Learning Outcomes


The civil engineering program at Seattle University seeks to prepare graduates for productive and fulfilling life-long careers in the engineering profession. The program provides a strong foundation in the areas of mathematics, basic and engineering sciences, and the humanities and social sciences while promoting further self-development and life-long intellectual achievement. The program also seeks to build student skills in written and oral communication, and a sense of poise and professionalism.

Civil Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The program strives to provide a personalized, world-class educational experience, in keeping with Seattle University's Mission, that enables graduates to:

  • Professional: attain a position in civil engineering or related field,
  • Technical: be recognized as competent professionals as demonstrated by the completion of professional licensure or specialized certification,
  • Personal: participate in ongoing personal and professional growth and learning as demonstrated by completion of advanced degrees or through other forms of continuing education, and
  • Societal: contribute to society or the profession through involvement in professional organizations or other service activity.

Student Outcomes

At the time of graduation, students from our civil engineering program are expected to have:

  • a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering,
  • b. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data,
  • c. 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,
  • d. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams,
  • e. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems,
  • f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility,
  • g. an ability to communicate effectively,
  • h. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context,
  • i. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning,
  • j. a knowledge of contemporary issues, and
  • k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

The civil engineering program enrolled 91 students in Fall 2017 and awarded 18 degrees in academic year 2016-17.

The civil engineering program at Seattle University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Environmental Science Learning Outcomes

  • Science Fundamentals: Apply principles from biology, ecology, chemistry, physics, geology, mathematics, and engineering to examine the natural history, ecosystems, and environmental problems of the Pacific Northwest and to place them in a global context.
  • Experimentation: Plan, safely conduct, and document fieldwork and lab experiments that account for the spatial and temporal complexity inherent within natural systems.
  • Critical Thinking: Develop and test scientific hypotheses using critical thinking skills and contemporary tools.
  • Communication: Communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical audiences in written and oral forms using reasoning that draws from the scientific literature and is supported by data presented as figures, tables, maps, photographs, and in other graphical forms.
  • Policy: Evaluate how science can inform the development of policy to address environmental problems such as biodiversity loss, pollution, resource depletion, and climate change.
  • Teamwork: Collaborate on multidisciplinary teams that apply scientific expertise and input from diverse stakeholders to characterize and address environmental problems.

Master of Science in Structural Engineering Learning Outcomes

At the end of graduation, students from our Master of Science in Structural Engineering are expected to be able to:

  • Apply principles of engineering mechanics and use appropriate tools to solve problems in structural engineering.
  • Design and evaluate structural components and systems to meet the desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, constructability, and sustainability.
  • Plan, compose, and integrate verbal, written, and graphical communication to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Function effectively as a member of an engineering team.
  • Discuss professional responsibility in light of social context of engineering problems.

These learning outcomes follow much of the methodology proposed in ASCE's Body of Knowledge 2, which outlines student outcomes and achievement levels needed for entry into the civil engineering profession.