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Program Accreditation and Information

ABET logoThe Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in civil engineering (CE) at Kansas State University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The undergraduate civil engineering program at K-State was first accredited by ABET in 1936, which was the first year accreditation was given for engineering programs. K-State's CE program has been regularly accredited since.

ABET is a not-for-profit, non-governmental accrediting agency for programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology, and we are recognized as an accreditor by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

ABET accreditation provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards of the profession for which that program prepares graduates. In addition, the accreditation process:

  • Assures that graduates of an accredited program are adequately prepared to enter and continue the practice of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology
  • Stimulates the improvement of technical education
  • Encourages new and innovative approaches to technical education and its assessment
Civil Engineering Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation. Program educational objectives are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies. 

  1. Graduates will be successful in their graduate studies and/or professional careers.
  2. Graduates will pursue professional development, registration and certifications as appropriate for their careers with an ability to pursue leadership positions.
  3. Graduates will have the skills to effectively function in diverse, inclusive and innovative teams to solve open-ended engineering challenges with due consideration of social, ethical and economic impacts as well as global sustainability.

(Approved by the CE faculty on 4/30/2021)

Civil Engineering Student Outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the knowledge, skills and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. The civil engineering program will enable students to attain the following, by the time of graduation:

  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.

Information on undergraduate enrollment and degrees awarded can be found on the following pages: