The BSc in Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), www.abet.org

The BSc in Civil Engineering program lays the foundation for the core civil engineering disciplines while engaging students to study and understand the overall global civil engineering profession and industry. Principles of science and engineering are applied to the design and analysis of problems in civil engineering in well-designed course sequences to ensure that students gain hands on and problem-based learning experiences. The mission of the BSc of Civil Engineering program at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology is to provide a high-quality education and prepare students for successful careers in this field.

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Program Educational Objectives
Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a BSc in Chemical Engineering degree will attain the following:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
(g) an ability to communicate effectively.
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues.
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Career Opportunities

Civil engineers generally work indoors in construction firms, environmental agencies, urban planning councils, and within the energy industry (oil/gas/nuclear). Civil engineers also work in offices dealing with national infrastructure authorities.

Career Specializations

Career specializations with in the civil engineering field include:

  • Project Manager
  • Construction Manager
  • Structural Design Engineer
  • Research and Development
  • Testing Engineer
  • Consultant
Program Facilities
  • Environmental Engineering Laboratory
  • Geotechnical Materials Laboratory
  • Structural Computing Laboratory
  • Structural Materials Laboratory
  • Transportation and GIS Laboratory
  • Structures Laboratory
  • Infrastructural Materials Laboratory
Professional Chapters

ASCE Student Chapter

The mission of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter is to provide an enriching experience to its members and to build academic, social and professional relationships in addition to developing leadership, advocating lifelong learning and promoting professionalism. The Student Chapter conducts regular meetings with speakers from a variety of civil engineering fields on professional issues and technical topics. It organizes field trips in different related domains: Geotechnical, Structural, Construction and Environmental. Also, it participates in community service projects, ensures entries in national and international competitions, helps students participate in the ASCE Student Conferences and sends potential members to workshops for Student Chapter Leaders. The ASCE Student Chapter offers students an excellent opportunity to learn more about the civil engineering profession and to meet with the civil engineering professionals and learn from them Read more


CIVE 180 Engineering Graphics and Visualization (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ENGR 113

This course is an introduction to graphical communication concepts and tools used by engineers. It covers visualization and technical sketching skills, implications related to manufacturing processes, computer-aided design methods, and development and interpretation of drawings of civil engineering structures.                                                                 

CIVE 200 Statics (3-0-3)

*(Cross listed with AERO 200; MEEN 200)

Prerequisite: PHYS 121

A vector treatment of force systems and their resultants: equilibrium of trusses, beams, frames, and machines, including internal forces and three-dimensional configurations, static friction, properties of areas, and distributed loads and hydrostatics.

CIVE 201 Engineering Dynamics (3-0-3)

*(Cross listed with AERO 201; MEEN 201)

Prerequisite: CIVE 200

Co-requisites: MATH 204; MATH 206

This course introduces rectilinear and curvilinear motion of particles and rigid bodies, kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies, rotational and translational motion of rigid bodies, principle of work and energy, and principle of impulse and momentum in particles and rigid body dynamics.

CIVE 225 Mechanics of Solids (3-3-4)

(Cross listed with AERO 225 and MEEN 325)

Prerequisite: CIVE 200

The course is an introduction to the mechanics of deformable solids applied to basic engineering structures. It covers the concepts of stress and strain at a point; factor of safety in design, deformation of axially loaded members; symmetric and unsymmetric bending of elastic and elastic-perfectly plastic beams; torsion of open and closed section; beam deflection; stress and strain transformations, and elastic buckling of columns.

CIVE 310 Geomatics (2-3-3)

Prerequisites: CIVE 180; MATH 112

The course is an introduction to Geomatics.  It covers Plane and topographic surveying; distance, angle, and elevation difference measurement; error theory; traverse computations; topographic mapping; horizontal and vertical curves; CADD applications; GPS and GIS.

CIVE 332 Fundamentals of Construction Engineering & Management (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ENGR 111

This course offers a sampler of the broad construction engineering and project management topics. It covers the project management tools and practices as performed throughout the construction processes, including bidding; contract format and construction administration; construction documents; reading and interpreting contract plans; project planning and scheduling; resource management and project control; cash flow analysis; risk management and safety in construction.

CIVE 335 Fluid Mechanics (3-3-4)

Prerequisites: PHYS 121; MATH 231

This course introduces students to concepts of fluids and examines the forces on them. Conservation of mass, momentum, and energy are fundamental to the physics. Various mathematical representations are considered, including differential and integral formulations. The complexity of fluid dynamics motivates the notions of simplifying assumptions, dimensional analysis, and boundary layers among others.

