomes

The program educational objectives are compatible with the missions of Minnesota State University, Mankato and the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. Program objectives are reviewed periodically by the program constituents (Industrial Advisory Board, employers, alumni, and students of the program).

Within 3-6 years of graduation, Minnesota State University, Mankato, civil engineering graduates are expected to contribute to the profession and to society by achieving a combination of the following.
  • Pursue leadership positions and advanced responsibilities in their profession and/or community.
  • Become a licensed professional engineer, mindful of the safety, health, and welfare of the public.
  • Further their education through professional development and/or post-graduate studies.

Other important features of a civil engineering education at Minnesota State University, Mankato include:
  • Senior students work together as a design team in a full academic year course incorporating multiple civil engineering disciplines in a comprehensive design project.
  • Students work closely with engineers from design firms and government agencies, and with faculty and students from other engineering courses in the senior design project.
  • Students take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in their senior year - the first step towards professional registration.
  • The flexible curriculum allows the students to have either a diverse or focused civil engineering study.
  • The faculty maintains ties to industry, keeping current with new technologies, design methodologies, and the world of civil engineering practice - a valuable resource for students.

Student Outcomes
Student outcomes are a set of criteria that, when met, demonstrate that graduates of the civil engineering program are prepared to attain the program educational objectives. In addition to the 11 outcomes defined by ABET, the civil engineering program has identified two outcomes that are important to an education in civil engineering at MSU Mankato.

Students graduating with a degree in civil engineering from Minnesota State University - Mankato will have the following abilities, knowledge, and understanding.
  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. 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.
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. an ability to communicate effectively.
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  12. a knowledge of time budgeting and management.
  13. an understanding of the need of community involvement through volunteerism.
Continuous Improvement
The civil engineering program at Minnesota State Mankato is committed to continuous improvement in the curriculum, achievement of student outcomes, and attainment of program educational objectives. We value the opinions of our constituents - the program alumni, their employers and graduate studies advisors, the members of the Industrial Advisory Board, and the current students of the program.