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2009-2010 Academic Catalog 
2009-2010 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Construction Engineering (B.S)

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Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering

The construction industry is the largest industry in Egypt and much of the world. Construction engineering is a relatively new field that is designed to foster technological advances in the industry, to utilize modern design techniques, and to develop means to improve production, products, components and subsystems, and distribution and utilization of equipment. Construction engineering covers the basic civil engineering components such as structures, geotechnical, water resources, transportation, and environmental engineering. In addition, it covers, in detail, methods for the modeling of construction projects, numerical simulations, the evaluation of various construction strategies, and construction quality control. It deals with organizational planning, financial and human resources management, productivity measurement, accounting, information systems, strategy and policy formation, contracting, and construction law.

The specific objectives of the Construction Engineering Program are to: educate students in fundamentals of science and engineering with emphasis on construction engineering applications; introduce students to a broad spectrum of construction engineering topics, with concentration in an area of their choice, to plan for construction operations and to fit in construction organizations; prepare students to cope with and improve on the ever evolving technologies in production, products, and components of the construction industry; train students to communicate effectively, work independently and in teams, and fit in a multi-discipline environment; inspire students to recognize and consider the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context with the ability to understand and be sensitive to other cultures; motivate students to engage in life-long learning and develop their ability to pursue graduate studies; develop students who are creative, possess qualities of leadership, and are committed to professional and ethical conduct.

Students have the choice of one of three concentration areas within construction engineering. These are: 1) Construction Materials and Structures; 2) Construction Management and Technology; and 3) Environmental Engineering. The Construction Materials and Structures concentration provides students with the ability to integrate advances in construction materials with advanced knowledge in structural design and mechanics. The Construction Management and Technology concentration provides students with the tools that would enable them to become effective construction managers, through gaining a deeper appreciation of the technology and management aspects involved, and a greater exposure to the various facets of the industry. The Environmental Engineering concentration better equips students for involvement in civil infrastructure projects, and enables them to contribute to consulting practice in environmental and water resources engineering. To complete a concentration, students must complete two (2) required courses and one elective course in their chosen concentration area, in addition to an elective within the field of construction engineering, and carry out the graduation thesis in their chosen concentration. The concentration shall be indicated in the students’ Diploma.

The Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering degree is accredited by both the American Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities.

Students are admitted to the Construction Engineering Program either upon admission to AUC or after successful completion of criteria courses. High school students with mathematics/science background are accepted depending on their High School grades and the available quota in the Construction Engineering Program. Undeclared and transfer students are admitted to the program upon completing criteria courses in sciences. Students are accepted based on their GPA and on available quota in the department.

Students should consult the course listings and their faculty advisor on a regular basis to ensure that prerequisites for engineering core, concentration and elective courses are met. A model course plan for the major is provided in the office of the Department of Construction and Architectural Engineering.

A total of 162 credits is required for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering:

Core Curriculum (30-42 credits)

  • The natural science requirement of the core curriculum electives is met within the Engineering core requirements. (4 credits)
  • Three credit hours of the Capstone Stage requirement of the Core Curriculum is met by the Senior Project I and II courses. (3 credits)

Concentration Electives (12 credits):

To complete the requirements of any of the three concentrations, students must complete a set of four courses comprise the following:

  • Two concentration core course from the intended area of concentration (Group A) (6 cr.)
  • One elective course from a set of courses relevant to the concentration (Group B) (3 cr.)
  • One elective course from the elective courses offered by the Department (3cr.)

Student should also carry out the Senior Graduation Project in their selected concentration subfield.

Science Elective (3 credits)

Students should take a science elective course of total 3 credits selected from a set of courses accepted by the department

General Electives (0-6 credits):

Students may take courses of their selection to satisfy program requirement of 162 credit hours.

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