Bachelor of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Background and Rationale 

Kazakhstan is now knocking on the door of being a developed country and has the potential to be so soon, based on the estimation of reserves in oil, gas, and minerals. Now civil engineers and chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineers are setting the ground and developing engineering to enhance the country. The development of the natural resources has been the basis for the economic growth of Kazakhstan, however the other side of this development, the environmental issues have been always segregated and forgotten for a long time. Now it is time for civil and environmental engineers to do their pivotal roles, i.e. the natural resources should be wisely and properly developed by the engineers to prevent their extinctions under a fair environmental protection regime.

We believe that the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and its relevant disciplines are required to produce the essential engineering education for students and training programs for site professionals and to harbor and carry out significant research projects to solve serious impending environmental disasters such as climate change and global contaminant transport, threatening the longevity of the earth and human well-being.

Consequently, we believe that the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department plays critical and proper roles for the society of Kazakhstan by focusing on the expertise of the faculty members, developed ABET-based core courses, and relevant research projects.

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The aims of the Program are:

1.Acquire a strong fundamental scientific and technological knowledge base with critical thinking skills necessary for life-long learning and to pursue a variety of civil and environmental engineering careers in industry, academic, and government within Kazakhstan or abroad;

2.Apply engineering skills incorporating the use of standards, computers, experiments, and realistic constraints to analyze, design, and solve problems associated with the civil and environmental engineering profession;

3.Understand the role as civil engineers, the moral obligations, ethical standards, and professional integrity of civil and environmental engineering practice and have an awareness of safety, legal, environmental, and social impact on the role of the engineering professional in a multicultural, global economy

4.Develop the foundation for leadership through the abilities to communicate technical and professional information effectively, as well as to work independently or as a member in a team.

Learning Outcomes of the Program 

On successful completion of the BEng (Hons) in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering students will be able to: 

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  • An ability to apply the engineering design process to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration for public health and safety, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, economic, and other factors, as appropriate to the discipline;
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions;
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • An ability to 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;
  • An ability to recognize the ongoing need to acquire new knowledge, to choose appropriate learning strategies, and to apply this knowledge;
  • An ability to function effectively as a member or leader of a team that establishes goals, plans tasks, meets deadlines, and creates a collaborative and inclusive environment.



The Capstone Project is a 2-semester common course for all engineering programs which spans across the fall and spring semesters of the same academic year. The importance of the Capstone project is reflected in the total number of credits it carries, being 12 ECTS which are equivalent to two standard-sized courses.

One of the important features of the Capstone Project is “learning by doing”. It is intended to be a platform for the students to develop their intellectual and innovative abilities and to give them the opportunities to integrate and apply the knowledge and analytical skills gained in previous stages of study.  It should also provide students with opportunities to develop their problem-solving skills and communication skills. The process from concept to final implementation and testing, through problem identification and the selection of appropriate solutions will be practiced by the students.

