Dr. Francis Mahuta Jr.
Phone: (414) 277-7599
Civil engineers are responsible for the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the infrastructure necessary to support modern society. MSOE’s five-year, freshman-to-master’s civil engineering degree program was designed to comply with the new Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century requirements developed by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). These new requirements call for civil engineers to be proficient in both technical and professional skills, including familiarity with issues of business and public administration, public policy, globalization, leadership and teamwork. Satisfying these requirements will equip students to meet the proposed new licensing requirements developed by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, which call for a minimum of a master’s degree or equivalent as a prerequisite for professional engineering licensure.
MSOE students will be able to specialize in one of the following four civil engineering specialty areas: structural engineering, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, and construction management. Students may choose to use their technical electives taking classes from other specialty areas, or to pursue a minor in a field such as mathematics, chemistry or physics.
Program Educational Objectives
Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. The program objectives of the Bachelor of Science / Master of Science in Civil Engineering (CVE) program are as follows:
- Graduates of the CVE program who choose to pursue registration as a professional engineer or certification as a professional construction manager will, after attaining the required years of work experience stipulated by the relevant licensing board, achieve that distinction
- Graduates of the CVE program will pursue opportunities to advance their technical and professional skills through lifelong learning
- Graduates of the CVE program will demonstrate a commitment to their profession and to their community by participating in and providing leadership for professional society and/or public service activities
- Graduates of the CVE program will be able to evaluate complex systems or processes within realistic constraints such as customary standards of practice, costs, and sustainability
- Graduates of the CVE program who choose to do so will be able to move into advanced management positions, having the business, communications, leadership, and teamwork skills required
- Graduates of the CVE program will have the ability to determine appropriate courses of action in situations involving conflicting professional and ethical interests.
Student outcomes are narrower statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. The student outcomes of the Bachelor of Science / Master of Science in Civil Engineering (CVE) program are as follows:
a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c. 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
d. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g. An ability to communicate effectively
h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
i. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j. A knowledge of contemporary issues
k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
l. Explain basic concepts in business, specifically in the areas of project management, leadership, finance, and economics
m. Explain basic concepts in law and public policy, and develop recommendations on issues of public policy associated with the civil engineering profession
n. Demonstrate the ability to apply master’s-level knowledge in one area of specialization
o. Participate in professional society and community service activities
p. An ability to (1) explain the importance of professional licensure, and (2) pass the Fundamentals of Engineerings (FE) exam prior to graduation
At MSOE, civil engineering course work provides a broad-based education touching on each of the traditional areas within the civil engineering field: structural engineering, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, transportation engineering, construction management, surveying and geotechnical engineering. Students will then gain in-depth proficiency and design skills in one of these four areas:
Environmental Engineering (EnvE)
Equips graduates to design systems for the production of potable water, the treatment, disposal, and reuse of wastewater, air-permitting and air-pollution control, the management of solid and hazardous wastes and the remediation of contaminated groundwater and subsurface soils.
Water Resources Engineering (WRE)
Equips graduates to design systems to manage our natural water resources, including potable water distribution systems, wastewater collection systems, storm water conveyance systems, and the design of groundwater wells for potable water production.
Structural Engineering (StrE)
Equips graduates to design the structures associated with buildings, bridges, dams and other infrastructure elements.
Construction Management (ConM)
Equips graduates to estimate, schedule, and manage the construction of civil engineering projects involving public infrastructure such as highways, bridges, and water treatment plants, and private commercial and industrial buildings and related facilities.
The MSOE Advantage
- MSOE is the first and only university in the state of Wisconsin to offer a five-year, freshman-to-master’s degree in civil engineering.
- With years of experience practicing what they teach, the professors at MSOE make phenomenal instructors and even better mentors.
- The laboratories in which you learn the ins and outs of your profession are industry standard and so are the computer programs you will use.
- MSOE is the only university in the state of Wisconsin to offer degrees in civil engineering, architectural engineering and construction management, giving students more choices with respect to potential career paths .
- Additionally, the program offers the benefits of longstanding partnerships with business and industry leaders, as well as a comprehensive focus on student support.