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Program Accreditation and Information

The civil engineering (CE) degree program at Kansas State University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The undergraduate civil engineering program at K-State was first accredited by ABET in 1936, which was the first year accreditation was given for engineering programs. K-State's CE program has been regularly accredited since.

ABET is a not-for-profit, non-governmental accrediting agency for programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology, and we are recognized as an accreditor by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

ABET accreditation provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards of the profession for which that program prepares graduates. In addition, the accreditation process:

  • Assures that graduates of an accredited program are adequately prepared to enter and continue the practice of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology
  • Stimulates the improvement of technical education
  • Encourages new and innovative approaches to technical education and its assessment
Civil Engineering Program Educational Objectives

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

  1. Graduates will be successful in their civil engineering careers.
  2. Graduates will pursue professional development, advanced degrees and registration as appropriate for their careers.

(Approved by the CE faculty on 2/27/12)

Civil Engineering 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 knowledge, skills and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. The civil engineering program will enable students to attain the following, by the time of graduation:

a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering

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 function on multidisciplinary teams

e. An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems

f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

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 life-long learning

j. A knowledge of contemporary issues

k. An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

(Approved by the CE faculty on 10/5/12)

Information on undergraduate enrollment and degrees awarded can be found on the following pages: