Civil engineering is all about helping people and shaping a sustainable society, while seeing the products of your design.
Civil engineers design, build, and preserve the built fabric of our society including roads, bridges, buildings, drinking water and energy systems, waterways and ports, airports and the infrastructure for a cleaner environment. Civil engineering is an exciting profession because you get to see the products of your design, whether it is a high-rise building, a bridge, a dam, a roundabout, a canal or a wind turbine, to name a few. Civil engineers may work in the private sector at consulting firms or in the public sector for local, state or federal government in jobs that involve being outside, hands-on construction and monitoring, computer-aided analysis and design. A civil engineering degree also provides a great foundation to build other careers such as management, public administration, teaching, law and medicine.
An engaging and well-rounded curriculum
Civil Engineering students at UVM begin their education by acquiring a common base of knowledge in mathematics, sciences and engineering, and then progressively learn to analyze and design sustainable civil engineering systems. The degree culminates in a two semesters-long capstone design experience in the senior year, which is typically a service-learning project in collaboration with a community partner. The degree intentionally requires a relatively small number of required courses allowing students to pursue technical electives to their liking in the senior year in structural engineering and materials, geotechnical/geoenvironmental engineering, transportation engineering, and environmental and water resources engineering. The civil engineering degree as a whole has UVM’s Sustainability Designation. Students can take courses in arts, languages, community development, business and other areas as part of the general education component. The degree program includes nine courses with hands-on laboratories and most technical electives are project-based. The curriculum allows opportunities for picking up a minor, co-op and/or study abroad experiences, or an accelerated Master’s degree.
Educational Objectives ... Our graduates are expected to:
- Practice civil engineering, use their program knowledge in other avenues, or enter graduate school;
- Apply engineering principles and an understanding of civil engineering issues to analysis, design, construction, management, or preservation of natural and engineered systems;
- Actively participate in professional and/or community-based service (local, national, or global) that benefit the profession and the public;
- Demonstrate leadership, effective communication, and teamwork;
- Demonstrate capacity to obtain professional licensure, and engage in further study and professional development; and
- Consider sustainability as part of the problem definition and engineering solution.
The BS Civil Engineering Student Outcomes directly relates to the ABET (a)-(k) Criterion 3 Student Outcomes and are as follows:
- Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
- Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
- An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
- Ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
- Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
- Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
- Ability to communicate effectively.
- Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solution in a global and societal context.
- Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
- Knowledge of contemporary issues.
- Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.