Program Objectives and Outcomes

Environmental Engineering Study Plan

The combined Bachelor and Master of Environment Engineering program consists of a 4-year Bachelor of Civil Engineering with a concentration in environmental engineering followed by a 1-year accelerated Master of Environmental Engineering program.

Instructional Mission

The combined BCE and Master of Environmental Engineering program seeks to provide a high quality, broad-based education and design experience that enable students to address multi-faceted engineering problems sensitive to environmental issues.  The program seeks to provide students with the fundamental tools and skills to enable them to perform in, and evolve in, and contribute to the profession in response to changing technology and societal needs and expectations.

Program Educational Objectives (Bachelor of CE + Master of Environmental)

To fulfill its instructional mission, the undergraduate program is based on specific educational objectives. In particular, this represents broad statements of general qualities and capabilities of our graduates during first few years after graduation.

  1. Graduates of our program should work as practicing engineers/professionals, and take necessary steps to become a licensed professional engineer.
  2. Graduates of our program should create practical engineering designs, solutions or research that is sensitive to economics, social context, community needs, and address environmental, public safety and sustainability concerns.
  3. Graduates of our program should continue growing as engineers through active participation in professional societies, other worthy organizations and their workplaces.

Relation of Objectives to Institutional Mission

The mission and objectives of the University, College and program are consistent in their focus on quality teaching, research and service including but not limited to leadership quality, sensitive to social context, community needs, environment, public safety and sustainability.

University of Detroit Mercy Mission:

The University of Detroit Mercy, a Catholic university in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, exists to provide excellent student-centered undergraduate and graduate education in an urban context. A UDM education seeks to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of our students (supported by program educational objective 2).

College of Engineering & Science Mission:

It is our mission to serve Detroit, the nation and the world communities through the education of professional engineers (supported by objective 1), scientists and mathematicians, and through the discovery, application and dissemination of knowledge.

That education will be personally focused on the needs of each student, value centered in the tradition of the Catholic Church, affordable and unexcelled in quality of instruction and content. It will be characterized by a hands-on nature which includes frequent laboratory experiences and an integrated cooperative experience for all engineering students. It will be convenient to all students, whether full time or part time, on campus or off campus.

The College will discover and apply knowledge which effectively addresses the critical opportunities and challenges of the urban and industrial communities(supported by objective 2). It will do so in active, intimate partnership with industry and government. We will be helpful, courteous and professional in all internal and external interactions (supported by objective 3).

Educational Outcomes:

In order for you to achieve everything above, this is what you will learn.

Bachelor level (BCE):

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. Define key aspects of advanced technical specialization appropriate to civil engineering
m. Explain key concepts and problem-solving processes used in management
n. Explain key concepts and problem-solving processes used in business, public policy, and public administration
o. Explain the role of the leader, leadership principles, and attitudes conducive to effective professional practice of civil engineering

Master level (Master of EnvE):

  • Technical competence--ability to analyze and design engineering system or component
  • Research skills--ability to independently investigate an engineering topic and make conclusions about its effect on designs
  • Effective Communication and Leadership--ability to effectively present an engineering solution