Program Objectives, Student Outcomes and Statistics

Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the University of Alabama’s Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCivE), Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering (BSConE), Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (BSArchE), and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (BSEnvE) programs are to have graduates who, within a few years of graduation, are in demand and lead fulfilling professional careers through their demonstrated abilities to:

  1. Apply foundational knowledge of mathematics, science, humanities, and social sciences;
  2. Synthesize technical knowledge of engineering analysis and design to identify, formulate, and solve problems; and
  3. Employ the professional practice skills needed to be successful.

Student Outcomes

Students, upon completion of the BSCivE, BSConE, BSArchE, and/or BSEnvE programs, will be able to:

Foundational Outcomes

  • Outcome F1 (Level 3): Solve problems in (1) mathematics through calculus and differential equations; (2) probability and statistics; and (3) at least two areas of natural science.
  • Outcome F2 (Level 3): Explain the importance of (1) humanities, literature, and fine arts; and (2) history and social behavior.

Technical Outcomes

  • Outcome T1 (Level 4): Analyze and solve problems in engineering mechanics and materials.
  • Outcome T2 (Level 4): Select and conduct engineering experiments, and analyze and evaluate the resulting data.
  • Outcome T3 (Level 3): Apply relevant knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems, including problems in:
    • BSCivE – environmental, water resources, transportation, structural, construction, and geotechnical.
    • BSConE – project controls, construction methods, materials, and safety.
    • BSArchE – building structures, building mechanical systems, building electrical systems, and construction engineering and management.
    • BSEnvE – air, land, and water systems, and associated environmental heath impacts.
  • Outcome T4 (Level 3): Explain the impact of historical and contemporary issues on engineering practice.
  • Outcome T5 (Level 3): Develop solutions to well-defined project management problems.
  • Outcome T6 (Level 5): Design a system or process in more than one area within the discipline to meet desired needs, including sustainability and within other realistic constraints such as environmental, economic, social, political, ethical, health and safety, and constructability.
  • Outcome T7 (Level 2): Explain key aspects of at least one traditional or emerging area of area of advanced specialization within the discipline.

Professional Practice Outcomes

  • Outcome P1 (Level 4): Analyze a situation involving multiple conflicting professional, legal, and ethical interests, and determine an appropriate course of action.
  • Outcome P2 (Level 4): Organize and deliver effective written, verbal, and graphical communications.
  • Outcome P3 (Level 3): Demonstrate the ability to learn through independent study, without the aid of formal instruction.
  • Outcome P4 (Level 3): Demonstrate attributes supportive of the professional practice of engineering; apply leadership principles to direct the efforts of a small group to solve a relatively constrained problem; and function effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team to solve open-ended engineering problems.
  • Outcome P5 (Level 2): Explain the importance of professional licensure and basic concepts in engineering management, business, law, and globalization.

Student Learning Outcomes Rubric

The BSCivE, BSConE, BSArchE, and BSEnvE student learning outcomes are formulated using Bloom’s Taxonomy. A full rubric of the Student Learning Outcomes provides additional information on the development of the expected knowledge, skills and attributes required for graduation.

Bloom’s Taxonomy

Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives consists of six levels of achievement in the cognitive domain. The six levels are as follows: Level 1 – knowledge (the ability to remember previously learned material); Level 2 – comprehension (the ability to grasp the meaning of material); Level 3 – application (the ability to use learned material in new situations); Level 4 – analysis (the ability to break down material into its component parts so that the organization structure may be understood); Level 5 – synthesis (the ability to put together information to form a new whole); and Level 6 – evaluation (the ability to judge the value of material for a given purpose).

Enrollment and Graduation Statistics

The University of Alabama Office of Institutional Research and Assessment maintains annual enrollment and graduate data for the programs in the College of Engineering. Please visit the OIRA Statistical Profiles website to find statistics for student enrollment, degrees awarded and faculty data.