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.
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:
- Engage in the engineering practice of planning, designing, constructing, operating and maintaining sustainable infrastructure;
- Participate in public discussions concerning infrastructure in the urban, suburban, and exurban setting by providing professional guidance;
- Stay current through continuing education opportunities, professional conferences, graduate school, and other self-learning experiences; have the ability to obtain and maintain professional licensing.
The department has adopted the following eleven program outcomes formulated by ABET for its Civil and Infrastructure B.S. degree:
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
- 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;
- an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
- an ability to communicate effectively;
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning;
- a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
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.
As of fall 2014, the department included 317 undergraduate majors. Most 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.