Our Mission

Our Mission and Objectives

The Civil Engineering (CE) and Environmental Engineering (ENVE) undergraduate degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). 

The Civil Engineering Program

The mission of the Civil Engineering Program is to prepare its students for successful careers in civil engineering by providing a high-quality, practice-oriented education that emphasizes design project experiences, "hands-on" laboratory activities, and teamwork.

The Civil Engineering Program's faculty, in consultation with engineering practitioners and alumni, have developed five educational objectives to support the program mission. The educational objectives represent the goals that we have for our graduates after they leave Cal Poly. The educational objectives of the Civil Engineering Program are as follows:

  • Successfully perform engineering functions in Civil Engineering practice.
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with industry professionals, decision-makers and community members.
  • Work in an ethical and professional manner to positively impact society and the environment in a regional, national and global context.
  • Pursue life-long learning and service to the profession through continuing education opportunities, professional organizations, leadership, graduate degrees and/or other certification.
  • Progress toward professional licensure.

The CE program adopts the standard outcomes associated with ABET’s Engineering Accreditation Commission (1 through 7) as follows:

  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.

The Environmental Engineering Program

The mission of the Environmental Engineering Program is to provide its students with the highest quality technical and professional education in environmental engineering, with particular emphasis in the areas of air pollution control, water and wastewater quality, solid and hazardous waste management, and noise control.

The Environmental Engineering Program's faculty, in consultation with engineering practitioners and alumni, have developed three educational objectives to support the program mission. The educational objectives represent the goals that we have for our graduates after they leave Cal Poly. The educational objectives of the Environmental Engineering Program are as follows:

  • Practice as professional engineers by gaining a thorough foundation in the following areas: water and wastewater; air pollution; and solid and hazardous wastes;
  • Pursue higher studies, research, and life-long learning, and develop an appreciation of liberal arts and social sciences; and
  • Have global awareness of environmental issues and use appropriate technologies to solve them.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Respect

All individuals in our department will treat each other with respect and dignity. Dimensions of diversity, including race, ethnicity, national or regional origins, socioeconomic status, gender and gender identity, sexuality, class, and religion, enhance and enrich intellectual discussion and creative problem-solving. By being open to new ideas and showing respect for diverse points of view, we support a climate that values all students. More information on Cal Poly’s commitment to diversity and inclusion can be found on the University Office of Diversity and Inclusion webpage.

Academic Integrity

Cal Poly does not tolerate academic cheating or plagiarism in any form.  We address instances of academic dishonesty as both an academic issue in the course in which it happens and a disciplinary incident under the CSU Standards for Student Conduct. Cheating is defined as obtaining credit or improved evaluations of course performance for yourself or others by dishonest or deceptive means. Plagiarism is defined as the deliberate use of someone else’s language, ideas, or other original material and claiming it as your own through lack of appropriate citation. You are responsible for knowing the Academic Honesty Policy, and can find the full description of the process for addressing cheating or plagiarism in document AS-722-10 Resolution on Academic Dishonesty.

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