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2010-2011 Academic Catalog 
2010-2011 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.

Dual Degree Option BSc/CENG-MPA

Master’s Program in Development Practice (MDP) Option

Students enrolled in the School of Science and Engineering may apply to complete the MPA on an accelerated basis in conjunction with completion of the BSc. in engineering. At present, this option is open only to students completing the BSc. in Construction Engineering. Students interested in this option should consult with their advisors during the Fall of their fourth year for potential admission to the program in their fifth year. Those interested in this option are required to complete a summer work assignment for Fall practicum in their fifth year. The program is jointly administered by the Department of Public Policy and Administration in the School of Public Affairs and the School of Sciences and Engineering. Admission is based on the recommendation of the student’s SSE advisor and review by the PPAD department. The program prepares students for careers in public service with the highest ethical standards, strong competencies in environmental analysis and management as well as public governance, excellent leadership and communication skills, a sound understanding of the use of evidence and analysis in public service settings, and a commitment to building a better future for the people of Egypt and the region. Students pursue careers in government, nonprofit organizations, international development agencies, academia, and the private sector.

Students electing the MDP option begin taking graduate courses in their ninth semester and receive both the BSc. and the MPA upon the completion of their coursework and master’s thesis, normally at the end of their 6th year. The following course sequence has been developed for the MDP option, but students should consult their advisor in CENG to ensure that all SSE requirements are met:


  • CENG 424 Methods & Equipment for Construction II
  • xxxx xxx Eng. Concentration 1 elective
  • CENG 448 Financial Management and Accounting in Construction (MPA credit)
  • CENG xxx Elective (1)
  • CENG 431 Intro. to Transportation
  • CENG 490 Senior Thesis I (Capstone Core Level I )
  • CENG 497 Industrial Training (Practicum)


  • xxxx xxx Engineering Concentration 2
  • CENG 567 Construction Leadership and Management/Elective 2
  • CENG 491 Senior Thesis II (Capstone Core Level II )
  • PPAD 506 Essentials of Public Policy and Administration (MPA credit)
  • PPAD 500 Research Methods for Public Policy and Administration (MPA credit)
  • xxxx xxx Science elective (from MDP list)
  • Summer internship – public/NGO management focus and participation in MDP colloquium (MPA credit through 590)


  • PPAD 590 Practicum (Capstone Level II) (MPA Credit)
  • ENGR 516 Engineering for Sustainable Development (MPA Credit)
  • PPAD 570 Global Classroom (MPA Credit)
  • xxxx xxx Science elective (from MDP list)
  • PPAD 598 Thesis Research Seminar (MPA Credit)


  • PPAD 514 Human Resource Management for Government and Nonprofit Organizations (MPA Credit)
  • PPAD 516 Core Concepts and Applications for Social and Environmental Policy (MPA Credit)
  • PPAD 517 NGO Management (MPA Credit)
  • PPAD 599 Thesis (MPA Credit)

Summer thesis work, if needed, and participation in MDP colloquium

*xxx indicates elective within the respective program

Lists of MDP-relevant courses will be provided to students in the program prior to registration for each semester, based on offerings available in the appropriate departments

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