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Accreditation Board for Engineers and Technology (ABET)

Our Mission

Our mission is to prepare students for professional practice, graduate study, life-long learning, and societal leadership and to advance the scientific and technological basis for civil and environmental engineering practice. To fulfill this mission, we aim to provide a high quality undergraduate program with instruction in the fundamental areas of civil engineering that integrates concepts of sustainability and resilience, conduct a distinguished program of research and graduate study in selected areas of civil and environmental engineering, and disseminate advanced technical knowledge to engineers, other professionals, and the public. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of our undergraduate program will prepare our graduates to:

  1. begin and sustain a career in consulting, industry, or state and federal government agencies, such as the departments of transportation and departments of environmental protection;
  2. lead and work in interdisciplinary teams needed to design sustainable and resilient infrastructure through knowledge and application of environmental, geotechnical, materials, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering;
  3. engage in life-long learning opportunities, including graduate school; and
  4. obtain and maintain professional licensure.

Program Outcomes (Student Outcomes)

The undergraduate program will provide students with:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. 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;
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. an ability to communicate effectively;
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning;
  10. knowledge of contemporary issues in civil engineering;
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.




The Penn State Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, established in 1881, is internationally recognized for excellence in the preparation of undergraduate and graduate engineers through the integration of education, research, and leadership.

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

212 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-1408

Phone: 814-863-3084