CIVE 336 Civil Engineering Materials (3-3-4)

Prerequisites: CHEM 115; CIVE 225

The course is an introduction to scientific concepts of civil engineering materials. It covers relationship between macroscopic material properties and response and microscopic properties; physical, mechanical, surface, fracture, and rheological properties of civil engineering materials including metals, composites, polymers, and Portland cement concrete.

CIVE 338 Geotechnical Engineering (3-3-4)

Prerequisite: CIVE 225

This course is an introduction to the basic principles that govern the behavior of soils, foundations, and other geotechnical engineering works. The central concepts to be covered in this class are: engineering properties of soils, soil classification, permeability, stresses in soil due to applied loads, consolidation, compaction, shear strength and applications to engineering design.

CIVE 340 Behavior and Analysis of Structures (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: CIVE 225

This course is to study behavior and analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate beams, frames, and trusses. It covers displacement calculations using the method of virtual work, analysis of statically indeterminate structures by consistent displacements and slope-deflection equations, and the basic fundamentals of using the direct stiffness method for analyzing structures.

CIVE 341 Design of Steel Structures (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: CIVE 336; CIVE 340

This course is to understand the fundamentals of the design of steel structural members such as beams and columns and their connections based on the Load and Resistance Factor Design method. It covers design of structural members for tension, flexure, shear, compression, and combined loads, and design of bolted and welded connections.

CIVE 370 Introduction to Environmental Engineering (3-3-4)

Prerequisites: CHEM 115; MATH 112

This course introduces environmental problems and their resolutions including water and wastewater treatment, air pollution and control, and solid and hazardous waste management. It covers the fundamental theory, principles, and preliminary design of unit operations in environmental engineering. Laboratory classes illustrate analytical techniques used in the analysis of environmental samples, and demonstrate the mechanisms involved in the treatment processes.

CIVE 380 Transportation Engineering (2-3-3)

Prerequisite: CIVE 310

This course is an introduction to transportation engineering with specific emphasis on the planning, spatial design, and operation of transportation facilities including highways, ramps, signal lights, pedestrian crossings and stop signs.  Factors that cause congestions are analyzed and solutions are discussed.

CIVE 391 Independent Study I (Variable course credits from 1 to 3)

Prerequisites: Approval of department and junior standing

This course gives an upper level undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group project, study, or research activity under the supervision of a faculty member.  A formal report is required.

CIVE 442 Design of Concrete Structures (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: CIVE 336; CIVE 340

This course is a basic understanding of the analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures. It covers properties of reinforced concrete, behavior and ultimate strength design of reinforced concrete beams, slabs, columns, and footings, and design for flexure, shear, compression, bond, and anchorage.

CIVE 450 Coastal Engineering (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: CIVE 335; CIVE 370

This course is designed to give an overview of the analysis and design procedures used in the field of coastal engineering. The course covers basic wave properties in the near shore region, coastal sediment transport processes and the preliminary design of shore and harbor protection structures.

CIVE 455 Blast Effects and Modern Protective Infrastructures (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: CIVE 341; CIVE 442

Threat and Hazard Assessment.  Conventional and Nuclear Environments.  Conventional and Nuclear Loads on Structures.  Behavior of Structural Elements.  Dynamic Response and Analysis.  Connections, Openings, Interfaces, and Internal Shock.  Structural Systems-Behavior and Design Philosophy.

CIVE 463 Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: CIVE 335; CIVE 370

Design of unit operations for coagulation, sedimentation, filtration and disinfection for treatment of drinking water.  Introduce the chemistry of drinking water treatment processes. Design of facilities for physical, chemical, and biological treatment of wastewater; and treatment and disposal of sludge. Coverage of advanced wastewater treatment and land treatment systems.

CIVE 465 Ground and Surface Water Hydrology and Contaminant Transport (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: CIVE 335; CIVE 370

A comprehensive introduction to groundwater and surface water hydrology.  Contaminant transport of hazardous chemicals, environmental regulations, groundwater flow, well hydraulics, transport of contaminants in the subsurface environment, hydrologic cycle, surface water hydrology, hydrographs, rational method for storm water runoff, and storm water collection system design.

CIVE 469 Air Pollution (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: CHEM 115; CIVE/MEEN 335

An in-depth instruction into air pollution covering such topics as the causes, sources, and effects of air pollution.  Topics include: legislative standards (ambient and source) for pollutants, regional and global air pollution issues, indoor air pollution, air pollution instrumentation and gas flow measurements, basic meteorology, and design of facilities for air pollution control.

