Civil engineering, the oldest and broadest of the divisions of engineering, implements a range of public and private projects for improving society’s physical infrastructure and the environment. The civil 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 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: 

DCEE’s mission is to provide students with an outstanding engineering education and be a leader in research and service. We strive to prepare students for productive engineering careers, maintain and grow strong research programs, and serve the profession.

DCEE Vision:

The Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering vision emphasize fundamental understanding of the behavior of constructed facilities and the natural environment and the design of infrastructure through the application of the physical sciences, biology, mathematics, and computing.  In addition to providing a solid technical foundation, the programs emphasize the development of professional skills. We incorporate design and team experiences throughout the curriculum, and provide hands-on experience in laboratory and project courses. Students also have multiple opportunities to practice and improve their communication skills through reports, presentations, and team activities.

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 Programme (IEP) and pass the following criteria before beginning their main Bachelor program.