Accreditation and Assessment

The Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of
ABET, Inc.
415 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Telephone: 410‐347‐7700
Fax: 443‐552‐3644


The mission of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is to provide our students with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to address the needs of society through design, research and construction, and to instill them with the desire for professionalism, leadership, and lifelong learning.

Civil Engineering Program Objectives

The goal of the civil engineering undergraduate program is to produce graduates with capabilities to:

  1. Engage in the professional practice of civil engineering and environmental engineering,
  2. Actively participate in professional and/or civic organizations,
  3. Pursue opportunities to assume leadership roles in their professional and/or service activities, and
  4. Seek to continue their educations through advanced studies in civil or environmental engineering or a related professional discipline, continuing education and/or professional development activities.

Civil Engineering Program Outcomes

Program outcomes as stated here define what students are expected to know or be able to do by graduation.  The civil engineering program has adopted the program outcomes established by ABET, through its Criterion 3.  Achieving these outcomes establishes the foundation for achieving program objectives.  Students completing the civil engineering program will be able to demonstrate:

  • 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.

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