Civil engineers design, construct, manage, and improve the built environment that is all around us. Purdue University Fort Wayne offers a four-year civil engineering undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.
The program is designed to give students a broad exposure to all areas of engineering; to develop a sound understanding of the science that underlies civil engineering; and to foster students’ creativity and professional skills through design and project work.
Our students, while drawn from diverse backgrounds, are all extremely able and committed to learning. Purdue Fort Wayne delivers an exceptional educational experience to engineering students, encouraging collaboration and teamwork throughout the curriculum. In addition to coursework, the department supports and encourage student participation in undergraduate research, co-op and internships, and several very active student organizations.
In its recently (2017) released rankings of the best colleges and universities in the United States, U.S. News & World Report deemed the engineering programs at Purdue Fort Wayne to be among the best in the country.
As a framework for the continuous improvement policy, the Civil Engineering program has adopted a set of program educational objectives that describe the anticipated accomplishments of our graduates within a few years after graduation.
The Civil Engineering program educational objectives are to produce graduates who:
- Advance professionally to roles of greater Civil Engineering technical responsibilities, and/or by transitioning into leadership position in business, government, and/or education.
- Participate in life-long learning through the successful completion of advanced degree(s), continuing education, and/or engineering certification(s)/licensure or other professional development.
Demonstrate a commitment to community by applying technical skills and knowledge to support various service activities.
Student Learning Outcomes:
The graduates from the Civil Engineering Program will demonstrate that they have:
- the understanding of basic knowledge in chemistry, mathematics, physics, engineering, and in one additional area of science such as biology, geology, or geography.
- the ability to design and conduct experiments, interpret and analyze data, and report results in the areas of fluid mechanics, civil engineering materials, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, engineering design, and other related areas.
- the ability to design a civil engineering system, component, or process that meets desired specifications and requirements including but not limited to technical functions, safety, quality control, time, and cost.
- the ability to function on teams in assignments and projects, in engineering and science laboratories, and on multidisciplinary design projects.
- the ability to identify, formulate, and/or solve civil engineering problems in major civil engineering areas including: construction management, environmental engineering, geomatics, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, materials, transportation engineering, and hydraulics engineering.
- the understanding of the professional and ethical responsibilities and the ability to explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy and leadership.
- the ability to communicate effectively orally through presentations, classroom participation and discussion, and in writing professional emails, memos, papers, and reports.
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context and to understand the community needs by participating in community activities, conducting research, or designing a project.
- the recognition of the need for post graduate education/learning and professional licensure, and the ability to engage in life-long learning activities including but not limited to admittance to graduate school, taking the FE exam, getting certifications, and participating in research activities.
- a knowledge of and exposure to contemporary issues in classroom materials and discussions, projects, papers, articles, presentations, field visits, reading news articles, attending workshops, seminars/webinars, and/or in local, national, global, and professional news briefs such as the ASCE SmartBrief.
- the ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering software tools and equipment necessary to analyze civil engineering problems and design civil engineering system.
- The Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
- The B.S.C.E. program is delivered primarily through on-campus courses; however, some of the required General Education courses are available as hybrid and/or on-line courses and those can be used to satisfy the program requirements.
Declaring this Major:
Students interested in declaring Civil Engineering as their major may do so in one of two ways:
- On their application when they first apply to Purdue Fort Wayne
- After meeting with an CE facutly advisor, who will determine that the student has the requireed math and chemistry background to begin our program
In order to start in the Civil Engineering program, a student must meet the following criteria:
- Math Placement at or above MA 15400