School of Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering

146 credits
For students entering the program at the Sophomore level
(holders of a recognized Baccalaureate or Freshman diploma - equivalent to 30 credits)
Engineering Accreditation Commission


General Education
Behavioral, Social Sciences, and History
3 credits
Civic Engagement
2 credits
ECO350Engineering Economics
3 credits
This course presents the theory and application of the fundamentals of Engineering Economy and the methodology of economic decision analysis. Students will be required to learn the theoretical foundations of various principles of economic analysis and how they can be applied to solve problems encountered in industry and business.
GEN302Engineering Ethics
1 credits
This course studies the theories of rational justification, of the moral judgments and the relationship between the concept of liberty, and the concept of responsibility, while covering the basic principles of deontology of an engineer's profession.
English Communication
3 credits
GCV302History of Architecture
2 credits
Based mainly on the architectural timeline, the course focuses on the construction periods, their key events, their most important buildings, technical inventions, socio-historical contexts, and symbolic meanings. It locates the most important milestones in the discipline and gives the students a comprehensive global view of architecture evolution, its technical and esthetical correlation as well as its connection with other disciplines.
GEN303Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineers
2 credits
In all sectors, innovation and entrepreneurship (as a form of innovation) have become an important source of sustainable competitive advantage for firms around the world. However, innovation management and the capability of managers and owners to build innovative organization is quite a challenge. In this course, we will address the role of innovation and entrepreneurship for macro and micro levels and focus on practices and processes to successfully manage it. The course will focus on entrepreneurial firms (start-ups and corporate ventures of established firms) and analyze success and failure cases of innovation. This course provides good grounding in technology and innovation management for students interested in becoming entrepreneurs or managers in innovation driven firms. Students will learn based on lectures, case analysis, external experts and own research and presentations. In innovation management it is impossible to separate organizational strategy from implementation since a great idea will only become an innovation if managers are capable to commercialize and monetize it. Therefore, much of the material discussed and analyzed within the course relates to strategy and organizational behavior.
GEN301Law for Engineers
2 credits
This course is designed to provide the students with fundamental knowledge of legal principles and terminology, to understand the basic foundations and theories of law, and to explain the legal concepts and terminology in substantive areas of law (i.e., Contract Law, Liability Law, Labor Law, Commercial Law, etc.) It is also designed to help prepare engineering students for careers in fields which are impacted by the law and to demonstrate an understanding of the interaction between the fields of law and the application of laws and legal strategy in engineering. This course will also help engineering students to understand their rights and responsibilities as a contractor (application of Contract Law), an employee (application of Labor Law) and as a partner (application of Commercial Law).
Religious Sciences
3 credits
1 credits
Mathematics and Sciences
MAT207Algebra for Engineers 1
3 credits
The course aims at providing the necessary tools and the mathematical maturity for engineers, for the design and analysis of abstract mathematical models. Subjects covered: complex numbers, logic and proofs, propositional calculus, sets and mappings, relations and ordered sets, an introduction to algebraic structures, groups, rings and fields, polynomials, counting, finite and transfinite cardinals.
MAT307Algebra for Engineers 2
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT207
The main objective of this course is to continue the study of algebra, covering mainly linear systems and matrices, matrix algebra, inverses, Gauss elimination, elementary matrices, computing inverses, determinants, vector spaces, definition and examples of spaces and subspaces, linear independence, basis and dimension, change of basis, linear applications, reduction of an endomorphism, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, characteristic polynomial, solving linear systems of differential equations, diagonalization and applications, bilinear and quadratic forms, Gauss method, scalar and cross product, euclidean and Hermitian spaces, Gram-Schmidt Orthogonalization process, geometric transformations.
MAT217Calculus for Engineers 1
3 credits
The course covers integration methods to compute integrals and improper integrals. We will study the infinite series, Taylor expansion, Parametric curves and Polar curves, and double integrals.
MAT227Calculus for Engineers 2
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT217
This course teaches basic theory and techniques of Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs). Topics include: solution of non-linear first-order ODE's; linear ODE's, especially second order with constant and variable coefficients; delta functions, convolution, and Laplace transform methods; power series and resolution of differential equations using power series; real and complex Fourier series; and an introduction to partial differential equations.
