Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of our undergraduate education programs are in alignment with the mission of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the mission of the School of Engineering and the mission of MIT. They were developed as part of our latest curriculum revision, which began in 2013.


The mission statements for the Institute, School of Engineering and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are as follows:


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is devoted to the advancement of knowledge and education of students in areas that contribute to or prosper in an environment of science and technology. Its mission is to contribute to society through excellence in education, research, and public service, drawing on core strengths in science, engineering, architecture, humanities and social sciences, and management. This mission is accomplished by an educational program combining rigorous academic study and the excitement of research with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community.

School of Engineering

By creating, developing, organizing, and managing complex technologies and products, engineers play a crucial role in contributing to the betterment of humanity and in shaping our world. Seeking solutions to the most difficult challenges of our day in the context of physical, economic, human, political, legal, and cultural realities makes engineering a tremendously exciting endeavor. In a world increasingly influenced by scientific and technological innovation, engineers can provide important leadership to society.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Our core mission is to educate, inside and outside the classroom.  We offer undergraduate degree programs in the broad areas of infrastructure and environment.  Our graduate programs provide limitless possibilities at the frontier of knowledge and innovation.

Educational Objectives for the Bachelor of Science as recommended by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering/Course 1-ENG Undergraduate Program

The current program educational objectives were developed as part of the program’s ongoing efforts to maintain through innovation an undergraduate program that meets the needs of our constituents. The current educational objectives of the undergraduate program are:

  1. Graduates will become principals in the industries associated with engineering and professional engineers starting-up and growing their own new firms. They will become recognized experts working in government, consulting firms, and international organizations around the country and around the world addressing some of the most challenging problems of our times.
  2. Graduates will become leading researchers and professors who create and disseminate new knowledge in engineering.
  3. Graduates will pursue lifelong learning, such as graduate work and other professional education.
  4. Graduates will be leaders, both in their chosen profession and in other activities

Student Outcomes for Undergraduate Program

Outcomes for the Bachelor of Science degree as recommended by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering/Course 1-ENG Undergraduate Program

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 multidisciplinary 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

An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice