Objectives And Outcomes

The objectives and outcomes of our programs

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The Civil Engineering undergraduate program at UCLA is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Department Vision: “Engineering Sustainable Infrastructure for the Future”

This vision guides our research and teaching activities, which are to:

  • Educate engineering leaders who can work in a multi-disciplinary environment to anticipate and address evolving challenges of the 21st century. 
  • Develop and apply high performance structural materials and systems 
  • Develop performance-based earthquake engineering as a new paradigm for analysis and design of disaster-resistant infrastructure 
  • Improve the reliability, performance, and disaster-resistance of water supplies, treatment processes, and distribution systems 
  • Create new engineering materials to improve the performance of infrastructure 
  • Characterize and mitigate natural and man-made hazards 
  • Improve fundamental knowledge of the inter-relationships between the built environment and natural systems 
  • Develop the technological innovations needed to safeguard, improve, and economize infrastructure and society 

The following describes the educational objectives and intended outcomes for undergraduate students enrolled in UCLA’s C&EE department.

A. Civil Engineering Objectives

  1. Fundamental Knowledge: Graduates of the program will be skilled in the fundamental principles of mathematics, science, and four sub-disciplines in Civil Engineering that are necessary for success in industry or graduate school.
  2. Specialization: Graduates of the program will be proficient in each of the four sub-fields of Civil Engineering to an extent that they can pursue careers in those fields or in related inter-disciplinary fields that benefit from a strong background in applied sciences and engineering. The sub-fields emphasized by the UCLA C&EE department are Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering and Mechanics, and Water Resources Engineering. Graduates will also obtain additional depth and specialized knowledge in two of these sub-fields.
  3. Design Skills: Graduates of the program will be skilled in problem solving, design and interpretation of experiments, and operating within a team environment for the solution of design problems in their chosen field.
  4. Professional Skills: Graduates of the program will be capable of operating effectively in a professional environment by demonstrating technical communication skills, the ability to procure work, the ability to interact effectively with construction professionals, and an understanding of both ethical issues in Civil Engineering and the importance of Civil Engineering work to society.
  5. Lifelong Learning: Graduates of the program will be prepared to continue their professional development based on their awareness of professional society activities, professional licensure requirements, and opportunities for further education in graduate school.

B. Civil Engineering Outcomes

Graduates Will Exhibit:

  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.
  12. an understanding of critical issues for professional practice such as the procurement of work and the interaction with contractors during the construction phase of a project.

C. Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Annual student enrollment and graduate data is available in the annual UCEE reports available at http://www.seasoasa.ucla.edu/admissions/enrollment-degree-statistics-new.