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B.Sc. in Petroleum Geosciences

B.Sc. in Petroleum Geosciences

The BSc in Petroleum Geosciences program aims to provide a high-quality education in petroleum geology and geophysics and to produce graduates for successful, and socially and ethically responsible, careers in the petroleum industry and other geosciences sectors that meet or exceed the needs and expectations in attaining technical and personal competencies. The program offers a blend of geology and geophysics as they relate to the discovery and exploitation of oil and gas.

The degree program also offers an optional concentration in Petroleum Geophysics for students who wish to focus on this specific area of the geosciences. The strengths of the Petroleum Geosciences curricula include an emphasis on geosciences project work and use of modern software applications. In addition, emphasis is placed on the development of professional skills during coursework. Petroleum Geosciences laboratories, including a computer laboratory, are well equipped, and up-to-date geophysical equipment is available for field exercises. The program features a summer field geology course for students following the Petroleum Geosciences curriculum, and a summer internship in industry for students of the concentration in Petroleum Geophysics.

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

  • Apply geological and geophysics knowledge and skills to recognize exploration, development, and production problems and design technically, economically, and environmentally sound solutions to find and maximize the value of petroleum resources of the UAE.
  • Contribute effectively, including in leadership roles, in multi-disciplinary exploration, development, and production teams.
  • Function ethically and with integrity such that society and industry benefit from their work as petroleum geoscientists.
  • Continue personal and professional growth through self-education.
  • Meet, or exceed, expectations of employers of the petroleum industry and other geosciences sectors in attaining technical and personal competencies.

Upon completion of the BSc in Petroleum Geosciences, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, physics, geology, and geophysics to solve petroleum geosciences problems.
  2. Apply knowledge to formulate solutions to geoscience problems involving design of geophysical surveys, acquisition and processing of geophysical data, and make geological interpretations from results.
  3. Apply three-dimensional Earth models to solve exploration and production-type issues from appropriate geological, petrophysical and geophysical data.
  4. Function effectively on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of the social, ethical, and professional responsibilities in the exploration and exploitation of energy and natural resources, and a concern for major regional and global social and environmental issues.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to communicate in oral and written forms in English appropriate to the petroleum and broad energy industry.
  7. Demonstrate a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, continual lifelong education.

An additional outcome for the Petroleum Geophysics concentration will be the ability to:

  1. Analyze, quantitatively, the errors, limitations, and uncertainties in data.

 

Degree Requirements

The BSc in Petroleum Geosciences requires a total of 137 credit hours. These consist of 23 credit hours of General Education Requirements, 12 credit hours of General Engineering Requirements, 30 credit hours of Mathematics & Basic Sciences, three credit hours of a free elective, and 69 credit hours of specific Major Requirements, including a four credit hour, four-week Field Petroleum Geology Course, and six credit hours of a senior research project.

Additionally, the Petroleum Geophysics concentration requires a total of 137 credit hours. This consists of 23 credit hours of General Education Requirements (GER), 12 credit hours of College of Engineering Requirements (CER), 30 credit hours of Mathematics & Basic Sciences, three credit hours of a free elective, and 69 credit hours of specific Major Requirements, including a one credit hour, three-week internship, and six credit hours for a senior research project. The concentration includes 16 credit hours in the specialized field.

Typical Course Sequence for BSc in Petroleum Geosciences

  Fall Spring
Year 1 MATH111 Calculus I 4 cr. MATH112 Calculus II 4 cr.
CHEM115 General Chemistry I 4 cr. ENGL 12 English Communication II 4 cr.
ENGL111 English Communication I 4 cr. PHYS121 University Physics I 4 cr.
ENGR111 Engineering Design 4 cr. CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4 cr.
Year 2 PHYS122 University Physics II 4 cr. HUMAXXX Humanities Elective 3 cr.
BUSSXXX Economics/Business Elective 3 cr. HUMAXXX Humanities Elective 3 cr.
ENGR113 Introduction to Computing using Matlab 4 cr. MATH206 Differential Equations 3 cr.
PGEG221 Introduction to Geology and Geophysics 3 cr. PGEG210 Earth Materials 3 cr.
MATH231 Calculus III 3 cr. PGEG220 Geology of the Middle East 3 cr.
    PGEG230 Geological Maps 3 cr.
Year 3 ENGR311 Innovation & Entrepreneurship 4 cr. PGEG351 Applied Geophysics 4 cr.
PGEG311 Sedimentary Petrology 4 cr. PGEG361 Sedimentology & Stratigraphy 3 cr.
PGEG321 Structural Geology 4 cr. PGEG371 Data Analysis & Geostatistics 4 cr.
PGEG331 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 3 cr. PGEG381 Rock Mechanics and Reservoirs 3 cr.
PGEG341 Paleontology 3 cr. BUSSXXX Economics/Business Elective 3 cr.
Summer PGEG397 Field Petroleum Geology 4 cr.
Year 4 Free Elective 3 cr. HUMAXXX Humanities Elective 3 cr.
PGEG312 Reflection Seismology 4 cr. PGEG412 Seismic Reflection Interpretation 4 cr.
PGEG401 Petrophysics & Logging 4 cr. PGEG451 Environmental Geology 3 cr.
PGEG490 Senior Research Project I 3 cr. PGEG461 Reservoir Characterization Project 4 cr.
    PGEG491 Senior Research Project II 3 cr.
Total Credit Hours 137

Typical Course Sequence for BSc in Petroleum Geosciences - Concentration in Geophysics

  Fall Spring
Year 1 MATH111 Calculus I 4 cr. MATH112 Calculus II 4 cr.
CHEM115 General Chemistry I 4 cr. ENGL112 English Communication II 4 cr.
ENGL111 English Communication I 4 cr. PHYS121 University Physics I 4 cr.
ENGR111 Engineering Design 4 cr. CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4 cr.
Year 2 PHYS122 University Physics II 4 cr. HUMAXXX Humanities Elective 3 cr.
BUSSXXX Economics/Business Elective 3 cr. HUMAXXX Humanities Elective 3 cr.
ENGR113 Introduction to Computing using Matlab 4 cr. MATH206 Differential Equations 3 cr.
PGEG221 Introduction to Geology and Geophysics 3 cr. PGEG210 Earth Materials 3 cr.
MATH231 Calculus III 3 cr. PGEG220 Geology of the Middle East 3 cr.
    PGEG230 Geological Maps 3 cr.
Year 3 PGEG300 Matlab for Earth Scientists 3 cr. PGEG351 Applied Geophysics 4 cr.
PGEG311 Sedimentary Petrology 4 cr. PGEG361 Sedimentology & Stratigraphy 3 cr.
PGEG312 Reflection Seismology 4 cr. PGEG371 Data Analysis & Geostatistics 4 cr.
PGEG321 Structural Geology 4 cr. PGEG381 Rock Mechanics and Reservoirs 3 cr.
BUSSXXX Economics/Business Elective 3 cr. ENGR311 Innovation & Entrepreneurship 4 cr.
Summer PGEG398 Geophysics Internship 1 cr.
Year 4 Free Elective 3 cr. PGEG410 Reservoir Geophysics 3 cr.
PGEG400 Seismic Data Acquisition and Processing 3 cr. PGEG412 Seismic Reflection Interpretation 4 cr.
PGEG401 Petrophysics & Logging 4 cr. PGEG451 Environmental Geology 3 cr.
PGEG490 Senior Research Project I 3 cr. PGEG461 Reservoir Characterization Project 4 cr.
HUMAXXX Humanities Elective 3 cr. PGEG491 Senior Research Project II 3 cr.
Total Credit Hours 137