MAT337Calculus for Engineers 3
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT217
The main objective of this course is to continue the study of calculus, covering mainly parametric and polar curves, three dimensional analytic geometry, differentiation and integration of functions of several variables, and vector calculus. Line integrals, and Green's theorem are also covered.
CHM212General Chemistry
3 credits
The purpose of this course is to present a general outline on chemistry. Through this course chemistry is introduced in its various aspects: the structure of the atom, the various models, and the properties of the elements in the periodic table; various chemical bonds, the Lewis structure, VSEPR rules; thermochemistry, thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium; kinetic chemistry, reactions rate orders, the Arrhenius law; solutions chemistry, acids and bases and various acid­base equilibrium; complexation, liquid solid equilibrium and solubility product; and Oxydoreduction titration and electrochemical cells.
CHM270Laboratory of General Chemistry
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM212 Or CHE212 Or CHM210 Or CHE210
The general chemistry laboratory aims to develop different skills for the practical application of theoretical knowledge of general chemistry. Techniques to be learned: preparation and dilution of solutions, experimental verification of the Nernst equation, realization of different types of acid­ base and redox titration by volumetric, calorimetric, pH­metric or potentiometric monitoring, and the study of solubility and precipitation reactions and characterization of ions present in a given matrix. The goal of the lab course is to ensure that students are capable of understanding the chemical concepts and to carry out experiments safely and carefully in the laboratory, to obtain data accurately and to manipulate the data correctly.
GEN350Mathematics for Engineers
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT227 And MAT307 And MAT337
The main objective of this course is to complete the knowledge of mathematics for the student engineer. It mainly covers the following themes: functions of a complex variable; analytical functions; Cauchy-Riemann conditions; harmonic functions; Cauchy integrals formulae; Taylor series; singular points; inverse Laplace transformation; special functions (Gamma and Beta functions); Bessel function; orthogonal functions (Tchebychev, Legendre, Hermite, Laguerre); and discrete-time Markov Chains.
GEN250Modern Physics
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT227
The course covers principles and concepts of relativity, quantum mechanics and their applications. The following topics will be covered along with their applications: the failure of classical physics; the special theory of relativity; the particle properties of electromagnetic radiation; the wave properties of particles; the Schr and ouml; dinger equation; the Rutherford-Bohr model of the atom and the hydrogen atom in wave mechanics.
GEN428Numerical Analysis
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT227 And MAT307 And GIN221
The purpose of this course is to provide numerical concepts and methods needed by students to solve different engineering problems. Topics covered include: resolution of non-linear equations; numerical integration; data approximation and interpolation and numerical resolution of differential equations. Many numerical methods are implemented and tested using Matlab software.
GEN270Physics Laboratory
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEN250
Tell me, I'll forget. Show me, I may remember. But, involve me, and I'll understand. Chinese proverb. The laws of physics are based on experimental and observational facts. Laboratory work is therefore an important part of a course in general physics, helping students develop skills in fundamental scientific measurements and increasing understanding of the physical concepts. It is valuable for students to experience the difficulties of making quantitative measurements in the real world and to learn how to record and process experimental data.
STA307Probability and Statistics for Engineers
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT217
This course aims to provide students with the most common concepts of probability theory and statistical inference, with a unique balance between theory and methodology. Interesting relevant applications using real data will be used to show how the concepts and methods can be applied to solve problems in the different fields of engineering in practice.
Engineering courses
GCV450Architectural Project
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV302 And GCV320
It is key for civil engineers to acquire the basic skills to conduct architecture projects (concept, development, and drawings). This course prepares students to properly understand, read and develop architectural plans, helping them coordinate on projects with architects in the future.
GCV462Building Legislation
1 credits
This course defines the regulations and the relevant requirements to be achieved and provided in order to get the construction permit from the Lebanese authorities (Urbanism Agency) based on the construction law and the OEA law.
GCV526Building Project
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV462 and Special Approval
This course provides the common rules to be applied in order to achieve a successful building project. Coordination between different disciplines will be attempted.