CIVE 470 Foundation Engineering (3-3-4)

Prerequisite: CIVE 338

This course focuses on geotechnical design of shallow and deep foundations, including spread footings, mats, driven piles, and drilled piers. Coverage includes bearing capacity, settlement, and group effects of the various foundation types. Additional topics include geotechnical proposal and report writing, subsurface exploration, and construction of deep foundations.

CIVE 472 Pavement Design and Transportation (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: CIVE 338; CIVE 380

Fundamental theory and design principles of both flexible and rigid pavements.  Theory and practice in transportation systems to include airfield and highway design, traffic analyses, horizontal and vertical roadway alignment, pavement evaluation and maintenance, strengthening techniques, and repair.

CIVE 473 Structural Building Design (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: CIVE 341; CIVE 442

Design of a multi-story steel and reinforced concrete building, including structural frame, floor and roof system, and foundation.  Computer-aided analysis and design.

CIVE 475 Earth Structures: Embankment, Slopes & Buried Structures (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: CIVE 338; CIVE 442

Analysis of lateral earth pressures, slope stability, and stresses on buried structures, design of cantilever retaining walls, mechanically stabilized earth walls, sheet piling, and slurry walls.

CIVE 480 Project Management and Contract Administration (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: CIVE 332

Students take an owner’s project requirements through stages of scope definition, budgeting and planning, conceptual design, scheduling, and construction contract administration. Students apply engineering standards and consider realistic issues including engineering economics, constructability, environmental requirements, sustainability, and safety. The course addresses and applies management topics and concepts of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling in the context of a capstone engineering project. The course concludes with a project competition involving construction industry professionals.

CIVE 482 Project Control and Life Cycle Execution of Constructed Facilities (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: CIVE 332

This course continues an introduction to construction management and engineering concepts for future engineers, contractors and owner representatives involved at different stages in the life-cycle of constructed facilities.  This course introduces further awareness of analytical tools and extends the basic foundation for advanced topics in construction engineering and management.

CIVE 484 Project Planning, Scheduling and Control (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: CIVE 332

This course emphasizes the fundamental principles of modern management methods of planning and scheduling for construction projects. Covered topics include pre-bid planning; construction project planning using WBS; project network; estimating activity duration, CPM scheduling; resource management using resource allocation and leveling; project time-cost trade-offs; project monitoring and control; and, earned value analysis integrating cost and schedule.

CIVE 485 Construction Project Management (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: CIVE 480

This course emphasizes the methods and materials of construction as well as the management practices required to run a successful construction project. Topics include construction materials, project planning, scheduling, cost estimating, and field engineering. A semester project, in the form of a detailed study of a major construction project, complements the classroom experience.

CIVE 488 Advanced Construction Management (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: CIVE 485

This course will cover construction methods, equipment, and cost estimation of construction materials, excavation, foundation, retaining walls, formwork, pavements and other aspects of civil engineering construction projects by integrating geotechnical reports, materials specifications, quality control, equipment, estimation, scheduling, and design details.

CIVE 491 Independent Study II (Variable course credits from 1 to 3)

Prerequisite: Approval of department and senior standing

This course gives an upper level undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group project, study, or research activity under the supervision of a faculty member.  A formal report is required.

CIVE 492 Urban Transit Planning and Operations (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: CIVE 380

The objective of this course is to introduce the fundamentals of urban transit planning and operations. The course will cover several topics, including public transit planning, role of transit in urban areas, classification of transit modes, fundamentals of transit performance and operational analysis, capacity analysis, scheduling, network design, transit economics, and mode selection.

CIVE 493 Airport Planning and Traffic Management (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: CIVE 380

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of airport systems, airport operations, and airport administrative management.  The course topics includes the history of airport systems, planning, operations of airfields, airspace and traffic management, terminals and ground access, security, economic perspectives, and capacity/delay analyses.

CIVE 495 Special Topics in Civil Engineering

Prerequisite: Topic specific

This course mainly deals with new trends in Civil Engineering and emerging technologies. Course is repeatable if title and content differ.

CIVE 497 Senior Design Project I (1-6-3)

Prerequisite: Senior standing or approval of department

Participation in team projects dealing with design and development of a product or a system. Number of project will be offered each year by the different departments, some of which will have a multi-disciplinary nature. This will be an opportunity to exercise initiative, engineering judgment, self-reliance and creativity, in a team environment similar to industry. The design projects require students to draw upon their engineering background, experience, and other pertinent resources. Oral and written presentations are required.

CIVE 498 Senior Design Project II (0-9-3)

Prerequisite: CIVE 497

Continuation of CIVE 497.