The Status of Transportation Engineering Curricula/Ohio State 690082
Transportation engineering education should cover all modes of transportation (highways, railways, airways, etc.). Traditionally, courses in transportation engineering education have been offered almost exclusively in civil engineering, with emphasis on highway engineering during recent years. To cover the broad subject area more adequately future curricula should be stratified by function (planning, design, construction, and operation of multimodal system) rather than by mode.
Ohio State, in changing from a 5- to a 4-year undergraduate curriculum, is revamping its transportation engineering offerings. The new curriculum will include three required courses in transportation, structured by function and cutting across the various transportation modes. In addition, a number of electives on specific topics will be available. The graduate program will be similarly expanded. The development of the new curriculum at Ohio State is described in detail, along with methods of attracting students to the program.