GCV430Construction Materials
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC440
This course will familiarize students with the basic construction materials used in the building construction process such as aggregates, cement, concrete, steel, wood and ceramics. The fundamental principles of the behavior, physical and engineering properties of various common civil engineering materials will be introduced. Students learn about material and product manufacturing techniques and how they relate to mechanical and non-mechanical properties of the various materials. Resulting from this course, students will gain a comparative knowledge of material properties and possible applications in construction.
GCV472Construction Materials Lab
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV430
This course aims to introduce the students to the fundamentals of laboratory testing of construction materials. They will make measurements of behavior of various materials used in civil engineering among many tests, provide physical observations, introduce experimental procedures and common measurement equipment, and gain exposure to a variety of established material testing techniques. A dual approach characterizes these experiments: discovery/control of equipment and measurement/interpretation.
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT227
This course presents the fundamentals of engineering dynamics. It covers the following topics: kinematics of a particle (absolute and relative motion, description of motion in various systems of coordinates); kinetics of a particle; force and acceleration (Newton’s second law of motion); work and energy (principle of conservation of energy); impulse and momentum (conservation of linear momentum).
GMC330Dynamics of Rigid Bodies
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT307 And GMC310 And GMC320
Dynamics of rigid bodies is a sub-branch of the general field of study known as engineering mechanics. It is very closely related to—and often combined with—the study of statics, which you encountered in GMC 310, with the study of the Mechanics Engineering Dynamics GMC 320 where we have covered the dynamics of particles. In this subject, we will thus study accelerated motion of rigid bodies. We will then take a step towards the more realistic engineering problems by considering the size, shape, and orientation of objects as they accelerate. We term this type of motion “Rigid Body Motion.” We begin, with the kinematics of rigid bodies, looking first at the rotational motion of objects. We will then introduce the possibility that objects can move (and accelerate) by translating and rotating at the same time. Furthermore, GMC 330 covers many of the three-dimensional kinematics and kinetics of rigid body principles. Finally, an introduction to vibrational motion, or what happens when objects oscillate about a neutral state, will be covered.
GEL211Electric Circuits
3 credits
This course presents the basics of electric circuits’ analysis: introduction to theory, circuit variables and elements (dependent and independent voltage and current sources, resistors, inductors, capacitors); basic analysis and design of resistive circuits and different analysis techniques (Node-Voltage analysis, Mesh-Current analysis, source transformations, Thevenin’s and Norton’s equivalent, maximum power transfer, and Superposition methods); an introduction to capacitance, inductance, and mutual inductance; current-voltage relation; RC, RL and RLC circuits analysis (natural and step responses). Topics also include ideal operational amplifiers circuit simplification, steady-state and transient analysis, phasors, frequency response, Kirchhoff’s laws and Thevenin’s and Norton’s equivalent represented in the frequency domain, Laplace transform and an introduction to Transfer functions.
GEL271Electric Circuits Lab
1 credits
Introduction to the laboratory devices. Introduction to Pspice (simulation software). Simple electric circuits like voltage and current-divider and resistance measurements are implemented and analyzed. Then, students are faced to Thevenin's theorem and Norton equivalent circuit. Ideal Operational Amplifier circuits like the inverting, non-inverting, integrator … are also studied. The Bode and phase diagrams of first order passive filters are determined and simulated. Finally, the Kirchoff's law in the frequency domain and Thevenin theorem and power measurement are done.
GCV596Final Project I
1 credits
A major project in engineering analysis, design, development or research carried out by individual or groups of students and a faculty research supervisor. The objective is to provide an opportunity to develop initiative, self-reliance, creative ability and engineering judgment. A project proposal, an interim report, and an oral presentation are required.
GCV597Final Project II
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV596
This course provides the students with the opportunity to learn how to apply engineering design principles in a major group design project. While working on the projects, the students will learn how to effectively plan, schedule, search for data and information, communicate and cooperate in a team environment.
