CPG

B.S. in Geology (Prior 2020)

VISION

To be a global leader in the integration of geological education and research relevant to discovery and development of natural resources focusing on hydrocarbons, with minimum impact on the environment.  

MISSION

The Geology program is committed:

  1. To prepare graduates who are empowered with basic knowledge, skills, values, and confidence to take a leadership role in the fields of geology;
  2. To prepare graduates to carry out research that contributes to the knowledge and sustainable development of the Kingdom in diverse aspects of geology, with emphasis on petroleum-related topics; and,
  3. To provide a stimulating campus environment to foster life-long learning, through seminars, professional short courses, and public forums.

The goals of the Geology program are:

  1. To reflect in our teaching, research, and service the breadth and importance of geology to society;
  2. To provide students with the technical expertise and skills needed to gather and interpret geological data in a scientific manner;
  3. To provide students with the necessary tools to effectively communicate the results of geological investigations to other professional and public; and,
  4. To maintain and enhance distinction in the areas of hydrocarbon resources, groundwater, mineral resources, and the environment;
  5. To develop cutting edge research with high scholarly impact; and
  6. To interact with society, alumni, and partners.

The program will provide

  1. Up-to-date lecture and laboratory-based courses;
  2. Local, regional, and international field experiences;
  3. Laboratory experiences that provide exposure to modern equipment and technologies that will enhance career opportunities for our students;
  4. State-of-the-art computer technology and software for data acquisition, analysis, and modeling applications within the broad area of geosciences;
  5. Research and interactive problem-solving opportunities and support for undergraduate students (senior projects, field trips, field courses, and summer training). Prepare students with sufficient experience in conducting scientific research;
  6. Educational learning ‎opportunities ‎ for non-geology majors;
  7. Opportunities for faculty members, researchers, staff and graduate students to develop research with scholarly impact;
  8. Opportunities to increase the participation in national and international scientific events for students, researchers, teaching staff and faculty members;
  9. Opportunities to establish partnerships, collaborations, and consortia for research with top international institutes in the geological sciences;
  10. Opportunities to strengthen the relationships with society, alumni, and partners through outreach programs that include training, courses, consultations, awareness, etc.

Learning DomainsProgram Learning Outcomes
KnowledgeIdentify and classify the different structural features within the Earth’s crust and the conditions that control them.
Recognize the major groups of rock-forming minerals in hand specimen and under the microscope.
Identify the type, texture and composition of common sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks, in hand specimen, core, and thin section.
Recognize the major groups of stratigraphically important fossils in hand specimen and/or under the microscope.
Demonstrate an understanding of Earth history and the geological time scale.
List the large-scale geologic features of the Saudi Arabia region.
SkillsDocument, interpret and map geological formations in the field by outcrop study with the observable features accurately recognized and located.
Make stratigraphic correlations, facies analyses, and paleo-environmental interpretations.
Estimate HC reservoir properties and assess the HC potential in sedimentary basins.
Utilize field observations and software modeling tools to develop quantitative interpretations and solutions to hydrologic studies and problems.
CompetenceWrite field reports and laboratory reports based on original observations.
Work effectively in teams to solve problems relevant to geology, keeping in mind societal issues such as natural hazards, resource utilization and conservation, and environmental change.
Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills to transmit complex technical information in a clear and concise manner, including the use of multimedia tools.
Use computer software packages to analyze and interpret geologic data.
Use standard field equipment (GPS, compass, etc.) and optical microscope for sedimentologic, petrographic and micropaleontologic analyses.

