Civil Engineering BS

Program Purpose


The purpose of the undergraduate Civil Engineering program is to produce graduates who possess technical competence in their chosen specialty area of civil engineering, integrity, and a commitment to the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ, that will prepare them to serve and contribute as innovators, professional engineers, and leaders in the global community.

Curricular Structure

Major Academic Plan (MAP)

Undergraduate Catalog

Objectives

The objectives of the undergraduate Civil Engineering Program at Brigham Young University are to:

  1. Develop innovative engineers who competently apply recognized technical methods to meet human needs for water, shelter, and transportation.
  2. Develop leaders with global awareness who hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public while sustaining and protecting the environment.
  3. Develop citizens with moral character and a commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ who provide life-long service to the public, church, and professional community.

Learning Outcomes


Math and Science

a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

Courses that Contribute: CE EN 103 CE EN 203 CE EN 204 CE EN 321 CE EN 332 CE EN 507 CE EN 544 CE EN 547 CE EN 604
Linked to BYU Aims: Human knowledge
Experiments and Data

b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

Courses that Contribute: CE EN 304 CE EN 306 CE EN 341 CE EN 361 CE EN 414 CE EN 471A CE EN 607 CE EN 645
Linked to BYU Aims: Quantitative reasoning
Design

c) 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.

Courses that Contribute: CE EN 270 CE EN 361 CE EN 414 CE EN 421 CE EN 424 CE EN 427 CE EN 431 CE EN 433 CE EN 472
Linked to BYU Aims: Quantitative reasoning
Teamwork

d) An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.

Courses that Contribute: CE EN 100A CE EN 101 CE EN 112 CE EN 400A CE EN 400B CE EN 427 CE EN 439 CE EN 467 CE EN 472 CE EN 682
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively
Problem Solving

e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

Courses that Contribute: CE EN 103 CE EN 203 CE EN 204 CE EN 321 CE EN 332 CE EN 414 CE EN 439 CE EN 461 CE EN 547 CE EN 682
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly
Ethics and Faith

f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

Courses that Contribute: CE EN 100A CE EN 400A CE EN 400B
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Character
Communication

g) An ability to communicate effectively.

Courses that Contribute: CE EN 306 CE EN 341 CE EN 361 CE EN 414 CE EN 427 CE EN 439 CE EN 461 CE EN 467 CE EN 472
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively
Sustainability

h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

Courses that Contribute: CE EN 361 CE EN 427 CE EN 451 CE EN 467 CE EN 471B CE EN 472
Linked to BYU Aims: Human knowledge
Life-long Learning and Service

i) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

Courses that Contribute: CE EN 100A CE EN 101 CE EN 400A CE EN 400B CE EN 467 CE EN 471B
Linked to BYU Aims: Lifelong learning, Lifelong service
Contemporary Issues

j) A knowledge of contemporary issues.

Courses that Contribute: CE EN 100A CE EN 400A CE EN 400B CE EN 427 CE EN 439 CE EN 451 CE EN 471B
Linked to BYU Aims: Human knowledge
Engineering Tools

k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Courses that Contribute: CE EN 112 CE EN 270 CE EN 414 CE EN 439 CE EN 461 CE EN 544 CE EN 547
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly

Evidence of Learning


The program objectives and learning outcomes are reviewed through a formal assessment strategy. The primary tools used for assessment are as follows:

Direct: Graded Coursework Items

Embedded indicators from the courses include graded items such as exam questions, laboratory assignments, projects, and key homework problems.

Direct: Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam

Student learning with respect to specific outcomes is compared with that of students nationwide in this standardized exam, which is offered twice a year.

Indirect: BYU Alumni Questionnaire

This questionnaire is administered to alumni three years after graduation and has been administered each year since 2000. The instrument asks alumni to rate themselves on specific, concrete self-descriptive statements and questions derived from official statements of university aims. Other items solicit alumni perceptions of the impact of their undergraduate experiences in terms of their spiritual, character and intellectual development. There are 10 Civil and Environmental department-specific questions.

Indirect: Advisory Board Review

Members of the Department Advisory Board provide feedback on the program objectives, learning outcomes, and assessment strategy during their semi-annual meetings on campus. Most of the members are industry leaders and department alumni.

Indirect: Exit Interviews

Student ratings of the success of the program in accomplishing the learning outcomes, as well as student opinions about the importance of each outcome, are solicited from seniors approaching graduation.  The data are collected three times a year, corresponding to the three university graduation dates.

Indirect: Student Ratings of Courses

The university administers an end-of course survey to students. This survey allows for more open-ended responses and provides insight into the effectiveness of teaching. Students have an opportunity to respond to the effectiveness of learning activities, fairness of grading procedures, explanation of concepts, usefulness of feedback, degree of student involvement, time spent on homework and reading assignments, etc. Students may also include free-form comments about the course.

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement


The assessment data are compiled and analyzed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for periodic discussion with the faculty during monthly faculty meetings and as a standard component of the annual department retreat.