Minor in Environmental Engineering

The Minor in Environmental Engineering at AUD is a open to students majoring in any field except Civil Engineering.

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Program Overview

The Minor in Environmental Engineering at AUD is a open to students majoring in any field except Civil Engineering.

Allowing students to further their knowledge in the areas of environmental engineering and sustainability, the program can be added as a secondary focus, allowing them to enhance their skills in a specific area of interest without the responsibility of a major.

The field of environmental engineering is wide but students can choose to focus on a particular area depending on the courses they choose.

Program Details

To complete the Minor in Environmental Engineering, students must earn a minimum of 15 credit hours from the following courses:

Requirements   Credit Hours
Minor Core    
BIOL 201
Principles of Biology
CHEM 201 General Chemistry
ECVL 340 Environmental Engineering, w/Lab 3
Total Minor Core Requirements
Minor Electives    
ECVL 330 Fluid Mechanics, w/Lab 3
ECVL 433 Hydraulic Engineering 3
ECVL 440 Sustainable Engineering Design 3
ECVL 444 Water and Wastewater Engineering 3
Total Minor Elective Requirements   6

Students are responsible for completing all course prerequisites. In addition to university-wide requirements, only courses counting toward the General Electives can also be counted toward this minor. A course may not be used to fulfill the requirements of more than one minor.



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.


  • 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

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


Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Ahmed Badr Mabrouk
Senior Consultant
Mohamad Nagi
Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering, Program Director of the Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM), Professor of Civil Engineering
Peiman Kianmehr
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Ryan Doczy


Computer & Electrical Engineering Lab Coordinator
Sherine Amer
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.

Shurooque Baloch - Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.)

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.

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