(A) General Education (47 credit hours)
CourseCodeCredit Hours
ChemistryCHEM 101, 1028
PhysicsPHYS 101, 1028
MathMATH 101, 1028
EnglishENGL 101, 102, 2149
Islamic and Arabic studiesIAS 101, 111, 201, 212, 301, 32212
Physical EducationPE 101, 1022
TOTAL47
(B) Core Courses (41 credit hours)
CourseCodeCredit Hours
Principles of GeologyGEOL 1013
Earth History and PaleontologyGEOL 2133
MineralogyGEOL 2173
PetrologyGEOL 2203
Sedimentology & StratigraphyGEOL 2703
Structural GeologyGEOL 3053
Petroleum GeologyGEOL 3153
Regional GeologyGEOL 3183
Computational Methods in GeologyGEOL 3543
Geology SeminarGEOL 4091
Subsurface GeologyGEOL 4653
Seismic Data InterpretationGEOP 4163
Essentials of GeophysicsGEOP 1022
Introduction to the Petroleum IndustryPETE 1012
Integrated Design ICPG 4981
Integrated Design IICPG 4992
TOTAL41
(C) Electives Courses (31 credit hours)
CourseCodeCredit Hours
CPG ElectivesGEOP/GEOL/PETE xxx12
Science Elective BIOL/CHEM/PHYS xxx3
Math/ICS electiveMATH 201 or STAT 201 or ICS 1033
General StudiesGS xxx6
Free ElectivesXXX xxx6
TOTAL30
(D) Summer Sessions (8 credit hours)
CourseCodeCredit Hours
Summer CampCPG 1991
Summer TrainingGEOL 3991
Field GeologyGEOL 4306
TOTAL8
(E) List of Geology and CPG Elective Courses
CourseCodeCredit Hours
Sustaining the EarthGEOL 3033
Remote Sensing & GIS Applications in GeologyGEOL 3123
Geohazards GEOL 3323
Engineering Geology GEOL 3413
Fundamentals of GeochemistryGEOL 3563
Stable Isotope GeochemistryGEOL 3573
Carbonate GeologyGEOL 3643
Hydrogeology GEOL 4233
Geomorphology GEOL 4313
Marine GeologyGEOL4343
Petroleum Geochemistry GEOL 4353
Oceanography GEOL 4363
Undergraduate ResearchGEOL 4443
Environmental GeologyGEOL 4463
Energy and the EnvironmentGEOL 4473
Biostratigraphy of the Arabian PlateGEOL 4503
Economic GeologyGEOL 4563
Mining GeologyGEOL 4603
Mineral EconomicsGEOL 4613
Current Topics in GeosciencesGEOL 4823
Special Topics GEOL 4903
COURSETITLELTLBCRCOURSETITLELTLBCR
First Year (Preparatory Year)
ENGL 01-xxPreparatory English I1554ENGL 03-xxPreparatory English III1554
ENGL 02-xxPreparatory English II4ENGL 04-xxPreparatory English IV4
MATH 001Preparatory Math I314MATH 002Preparatory Math II314
PYP 001Preparatory Physical Sciences202PYP 002Preparatory Computer Sciences021
PYP 003University Life Skills021PYP 004Prep. Engineering Technology021
PE 001Prep. Health and Physical Educ. I021PE 002Prep. Health and Physical Educ. II021
201016181215
Total credits required in the Preparatory-Year Program: 31
Second Year (Freshman)
GEOL 101Principles of Geology233GEOP 102Essentials of Geophysics202
PETE 101Intro Petroleum Industry202MATH 102Calculus II404
MATH 101Calculus I404PHYS 102General Physics II334
PHYS 101General Physics I334CHEM 101General Chemistry I344
ENGL 101Intro Academic Discourse303ENGL 102Intro. To Report Writing303
PE 101Health and Phys. Ed. I021PE 102Health and Phys. Ed. II021
1481715918
Summer Session I
CPG 199Summer Camp001
Third Year (Sophomore)
GEOL 213Earth History & Paleontology233GEOL 220Petrology233
GEOL 217Mineralogy & Optical Min.233GEOL 270Sedimentology & Stratigraphy233
CHEM 102General Chemistry II344XXX xxxMATH/STAT/ICS Elective303
IAS 101Practical Grammar202IAS 111Belief and its Consequences202
GS xxxGeneral Studies Elective I303ENGL 214Academic and Prof. Comm.303
12101512614
Summer Session II
GEOL 399Summer Training001
Fourth Year (Junior)
GEOL 305Structural Geology233GEOL 315Petroleum Geology303
GEOL 354Computational Meth. Geol.233GEOL 318Regional Geology303
XXX xxxCPG Elective I303XXX xxxCPG Elective II303
XXX xxxLaboratory Science Elective233IAS 212Professional Ethics202
IAS 201Objective Writing202XXX xxxFree Elective I303
1191414014
Summer Session III
GEOL 430Field Geology0186
Fifth Year (Senior)
CPG 498Integrated Design I031CPG 499Integrated Design II062
GEOL 409Geology Seminar101XXX xxxCPG Elective IV303
GEOL 465Subsurface Geology303IAS 322Human Rights in Islam202
XXX xxxCPG Elective III303XXX xxxFree Elective II 303
GEOP 416Seismic Data Interpretation303GS xxxGeneral Studies Elective II 303
IAS 301Language Comm. Skills202
1231311613
Total credit hours required for B.S. degree: 126
(A) General Education (47 credit hours)
