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Environmental Engineering ABET Accreditation

ABET Status

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, ABET, is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 70 years.

The Environmental Engineering (ENVE) program at Tarleton State University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

ENVE Mission

The mission of the Environmental Engineering program is to prepare graduates for employment as an engineer in Environmental Engineering related industries and consulting firms, for engineering licensure, and for graduate studies in Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering or related discipline. This is accomplished through a curriculum supported by hands-on laboratory and field experiences in which students develop their ability to synthesize concepts into solutions, use modern analytical tools and techniques, communicate professionally and work in a team environment. The program includes a breadth of topics including hydrologic and hydraulic design, water and wastewater treatment, environmental risk assessment, solid and hazardous waste management, GIS applications, water resources. Additional studies in ethics and policy assure that the graduate understands the special responsibilities of an engineer related to public safety and environmental issues. This results in engineering graduates who strive to advance the engineering profession through technical competence, innovative problems solving and design, professional conduct and lifelong learning.

The mission of the ENVE program aligns with the mission of the College of Science and Technology, as well as the mission of Tarleton State University.

ENVE Program Educational Objectives

Program objectives, as defined by ABET, are broad statements that describe what we expect the graduates to be doing within a few years after graduation.

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) for the Environmental Engineering program were developed based upon the needs of our constituents to meet the knowledge, skills and values sought after by both industry and graduate school. These PEOs align with the missions of the university, the college, and the program. The PEOs for the Environmental Engineering program are as follows:

  • DEPTH AND BREADTH OF KNOWLEDGE: The ENVE graduate demonstrates a depth and breadth of knowledge and is able to synthesize that knowledge for the practice of, or for advanced study in, environmental engineering.
  • PROFESSIONALISM: The ENVE graduate works and communicates effectively in team-oriented, project-management-driven environments, upholds ethical standards and participates in professional development.
  • LEADERSHIP and LIFELONG LEARNING: The ENVE graduate takes on leadership roles, advances in their career and demonstrates an attitude of lifelong learning.

Strategies to prepare graduates to achieve the PEOs include modeling of these behaviors by faculty, facilitation preparation and requiring students to take the FE exam, and providing opportunities for interactions with industry professionals and graduate program representatives. Evidence to support achievement includes FE and PE performance and maintaining contact with program alumni through social media and Tarleton's alumni association.

ENVE Student Outcomes

Student outcomes, as defined by ABET, are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.

The Program Outcomes for the Environmental Engineering program are defined as the ABET Criterion 3 A-K Outcomes:

  • 3A: an ability to apply knowledge of math, engineering & science
  • 3B: an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • 3C: an ability to design system, component or process to meet needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • 3D: an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • 3E: an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • 3F: an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • 3G: an ability to communicate effectively
  • 3H: the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • 3I: a recognition of need for, and ability to engage in life-long learning
  • 3J: a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • 3K: an ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Annual Student Enrollment

Environmental Engineering
Count by Major Data
Fall 2012 21
Fall 2013 17
Fall 2014 27
Fall 2015 41
Fall 2016 48
Fall 2017
Certified THECB enrollment data

Graduation Data

Environmental Engineering
Graduation Data
2012-2013 11
2013-2014 6
2014-2015 10
2015-2016 7
2016-2017 10