CPG

B.S. in Geophysics (Prior 2020)

VISION

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

MISSION

The Geophysics 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 geophysics;
  2. To prepare graduates to carry out research that contributes to the knowledge and sustainable development of the Kingdom in diverse aspects of geophysics, with emphasis on petroleum-related geophysics; 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 Geophysics program are:

  1. To reflect in our teaching, research, and service the breadth and importance of geophysics to society;
  2. To provide students with the technical expertise and skills needed to gather and interpret geophysical data in a scientific manner;
  3. To provide students with the necessary tools to effectively communicate the results of geophysical 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-geophysics 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 geophysical 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
KnowledgeApply a basic knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to understanding issues associated with the formation, discovery, extraction and sustainable management of petroleum and other natural resources and assess natural and man-made geohazards.
Choose and apply a geophysical technique appropriate for solving a specific petroleum-related problem (including natural resources) with minimum impact on the environment.
An ability to apply knowledge of modern tools, techniques and computer programming skills in solving geophysical problems.
Develop an appreciation for the need to engage in life-long learning.
SkillsRecognize the impact of geophysical solutions in oil and gas exploration, in an environmental and geohazards context.
Be able to use up-to-date technology in seismic data processing (static and dynamic corrections, velocity analysis, stack, filtering, deconvolution, migration) utilizing Industry-wide utilized processing packages.
Assess seismic and other natural hazards through advanced data analysis and rigorous statistical techniques.
Apply computational and statistical skills in the correction and processing of the measured data, and to solve numerical problems in Geophysics, including data inversion and filtering.
CompetenceWork effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.
Demonstrate basic critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills in order to document and transmit technical information in a clear and concise manner.
Demonstrate the ability to design and prepare graphs, diagrams and multimedia material that effectively communicates quantitative information.
Analyze exploration and/or engineering problems through all the stages of measurement, corrections, processing, interpretation and reporting.
Demonstrate an ability in designing and operating various modern instrumentation and tools.

