Civil engineering

Program mission statement

The primary mission of the Department of Civil Engineering is to provide excellence in engineering education covering civil engineering theory, design, construction and management of civil engineering projects; to provide preparation in the skills sought by regional civil engineering employers as well as skills required for professional registration and for successful civil engineering practice; to provide graduates the skills and motivation required for graduate studies and for lifelong learning.

The mission of the civil engineering program dovetails into the mission of the School of Engineering and the University and guides the formation of the educational objectives of the program.

Program goals, objectives and outcomes

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.