by Julia Swain, Student Public Relations Writer
Nearly five years since its inception, Cedarville University’s civil engineering program has received accreditation by the ABET. The civil engineering program, and its five concentrations: structural, international infrastructure, environmental, water resources, and general civil was awarded accreditation spanning retroactively from October 2021 through September 2025. Accreditation provides quality assurance for engineering graduates.
“Time and energy are the two key ingredients for the process of becoming accredited,” said Dr. Robert Chasnov, dean of the school of engineering and computer science. “Once a program is approved for delivery by the state of Ohio and the Higher Learning Commission, students are invited to campus to take courses leading to the new degree. Only after the first class of student graduates will ABET send a team of evaluators to our campus to review the program.”
With its accreditation, the civil engineering major becomes the final program in the school of engineering and computer science to receive this honor. "Graduates with a B.S.C.E. degree are generally asked by their prospective employers to become licensed,” said Chasnov. “The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying [NCEES] asks whether or not the degree earned is from an ABET-accredited program. Our students can now answer yes when they apply to sit for both the FE and PE exams.”
The civil engineering program offers concentrations in structural, infrastructure, environmental and water engineering. The program is housed in the Civil Engineering Center, completed in 2020, with state-of-the-art lab facilities.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 5,456 undergraduate, graduate, and dual enrolled high school students in more than 175 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is one of the largest private universities in Ohio, recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, high graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and the #4 national ranking by the Wall Street Journal for student engagement. For more information about the University, visit cedarville.edu.