CPG

Ph.D. in Geology

The program reflects, and builds upon the Department’s long-standing vision: to continue as the leading Department of Geosciences in the region through a balanced approach between education and research.

Major and Minor Areas: The Ph.D. program is offered in three Major Areas, each of them having several specializations (“Minor Areas”):

  • Petroleum Geology (Minor Areas: Paleontology, Clay Mineralogy, Basin Analysis, Reservoir
    Characterization, Petroleum Exploration, Exploration Geophysics, etc.)
  • Hydrogeology & Environmental Geology (Minor Areas: Numerical Modeling, Flow in Porous
    Media, Geostatistics, etc.)
  • Structural & Regional Geology (Minor Areas: GIS, Remote Sensing, Economic Geology, etc.)
  • Applicants should hold an M.Sc. degree in any field of Earth Sciences with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (or its equivalent) from reputable Institutions.
  • They should meet KFUPM & Departmental standards of performance in the GRE and in the TOEFL score.
  • In case of part-time students, there is an altogether one full year residency requirement, with a full release from work duties.

The Ph.D. Student will take

  • 2 compulsory Core Courses from the GEOL6XX list (i.e.: GEOL 601 Carbonate Sedimentology & Diagenesis; GEOL 602 Global & Regional Tectonics; 3 Earth Sciences Elective Courses from their Major Area (GEOL 6XX, GEOL 5XX, GEOP 5XX or ENVS 5XX) provided such courses or their equivalent, had not been already taken during his M.Sc. studies.
  • 3 Free Elective Courses from the 6XX or 5XX Courses offered by the ESD or from other departments of the KFUPM College of Sciences, College of Computer Sciences & Engineering, or College of Engineering Sciences
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Total Credit Hours: 42
First Year
GEOL 601Carbonate Sed. and Diagenesis233GEOL 602Global and Regional Tectonics303
GEOL/GEOP 5xx/6xxEarth Sciences Elective I303GEOL/GEOP 5xx/6xxEarth Sciences Elective II303
XXX 5xx/6xxFree Elective I303XXX 5xx/6xxFree Elective II303
839909
Second Year
GEOL/GEOP 5xx/6xxEarth Sciences Elective III303GEOL/GEOP 5xx/6xxEarth Sciences Elective V303
GEOL/GEOP 5xx/6xxEarth Sciences Elective IV303XXX 5xx/6xxFree Elective III303
606606
Third Year
GEOL 711Ph.D. Pre-Dissertation003GEOL 712Ph.D. Pre-Dissertation009
003009
  • Applicants should hold an M.Sc. degree in any field of Earth Sciences with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (or its equivalent) from reputable Institutions.
  • They should meet KFUPM & Departmental standards of performance in the GRE and in the TOEFL score.
  • In case of part-time students, there is an altogether one full year residency requirement, with a full release from work duties.

The Ph.D. Student will take

  • 2 compulsory Core Courses from the GEOL6XX list (i.e.: GEOL 601 Carbonate Sedimentology & Diagenesis; GEOL 602 Global & Regional Tectonics; 3 Earth Sciences Elective Courses from their Major Area (GEOL 6XX, GEOL 5XX, GEOP 5XX or ENVS 5XX) provided such courses or their equivalent, had not been already taken during his M.Sc. studies.
  • 3 Free Elective Courses from the 6XX or 5XX Courses offered by the ESD or from other departments of the KFUPM College of Sciences, College of Computer Sciences & Engineering, or College of Engineering Sciences
COURSETITLELTLBCRCOURSETITLELTLBCR
Total Credit Hours: 42
First Year
GEOL 601Carbonate Sed. and Diagenesis233GEOL 602Global and Regional Tectonics303
GEOL/GEOP 5xx/6xxEarth Sciences Elective I303GEOL/GEOP 5xx/6xxEarth Sciences Elective II303
XXX 5xx/6xxFree Elective I303XXX 5xx/6xxFree Elective II303
839909
Second Year
GEOL/GEOP 5xx/6xxEarth Sciences Elective III303GEOL/GEOP 5xx/6xxEarth Sciences Elective V303
GEOL/GEOP 5xx/6xxEarth Sciences Elective IV303XXX 5xx/6xxFree Elective III303
606606
Third Year
GEOL 711Ph.D. Pre-Dissertation003GEOL 712Ph.D. Pre-Dissertation009
003009
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