ABET Objectives

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ABET Objectives and Outcomes


Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. Graduates from the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering will:

1.  Demonstrate a high level of technical competence

2.  Demonstrate prowess in written, oral and graphical communication

3.  Experience good teamwork and leadership practices

Student Outcomes (SOs)

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.  Students finishing a program in Geological Engineering will have:

(a)   an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to geological engineering problems

(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. For Geological Engineering, this will include one or more of the following considerations: the distribution of physical and chemical properties of earth materials, including surface water, ground water (hydrogeology), and fluid hydrocarbons; the effects of surface and near-surface natural processes; the impacts of construction projects; the impacts of exploration, development, and extraction of natural resources, and consequent remediation; disposal of wastes; and other activities of society on these materials and processes

(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)  proficiency in geological science topics that emphasize geologic processes and the identification of minerals and rocks

(m)   the ability to visualize and solve geological problems in three and four dimensions

(n)   proficiency in the engineering sciences including statics, properties/strength of materials, and geomechanics


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