Program Objectives and Outcomes

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ABET Accreditation

Bioenvironmental Engineering is accredited under Environmental Engineering by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET), resulting in preparation for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam and licensure as a Professional Engineer.

Program Mission

The mission of the Bioenvironmental Engineering Program is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in bioenvironmental engineering fundamentals, applications, and design so as to prepare graduates for the practice of bioenvironmental engineering at the professional level with confidence and skills necessary to meet the technical and social challenges of the future and for continuing their studies at the graduate level.

Program Objectives

In pursuit of the program mission, within the first few years on the job graduates will have met the following Program Educational Objectives (POE's):

  1. Practice environmental engineering or pursue advanced degrees with technical competence.
    • Competently and efficiently collect, analyze and interpret data relevant to problems in the environmental engineering sectors
    • Demonstrate methodological and computational skills to operate effectively within the environmental engineering sectors.
    • Demonstrate skills in current technologies and fundamentals to be able to adapt to future challenges.
  2. Conduct themselves responsibly, professionally and ethically in their professional life.
    • Skillfully communicate with a range of stakeholders about complex issues orally and in writing.
    • Effectively function in multidisciplinary teams.
    • Be ethical and professional in performance of their duties.
    • Continue the process of life-long learning.
  3. Be on the path to act as leaders in the community by applying environmental engineering solutions that have global and societal benefits and are consistent with the principles of sustainability.

Program Outcomes

To expedite the achievement of these objectives, Graduates of the program will have demonstrated that they have attained the following Student Outcomes (SO's):

  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. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Current Enrollment

The number of enrolled students in the Environmental Engineering major in the 2016-17 academic year is as follows:
Class of 2017 – 17 seniors
Class of 2018 – 20 juniors
Class of 2019 – 28 sophomores

The most recent graduating class, the Class of 2016, had 26 students.