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 B.S. Environmental Engineering (ENVE) program at Tarleton State University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Environmental Engineering and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.
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 water and wastewater treatment, environmental risk assessment, solid and hazardous waste management, remediation engineering, and project management. 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 Mayfield College of Engineering, 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:
Graduates are successful in environmental engineering-related careers and/or pursuing advanced degrees in which they utilize their innovative problem-solving and design skillsets.
Graduates are team players who communicate effectively, interact professionally, manage conflict with high interpersonal skills, and practice ethical and economic decision-making by considering the safety, welfare, and health of the public in their post-graduation endeavors.
Graduates are lifelong learners who maintain curiosity, value diverse perspectives, and keep up with trends and technologies in their field, while actively advancing their careers and their profession through activities such as taking on leadership roles, engaging with professional societies, and attaining professional licensure.
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
The Student Outcomes support the program educational objectives and achievement of these outcomes prepares graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering.
The Student Outcomes for the Environmental Engineering program are defined as the ABET Criterion 3.1-7 Outcomes. Graduates of the Environmental Engineering program will have demonstrated the ability to:
3.1: identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
3.2: 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.
3.3: communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
3.4: recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
3.5: function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
3.6: develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
3.7: acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.