GEN450Finite Element Method
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEN428
The objective of this course is to analyze real world structural mechanics problems using the finite element method. The mathematical roots of FEA will be covered extensively in this course, on which nearly all structural analysis software is built. The course will provide for the specific challenges of engineers across all mechanical disciplines (aerospace, manufacturing, mechanical and mechatronic). Also, this course provides deep insight into the operation of finite element analysis software by training the students to implement a detailed FE study including planning, modelling, meshing, solving, evaluating results and validating against real world data.
GMC430Fluid Mechanics
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC340
This course provides a concise and clear presentation of fundamental topics in fluid mechanics, which deals with energy transportation by a fluid. These topics concern the development and application of control volume and differential form analysis and applications of fluid flows. Topics include fundamental concepts, basic equations in integral form for a control volume, introduction to differential analysis of fluid motion, potential flow, incompressible flow, and internal and external viscous flows including boundary layer concepts.
GCV465Foundations and Retaining Walls
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV310 and GCV401 And GCV420
Focuses on geotechnical design of shallow and deep foundations, including spread footings, mats, driven piles, and drilled piers. Coverage includes bearing capacity, settlement, group effects, and lateral load capacity of the various foundation types. Additional topics include subsurface exploration, construction of deep foundations, and analysis of pile behavior using wave equation and dynamic monitoring methods.
GCV461General Procedures of Construction
1 credits
This course will introduce students to onsite construction operations, with a focus on construction methods, equipment, and safety considerations. It will also train students to consider alternative solutions, which includes selection of the most suitable equipment and methods for the operations at hand. Case examples are introduced to familiarize students with good construction practice. Topics include site preparation and earthwork, wood frame, masonry, concrete formwork, shoring and underpinning work excavation at depth, and design, assembly and dismantling of temporary construction works. The course also aims at introducing students to soft skills, including teamwork and communication skills.
GCV410Geology and Geophysics
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV440
This course introduces the students to the earth as a dynamic planet, and provides basic knowledge of the various processes shaping the earth’s surface and interior. Students will thus have specific knowledge of the theories and principles governing the natural systems. It will also enable them to understand how humans affect their natural environment and vice versa. This course also introduces the concepts of geophysical investigations, mapping and satellite image interpretation.
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC430
This course deals with basic concepts of hydraulics, namely, the continuity, energy and momentum equations. This includes hydrostatics, internal viscous with application of Bernoulli equation and losses. Further, it covers physical modeling (dimensionless analysis and similarities), hydraulic pumps, and turbines.
GMC477Hydraulics Lab
1 credits
The objective of this laboratory is to show the students different experiments in fluids and hydraulics sciences. The students will investigate the laws and theories of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and hydraulics using diverse methods of measurements including limitations and boundaries of each theory.
GCV440Infrastructures and Roads
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV430 And GCV320
This course covers a wide range of topics that includes an introduction to transportation engineering, functional and context classifications of roads, mobility and access controls of roads, considerations of all transportation modes in the design, drivers performance and human factors, traffic characteristics, and elements of design (horizontal and vertical alignments; sight distances; grades; and superelevation).
GCV480Internship I
1 credits
The objective of this course is to introduce the students to the real work of the engineer on the site project and to the real work in the consultant engineering offices.
GCV581Internship II
1 credits
The objective of this course is to carry out professional training and experience in a civil engineering environment, either in a consultant office or on a construction site.
GIN221Introduction to Programming
3 credits
This introductory course in programming enables engineering students to learn the methods of rigorous software development solutions in the object-oriented paradigm. The course is supplemented by laboratory sessions for the application of programming concepts studied in the Eclipse integrated development environment.
GCV460Management and Site Organization
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV405
This course considers the responsibilities for planning, organizing, monitoring, controlling and administering groups of staff, e.g. site manager.
GCV310Reinforced Concrete I
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV401
Students completing this course will be able to explain and apply the principles of reinforced concrete; assign and assess proper dead, live and other structural loads; have the capability to design and analyze reinforced concrete beams, slabs, and columns for flexure, shear and axial loads using ACI standard (ACI 318); use and understand the functionality of the design and analyze reinforced concrete elements using design software; coordinate, elaborate and work in a team during the group course project; and finally the students will be able to write a group project report and present parts of the results in front of the class.
