Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering is a broad field of engineering that deals with planning, design, construction and maintenance of structures, bridges and public works as they relate to earth, water and air, or civilization and their processes. Civil Engineering profession dominates every aspect of our life in one way or the other. The current economic prosperity in the UAE is based, to a great extent, on the excellent infrastructure and civic works developed by Civil Engineers. Civil Engineering is the oldest engineering discipline after Military Engineering. It deals with structures, bridges, construction management, highways, traffic, geotechnical, water supply and distribution networks, sewer and disaster mitigation. Environmental Engineering focuses on the quality and sustainability of the three main environmental elements; soil, water and air. The Department is keen to always provide the highest possible quality of higher education, scientific research, and community service. The Civil Engineering undergraduate program in the College of Engineering at the United Arab Emirates University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. For more details on this program, click here.

Program Objectives

  • Be committed to ethical standards, workplace safety measures and high level of awareness of social, economic, and environmental issues relevant to the civil engineering profession.
  • Successfully deal with real life civil engineering problems and achieve practical and optimum solutions based on sound science and engineering knowledge.
  • Efficiently design, manage, execute and/or evaluate a civil engineering system/component to satisfy client needs per design specifications and/or interdisciplinary requirements.
  • Effectively use modern engineering tools and technical communications in different aspects of professional practices.
  • Develop their knowledge, creativity and leadership and skills to cope with the rapidly evolving technologies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • O1) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, calculus-based physics, chemistry and biology [A].
  • O2) An ability to apply knowledge in the technical areas of structural, transportation, water resources, environmental, geotechnical, surveying, construction engineering and management [A, B, C, E and K].
  • O3) An ability to design and conduct civil engineering experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data [B].
  • O4) An ability to design structural, transportation, hydraulic, environmental, and geotechnical engineering systems, components, or processes to meet desired needs [C].
  • O5) An ability to function within multi-disciplinary teams [D].
  • O6) An ability to identify, formulate and solve civil engineering problems [E].
  • O7) Understanding of and adhering to ethics, safety, professional responsibilities and the requirements for professional engineering registration [F].
  • O8) An ability to communicate effectively in oral, written and visual forms [G].
  • O9) Comprehend the impact of engineering projects on the society and the local and global environment [H].
  • O10) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning [I].
  • O11) A knowledge of contemporary issues related to Civil Engineering [J].
  • O12) An Ability to use advanced techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practices [K].
  • O13) A knowledge of basic concepts in management, business, public policy and leadership [D, F, G, H, J and K].

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 147 hours

General Education (Req. CH:42)

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Islam (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ISLM100Islamic Culture3.000

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Ethics (2.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GENG215Engineering Ethics  12.000
1 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - English Communication Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ESPU107Introduction to Academic English For Engineering3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Information Literacy (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEIL101Information Literacy3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Thinking Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS110Scientific Research Skills3.000
CSBP119Algorithms and Problem Solving3.000
PSY105Creative & Innovative Thinking Skills3.000
PHI180Critical Thinking  23.000
2 : IBLC - Inquiry based learning courses must be taken within first 30 credit hours

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Emirates Society (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS105Emirates Studies3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Humanities/Fine Arts (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH340History and Theory of Architecture3.000
HIS133Introduction to Art History3.000
HSR120Introduction to Heritage & Culture3.000
HSR130Introduction to Language & Communication3.000
LIT150Introduction to Literature3.000
LNG100Introduction to Linguistics3.000
LNG110Language, Society & Culture3.000
MSC200Introduction to Mass Media3.000
MSC240World and Arab Media3.000
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy3.000
PHI270Philosophy of Education3.000
PHI271History and Philosophy of Science3.000
TRS200Introduction to Translation3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Social and Behavioral Sciences (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GENG315Engineering Economics  33.000
3 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 3: The Human Community - The Global Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB360Global Agri-food Trade3.000
ARCH346Contemporary World Architecture3.000
BIOE240Principles of Environmental Science3.000
GEO200World Regional Geography3.000
HIS120Arab & Islamic Civilization3.000
HIS121World History: Origins to 15003.000
HIS125Contemporary Civilization3.000
PSG250Principles of International Relations 3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Mathematics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MATH1110Calculus I for Engineering  43.000
4 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences (7.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM111General Chemistry I3.000
PHYS1110Physics I for Engineering   54.000
5 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 5: Capstone Experience (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CIVL585Graduation Project I3.000
CIVL590Graduation Project II  63.000
6 : Also counts towards the Major


College of Engineering

Required Courses (26.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM175Chemistry Lab I for Engineering1.000
GENG220Engineering Thermodynamics3.000
MATH1120Calculus II for Engineering3.000
MATH2210Differential Equations for Engineering 3.000
MATH2220Linear Algebra for Engineering3.000
PHYS1120Physics II for Engineering 4.000
CHEM2706Materials Science3.000
ELEC330Computer Programming3.000
STAT210Probability and Statistics3.000


Civil Engineering

Required Courses (70.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOL250Basic Microbiology3.000
MECH305Mechanics of Materials3.000
CIVL270Introduction to Environmental Engineering2.000
CIVL310Structural Analysis3.000
CIVL315Computer Aided Drawing (CIVL)2.000
CIVL330Transportation Engineering3.000
CIVL340Soil Mechanics3.000
CIVL345Fluid Mechanics for Civil and Architectural Engineering3.000
CIVL360Concrete Technology3.000
CIVL365Reinforced Concrete Design I3.000
CIVL375Water & Wastewater Technology3.000
CIVL400Water Resources3.000
CIVL412Reinforced Concrete Design II4.000
CIVL417Structural Steel Design3.000
CIVL433Highway Engineering3.000
CIVL442Foundation Engineering2.000
CIVL445Construction Management3.000
CIVL495Industrial Training15.000


Civil Engineering Specialization Tracks

A student must complete 9 credit hours (3 courses) from any of the following 4 tracks. (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Geotechnical and Construction Management (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CIVL540Special Topics in Construction Management3.000
CIVL541Special Topics in Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engineering3.000
CIVL547Advanced Construction Management3.000
CIVL548Advanced Geotechnical Engineering3.000

Structural Engineering (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CIVL510Special Topics in Structural Engineering3.000
CIVL515Advanced Concrete Technology 3.000
CIVL517Matrix Structural Analysis3.000
CIVL552Advanced Steel Design3.000

Surveying and Transportation Engineering (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CIVL530Special Topics in Transportation Engineering3.000
CIVL531Topographic Surveying 3.000
CIVL534Computer Aided Mapping 3.000
CIVL538Advanced Highway Engineering 3.000
CIVL539Traffic Engineering3.000

Water Resources and Environmental Engineering (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CIVL520Special Topics in Water Resources & Environmental Engineering3.000
CIVL522Advanced Environmental Engineering3.000
CIVL524Geo-environmental Engineering3.000
CIVL525Hydrology 3.000