College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences2021-2022

Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Environmental Engineering

Civil Engineering, Master of Science

Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering aims to educate civil engineers to conduct analytical and experimental studies in the areas of water resources, transportation, structural, and geotechnical engineering. Examples of content areas include quantitative techniques for restoring natural stream channels, modeling and designing intelligent transportation systems, studies of the theoretical underpinnings of advanced structural analysis and design software, and sustainable engineering materials. The learning experiences provided by the program prepare students to enter the workforce with advanced skills or to pursue further studies in a doctoral program. The program also aims at increasing competitiveness in the local, regional, and global markets, advancing existing careers, or serving as a gateway to the Ph.D. degree.

Student Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate the ability to apply graduate level critical thinking skills to formulate and solve advanced civil engineering (CE) problems
  • Examine, analyze, and explicate contemporary CE topics and assess and apply specific CE computational tools.
  • Identify, formulate, and solve advanced CE problems.
  • Synthesize, explain, verify, and justify solutions to complex CE problems.
Demonstrate the ability to independently and creatively design and conduct research studies:
  • Assess the state of the art in their field of study, including a thorough literature review.
  • Design a research study of personal or professional interest and importance including: planning, organizing, scheduling, and executing the project with the guidance and input of their thesis advisor.
  • Apply independently and creatively appropriate CE and cross-disciplinary engineering theories and tools towards finding a viable solution to the thesis topic.
  • Perform and interpret complex quantitative analyses specific to the thesis.
  • Communicate effectively the results of a comprehensive research study through oral presentations and publications:
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the research study and the implications of the resulting data
  • Synthesize and present the relevance of the research study in both technical and non-technical terms.
  • Conduct an oral thesis defense to a community of engineering faculty and peers.
  • Create a publishable paper reflecting the integration of knowledge acquired through the research study.

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