Civil Engineering Undergraduate Program Accreditation

The Civil Engineering undergraduate program offered by the Department of Civil Engineering at The University of Akron is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives of the Civil Engineering program are that, within a few years of graduation, our Civil Engineering graduates:

  1. Successfully and accurately complete Civil Engineering projects as part of a team, on time and within budget, in an ethical and professional manner, and using modern engineering tools-software

  2. An ability to communicate effectively with written, oral, and visual means in both technical and non-technical settings

  3. Professional service as evidenced by active participation in a professional society and/or educational outreach activities

  4. Engage in lifelong learning as evidenced by participation in continuing education courses, workshops, graduate courses, and by pursuing professional licensure

  5. A basic knowledge of the business of engineering including how the private and public sector operate separately and collectively

Student Outcomes

The Civil Engineering program has specified these student outcomes to be achieved by the time of graduation:


  • Solve problems in mathematics through differential equations and apply this knowledge to the solution of engineering problems

  • Solve problems in calculus-based physics, chemistry, and one additional area of natural science and apply this knowledge to the solution of engineering problems

  • Demonstrate the importance of the humanities in the professional practice of engineering

  • Demonstrate the incorporation of social sciences knowledge into the professional practice of engineering


  • Use knowledge of materials science to solve problems appropriate to civil engineering

  • Analyze and solve problems in solid and fluid mechanics

  • Specify an experiment to meet a need, conduct the experiment, and analyze and explain the resulting data

  • Formulate and solve an ill-defined engineering problem appropriate to civil engineering by selecting and applying appropriate techniques and tools

  • Evaluate the design of a complex system, component, or process and assess compliance with customary standards of practice, users and project’s needs, and relevant constraints

  • Analyze systems of engineered works, whether traditional or emergent, for sustainable performance

  • Analyze the impact of historical and contemporary issues on the identification, formulation, and solution of engineering problems and analyze the impact of engineering solutions on the economy, environment, political landscape, and society

  • Analyze the loading and capacity, and the effects of their respective uncertainties, for a well-defined design and illustrate the underlying probability of failure (or nonperformance) for a specified failure mode

  • Formulate documents to be incorporated into the project plan

  • Analyze and solve well-defined engineering problems in at least four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering

  • Evaluate the design of a complex system or process or evaluate the validity of newly created knowledge or technologies in a traditional or emerging advanced specialized technical area appropriate to civil engineering


  • Plan, compose, and integrate the verbal, written, virtual, and graphical communication of a project to technical and non-technical audiences

  • Apply public policy process techniques to simple public policy problems related to civil engineering works

  • Apply business and public administration concepts and processes

  • Analyze engineering works and services in order to function at a basic level in a global context

  • Organize and direct the efforts of a group

  • Function effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team

  • Demonstrate attitudes supportive of the professional practice of civil engineering

  • Plan and execute the acquisition of required expertise appropriate for professional practice

  • Justify a solution to an engineering problem based on professional and ethical standards and assess personal professional and ethical development

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Fall 2019 enrollment in the Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering Program is 355 students. There were 56 graduates of the program for the 2018-2019 academic year.

For more information:

Dr. Joan Carletta
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies

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