GCV405Reinforced Concrete II
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV310
This course covers the analysis and design of the bond, development lengths, and splices; slender columns, and biaxially bent columns; wall footings, concentrically and eccentrically loaded single column footings, and combined footings; staircases; bearing walls; cantilever retaining walls; one way and two way slab design; an introduction to seismic resistance and shear wall design.
GEN499Seminars and Conferences
Each semester, the Faculty of Engineering organizes several seminars and conferences in which leading figures in the professional and academic world target future engineers with a speech presenting scientific, technical, and/or industrial topics, etc. and showing them the various aspects of the engineering profession.
GCV420Soil Mechanics
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC410
This course aims to introduce the students to the fundamentals of soil mechanics parameters which will be useful for the design of geotechnical components. It includes all basic requirements needed by the students in order to classify soil type, to define the related parameters, the soil resistance and to evaluate the soil behavior when it will be subjected to external stresses.
GCV471Soil Mechanics Lab
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV420
This course aims to introduce the students to the fundamentals of laboratory testing of soil. It includes laboratory teaching to familiarize students with standard soil testing techniques which are considered as a must for the determination of soil parameters needed to design the geotechnical components.
GCV463Specifications and Bill of Quantities
1 credits
A course on the structure of construction documents and their interrelationships, bidding requirements, general and particular contract conditions, administrative and procedural requirements for construction, technical specifications, breakdown structure and BOQ, construction cost estimation processes, and unit rates determination and pricing.
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT217
The course covers fundamental concepts of mechanics relating to forces acting on rigid bodies. It includes problems involving actions and reactions on structures and machines in two and three dimensions, shear and moment diagrams, centroids, center of mass/gravity, moments of inertia, friction, dry friction and friction forces on screws. There is also an introduction to the principle of virtual work.
GMC440Strength of Materials
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT227 And GMC310
This course presents the theory and application of the fundamentals of mechanics of materials: stress and strain; tension, compression, and shear; Hooke's law, Mohr's circle, combined stresses, strain-energy; beams, columns, shafts, and continuous beams; deflections, shear and moment diagrams. Thin-walled structures, buckling and columns and energy methods (Castiglianos).
GMC472Strength of Materials Lab
1 credits
This course starts with a brief introduction about the safety procedures of the lab. Reliability of measurements and statistical analysis for experimental data is provided to the students. They will also study: verification of theoretical models through testing; trusses, tension test (stress-strain diagram, determination of yield strength, ultimate strength, modulus of elasticity, percentage elongation and percentage reduction in areas); buckling test; hardness tests; impact tests; parabolic arc; and suspension bridges.
GCV401Structural Analysis
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC440
Upon completion of this course the students will be able to: identify the types of structures (beams, frames, arches, trusses) and describe their behavior; determine, according to the codes, different design loads to be considered in the design of structures; calculate the support reactions and internal forces
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: MAT337 And GCV320
Surveying may be defined as the art of making measurements of the relative positions of natural and manmade features on the earth’s surface and the presentation of this information either graphically or numerically. On completion of this course the surveying students will be able to demonstrate competency in the following areas: explain the meaning of a number of common terms used in surveying and mapping; utilize horizontal and vertical references; prepare and apply the use of survey field notes; use the theory of measurements, linear measurements, angles, topographic surveys; construct alignment sheets for construction design; construct a topographic map utilizing horizontal and vertical values.
GCV320Technical Drawings
1 credits
The objective of these practical workshops is to initiate the students in the use of AutoCAD software. In the early stages they will learn about the fundamental operations that are sufficient to achieve technical drawings in 2D. The students thereafter become more proficient in using AutoCAD for the objective of realizing projects in civil engineering. We insist on the tools and the available modules (management of project, insertion of block of components, realization of report) permitting a fast realization of projects and plans of electric facilities.
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CHM212 Or CHE212
This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of the transformation of thermal energy and the behavior of its physical quantities. Such transformation is the conversion of heat into work. Engineers are generally interested in studying systems and how they interact with their surroundings. Its use becomes indispensable in our society.
