Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.)

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Program Overview

To prepare a culturally diverse student body for successful professional careers grounded in strong engineering knowledge, a culture of innovation, and an awareness of the global societal, economic, and environmental contexts within which civil infrastructure, construction, and environmental engineering decisions are made.

The Program is designed to ensure excellence in multiple technical areas within the broad field of civil engineering, while emphasizing the role of general education, ethical and social responsibility, and life-long learning in the personal and professional growth of future civil engineers.

Throughout our programs, emphasis is placed on the application of fundamental principles of civil engineering and the utilization of the latest software and tools within a robust curriculum.

GOALS (Program Educational Objectives)
Within a few years, graduates will…

  • Pursue successful professional careers in civil infrastructure, construction, and environmental engineering or related fields while remaining technically current through graduate education and professional engagement.
  • Excel as leaders, team members, communicators, and innovators in collaborative multicultural environments.
  • Benefit society by practicing their profession responsibly and ethically, and sharing their knowledge through training and mentorship opportunities.

The 137 credit-hour program will include 15 hours of civil engineering electives where students will learn how to design and develop structural, geo-technical, transportation, and hydraulic infrastructure, and manage environmental, water resources, and construction projects.

The program culminates into a mandatory field experience and an interdisciplinary capstone design project. Since the introduction of a third year industry placement, our students have had a unique opportunity to work in some landmark projects in Dubai, the UAE, and worldwide.

Program Details

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.) degree is a four-year program consisting of 137 hours of required credit.

Core subjects are split into Mathematics/Natural Sciences, Arts and Sciences, and Civil Engineering.

There are also 15 credit hours of civil engineering electives, where students can choose courses that range from structural analysis and design, geotechnical engineering, water resources, environmental engineering, and transportation engineering.

LEARNING OUTCOMES (Student Outcomes)
Upon completing their studies, graduates will be able to…

  • Identify, formulate, and solve complex civil infrastructure, construction, and environmental engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences, through oral, written, graphic, and electronic channels.
  • Make informed engineering decisions, guided by ethical and professional responsibility, and considering the global impact of engineering solutions on the economy, environment, and society.
  • Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • Develop and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies such as self-regulated learning, experimentation, and cooperative learning.

For the full course descriptions and sequencing view the e-brochure.


Equipped to perform and demonstrate a number of experiments that provide undergraduate students with the practical applications of fluid mechanics, facilities include:

  • Hydrostatic pressure apparatus to measure hydrostatic forces on submerged bodies;
  • Orifice and jet apparatus to allow students to compare between actual and jet trajectories, calculate the coefficient of discharge for various orifices, and identify different methods of flow measurement;
  • Fluid friction, bends and fitting apparatus to allow students to determine major and minor losses in pipes;
  • Pipe network apparatus to measure flow and pressure drops in a wide range of network configuration, e.g. individual pipes, series pipes and parallel pipes;
  • Flow visualization channel for conducting several applications in open channels such as hydraulic jump, discharge under sluice gate and energy equation;
  • Osborne Reynold’s apparatus facilitating the demonstration of laminar and turbulent flow.

Equipped with testing apparatus chosen to demonstrate wide variety of experiments in materials engineering as well as structural theory, facilities include:

  • 150 kN Instron Universal Testing Machine;
  • 2000 kN Autocon concrete compressive strength machine;
  • Shmidt Hammer and ultrasonic kit for assessing the compressive strength of concrete;
  • Profometer that detects bar location and orientation, bar size, and concrete cover;
  • RAB Rockwell/Brinell hardness tester.

Occupies more than 200 square meters of lab space and houses multiple sets for soil classification and testing, including:

  • Casagrande and fall cone devices for liquid and plastic limits;
  • Sieve sets for particle size analysis;
  • Manual and automatic compaction devices;
  • Four panel stations available for constant head and falling head permeability testing;
  • Automated testing equipment including pneumatic consolidation apparatus, and direct shear apparatus;
  • Unconfined compression loading frames and triaxle cells for shear strength testing of soil specimens.


All applying students must have:

  • A high school/secondary school certificate or equivalent from an institution accredited by the Ministry of Education in the U.A.E. or by the relevant national or regional institutional accrediting body;
  • International TOEFL® or Academic IELTSTM or the equivalent score on another internationally-recognized English exam. PBT is accepted from specific centers in the UAE.
  • The University administers the ACCUPLACERTM Exam (Math) to place students at the appropriate mathematics level.

Students should consult with the Admissions Office for further details at


Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering, Program Director of the Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM), Professor of Civil Engineering
Peiman Kianmehr
Senior Consultant
Mohamad Nagi
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Ahmed Badr Mabrouk
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Mohammed Zaki
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
Timur Ibrahim Mauga


Laboratory Engineer - Civil Engineering Department
Loreto Araojo
Computer & Electrical Engineering Lab Coordinator
Sherine Amer
Nourhan Kassab

2016 Graduate of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Mohammad Alozn

A UAE National 2017 Graduate of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (AUD), 2019 Graduate of Master of Science in Civil Engineering, and 2020 Masters of Business Administration Concentration in Finance.

Flavio Faustini, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.)

I moved from Italy to attend The American University in Dubai and pursue a degree in Civil Engineering. It was difficult for me to leave behind my friends, family and the surroundings in which I felt safe and comfortable.

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