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


The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.) degree at AUD prepares a culturally diverse student population for successful professional careers in civil engineering at the local, regional and global levels.

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.

The Program strives to produce graduates who will:

  • Pursue successful careers in civil engineering or related disciplines;
  • Engage in further learning through graduate studies or professional licensure;
  • Contribute to socio-economic development and environmental sustainability;
  • Succeed in multicultural environments as effective communicators and team leaders;
  • Promote the profession by providing opportunities for training and development;
  • Adhere to the highest standards of ethical and professional responsibility.

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.


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.

Upon completion of the B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of math, calculus, physics, and engineering sciences;
  • Conduct lab and field tests, design experiments, and analyze and interpret relevant data;
  • Use the modern tools, techniques, and software necessary for civil engineering practice;
  • Identify, formulate, and solve problems in multiple civil engineering sub-disciplines;
  • Design elements, systems, and processes within realistic technical and non-technical constraints;
  • Communicate technical information effectively in written, oral, and graphical formats;
  • Work in multicultural intra-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary teams;
  • Explain the role of ethical and professional responsibility in civil engineering practice;
  • Describe the global impact of civil engineering solutions on the economy, environment, and society;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with modern trends and current issues in civil engineering;
  • Engage in lifelong learning through research and educational experiences outside the classroom


For the full course descriptions and sequencing, click here.


Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
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.

Materials/Structures Laboratory
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.


Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory
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.

Circuits, Electrical Systems and Robotics Labs

  • Circuits and Electronics Lab
  • Electromagnetics and Antenna Lab
  • Digital Systems and Microprocessors Lab
  • Communications Systems Lab
  • Electric Power Systems Lab
  • Robotics Lab
  • Senior Design Lab
  • Computational Modeling and Simulation Lab

Enterprise Computing Lab
Dedicated general purpose computer labs, each equipped with:

  • 25-30 PCs and projector;
  • High-speed internet network;
  • Software includes MATLAB, SolidWorks, AutoCAD, MathCAD, Primavera, Etabs, SAP, Pspice.


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 may substitute the SAT for this, depending on the score.

Students should consult with the Admissions Office for further details at


At AUD our ultimate goals is to produce well-rounded, employable graduates, equipped with knowledge and experience of the workplace as well as a university degree.

We offer exciting opportunities for undergraduates and graduates looking to gain experience in a variety of different fields such as IT, design, research and business. If you have a desire to learn AND earn in a unique environment. You might be just what we’re looking for.

Contact us to find out more about how you can become part of the AUD workforce.

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Dean, School of Engineering, Professor of Civil Engineering
Alaa K.Ashmawy
Chair, Department of Civil Engineering and Professor of Civil Engineering
Elias Saqan
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Ahmed Badr Mabrouk
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Ibrahim Bakry
Director of Infrastructure Sustainability & Assessment Center
Mohamad Nagi
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
Peiman Kianmehr
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Ryan Doczy
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Sana Amir
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Songsu Son


Administrative Assistant
Raquel Acedera
Administrative Assistant
Rose Ardid
Laboratory Engineer
Loreto Araojo
Laboratory Engineer
Sherine Amer

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. What I expected to find in Dubai was the perfect environment for a university student majoring in civil engineering. What appeared in front of my eyes was the biggest construction site on Earth. For some people it might be annoying, for me that’s much more interesting than any TV show.


Being an engineering student at AUD makes you unique - not because you have tough courses - but for having the E building as your home for four years. As an engineering student, there is a lot of homework, lab work, and projects but at the same time you socialize with your fellow students, make strong bonds, and learn beyond your classroom walls.