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

Students will have

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies. 

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
Year Enrollment Degrees
2020-2021 359
2019-2020 396 91
2018-2019 376 72
2017-2018 316 71
2016-2017 306 58
2015-2016 262 48
2014-2015 274 51
2013-2014 327 65
2012-2013 348 66
B.S. in environmental engineering program
Year Enrollment Degrees
2020-2021 87
2019-2020 101 22
2018-2019 87 18
2017-2018 86 18
2016-2017 85 19
2015-2016 82 18
2014-2015 72 7
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