Technical Electives
GCV505Advanced Structural Analysis
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV401
This course covers: the analysis of statically indeterminate structures by flexibility (force) and stiffness methods; an introduction to the direct stiffness method, Cross method; influence lines for indeterminate structures; computer structural analysis applications; and project building modeling and assessment. It also includes an introduction to the non-linear analysis, PD analysis.
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV405
This course discusses: types of bridges; influence lines; loads and their distribution on bridges; serviceability of bridges; methods of design of bridge deck, superstructure, and substructure. Standards and norms (i.e AASHTO) are also included.
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV430 And GCV320
Finishes and materials introduces the building materials and finishes used in interior and exterior applications in the context of their environmental impact, their implications for human health and safety, and their potential contribution to the design of architectural elements. This course teaches students to explore the diversity of interior building and finishing materials, and provides the technical vocabulary and scientific concepts associated with procedures used for their fabrication, testing and evaluation.
GCV533Geographic Information Systems
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV301 And GCV310 And GCV320
This is an introductory course on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their applications in the planning and engineering fields, alternatives in computer based graphics, data concepts and tools, network data management and planning applications, and implementation issues. This course satisfies the departmental requirements in all graduate engineering programs.
GCV536Geotechnics of Roads
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV465
This course covers advanced techniques in geomechanics, looking at subsurface exploration and soil investigation for the roads, as well as ground improvement techniques under the roads.
GCV550Highway and Road Design
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV440
This course examines: contemporary road design approach; the speed parameter; design consistency; 3‐D design controls; esthetic road design criteria; energy and environmental impacts of highway design; design for heavy vehicles and powered two wheelers; at grade unsignalized intersections; roundabouts; interchanges; standards and practices in Lebanon.
GCV554Highway Construction
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV440
Students will be introduced to: project management; health and security at work; construction of tunnels and underground structures; construction of bridges; construction of road structure, pavements, hydraulic structures, and retaining walls; automation in construction; standards and practices in Lebanon.
GCV555Highway Safety
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV440
The course covers these essential topics: safety issues in the Mediterranean area; the role of the driver-vehicle‐road‐environment system in highway safety; crash data; safety performance functions; the empirical Bayes method; crash modification factors; safety performance based highway design; network screening; diagnosis; selection of countermeasures; economic appraisal and prioritization; road safety impact assessment; road safety audits; road safety inspections; and network safety management based on road safety inspections.
GCV518Hydraulic Structures
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEN450 And GCV310
This course covers closed conduit flow, water distribution systems, transient analysis, open channel flow, flood control, culvert hydraulics, and design of various hydraulic structures.
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV410
This course will provide a basic understanding of the physical and chemical aspects of hydrogeology. The emphasis will be on low temperature groundwater and groundwater surface water systems. This course includes a module on hydrogeology of geothermal systems, volcanoes, etc. This course will address the occurrence, movement, and reaction of water within the earth’s subsurface. We will emphasize the evaluation of flow directions and rates, calculation of hydraulic properties, and processes controlling the composition of ground water.
GCV543Irrigation Network
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC435
This course will introduce students to: source materials for irrigation projecting, hydrological, climatic, geological and hydrogeological; preparation of irrigation constructions, standardization, construction documentation; investment goals; preparation documentation, projecting task; documentation of real type of constructions; projecting of soil unit; proposal of irrigation detail, proposal of water distribution, its flow capacity and dimension of pipe network; application of linear programming for optimization of pipe network; reviewing of irrigation equipment characteristics from the viewpoint of suitability for plants and soil; and drawing documentation of an operational project, its realization.
GCV525Maintenance, Rehabilitation and Retrofitting of Buildings
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV462
This is a course that explores the assessment of materials and structural deficiency using field test or analytical methods, repair and strengthening materials, strengthening and repair techniques, strengthening of structural members in flexure, shear and axial load, and upgrading of gravity load designed buildings for earthquake load resistance.
