June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.336.1 - 24.336.18
Creation of a Co-Terminal BS/MS Civil Engineering Degree ProgramAbstractA civil engineering department at a small teaching-focused polytechnic university recentlyoverhauled its undergraduate program to develop a practice-focused, co-terminal,bachelor’s/master’s degree program. The department, staffed with five faculty members, hasinstructed an average enrollment of 126 students for the past two years. The faculty created aprogram that allows freshmen to enter at college algebra, expands technical elective offerings forboth BS and BS/MS students, allows students to graduate with bachelor’s and master’s degreesin five years, and can be offered with minimal adjunct faculty. The new program supports theuniversity’s hands-on practice-oriented mission and allows for the first degree program of itskind in the region to provide students with a graduate experience that satisfies the M/30 path tolicensure proposed in the ASCE Policy Statement 465 and supported by the NCEES Model Law.The program structure and content was informed by the ASCE Body of Knowledge, ABETrequirements, faculty background and university general education requirements. This paperwill outline the previous and current civil engineering degree programs, describe the process ofcrafting the new program and discuss the benefits and challenges of such a program for a smallfaculty body.
Riley, C. E., & Lindgren, R. V., & St. Clair, S., & Thaemert, D. K., & Sleep, M. (2014, June), Creation of a Co-Terminal BS/MS Civil Engineering Degree Program Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20227
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