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Student Outcomes

What TCNJ Civil Engineering students are expected to know and be able to do at graduation. What knowledge, abilities, tools and skills the program gives the graduates to enable them to accomplish the Educational Objectives


The Student Outcomes listed below are expected of all graduates of the Civil Engineering Program. Civil Engineering graduates will have:

(1) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;

(2) an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;

(3) an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;

(4) an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;

(5) an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;

(6) an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions;

(7) an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


Additional Program Criteria 

The civil engineering curriculum prepares graduates to:

  • apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, calculus-based physics, chemistry, and at least one additional area of basic science;
  • apply probability and statistics to address uncertainty;
  • analyze and solve problems in at least four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering;
  • conduct experiments in at least two technical areas of civil engineering and analyze and interpret the resulting data;
  • design a system, component, or process in at least two civil engineering contexts;
  • include principles of sustainability in design;
  • explain basic concepts in project management, business, public policy, and leadership;
  • explain the importance of professional licensure.