Program Objectives, Outcome, and Size

The George Mason University Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering (CIE) that prepares graduates to practice across the spectrum of civil engineering.  The degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Program Objectives
The educational objectives of the Civil and Infrastructure Engineering program describe expectations for graduates approximately three to five years after obtaining their BS CIE degree.  Graduates of the program will be professionals who:

  1. Engage in the engineering practice of planning, designing, constructing, operating and maintaining sustainable infrastructure;
  2. Participate in public discussions concerning infrastructure in the urban, suburban, and exurban setting by providing professional guidance;
  3. Stay current through continuing education opportunities, professional conferences, graduate school, and other self-learning experiences; have the ability to obtain and maintain professional licensing.

Program Outcomes
The department has adopted the following (1) through (7) program outcomes formulated by ABET for its Civil and Infrastructure B.S. degree:

  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.

Program Size 
The department prides itself on maintaining a program small enough that undergraduates have ample opportunity to interact with faculty both in the classroom and outside, yet large enough that students can choose from an impressive array of electives, extra-curricular activities, and friends who will be colleagues for life.

The following table summarizes undergraduate enrollment and BS degrees conferred:

Enrollment in BS Program in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering and Number of Graduates
Fall 2014Spring 2015Fall 2015Spring 2016Fall 2016Spring 2017Fall 2017Spring 2018
Enrollment309287297278295283297293
Graduates3036304228452445

Most students join the department as freshmen, but transfer students with competitive academic records are welcomed from other majors within the university, and from other institutions.  All graduates’ names are included on our wall of alumni in the heart of our department, evidence of the satisfaction we derive from their accomplishments.