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B.Sc. in Civil Engineering program

B.Sc. in Civil Engineering

The B.Sc. 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 civil engineering program at Khalifa University is to provide solid high quality education and prepare students for successful careers in this field.

  • Graduates will meet the expectations of employers of Civil engineers.
  • Qualified graduates will pursue advanced study if they so desire.

Students graduating from the B. Sc. in Civil Engineering degree program will have the following:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. 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.
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. an ability to communicate effectively.
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

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 with in the civil engineering field include:

  • Project Manager
  • Construction Manager
  • Structural Design Engineer
  • Research and Development
  • Testing Engineer
  • Consultant

To be recommended for the degree of B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, students must satisfactorily complete the courses in the specified categories as set out below. The categories cover an extended set of requirements, including Civil Engineering Core and Technical Electives requirements.

Math/Science Requirement (8 credits)

To satisfy the College of Engineering general education requirements, Civil Engineering requires the following additional Math courses:

Course Code Course Name Credit Number
MATH 212 Calculus III 4 cr.
MATH 213 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 4 cr.

Core Requirement (58 credits)

Course Code Course Name Credit Number
ENGR 200 Statics 3 cr.
  Science Elective* 3 cr.
CIVE 180 Engineering Graphics and Visualization 3 cr.
CIVE 201 Engineering Dynamics 3 cr.
CIVE 225 Mechanics of Solids 4 cr.
CIVE 310 Geomatics 3 cr.
CIEE 332 Fundamentals of Construction Engineering and Management 3 cr.
CIVE 335 Fluid Mechanics 4 cr.
CIVE 336 Civil Engineering Materials 4 cr.
CIVE 338 Geotechnical Engineering 4 cr.
CIVE 340 Behavior & Analysis of Structures 3 cr.
CIVE 341 Design of Steel Structures 3 cr.
CIVE 370 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3 cr.
CIVE 380 Transportation Engineering 3 cr.
ENGR 399 Civil Engineering Internship 1 cr.
CIVE 442 Design of Concrete Structures 3 cr.
CIVE 470  Foundation Engineering 4 cr.
CIVE 497 Senior Design Project I  2 cr.
CIVE 498 Senior Design Project II 2 cr. 

*The Science Elective should be approved by the Department

Civil Engineering Technical Electives (6 credits)

The following is a sample list of courses that will satisfy the technical electives in the Civil Engineering Program. The student must select a total of 6 credits from this list.  At most 3 credits of the technical electives may be at 300-level and at most 3 credits may be independent study. In addition, courses from the list below may be taken to satisfy the free electives requirement. Additional courses may be approved by the department as technical electives.

Course Code Course Name Credit Number
CIVE 391 Independent Study I 1-3 cr.
CIVE 450 Coastal Engineering 3 cr.
CIVE 455 Blast Effects and Modern Protective Infrastructures 3 cr.
CIVE 463 Water & Wastewater Treatment Technologies 3 cr.
CIVE 465 Ground and Surface Water Hydrology and Contaminated Transport 3 cr.
CIVE 469 Air Pollution 3 cr.
CIVE 472 Pavement Design and Transportation 3 cr.
CIVE 473 Structural Building Design 3 cr.
CIVE 475 Earth Structures: Embankment, Slopes and Buried Structures 3 cr.
CIVE 480 Project Management and Contract Administration 3 cr.
CIVE 482 Project Control & Life Cycle Execution of Constructed Facilities 3 cr.
CIVE 484 Project Planning & Control 3 cr.
CIVE 485 Construction Project Management 3 cr.
CIVE 488 Advanced Construction Management 3 cr.
CIVE 491 Independent Study II 1-3 cr.
CIVE 492 Urban & Transportation Planning & Design 3 cr.
CIVE 493 Airport Planning and Traffic Management 3 cr.
CIVE 495 Special Topics in Civil Engineering 3 cr.

CIVE 180 - Engineering Graphics and Visualization (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ENGR 112

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 201 - Engineering Dynamics (3-0-3)
*(Cross listed with AERO 201; MECH 201)
Prerequisite: ENGR 200

Review of kinematics and kinetics of particles: rectilinear and curvilinear motions; Newton’s second law; energy and momentum methods.  Kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies: plane motion of rigid bodies; forces and accelerations; energy and momentum methods.

CIVE 225 Mechanics of Solids (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ENGR 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; deformation of axial members; symmetric and asymmetric 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 238 Geology for Civil Engineering (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: PHYS 121

This course focuses on concepts of physical geology and the geologic processes relevant to civil and environmental engineering practices. Topics include: the nature and structure of earth, earth’s history, formation of rocks, chemical and physical properties of minerals, and basic techniques for geologic field and site characterization. This course satisfies the requirement for a Science Elective for Civil Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering students.

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 and 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 212

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 structural steel design of 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, 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: Junior Standing and approval of the department

This course gives an undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group oriented project, study and/or research study under direction 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 342

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 Contaminated 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/MECH 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 342

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 and Buried Structures (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: CIVE 338; CIVE 342

Analyses 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: Senior Standing and approval of the department

This course gives an undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group oriented project, study and/or research study under direction 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 (1-3-2)
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 (0-6-2)
Prerequisite: CIVE 497

Continuation of CIVE 497.

Year 1 ENGL 111 English Communication I 4cr. ENGL 112 English Communication II  4cr.
MATH 111 Calculus  4cr. MATH 112 Calculus II  4cr.
CHEM 115 Intro. to General Chemistry  4cr. PHYS 121 University Physics  4cr.
ENGR 111 Engineering Design  4cr. ENGR 112 Intro. to Computing 4cr.
Summer HUMA/SOCS - Elective  3cr.    
Year 2 Science Elective 4cr. MATH 213 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 4cr.
MATH 211 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra 3cr. MATH 212 Calculus III 4cr.
PHYS 122 University Physics II  4cr. CIVE 201 Engineering Dynamics  3cr.
ENGR 200 Statics  3cr. CIVE 225 Mechanics of Solids  4cr.
CIVE 180 Engineering Graphics and Visualization  3cr. CIVE 310 Geomatics  3cr.
Summer HUMA/SOCS - Elective  3cr.    
HUMA/SOCS - Elective 3cr.    
Year 3     CIVE 370 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 4cr. CIVE 335 Fluid Mechanics w/Lab 4cr.
CIVE 332 Fundamentals of Construction Engineering and Management 3cr. CIVE 341 Design of Steel Structures 3cr.
CIVE 336 Civil Engineering Materials  4cr. Free Elective 3cr.
CIVE 340 Behavior & Analysis of Structures 3cr. CIVE 380 Transportation Engineering 3cr.
Free Elective  3cr. CIVE 338 Geotechnical Engineering 4cr.
Summer CIVE 399 Internship  1cr.    
Year 4 CIVE 497 Senior Design Project I 2cr. CIVE 497 Senior Design Project II 2cr.
BUSS 201 Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance 3cr. BUSS 301 Inside Organizations  3cr.
ENGR 311 Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Engineering Design 4cr. Technical Elective  3cr.
Technical Elective 3cr. CIVE 442 Design of Concrete Structures 3cr.
CIVE 470 Foundation Engineering 4cr. HUMA XXX Humanities and Social Sciences 3cr.

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