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.

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 eleven program outcomes formulated by ABET for its Civil and Infrastructure B.S. degree:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. 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;
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. an ability to communicate effectively;
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning;
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

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 2017
Enrollment309287297278295283
Graduates303630422845

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.