Undergraduate Degree Programs

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Educational Objectives

Rensselaer's Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering programs are both designed to prepare students for continuous learning and successful careers in industry, government, academia, and consulting.

Within a few years of graduation, Bachelor of Science graduates in both programs are expected to:

  1. Contribute to the field of Civil Engineering as professionals engaged in problem-solving, design, and discovery through the responsible and ethical application and development of technology.
  2. Further develop leadership skills by accepting increasing levels of responsibility in engineering practice, communicating in professional and civic forums, and progressing toward professional licensure.
  3. Continue to develop both professionally and personally through graduate study, participation in professional societies, continuing education, and service to the community.

The Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering degree programs at Rensselaer are each independently accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Student Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the respective curricula of the Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering programs will be able to demonstrate an ability to:

  • Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

  • 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

  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences

  • 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

  • Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

  • Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

  • Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.