CourseCodeCredit Hours
ChemistryCHEM 101, 1028
PhysicsPHYS 101, 1028
MathMATH 101, 1028
EnglishENGL 101, 102, 2149
Islamic and Arabic studiesIAS 101, 111, 201, 212, 301, 32212
Physical EducationPE 101, 1022
TOTAL47
(B) Core Courses (41 credit hours)
CourseCodeCredit Hours
Principles of GeologyGEOL 1013
Earth History and PaleontologyGEOL 2133
MineralogyGEOL 2173
PetrologyGEOL 2203
Sedimentology & StratigraphyGEOL 2703
Structural GeologyGEOL 3053
Petroleum GeologyGEOL 3153
Regional GeologyGEOL 3183
Computational Methods in GeologyGEOL 3543
Geology SeminarGEOL 4091
Subsurface GeologyGEOL 4653
Seismic Data InterpretationGEOP 4163
Essentials of GeophysicsGEOP 1022
Introduction to the Petroleum IndustryPETE 1012
Integrated Design ICPG 4981
Integrated Design IICPG 4992
TOTAL41
(C) Electives Courses (31 credit hours)
CourseCodeCredit Hours
CPG ElectivesGEOP/GEOL/PETE xxx12
Science Elective BIOL/CHEM/PHYS xxx3
Math/ICS electiveMATH 201 or STAT 201 or ICS 1033
General StudiesGS xxx6
Free ElectivesXXX xxx6
TOTAL30
(D) Summer Sessions (8 credit hours)
CourseCodeCredit Hours
Summer CampCPG 1991
Summer TrainingGEOL 3991
Field GeologyGEOL 4306
TOTAL8
(E) List of Geology and CPG Elective Courses
CourseCodeCredit Hours
Sustaining the EarthGEOL 3033
Remote Sensing & GIS Applications in GeologyGEOL 3123
Geohazards GEOL 3323
Engineering Geology GEOL 3413
Fundamentals of GeochemistryGEOL 3563
Stable Isotope GeochemistryGEOL 3573
Carbonate GeologyGEOL 3643
Hydrogeology GEOL 4233
Geomorphology GEOL 4313
Marine GeologyGEOL4343
Petroleum Geochemistry GEOL 4353
Oceanography GEOL 4363
Undergraduate ResearchGEOL 4443
Environmental GeologyGEOL 4463
Energy and the EnvironmentGEOL 4473
Biostratigraphy of the Arabian PlateGEOL 4503
Economic GeologyGEOL 4563
Mining GeologyGEOL 4603
Mineral EconomicsGEOL 4613
Current Topics in GeosciencesGEOL 4823
Special Topics GEOL 4903
COURSETITLELTLBCRCOURSETITLELTLBCR
First Year (Preparatory Year)
ENGL 01-xxPreparatory English I1554ENGL 03-xxPreparatory English III1554
ENGL 02-xxPreparatory English II4ENGL 04-xxPreparatory English IV4
MATH 001Preparatory Math I314MATH 002Preparatory Math II314
PYP 001Preparatory Physical Sciences202PYP 002Preparatory Computer Sciences021
PYP 003University Life Skills021PYP 004Prep. Engineering Technology021
PE 001Prep. Health and Physical Educ. I021PE 002Prep. Health and Physical Educ. II021
201016181215
Total credits required in the Preparatory-Year Program: 31
Second Year (Freshman)
GEOL 101Principles of Geology233GEOP 102Essentials of Geophysics202
PETE 101Intro Petroleum Industry202MATH 102Calculus II404
MATH 101Calculus I404PHYS 102General Physics II334
PHYS 101General Physics I334CHEM 101General Chemistry I344
ENGL 101Intro Academic Discourse303ENGL 102Intro. To Report Writing303
PE 101Health and Phys. Ed. I021PE 102Health and Phys. Ed. II021
1481715918
Summer Session I
CPG 199Summer Camp001
Third Year (Sophomore)
GEOL 213Earth History & Paleontology233GEOL 220Petrology233
GEOL 217Mineralogy & Optical Min.233GEOL 270Sedimentology & Stratigraphy233
CHEM 102General Chemistry II344XXX xxxMATH/STAT/ICS Elective303
IAS 101Practical Grammar202IAS 111Belief and its Consequences202
GS xxxGeneral Studies Elective I303ENGL 214Academic and Prof. Comm.303
12101512614
Summer Session II
GEOL 399Summer Training001
Fourth Year (Junior)
GEOL 305Structural Geology233GEOL 315Petroleum Geology303
GEOL 354Computational Meth. Geol.233GEOL 318Regional Geology303
XXX xxxCPG Elective I303XXX xxxCPG Elective II303
XXX xxxLaboratory Science Elective233IAS 212Professional Ethics202
IAS 201Objective Writing202XXX xxxFree Elective I303
1191414014
Summer Session III
GEOL 430Field Geology0186
Fifth Year (Senior)
CPG 498Integrated Design I031CPG 499Integrated Design II062
GEOL 409Geology Seminar101XXX xxxCPG Elective IV303
GEOL 465Subsurface Geology303IAS 322Human Rights in Islam202
XXX xxxCPG Elective III303XXX xxxFree Elective II 303
GEOP 416Seismic Data Interpretation303GS xxxGeneral Studies Elective II 303
IAS 301Language Comm. Skills202
1231311613
Total credit hours required for B.S. degree: 126
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