Since 2013, Soran University has had a Department of Civil Engineering (DCEE) within the Faculty of Engineering. In the academic year 2023-2024 the Environmental Engineering Program is added and the name of the department is changed to Civil and Environmental Engineering (DCEE). The civil and environmental engineer integrates scientific principles with engineering experience to plan, design, and construct networks of highways and railroads, airports, bridges and dams, environmental pollution control systems, industrial structures, water purification and distribution systems, and urban transportation systems that maintain, protect, and enhance the quality of life. Civil and environmental engineers are trained to consider the social effects as well as the physical and environmental factors that constrain the planning, design, construction, and operation of their projects. Environmental engineering, a technical specialization with its origins in civil engineering, is a growing discipline dedicated to the protection of the environment.

Throughout the world, civil and environmental engineers play a key role in defining the future of sustainable cities and communities. Creating innovations and designing systems that ensure clean and healthy environments are some of the greatest collective challenges of our time. Revolutionary strategies and designs are needed to create symbiosis between our natural and manmade environments.

Using new and advanced technologies, civil and environmental engineers must address the world’s growing challenges, including engineering sustainable strategies coupled with the development of devices and tools to better predict and address environmental needs to provide clean environments and planning green infrastructure in conjunction with the natural environment for a changing planet.

The department offers undergraduate degree programs leading to a BSc in Civil engineering with concentration of General Civil Engineering or concentration of Environmental Engineering. The two programs share a large number of common courses. These two programs are designed to prepare graduates for construction related industries both in Kurdistan and abroad. These programs also facilitate graduates to carry on to higher education. 

Courses are designed to give students basic knowledge in both sciences and engineering fundamentals as well as professional subjects of the fields. Optional courses are also offered as electives to accommodate special interest of students or special needs of the industry. Practical training is compulsory to familiarize students with industry. English, humanities, and social sciences courses are also requirements of the programs so that students have the opportunity to broaden their views as well as English skill.

DCEE Mission: 

Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering's mission is to train students for occupations that will allow them to positively contribute to the design, building, maintenance, and progress of civil engineering-based systems that are vital to the quality of life in a changing local and global market. 

Our mission is to educate engineers in both the technical and social elements of engineering, including new methodologies, technologies, and policies, as well as the importance of life-long learning.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering aspires to graduate highly trained engineers who will serve their local communities and the wider global market with quality and professional integrity.

DCEE Vision:

We envision accomplishing our mission by equipping students with the knowledge and skills they need to comprehend the physical world, apply that knowledge to present and future societal demands, and responsibly and ethically address the effects that constructed systems can have on a community and its environment. Faculty and students in the department will improve the level of knowledge in the field via research, publications, and related services to the profession and community as part of this process.

Program Educational Objectives:


The Department's educational objectives for its undergraduate program reflect our commitment to providing a program that produces graduates who can: Capably design, build, supervise, or improve civil engineering-based systems in the context of environmental, economic, and societal requirements within four years of graduation.


Because the language of instruction at DCEE is English, enrolled students must have a high level of English proficiency. Bachelor students who do not meet this English criterion must take the Intensive English Program (IEP) and pass the following criteria before beginning their main Bachelor program.