The scope of professional activities of the modern civil engineer is very broad. The design of structures, waterworks and other civil facilities remains the main thrust of civil engineering, but today the civil engineer must also address environmental issues and the economic analysis and management of the systems that he or she designs.
Our goal at Johns Hopkins is to provide a strong program in the major areas of civil engineering. We recognize the heavy demands on the civil engineer who must master the mathematical, physical and chemical principles that support the design of a wide variety of projects, while developing sensitivity to the economic and societal effects of those projects. The massive scale of many civil engineering projects places a further demand on the engineer to acquire managerial skills and techniques. The undergraduate curriculum is, therefore, broad enough to include opportunities for elective courses both within and outside of the department. Courses offered by the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering are particularly noteworthy; these include, in addition to programs in water supply and water quality, studies in economics and systems analysis.
The civil engineering program at Johns Hopkins educates intellectual leaders of the profession by instilling in them a fundamental understanding of the mathematical principles of physics and nature that underlie engineering science, a practical appreciation of the challenges of creative engineering design, and a sense of responsibility for professional service.
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The B.S. program in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The undergraduate program has been accredited by ABET since 1936.
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Personal and professional ethics and integrity are important cornerstones of both your academic and professional life. As a student your role in ensuring academic integrity is important for your education and your fellow students’ education; the university provides additional information on academic integrity at http://eng.jhu.edu/wse/page/ethics. As a professional, ethics and integrity will rarely be a simple manner. As civil engineers you will often design for the betterment and safety of society, but the efforts may be led and funded by private development or government with more complicated motives. Considering ethics in civil engineering requires understanding the broader context of your efforts, and discussions are ongoing in all the professional societies (ASCE, SEA, etc.). For an example of a civil engineering code of ethics see http://www.asce.org/inside/ethics.cfm.