The Bachelor of Science (BS) and Honors Bachelor of Science (HBS) degrees in the civil engineering program are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Mission and Program Objectives

The mission of the Civil Engineering program at Oregon State University is to provide a comprehensive, state-of-the-art education to prepare students for professional and responsible engineering positions with business, industry, consulting firms or government.

Degree Requirements

Program Educational Objectives

OSU Civil Engineering graduates receive a compelling education, and within 3-5 years of graduation will have:

  1. Assembled, analyzed and synthesized/evaluated information to solve engineering problems and perform modern civil engineering design by applying mathematics, engineering sciences and fundamentals of civil engineering.
  2. Participated in modern professional practice or a graduate program in a specialty area of civil engineering, demonstrating effective communication, collaborative work and leadership in diverse teams, ethical decision-making, successful management of personal and professional career objectives, and continual development through lifelong learning and professional involvement.
  3. Recognized the importance of professional licensure and have achieved or prepared to achieve this significant accomplishment. In this endeavor, consideration of the public health, welfare and safety is seen as the paramount priority.
  4. Applied an understanding of public policy and contemporary societal issues with sensitivity to the challenges of meeting social, environmental, and economic constraints within a global community.

Civil Engineering Student Outcomes

The OSU Civil Engineering program prepares its graduates to achieve the Program Educational Objectives above several years into their careers. This is achieved by having students able to perform the following on graduation, well preparing them for active immediate and lifelong service in the profession:

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to solve engineering problems
  2. Ability to design and conduct experiments as well as analyze and interpret data
  3. Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability
  4. Ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  5. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. Ability to communicate effectively
  8. Broad education necessary to understand impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal context
  9. Recognition of need for and ability to engage in lifelong learning
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. Ability to use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  12. Knowledge of basic concepts in leadership
  13. Ability to include non-engineering considerations, including business, regulatory and safety issues in problem solving
  14. Ability to incorporate effective negotiation or consensus-gaining in group decision making
  15. Knowledge and application of project planning and management practices and tools
  16. Ability to assess imperfect or incomplete data conditions, risks and alternatives into problem-solving decisions
  17. Exposure to current industry design practices, construction methods and materials, and overall project delivery considerations

ABET Course Learning Objectives 

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply the engineering design process to produce solutions that meet specific needs with consideration for public health and safety, and global, cultural, social, environmental, economic, and other factors as appropriate to the discipline.
  3. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  4. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  5. An ability to 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.
  6. An ability to recognize the ongoing need to acquire new knowledge, to choose appropriate learning strategies, and to apply this knowledge.
  7. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader of a team that establishes goals, plans tasks, meets deadlines, and creates a collaborative and inclusive environment.