UCSD civil engineering students are on track to be the first in the country to be accredited by the College of Engineering, with the new designation announced on Tuesday.UCSD announced the new accreditation status of its engineering programs at its annual meeting in September, saying it was “proud to be able to provide students with the degree that has been a hallmark of our department since its inception”.UCSDs engineering program was created by the US Civil Engineering Department in 1954.
Its original purpose was to allow civil engineers to do “critical engineering work”, but since then it has also been recognised as a key engineering career pathway for those who want to build technology solutions for a wide range of industries and industries of importance to the nation.
A civil engineering degree is a three-year degree that focuses on a particular field of study and provides a practical foundation in engineering skills.
The first two years of the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree will focus on a single subject area, but the third year will focus entirely on the subject of civil engineering.
Students must pass a written exam, which will take place during the second year, and then graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in civil engineering in the fourth year.
“In our pursuit of creating a quality civil engineering program, we look forward to supporting students to complete their education and career in the fields of civil, environmental, environmental engineering, or even advanced civil engineering, with a focus on the intersection of civil and environmental engineering,” said Dr James Bockland, Vice-Chancellor for Engineering and Technology.
He said the College is proud to be a member of the Civil Engineering Association of America (CEAA), a national network of engineering and engineering technology professionals who represent civil and engineering professionals across the country.
“We are excited to be partnering with the CEAA to build on our long history as a member, which spans more than 20 years,” Dr Bocklland said.”CEAA’s membership, along with our commitment to making a strong commitment to diversity, will be instrumental in bringing our programs to even greater heights, and this accreditation represents an opportunity to do so.”
He said that the CEAAA will support students who want a professional development path.
“The CEAA is a community of dedicated civil and mechanical engineers who provide a platform to learn and grow,” he said.
“Our mission is to bring our graduates the best education possible through the integration of technical, professional, and educational support.”UCSd said the new status will ensure that students can receive a competitive tuition fee and are able to participate in a wide array of academic and professional programs.”UCSds degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering will be the best in the state, and will have a positive impact on our students, who will be able access the many opportunities available to them as a civil engineer,” Dr Darragh Ryan, president of the Engineering Department, said.
The program will also help prepare students for future employment opportunities, such as civil engineers in civil construction, and environmental engineers in environmental engineering.UCD said its Civil Engineering program is in the process of creating an additional degree that will be available in the third quarter of 2021.
The University said that it is working to finalise a process to award the additional degree in the next few weeks.