GCV542Management and Economy of Water
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC435
This course provides an introduction to water resource management challenges and the many complex factors that contribute to them. Some topics that will be discussed are water supply concerns given population growth and increasing demand, uncertainty in light of climate change, water quality issues stemming from point and nonpoint sources of pollution and from a lack of sanitation, and the geopolitics surrounding bulk water exports and sharing trans-boundary waters. Approaches for addressing water-related issues will be explored, including conceptual frameworks like Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and the human right to water, and management tools like pricing and privatization.
GMC441Mechanics of Continuous Medium
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC330
Continuum mechanics carries out the principles that apply to both solid and fluid mechanics. This subject provides advanced treatment of the fundamental, unifying concepts of the mechanics of continua in order to simplify further study in specialized fields such as aerodynamics, mechanics of viscous fluids, elasticity, plasticity, and continuum damage mechanics. The topics covered in this course are divided into two parts. The first part will cover advanced solid mechanics (in 25 lectures): stress and strains in 3-D, Cauchy formula, principal stress, hydrostatic stress, deviatoric stress, stress transformations, Mohr circle, octahedral shear stress, strain energy densities, theories of failure, beam on elastic foundations, bending of curved beams, and the theory of elasticity. The second part will cover advanced topics in fluid dynamics (in 10 lectures): fundamental principles of conservation, Reynolds transport theorem, conservation of mass, conservation of linear momentum (Navier-Stokes equation); conservation of energy; the general scalar transport equation; classification of partial differential equations and physical behavior, and approximate solutions of differential equations.
GCV522MEP Systems
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC340 And GEL211 And GCV450
This course will allow students to learn about Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire (MEP) systems in buildings. A special coordination and planning system is needed to minimize delays and interferences. This course will enable students to understand these systems and also to schedule, estimate and coordinate them within the general construction process.
GCV517Offshore Structures
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEN450 And GCV310
Students will learn about the design of offshore platforms (introduction, fixed and floating platforms); case studies and general features, elements of hydrodynamics and wave theory, fluid structure interaction, steel, concrete and hybrid platforms; design criteria; environmental loading (wind, wave and current loads after installation); stability during towing; foundations (site investigations, piled foundation, foundations for gravity structures); behavior under dynamic loading; static and dynamic analysis of platforms and components; dynamic response in deterministic and in deterministic environment; codes of practice, analysis of fixed platform and semisubmersible related topics.
GCV514Pavement Analysis, Design, and Maintenance
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV440
Students will be introduced to: traffic analysis, environmental conditions, soil and drainage; material characterization and mix design; structural design; maintenance and rehabilitation; pavement monitoring; and pavement management systems.
GCV500Prestressed Concrete
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV405
This course describes the design methods and the material characteristics of the prestressed elements, prestress losses, working strength design procedures, composite construction, ultimate flexural strength and behavior, shear design, continuous prestressed concrete members, and a case study/project.
GCV532Rock Mechanics
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEN450 And GCV420
This course provides general analytical tools and experimental methods that are used in rock mechanics. Theoretical topics covered in the lectures include fundamental concepts of stresses and strains, the linear elastic constitutive model of rocks, failure modes and models of rocks, fracture mechanisms and models of rocks, inelastic behavior of rocks, and seismic waves.
GCV501Seismic Design
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEN450 And GCV310
This course examines: the nature of earthquake ground motion; seismic hazard evaluation in engineering practice; response analysis of structures and effect of soil conditions on structural response and behavior under earthquake ground motion; design of structures under earthquake loading. There is also an introduction to the UBC, IBC and PS standards.
GCV535Slope Stability, Excavation and Shoring
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV465
Students will learn about the design and construction of earth and rockfill dams, seepage problems, flow nets, seepage control, soil compaction and stabilization, computer analysis of slope stability, factor of safety, and measures taken to limit and accommodate settlements.
GCV534Soil Dynamics
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV501
Students will study: the geotechnical considerations of earthquake engineering and foundation vibrations; seismic surveying; ground motion during earthquakes; determination of soil properties for ground response analysis; dynamic properties of soils; soil structure interaction effects; soil liquefaction; dynamic analysis of earth dams; settlements resulting from earthquakes; lateral earth pressures during earthquakes; and foundation vibrations.
