CE Department Overview

The Department of Civil Engineering provides an undergraduate program of study in the planning, design, and management of civil infrastructure and service systems. Each student receives a broad, professional education in all fundamental areas of civil engineering, however, specialty areas of study offered include transportation engineering, environmental and water resources engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydrology and hydraulic engineering, and construction engineering and management. The specific aims of the Department's undergraduate program are to:

• Establish a Civil Engineering Program of the first rank.
• Instill in its students the confidence and competence required to meet the challenges associated with careers in engineering.
• Produce competitive engineers who have negotiated a well-balanced curriculum based on regional and national accreditation guidelines.
• Exhibit educational leadership in accomplishing the task of increasing the representation of African Americans and others who are underrepresented among engineering professionals.

Morgan State University is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The Civil Engineering program was founded in September 1984. The civil engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accredited Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The mission of the CE Department is to continue to achieve excellent recognition nationally and internationally in the civil engineering education and research through innovation, practice and dedicated public service. This is consistent with Morgan State University's mission to empower and prepare high-quality, diverse graduates to lead the world in addressing societal problems, particularly those prevalent in urban communities.

The vision of the Department of Civil Engineering is to provide an educational, professional, and intellectual experience that enables a diverse body of students, alumni, faculty, and staff to contribute to society through teaching, research, practice, and service.

The objectives of the Department are consonant with those of the School of Engineering. In striving to develop a program of the highest quality, the program seeks to instill in its students the confidence and competence required to meet the challenges associated with careers in civil engineering. The department is guided by its need to prepare students to be effective engineers at the time of graduation, as well as its need to produce graduates who within a few years of graduation can attain the following objectives:

  1. Assume managerial and/or leadership roles in their chosen professional careers within six years of graduation (e.g. project manager, project engineer, etc).
  2. Be employed and function well in the civil engineering system and processes, and STEM related areas.
  3. Make contributions that advance the current state-of-the-practice in technology and/or research of civil engineering systems and processes; and
  4. Continue their professional development through continuous improvement and life-long learning (e.g. graduate school, professional engineering (PE) licensure, professional certifications, etc.).

The CE program outcomes serves as specific guidelines and standards of the core knowledge, skills and abilities that students are expected to achieve by the time of graduation. The outcomes also indicate the minimum standards of achievement for students matriculating through the program. The program outcomes are closely aligned with the guidelines of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET), for accredited engineering programs. Graduates from the civil engineering department at Morgan State University will demonstrate:

  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, economics, 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.