Wayne State University

Aim Higher

Civil and Environmental Engineering


Graduates of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department will demonstrate the following skills and attributes when they receive their BS degrees:

  • The ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering within the framework of solving civil engineering problems, including the analysis and design of structures, transportation systems, water treatment and supply systems, wastewater collection and treatment systems, as well as the geotechnical aspects of each.
  • The ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as collect and interpret experimental data, pertaining to civil engineering systems.
  • The ability to design a civil engineering system, system component or process which meets specific needs.
  • The ability to collaborate, communicate and work effectively with others on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • The ability to identify, formulate and solve a range of civil engineering problems.
  • An understanding and appreciation of professional and ethical responsibility in the practice of civil engineering.
  • The ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral form.
  • A broad educational background which addresses the importance of global and societal factors as they affect and are affected by civil engineering systems.
  • An understanding of the importance of life-long learning and continuing education.
  • Knowledge of important contemporary issues within and outside the context of civil engineering.
  • The ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools required for the practice of civil engineering.
  • An understanding of civil engineering professional practice issues such as: procurement of work, bidding versus quality-based selection processes, addressing public safety concerns in project design, how design professionals interact with the construction profession to construct a project, the importance of professional licensing and continuing education, and/or other professional practice issues.