GCV516Special Structures
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEN450 And GCV310
Special structures are true three-dimensional representations of our equilibrium equations and affirmations of our analytical techniques, design standards and construction practice. They include many types of structures, such as space frames or grids, cable and strut and tensegrity, self-erecting and deployable, cable net, tension membrane, lightweight geodesic domes, folded plates, and thin shells.
GCV552Statistical Methods for Transportation Data Analysis
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: STA307 And GCV440
The course explains: data management and data editing; descriptive and exploratory statistics; probability models and statistical inference; multivariate statistics; and statistical learning methods.
GCV521Steel and Mixed Structures
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV405
This course examines loads on structures, philosophies of design (LRFD versus ASD), behavior, analysis, and design (according to AISC) of tension members, bolted connections, welded connections, compression members, and beams. An introduction to composite section and mixed structure design is also given.
GCV510Sustainable Construction
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV430 And GCV450
The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the principles of green building, including water, energy, resource efficiency, and waste reduction. It also looks at how to implement greenhouse gas emission management principles, such as emission reduction goals, accounting techniques and standards, and comprehensive emissions reduction plans and evaluation of the building performance according to LEED standards. The students will be able to analyze energy audits, conservation measures, codes and standards, and daylight simulation/modeling tools for various building types.
GCV553Traffic Management Systems
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV440
The course contents are: an introduction to Intelligent Transportation Systems; traffic surveillance methods; automatic vehicle identification systems; advanced traveler information systems; active traffic management; traffic flow‐metering; incident management; GIS technologies and applications; and traffic flow simulation.
GCV551Transportation Systems and Traffic Analysis
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV440
Students will learn about: transportation planning; the four step method; discrete choice models in transportation systems analysis ; intermodal transport; freight and logistics; project evaluation and cost‐benefit analysis; traffic flow characteristics; traffic flow models; highway capacity and level of service.
GCV515Underground structures
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GEN450 And GCV310
This course covers: an introduction to tunneling with its geological aspects; tunneling methods in soft and rocky ground; drilling and blasting; ground treatment in tunneling; design and supports; and rock reinforcement, concrete and shot crete linings.
GCV544Urban Hydraulics
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC435
The aim of the course is to study the hydrology and drainage requirements of urban areas. Throughout the course, we introduce the effects of urbanization on the hydrological cycle, and develop basic methods of hydrological analysis including rainfall runoff models and flood frequency analysis. We review the basics of rainfall analysis and hydraulics, and apply this to storm, foul and combined sewer design. We explore sewer flow and quality models, storm water management and the increasing influence of sustainability principles.
GCV502Urban Planning
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GCV440
This course presents concepts, methods, and techniques that are used for urban planning and treats the urban area as a system for the purpose of planning infrastructure (e.g., transportation, water supply, waste water disposal).
GCV541Waste Water Treatment
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC435
A course that examines the quality and treatment methods of water and waste water, and testing for physical, chemical, and biological parameters.
Approved Faculty Electives
GIN222Applied Programming for Engineers
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GIN221
This course emphasizes problem solving, algorithms, and an introduction to object-oriented programming. By the end of this course, students will be able to: break down computational problems into a series of easily managed steps; process data and perform input and output operations on it; implement, test, and debug a designed solution to a problem in Java, Matlab or the C language; and demonstrate a good understanding of libraries and use them for program development.
GIN231Data structures and Algorithms
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GIN221
The first part of this course introduces some concepts of object-oriented programming as well as recursion as a programming technique. In the second part, the following data structures are studied: static arrays, dynamic arrays, linked lists, stacks, queues and trees. In addition, an introduction to computational complexity is introduced in this course which allows for making a reasonable comparison between the different implementations of the above data structures.


This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


The mission of the Department of Civil Engineering is to provide quality education to help prepare highly qualified and competitive civil engineers; to develop innovative applications of engineering and scientific research; and to serve the industry, the engineering profession, and the community.

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years after graduation, civil engineering graduates will:
1. Advance in their careers as professional engineers, researchers, educators, or entrepreneurs amid technological changes.
2. Demonstrate expertise and leadership in different fields of civil engineering and use them to contribute to the sustainable development of society.

Student Outcomes

1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
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