Geological Engineering B.S. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

Our goal is to graduate students of high quality possessing state-of-art knowledge in both the science of geology and the fundamentals of engineering. These students will have a high level of knowledge regarding geologic hazards and the mitigation of these hazards, also geomechanics, environmental remediation, and geotechnical engineering. BSGE students will be highly competitive for graduate school admission or for professional employment. These students will be recognized as among the best nationally. In order to meet and exceed these Mission objectives, three(3) Program Educational Objectives (PEO)are established and regularly assessed: PEO 1. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to apply design principles in a variety of design situations; PEO 2. Graduates will demonstrate a solid and broad foundation in fundamental principles, both theoretical and practical, of mathematics, science, and engineering enabling them to excel in professional employment as well as in post-graduate education; and PEO 3. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the larger contexts of the application of their engineering, including global, environmental, societal, and legal concerns and will be able to communicate these concepts.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to articulate the design process and apply this knowledge to a variety of project situations to ensure safe and effective human interface with the earth. Program Educational Objective(s): PEO-1; PEO-2; PEO-3; ABET Student Outcomes a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, and k.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Performance in GE 487, geological engineering design; performance on the FE exam; ability to secure employment in the field
Assessment Method
  • Instructor evaluation of students' abilities in GE 487; FE exam results; Senior Exit Examination

2. Students will learn how to solve real engineering problems that involve engineering ethics and environmental health & safety. Program Educational Objectives: PEO-3; ABET Student Outcomes a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k

Student Performance Indicators
  • Abilities demonstrated in GE 385, GE 480, GE 483, and GE 487; on-the-job performance, if possible to assess.
Assessment Method
  • Instructor evaluation of performance in GE 280, 385, 483, and 487; external review of GE 487 design projects

3. Students will understand the historical context of society, and they will be able to interact effectively with non-engineers. Program Educational Objectives: PEO-3; ABET Student Outcomes a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k

Student Performance Indicators
  • Performance in and attitudes about Core Curriculum courses.
Assessment Method
  • Performance on Senior Exit Examination

4. Graduates will be able to communicate effectively. Program Educational Objective: PEO-3; ABET Student Outcomes a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k

Student Performance Indicators
  • As of December, 2009, the geological engineering curriculum allows students to enroll in ENGR 301 or COM 101. Student performance in either class will be assessed.
Assessment Method
  • Regular review of syllabus for ENGR 301 and COM 101; review of student performance data; feedback from external review of GE 487 design projects

5. Students will gain the mathematical and scientific knowledge and comprehension, moreover will be able to apply this knowledge when solving engineering problems. Program educational objectives: PEO-2; PEO-3; ABET Student Outcomes a, e, h, i, j, k

Student Performance Indicators
  • Performance on the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering Examination)- this indicating the acquisition of knowledge. Students performance in all 400-level GE courses, esp. GE 487, indicating the ability to apply this knowledge.
Assessment Method
  • Regular inspection of FE performance data, and evaluating the GE curriculum against these data. Instructor evaluation of 400-level GE courses.