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Undergraduate Program

BSCE: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Program Director: Prof. Laurie Baise

The bachelor of science in civil engineering (BSCE) program prepares students for a professional career in civil engineering. Major areas of technical concentration are environmental, geotechnical, structural and water resources engineering. Students completing this program are also well qualified for a professional career in Civil and Environmental Engineering, graduate study in engineering, construction, architecture, business, management, and law. Program objectives are achieved by developing a broad understanding of civil engineering, its relationship to the fundamental engineering sciences, and its interaction with the humanities, arts, and social sciences. The curriculum emphasizes the application of basic science, computing, and mathematics to the particular needs of the engineer.

The BSCE program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. ABET-EAC criteria require students complete a minimum number of course credits in college-level math and basic science subjects appropriate to the discipline, and a minimum number of course credits in engineering topics. To ensure compliance with these requirements, Tufts' School of Engineering establishes that all ABET-EAC accredited programs contain a minimum of 9.5 course credits in math and basic science subjects, and 14.5 course credits in engineering topics. The BSCE program meets or exceeds these minimum standards.


BSCE Program Mission Statement

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The mission of the BSCE program offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is to provide students with undergraduate educational experiences that give them a sound basis for professional practice in civil engineering and a career of life-long learning. Its fundamental goal is for students to learn the fundamental principles of civil engineering, to master engineering methods for solving challenging problems, and to communicate these solutions to the technical and non-technical community. The faculty is dedicated to accomplishing this mission through the integration of teaching, research, and professional practice.

BSCE Program Educational Objectives

The BSCE program educational objectives are to provide our graduates with the disciplinary breadth to:

  1. Become a competent engineer in civil engineering practice.
  2. Earn an advanced degree from a top-tier graduate or professional school.
  3. Assume a leadership role in civil engineering or a related field.

BSCE Student Outcomes

The BSCE student outcomes have been modeled after the ABET Criterion 3 requirements. Each graduate of the BSCE program should be able to demonstrate:

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. Ability to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  4. Ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. Ability to communicate effectively.
  8. Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global/societal/economic context.
  9. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.