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Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering
5000 Abbey Way SE, OM 329
Lacey, WA 98503-7500
Phone: 360-688-2731

Richard Beer, interim dean

Hopie Lopez, executive assistant

Civil engineering

Civil engineering students

Civil engineering is a discipline that deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment. It includes works such as bridges, roads, canals, dams and buildings. It is one of the oldest engineering disciplines. It is traditionally broken into several sub-disciplines including environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, and, transportation engineering.

For a list of required courses see Civil Engineering program at a glance.

Civil engineering program-educational objectives

Civil Engineering graduates from The Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering at Saint Martin’s University will be:

  1. valued members of their organization and successful practicing engineers;
  2. complex problem solvers who can apply critical, sound, and ethical judgment while designing sustainable engineering systems for our society;
  3. effective communicators providing quality interpersonal and leadership skills;
  4. steadfast in pursing personal and professional growth opportunities (e.g., continuing education, advanced degrees, professional licensing, membership in professional societies, etc.) to foster personal and organizational growth;
  5. engaged in service to their profession and their communities, consistent with the Benedictine tradition to serve.

Program outcomes

Program outcomes are defined by ABET/EAC as the composite of knowledge and skill that a newly graduated civil engineer has in hand when awarded the bachelors of science degree. Our curriculum has been designed to equip all Saint Martin’s University civil engineering student graduates with the following attributes:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics and science to solve civil engineering problems.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments in laboratory settings to verify, to analyze, to evaluate, and to interpret data in civil engineering theory and practice.
  3. An ability to design systems, sub-systems, components and processes in the geotechnical, structural, transportation and water resources options of the civil engineering curriculum.
  4. Be able to contribute to and function on a multi-disciplinary team by assuming different roles in concurrent design setting.
  5. Be able to problem solve by identifying and formulating civil engineering problems.
  6. Have a clear understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilities as civil engineers.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including graphically, to a general audience and a technically advanced community.
  8. Understand clearly their roles and the impact of their designs/solutions on society both locally and globally.
  9. Have a definite plan for lifelong learning, professional and personal development.
  10. Be cognizant of contemporary civil engineering issues and be able to discuss these freely and understandingly.
  11. An ability to use modern engineering tools in order to formulate and solve engineering problems.