CPG

M.Sc. in Geology

Total credit hours required for the Master of Science in Geology program is 30 credit hours.
The distribution of credit hours is as follows:

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
Geology Core Courses9
Geology Elective Courses9
Free Elective Courses6
Thesis6
Total Credit Hours30

The Free Elective courses can be taken from any academic department (including Earth Sciences Department) provided the courses are 500-level or higher and approved by the student’s academic advisor. Up to two graduate-level Geology elective courses can be substituted with 400-level undergraduate Geology courses only after advisor and department approvals. No credit will be given for any 400-level courses taken outside the department.

Students are allowed to pursue thesis research in any area of their interest. However, considering the current industry and academia needs, the department encourages students, in the Geology option, to specialize/concentrate in any of the following research areas:

  • Sedimentology and Petroleum Geology
  • Economic Geology and Geochemistry
  • Hydrogeology, Environmental and Engineering Geology
(A) Core Courses
CourseCodeCredit Hours
Geology of the Middle EastGEOL 5013
Advanced Structural GeologyGEOL 5023
Geophysical ExplorationGEOL 5813
SeminarGEOL 5990
ThesisGEOL 6106
(B) Geology Elective Courses
CourseCodeCredit Hours
Advanced Petroleum GeologyGEOL 5213
MicropaleontologyGEOL 5223
Advanced StratigraphyGEOL 5313
Advanced SedimentologyGEOL 5323
Carbonates and EvaporatesGEOL 5333
Seismic and Sequence StratigraphyGEOL 5343
Quaternary Geology of Saudi ArabiaGEOL 5353
Advanced MineralogyGEOL 5413
Advanced PetrologyGEOL 5423
Ore MineralogyGEOL 5433
Ore DepositsGEOL 5443
Advanced Economic GeologyGEOL 5453
Advanced GeochemistryGEOL 5513
Geochemical ProspectingGEOL 5523
Advanced HydrogeologyGEOL 5613
Groundwater ModelingGEOL 5623
Development of Ground Water ResourcesGEOL 5633
Advanced Engineering GeologyGEOL 5713
Geo-EnivronmentGEOL 5723
Terrain AnalysisGEOL 5733
GIS Applications in GeologyGEOL 5823
Photogeology and Remote SensingGEOL 5833
Applied GeostatisticsGEOL 5843
Independent StudiesGEOL 5903
Special TopicsGEOL 5923

Students admitted to the Master of Science in Geology program are required to prepare and submit a degree plan in consultation with their academic advisors at the first semester in the program. Students will be barred from registering for any additional courses in the following semester unless the degree plan is approved. Students admitted conditionally into the program must satisfy the imposed conditions at the earliest available opportunity.

The plan outlined below applies to the Master of Science in Geology program.

COURSETITLELTLBCRCOURSETITLELTLBCR
Total Credit Hours: 30
First Year
GEOL 501Geology of the Middle East303GEOL 502Advanced Structural Geology303
GEOL xxxGeology Elective I303GEOL xxxGeology Elective III303
GEOL xxxGeology Elective II303XXX xxxFree Elective303
GEOL 599Seminar100
9091009
Second Year
GEOL 581Geophysical Exploration303GEOL 610Thesis006
XXX xxxFree Elective II303
606006

Total credit hours required for the Master of Science in Geology program is 30 credit hours.
The distribution of credit hours is as follows:

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
Geology Core Courses9
Geology Elective Courses9
Free Elective Courses6
Thesis6
Total Credit Hours30

The Free Elective courses can be taken from any academic department (including Earth Sciences Department) provided the courses are 500-level or higher and approved by the student’s academic advisor. Up to two graduate-level Geology elective courses can be substituted with 400-level undergraduate Geology courses only after advisor and department approvals. No credit will be given for any 400-level courses taken outside the department.

Students are allowed to pursue thesis research in any area of their interest. However, considering the current industry and academia needs, the department encourages students, in the Geology option, to specialize/concentrate in any of the following research areas:

  • Sedimentology and Petroleum Geology
  • Economic Geology and Geochemistry
  • Hydrogeology, Environmental and Engineering Geology
(A) Core Courses
CourseCodeCredit Hours
Geology of the Middle EastGEOL 5013
Advanced Structural GeologyGEOL 5023
Geophysical ExplorationGEOL 5813
SeminarGEOL 5990
ThesisGEOL 6106
(B) Geology Elective Courses
CourseCodeCredit Hours
Advanced Petroleum GeologyGEOL 5213
MicropaleontologyGEOL 5223
Advanced StratigraphyGEOL 5313
Advanced SedimentologyGEOL 5323
Carbonates and EvaporatesGEOL 5333
Seismic and Sequence StratigraphyGEOL 5343
Quaternary Geology of Saudi ArabiaGEOL 5353
Advanced MineralogyGEOL 5413
Advanced PetrologyGEOL 5423
Ore MineralogyGEOL 5433
Ore DepositsGEOL 5443
Advanced Economic GeologyGEOL 5453
Advanced GeochemistryGEOL 5513
Geochemical ProspectingGEOL 5523
Advanced HydrogeologyGEOL 5613
Groundwater ModelingGEOL 5623
Development of Ground Water ResourcesGEOL 5633
Advanced Engineering GeologyGEOL 5713
Geo-EnivronmentGEOL 5723
Terrain AnalysisGEOL 5733
GIS Applications in GeologyGEOL 5823
Photogeology and Remote SensingGEOL 5833
Applied GeostatisticsGEOL 5843
Independent StudiesGEOL 5903
Special TopicsGEOL 5923

Students admitted to the Master of Science in Geology program are required to prepare and submit a degree plan in consultation with their academic advisors at the first semester in the program. Students will be barred from registering for any additional courses in the following semester unless the degree plan is approved. Students admitted conditionally into the program must satisfy the imposed conditions at the earliest available opportunity.

The plan outlined below applies to the Master of Science in Geology program.

COURSETITLELTLBCRCOURSETITLELTLBCR
Total Credit Hours: 30
First Year
GEOL 501Geology of the Middle East303GEOL 502Advanced Structural Geology303
GEOL xxxGeology Elective I303GEOL xxxGeology Elective III303
GEOL xxxGeology Elective II303XXX xxxFree Elective303
GEOL 599Seminar100
9091009
Second Year
GEOL 581Geophysical Exploration303GEOL 610Thesis006
XXX xxxFree Elective II303
606006
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