2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived]

Civil Engineering Technology Major

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The Civil Engineering Technology degree program will be a leader in integrating teaching, research, and creative activity in an engaging, challenging, and supportive learning environment preparing productive citizens for Indiana and the world while creating and maintaining a credible presence within the civil engineering sector of education and industry.


The mission of the Civil Engineering Technology (CVET) degree program at Indiana State University is to prepare graduates with the technical and managerial skills necessary to enter careers in the planning, design, construction, operation or maintenance of the built environment and global infrastructure.

Guiding Principles (we will)                                                                

  • Inculcate high standards for learning, teaching, and inquiry

  • Provide a well-rounded education that integrates professional preparation and study in the arts and sciences with co-curricular involvement

  • Demonstrate integrity through honesty, civility, and fairness

  • Embrace the diversity of individuals, ideas, and expressions

  • Foster personal growth within an environment in which every individual matters

  • Uphold the responsibility of University citizenship

  • Exercise stewardship of our global community

Program Goals:

  • Develop and maintain student enrollment and retention strategies responsive to industry
  • Develop and maintain a modern laboratory equipment suite
  • Develop and maintain a curriculum that addresses both student and industry needs
  • Develop and maintain enriching community engagement and outreach programs and activities
  • Develop and maintain clear, consistent, and concise faculty development strategies to ensure world class civil faculty

Defining Engineering Technology:

Engineering and engineering technology are recognized as distinct points on the technical occupational spectrum. For example, ABET’s accreditation criteria defines engineering as “the profession in which a knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to use economically the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind.” Engineering technology is defined as “that part of the technological field that requires the application of scientific and engineering knowledge and methods combined with technical skills in support of engineering activities; it lies in the occupational spectrum between the craftsman and the engineer at the end of the spectrum closest to the engineer.” In other words, the engineer is the person who conceives the design, while the engineering technologist is the person who implements it.

The distinction between engineering and engineering technology emanates primarily from differences in their educational programs. Engineering programs are geared toward development of conceptual skills, and consist of a sequence of engineering fundamentals and design courses, built on a foundation of complex mathematics and science courses. Engineering technology programs are oriented toward application, and provide their students introductory mathematics and science courses, and only a qualitative introduction to engineering fundamentals. Thus, engineering programs provide their graduates a breadth and depth of knowledge that allows them to function as designers. Engineering technology programs prepare their graduates to apply others’ designs.

Program Description

The civil engineering technology (CVET) degree program awards a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree to successful students through a four-year curriculum.

The CVET program prepares graduates with the technical and managerial skills necessary to enter careers in the planning, design, construction, operation or maintenance of the built environment and global infrastructure.  Graduates will be able to analyze and design systems, specify project methods and materials, perform cost estimates and analyses, and manage technical activities in support of civil projects.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is the lead professional society used in addition to ETAC of ABET for developing program criteria, guiding program relevance, and making continuous improvement.

Program Educational Objectives: graduates two to three years into their career should have the foundation to:

  1. Apply disciplinary reasoning, critical thinking, and hands-on skills to identify, analyze and solve problems. (Technology).
  2. Communicate effectively in both oral and written form to articulate technical knowledge, ideas, and proposals (Communication)
  3. Consider professional, ethical and social responsibility of engineering technology practices. (Global Responsibility).
  4. Perform effectively, think independently and work collaboratively in a team environment in a membership or leadership role (Management &/or Teamwork).
  5. Actively participate in professional development, including continuous self-improvement and lifelong learning (Lifelong Learning).

Student Outcomes: students at the time of graduation are prepared to demonstrate:

  1. An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities

  2. An ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies

  3. An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes

  4. An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives

  5. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team

  6. An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems

  7. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature

  8. An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development

  9. An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity

  10. A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context

  11. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement

In addition, the graduate will be able to:

  1. utilize principles, hardware, and software that are appropriate to produce drawings, reports, quantity estimates, and other documents related to civil engineering

  2. conduct standardized field and laboratory tests related to civil engineering

  3. utilize surveying methods appropriate for land measurement and/or construction layout

  4. apply fundamental computational methods and elementary analytical techniques in sub-disciplines related to civil engineering

  5. plan and prepare documents appropriate for design and construction

  6. perform economic analyses and cost estimates related to design, construction, operations and maintenance of systems associated with civil engineering

  7. select appropriate engineering materials and practices

  8. perform standard analysis and design in at least three sub-disciplines related to civil engineering

Elective from the following (3 credits):

Math and Science (minimum 12 credits):

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