BEng in Civil and Environmental Engineering (ECE) 248 ECTS (click here to view courses)
Course Code Course Title ECTS Comments Category of Courses
A.             Nazarbayev University Undergraduate Core Curriculum Requirements 
  Communicate fluently in the English Language
SHSS150 Rhetoric and Composition 6 Compulsory
SHSS210 Technical Writing 6 Compulsory
  Demonstrate competence in the Kazakh Language
Select 2 courses at appropriate level in Kazakh Language, Literature or Culture 12  Based on diagnostic test Compulsory
  Describe and interpret major events in Kazakh and Kazakhstani history
HST100 History of Kazakhstan 6 Compulsory
  Demonstrate knowledge of the natural and social sciences
ECON323 Managerial Economics 6 Compulsory
PHYS161   Physics  I  for Scientists and Engineers 8 Compulsory
  Apply numerical and digital literacy skills
MATH161   Calculus I 8 Compulsory
ENG101   Programming for Engineers 6 Compulsory
  Apply skills in business, design and entrepreneurial thinking
  Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship and Management 6 Compulsory
  Use research skills and methods to complete projects
ENG100 Introduction to Engineering 6 Compulsory
  Identify ethical and leadership issues and take appropriate leadership actions
Select 1 among 3 SHSS offered courses on Ethics 6 Compulsory
Course Code Course Title ECTS Comments Category of Courses
B.              Common/shared Courses
ENG102 Engineering Materials I 6 Compulsory
PHYS162 Physics II for Scientists and Engineers 6 Compulsory
MATH162 Calculus II 8 Compulsory
ENG200 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra 6 Compulsory
ENG202 Numerical Methods in Engineering 6 Compulsory
ENG201 Applied Statistics 6 Compulsory
CEE201 Environmental Chemistry 6 Compulsory
ENG400 Capstone project 12 Compulsory
MAE 200 Structural Mechanics I
MAE 300 Fluid Mechanics I
Course Code Course Title ECTS Comments Category of Courses
C.              Discipline-Specific Requirement 
CEE 200  Structural Mechanics I 6
CEE 201 Environmental Chemistry 6
CEE 204  Civil Engineering CAD and Surveying 6
CEE 203  Structural Analysis 6
CEE 202  Environmental Engineering 6
CEE 300  Structural Design - Concrete 6
CEE 302  Geotechnical Engineering 6
CEE 304  Fluid Mechanics I 6
CEE 306  Civil Engineering Materials 6
CEE 301  Structural Design – Steel 6
CEE 303  Geotechnical Design 6
CEE 305  Hydraulics and Hydrology 6
CEE 400  Transportation Engineering 6
CEE 401  Construction Technology and Management 6
D.          Discipline-Specific Requirement (Specialization areas and electives)
Structural Engineering
CEE 450  Behavior & Design of Structural System Elective
CEE 451  Prestressed Concrete Design Elective
CEE 452  Advanced Structural Mechanics Elective
ENG 300  Interdisciplinary Design Project Elective
CEE 463  Individual Research Project in CE 1 Elective
CEE 464  Individual Research Project in CE 2 Elective
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Course Code Course Title ECTS Comments Category of Courses
E.              Discipline-Specific Requirement (Specialization areas and electives)
Geotechnical Engineering
CEE 453  Applied Soil Mechanics Elective
CEE 454  Foundation Engineering Elective
ENG 300  Interdisciplinary Design Project Elective
CEE 463  Individual Research Project in CE 1 Elective
CEE 464  Individual Research Project in CE 2 Elective
Environmental Engineering
CEE 350  Water & Wastewater Treatment Processes Elective
CEE 455  Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Elective
CEE 456  Membrane Separation Processes Elective
CEE 457  Air Quality Management Elective
ENG 300  Interdisciplinary Design Project Elective
CEE 463  Individual Research Project in CE 1 Elective
CEE 464  Individual Research Project in CE 2 Elective
Construction Engineering and Management
CEE 351  Application of Geomatics in CE Elective
CEE 458  Modern IT in Construction Elective
ENG 300  Interdisciplinary Design Project Elective
CEE 463  Individual Research Project in CE 1 Elective
CEE 464  Individual Research Project in CE 2 Elective
Water Resources Engineering
CEE 459  Water Systems and Structures Elective
CEE 460  Water Supply and Distribution Management Elective
ENG 300  Interdisciplinary Design Project Elective
CEE 463  Individual Research Project in CE 1 Elective
CEE 464  Individual Research Project in CE 2 Elective
Transportation Engineering
CEE 352  Structure & Properties of Concrete Materials Elective
CEE 461  Traffic Engineering and Management Elective
CEE 462  Pavement Design and Performance Elective
ENG 300  Interdisciplinary Design Project Elective
CEE 463  Individual Research Project in CE 1 Elective
CEE 464  Individual Research Project in CE 2 Elective