Bachelor of science degree

Civil Engineering

Degree Specializations in Civil Engineering

Smart Cities

A Bachelor of Science (BS) in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Smart Cities is a cutting-edge program designed to equip students with the technical knowledge and innovative thinking required to develop, manage, and improve urban environments in an increasingly digital and interconnected world. This specialization focuses on integrating information and communication technologies into urban infrastructure to enhance the quality of life for residents, increase the efficiency of urban operations and services, and ensure environmental sustainability.

Required courses:

  • Introduction to Building Information Modeling 
  • Smart Cities & Communities 
  • Infrastructure Rehabilitation

Building Information Modeling

The specialization in Building Information Modeling (BIM) within a BS civil engineering degree program focuses on the integration of technology, process improvements, and digital information to manage the life cycle of buildings effectively. This specialization is designed for students who wish to combine traditional civil engineering skills with advanced technology to improve the planning, design, construction, and operation of buildings. Students will learn about BIM software tools, data management, collaboration among different stakeholders, and the application of BIM in project management, sustainability, and facility management.

Required courses:

  • Introduction to Building Information Modelling 
  • BIM for Collaboration and Coordination 
  • BIM in Project Management Strategy 


Sustainable Design and Green Construction

The BS Civil Engineering specialization in Sustainable Design and Green Construction focuses on the principles of sustainability and environmental friendliness within the field of civil engineering. This specialization equips students with the knowledge and skills to design, construct, and maintain structures and infrastructures in a manner that reduces their environmental impact, conserves resources, and enhances the quality of life. Topics covered include sustainable materials and building techniques, energy-efficient design, water conservation, site planning, and the integration of renewable energy sources into construction projects.

Required courses:

  • Energy, Emissions, Environmental Design 
  • Efficient Green Buildings 
  • Sustainability Assessment and Management 


Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Everywhere you look, you will see the work of civil and environmental engineers. They are responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of our infrastructure, from the roads we travel on to the drinking water we get from our taps, from tunnels and airports to stadiums and skyscrapers.

In AIU's Civil Engineering program, you will learn from our renowned faculty experts and benefit from our high-impact practices of student success, team-based learning, global perspective, undergraduate research, internships, and community service.

The Civil Engineering Program is designed to provide students with the ability to:

  • identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • 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.
  • communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • 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.
  • function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Our program is designed to prepare graduates for success in their immediate, as well as long-term, professional careers as skilled practitioners. It provides a robust foundation for obtaining a professional license, pursuing advanced studies, and engaging in lifelong learning. 

Suggested Degree Plan

What can I do with my major?

Career Opportunities

  • Construction Managers
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Urban Planning Engineer
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer

Degree Requirements


Explore the innovative urban landscape with Smart Cities, revolutionize construction planning with Building Information Modeling, or champion environmentally conscious practices with Sustainable Design and Green Construction.

  • Smart Cities
  • Building Information Modeling 
  • Sustainable Design and Green Construction 

School Engineering and Computing Requirements

Students in the Bachelor of Science in the Civil Engineering program must complete a minimum of 135 credits including satisfaction of all degree requirements of AIU. All coursework must be completed in accordance with the academic rules of AIU and those of the department.

Civil Engineering Requirements

Minimum General Education Requirements 38 credits
School Core Requirements 34 credits
Major Requirements 63 credits
Total Credits Required for Degree 135 credits


General Education Requirements

American International University has established seven competencies that form the foundation of the learning outcomes in our courses. Upon successful completion of the General Education program, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Critical thinking
  • Effective communication
  • Ethical reasoning
  • Global self-awareness
  • Information literacy
  • Mathematical and scientific reasoning
  • Quantitative and IT Literacy

With the understanding that our students will specialize in a variety of academic majors, the General Education Program requirements are designed to ensure that all students will acquire experiential and activity-based learning and the application of knowledge in concrete situations as part of their AIU experience. 

Required Civil Engineering Courses

All civil engineering students must complete the following courses. Students are responsible for observing all course prerequisites and limitations.

  • Geology
  • Statics
  • Elementary Mechanics of Materials
  • CAD in Civil Engineering
  • Applied Fluid Mechanics
  • Intro to Construction Engineering
  • Legal & Professional Aspects of CVE
  • Structural Analysis (T2)
  • Reinforced Concrete Design (D)
  • Civil Engineering Materials (T3)
  • Geotechnical Engineering (T4)
  • Civil Engineering Seminar
  • Choose two fundamental courses from the remaining technical areas:
    • Transportation Engineering (T5)
    • Environmental Engineering (T6)
    • Water Resources Engineering (T7)
  • Choose four advanced courses from three technical areas. At least two courses must be from the same technical area, and at least one course must be a design course (D).
    • T1 – Construction
    • T2 – Structures
    • T3 – Materials
    • T4 – Geotechnical
    • T5 – Transportation
    • T6 – Environmental
    • T7 – Water Resources
  • Students will choose a specialization (three courses):
    • Smart Cities
    • Building Information Modeling 
    • Sustainable Design and Green Construction

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