Overview, Mission and Educational Objectives
OVERVIEW OF THE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM
Princeton’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) offers students the opportunity to pursue a variety of programs and concentration areas under a common departmental structure. The department supports five sub-plan options:
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT
The department’s mission is to prepare students for careers at the forefront of the dynamic fields of civil and environmental engineering. Growing challenges for designing and maintaining societal infrastructure require proper accounting for complex interactions between the built and natural environment. Our aim is to educate students to take leadership roles in identifying emerging issues in these fields and to develop innovative solutions to the engineering challenges of the future.
Our undergraduate curriculum covers the key components of today’s civil and environmental engineering profession. These include the static and dynamic behaviors of structures, construction materials, and geotechnical materials; the workings of the natural environment, how human activities affect the environment, and technologies to monitor, protect and restore the environment; and elements of design and its philosophy.
PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
(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 multi-disciplinary 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) an ability to explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership;
(m) an ability to explain the importance of professional licensure.