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B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering

B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering

The BSc in Petroleum Engineering program has a modern and well-balanced curriculum that emphasizes not only petroleum engineering fundamentals but also the business processes applied to reach optimal engineering solutions for field development and operations. This program is uniquely defined by well-equipped, state-of-the-art modern laboratory and computer facilities and access to local operating companies. The content of our courses, projects, and assignments are selected to help prepare graduates to launch their oil industry careers as willing and eager contributors. Students are well equipped with skills and knowledge of basic engineering and science, fundamental understandings of reservoir, well, and production and surface facilities.

The BSc in Petroleum Engineering aims to produce graduates who will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the highest levels of technical, ethical and behavioral competencies.
  • Develop and establish themselves as engineers and supervisors.
  • Become competent engineers to serve the country’s objectives.
  • Undertake graduate studies and become involved in research and development.

Students graduating with a BSc in Petroleum Engineering degree will attain the following:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams. The petroleum disciplines judged relevant to petroleum engineering are:
    • Petroleum sub-disciplines: drilling, production, reservoir engineering and formation evaluation
    • Knowledge of project management and data integration.
    • Geoscience disciplines
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. A recognition of the need for broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues pertaining to energy.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

 

Degree Requirements

To be recommended for graduation with a BSc in Petroleum Engineering degree, students must satisfactorily complete the courses in the specified categories as set out below. The categories cover the University General Education Requirements (GER, 43 credits), College of Engineering Requirements (CER, 28 credits), as well as Petroleum Engineering Core and Technical Electives requirements. The normal length of the program is 138 credits.

Additional Math/Sciences Requirements (13 credits)

To satisfy the College of Engineering Requirements, the BSc in Petroleum Engineering requires the following Math courses in addition to the Math/Sciences required in GER: CHEM115, PHYS121, PHYS122, MATH111, and MATH112.

Course Code Course Name Credits
CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4 cr.
MATH206 Differential Equations 3 cr.
MATH231 Calculus III 3 cr.
PGEG221 Introduction to Geology and Geophysics 3 cr.

Petroleum Engineering Core Requirements (61 credits)

Course Code Course Name Credits
ENGR399 Engineering Internship 1 cr.
MEEN240 Thermodynamics 3 cr.
PEEG218 Reservoir Rock Properties 3 cr.
PEEG219 Reservoir Fluid Properties 3 cr.
PEEG252 Mechanics of Materials for PE 3 cr.
PEEG302 Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer 3 cr.
PEEG314 Well Logging 3 cr.
PEEG315 Reservoir Characterization 3 cr.
PEEG322 Drilling Engineering I 3 cr.
PEEG326 Drilling Engineering II 3 cr.
PEEG331 Reservoir Engineering I 3 cr.
PEEG334 Reservoir Engineering II 4 cr.
PEEG341 Completion and Work Over 3 cr.
PEEG436 Well Testing 3 cr.
PEEG442 Production Facilities 3 cr.
PEEG443 Production System Design and Analysis 3 cr.
PEEG460 Petroleum Economics and Risk Analysis 4 cr.
PEEG497 Senior Design Project I 3 cr.
PEEG498 Senior Design Project II 3 cr.
PGEG311 Sedimentary Petrology 4 cr.

Petroleum Engineering Technical Electives (6 credits)

The following is a sample list of courses that will satisfy the technical electives of the BSc in Petroleum Engineering. Students must select a total of six credits from this list. At most three credits of the technical electives may be at 300-level and at most three credits may be independent study. In addition, courses from the list below may be taken to satisfy the free electives requirement. Additional courses may be approved by the department as technical electives.

Course Code Course Name Credits
PEEG420 Well Treatment 3 cr.
PEEG423 Horizontal and Multilateral Well Technology 3 cr.
PEEG424 Underbalanced Drilling Technology 3 cr.
PEEG425 Pressure Control 3 cr.
PEEG437 Natural Gas Engineering 3 cr.
PEEG445 Production Enhancement 3 cr.
PEEG456 Petroleum Related Rock Mechanics 3 cr.
PEEG391/491 Independent Study in Petroleum Engineering 1-3 cr.
PEEG394/494 Research Topics in Petroleum Engineering 1-3 cr.
PEEG395/495 Special Topics in Petroleum Engineering 1-3 cr.
  Fall Spring
Year 1 ENGL111 Academic Communication I 4 cr. ENGL112 Academic Communication II 4 cr.
MATH111 Calculus I 4 cr. MATH112 Calculus II 4 cr.
CHEM115 General Chemistry I 4 cr. PHYS121 University Physics I 4 cr.
ENGR111 Engineering Design 4 cr. CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4 cr.
Summer
Year 2 ENGR112/113 Introduction to Computing 4 cr. MATH206 Differential Equations 3 cr.
PHYS122 University Physics II 4 cr. PEEG219 Reservoir Fluid Properties 3 cr.
MATH231 Calculus III 3 cr. PGEG221 Introduction to Geology & Geophysics 3 cr.
PEEG218 Reservoir Rock Properties 3 cr. PEEG252 Mechanics of Materials for PE 3 cr.
MEEN240 Thermodynamics 3 cr. PEEG302 Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer 3 cr.
    BUSS150 Introduction to Economics 3 cr.
Summer
Year 3 ENGR311 Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Engineering Design 4 cr. PEEG315 Reservoir Characterization 3 cr.
PGEG311 Sedimentary Petrology 4 cr. PEEG326 Drilling Engineering II 3 cr.
PEEG314 Well Logging 3 cr. PEEG334 Reservoir Engineering II 4 cr.
PEEG322 Drilling Engineering I 3 cr. PEEG341 Completion and Work over 3 cr.
PEEG331 Reservoir Engineering I 3 cr. PEEG460 Petroleum Economics & Risk Analysis 4 cr.
Summer ENGR399 Engineering Internship 1 cr.
Year 4 HUMAXXX Humanities and Social Sciences* 3 cr. BUSSXXX Business Elective 3 cr.
PEEG436 Well Testing 3 cr. HUMAXXX Humanities and Social Sciences* 3 cr.
PEEG442 Production Facilities 3 cr. HUMAXXX Humanities and Social Sciences* 3 cr.
PEEG443 Production System Design & Analysis 3 cr. PEEG498 Senior Design Project II 3 cr.
PEEG497 Senior Design Project I 3 cr. Technical Elective 3 cr.
Technical Elective 3 cr. Free Elective 3 cr.
Total Credit Hours 138

*At least one Islamic Studies course must be taken from the Humanities Electives to meet graduation requirements.