Accreditation

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Accreditation

The Civil Engineering (CE) and the Environmental Engineering (ENVE) degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.  Our Structural Engineering (Option in Engineering) program was accredited from 1976 until 1982 when the name was changed to Civil Engineering. We have maintained accreditation in CE since. The ENVE degree was first accredited in 2010.

The CEE Department is guided by a group of constituents who review our educational objectives and expected program student outcomes. The educational objectives are those objectives we want our graduates to attain 3-5 years after graduation. Program student outcomes are expected outcomes at graduation from our programs.

CONSTITUENTS

The constituencies of the Civil Engineering program and Environmental Engineering program work together to determine the program's educational and student learning outcomes. The constituencies of these programs include:

  • Our students
  • Our faculty
  • Our alumni
  • Civil engineering professionals, including employers

The constituencies of the CEE program are part of the following formal committees or groups that evaluate and review the Department’s educational objectives:

  • The CEE Advisory Council (a group of local professionals, employers, alumni, faculty and student representatives) 
  • The CEE Faculty and discipline-specific faculty groups (the discipline-specific groups include structural, environmental/water, geotechnical, and transportation)

 

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES & LEARNING OUTCOMES

B.S. Program in Civil Engineering

The educational objectives of the Civil Engineering program at Portland State University are as follows:

Graduates are expected to practice civil engineering responsibly and ethically by (1) working effectively in the professional engineering community and (2) continuing to learn and enhance their abilities in civil engineering.

The student learning outcomes of the Civil Engineering program at Portland State University are as follows:

Graduates of the Civil Engineering program at Portland State University will have the skills and abilities to prepare them to begin professional practice or to succeed in graduate studies.

Graduates will have:

A. An ability to apply principles of mathematics, science, and engineering to the analysis and design of civil engineering projects.
B. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
C. 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.
D. An ability to participate in projects that cross disciplines and to function on multi-disciplinary teams
E. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
F. An understanding of the professional and ethical responsibility of engineers in a broad societal context.
G. An ability to communicate effectively.
H. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
I. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in continuing professional development and life-long learning.
J. A knowledge of relevant contemporary issues
K. An ability to use the modern techniques, skills, and engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
L. Have proficiency in the following civil engineering discipline areas: structural, geotechnical, environmental/water resources, and transportation.
M. An awareness of the need for professional registration in career development. 

B.S. Program in Environmental Engineering

The educational objectives of the Environmental Engineering program at Portland State University are as follows:

Graduates are expected to practice environmental engineering responsibly and ethically by (1) working effectively in the professional engineering community and (2) continuing to learn and enhance their abilities in environmental engineering.

The student learning outcomes of the Civil Engineering program at Portland State University are as follows:

Graduates of the Environmental Engineering program will have the skills and abilities to prepare them to begin professional practice or to succeed in graduate studies. Graduates will have:

A. An ability to apply principles of mathematics, science, and engineering to the analysis and design of environmental engineering projects.
B. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
C. 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.
D. An ability to participate in projects that cross disciplines and to function on multi-disciplinary teams
E. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
F. An understanding of the professional and ethical responsibility of engineers in a broad societal context.|
G. An ability to communicate effectively.
H. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
I. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in continuing professional development and life-long learning.
J. A knowledge of relevant contemporary issues
K. An ability to use the modern techniques, skills, and engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
L. An awareness of the need for professional registration in career development.