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Program Objectives & Student Outcomes

Students in Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering at SIU benefit from a broad-based, yet personal educational experience both in and out of the classroom. Students discover themselves and their future through diverse areas of study, by working side-by-side with faculty who have real-world experience and in opportunities to get involved in research projects, student organizations and career preparation.  Civil Engineering at SIU is the perfect major for undergraduate students looking to learn, grow and succeed in both college and their careers.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. Program educational objectives are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies.

The Civil Engineering program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale prepares students to attain the following skills, 3 to 5 years after graduation:

  1. Become productive professionals and successfully formulate cost-effective solutions to real-world problems that are fundamental to civil engineering and related fields.
  2. Successfully pursue advanced degrees, professional licensure and professional development activities that support life-long learning.
  3. Successfully serve the public and improve the quality of life by acting in a professional, safe and ethical manner.
  4. Advance towards leadership positions through effective contribution to multidisciplinary teams.

Enrollment and Graduation Data



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Student Outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. In order to meet our program educational objectives, we will prepare our students to attain the following outcomes at the time of graduation.

  1. Graduates will have the ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. Graduates will have the 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. Graduates will have the ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. Graduates will 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. Graduates will have the 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. Graduates will have the ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. Graduates will have the ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.