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Accreditation

The bachelor's degree programs in civil engineering and environmental engineering are both accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

ABET accreditation is a signal to students, community members and employers that a degree program meets professional standards and offers students they skills they need to succeed.

A key component of ABET accreditation are program educational objectives, or PEOs, which are high-level description about what graduates should be able to do within a few years of graduation.

Program Educational Objectives

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) for the Civil Engineering B.S. degree program support the mission of the institution and college. They have been developed as part of a continuous improvement process to ensure that graduates from the program are prepared to excel professionally.

Within three to five years after graduation from the B.S. in Civil Engineering program at the University of Nevada, Reno, successful graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate engineering competence to successfully solve technical problems within diverse sub-disciplines of civil engineering (e.g., structural, geotechnical, transportation, environmental, or pavement/materials engineering);
  2. Communicate technical information effectively, both in writing and verbally, and work on multidisciplinary teams;
  3. Engage in life‐long learning, as evidenced by obtaining licensure as a professional engineer, pursuing graduate education, actively participating in professional societies and community organizations, completing professional development courses, or practicing in allied fields (e.g., entrepreneur/business owner, project management or the business, legal, or construction professions).

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) for the Environmental Engineering B.S. degree program support the mission of the institution and college. They have been developed as part of a continuous improvement process to ensure that graduates from the program are prepared to excel professionally.

Within three to five years after graduation from the B.S. in Environmental Engineering program at the University of Nevada, Reno, successful graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate engineering competence to successfully solve technical problems within diverse sub-disciplines of environmental engineering (e.g., treatment of drinking water and wastewater, environmental restoration or remediation, monitoring and analysis of water, soil, and air environments, and management of hazardous wastes);
  2. Communicate technical information effectively, both in writing and verbally, and work on multidisciplinary teams;
  3. Engage in life‐long learning, as evidenced by obtaining licensure as a professional engineer, pursuing graduate education, actively participating in professional societies and community organizations, completing professional development courses, or practicing in allied fields (e.g., entrepreneur/business owner, project management or the business, legal, science, or construction professions).

Courses and Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. 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
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Degree Program

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering Degree Program

Degrees and Enrollment

B.S. in Civil Engineering Program
YearEnrollmentDegrees
2013-2014 327 65
2012-2013 349 66
B.S. in Environmental Engineering Program
YearEnrollmentDegrees
2013-2014 63 7
2012-2013 67 8

Program Constituencies

The primary constituencies of the civil engineering and environmental engineering bachelor's degree programs provide valuable feedback for the development and continuous improvement of the PEOs. The constituencies include the following:

  • Current students in the bachelor's degree programs in civil engineering and environmental engineering
  • Faculty members in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
  • Other faculty in College of Engineering and allied programs outside the College
  • Other administrative faculty and staff, who provide assistance with internships, initial advisement, and monitoring of general progress
  • Employers of graduates of the environmental engineering bachelor's degree program, including engineering consulting firms, government agencies, city and county agencies, and research institutions
  • Graduate and professional schools
  • The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Advisory Board, which consists of practicing civil and environmental engineering professionals and owners of local engineering firms
  • Alumni of the bachelor's degree program in environmental engineering

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