(A) General Education (62 credit hours)
CourseCodeCredit Hours
Chemistry CHEM 1014
Information and Computer ScienceICS 1033
EnglishENGL 101, 102, 2149
Islamic and Arabic StudiesIAS 101, 111, 201, 212, 301, 32212
MathematicsMATH 101, 102, 201, 20214
Physical EducationPE 101, 1022
PhysicsPHYS 101, 102, 204, 205, 210, 30512
TOTAL56
(B) Core Courses (42 credit hours)
CourseCodeCredit Hours
Principles of GeologyGEOL 1013
Introduction to the Petroleum IndustryPETE 1012
Essentials of GeophysicsGEOP 1022
Introduction to SeismologyGEOP 2043
Computational GeophysicsGEOP 2053
Introduction to Seismic ExplorationGEOP 2153
Methods of Theoretical PhysicsPHYS 2103
Gravity and Magnetic ExplorationGEOP 3043
Seismic Data ProcessingGEOP 3203
Electrical and Electromagnetic ExplorationGEOP 3533
Structural GeologyGEOL 3053
Integrated Petroleum Geology GEOL 3454
Electricity and Magnetism IPHYS 3053
Integrated Design ICPG 4981
Integrated Design IICPG 4992
SeminarGEOP 4051
TOTAL42
(C) Electives Courses (24 credit hours)
CourseCodeCredit Hours
Geophysics ElectiveGEOP 3xx and GEOP 4xx6
Petroleum Engineering ElectivePETE 3xx3
CPG ElectiveGEOP/GEOL/PETE xxx3
Math ElectiveMATH xxx3
General Studies (Two Courses)GS xxx6
Free ElectivesXXX xxx3
TOTAL24
(D) Summer Sessions (6 credit hours)
CourseCodeCredit Hours
Summer Camp CPG 1991
Summer TrainingGEOP 3991
Geophysics Field CampGEOP 4904
TOTAL6
(E) List of Geophysics and CPG Elective Courses
CourseCodeCredit Hours
Sedimentology and StratigraphyGEOL 2703
Sustaining the EarthGEOL 3033
Petroleum GeologyGEOL 3153
Regional GeologyGEOL 3183
Energy and EnvironmentGEOL 4473
Subsurface GeologyGEOL 4653
Borehole GeophysicsGEOP 3403
Current Topics in GeosciencesGEOP 4203
Seismic Data InterpretationGEOP 4163
Geophysical Well Logging GEOP 4303
GeodynamicsGEOP 4553
Paleomagnetism GEOP 4653
Engineering GeophysicsGEOP 4703
Environmental GeophysicsGEOP 4753
Data Inversion in Geophysics GEOP 4783
Special TopicsGEOP 4803
PetrophysicsGEOP 4883
Advanced Reservoir Characterization GEOP 4953
Undergraduate ResearchGEOP 4973
Well LoggingPETE 3133
Reservoir DescriptionPETE 3154
Rock MechanicsPETE 4243
COURSETITLELTLBCRCOURSETITLELTLBCR
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 Science202PYP 002Preparatory Computer Science021
PYP 003Life Skills021PYP 004Prep. Engineering Technology021
PE 001Preparatory Health and
Physical Education I
021PE 002Preparatory Health and
Physical Education II
021
201016181215
Total credits required in the Preparatory-Year Program: 31
First Year (Freshman)
GEOL 101 Principles of Geology233GEOP 102Essentials of Geophysics202
PETE 101Intro. to Petroleum Industry202ENGL 102Intro. to Report Writing303
MATH 101Calculus I404CHEM 101General Chemistry I344
PE 101Health and Physical Education I021MATH 102Calculus II334
ENGL 101Intro. to Academic Discourse303PHYS 102General Physics II334
PHYS 101General Physics I334PE 102Health and Physical Education II021
1481715918
Summer Session I
CPG 199Summer Camp001
Second Year (Sophomore)
GEOP 215Intro. to Seismic Exploration303GEOP 204Intro. to Seismology303
ICS 103Computer Programming in C233GEOP 205Computational Geophysics303
MATH 201Calculus III303PHYS 210Methods of Theoretical Physics303
PHYS 204General Physics III303MATH 202Elements of Differential Equation303
PHYS 205General Physics III Lab031ENGL 214Academic & Professional Communication303
IAS 101Practical Grammar202IAS 111Belief and Its Effect202
1361517017
Summer Session II
GEOP 399Summer Training001
Third Year (Junior)
GEOL 305Structural Geology233GEOP 304Gravity and Magnetic Exploration303
GEOL 345Integrated Petroleum Geolgy334GEOP 320Seismic Data PRocessing233
PHYS 305Electricity and Magnetism I303GEOP 353Electrical and Electromagnetic Exploration303
MATH xxxMath Elective 303IAS 212Professional Ethics202
IAS 201Objective Writing202GS xxxGeneral Studies Elective I303
1361513314
Summer Session III
GEOP 490Geophysics Field Camp094
Fourth Year (Senior)
CPG 498Integrated Design I031CPG 499Integrated Design II062
GEOP 3xxGEOP Elective I303GEOP 405Seminar101
PETE 3xxPETE Elective303GEOP 4xxGEOP Elective II303
XXX xxxCPG Elective303IAS 322Human Rights in Islam202
GS xxxGS Elective II303IAS 301Language Communication Skills202
XXX xxxFree Elective 303
1231311613
Total credit hours required for B.S. degree: 128
(A) General Education (62 credit hours)
CourseCodeCredit Hours
Chemistry CHEM 1014
Information and Computer ScienceICS 1033
EnglishENGL 101, 102, 2149
Islamic and Arabic StudiesIAS 101, 111, 201, 212, 301, 32212
MathematicsMATH 101, 102, 201, 20214
Physical EducationPE 101, 1022
PhysicsPHYS 101, 102, 204, 205, 210, 30512
TOTAL56
(B) Core Courses (42 credit hours)
CourseCodeCredit Hours
Principles of GeologyGEOL 1013
Introduction to the Petroleum IndustryPETE 1012
Essentials of GeophysicsGEOP 1022
Introduction to SeismologyGEOP 2043
Computational GeophysicsGEOP 2053
Introduction to Seismic ExplorationGEOP 2153
Methods of Theoretical PhysicsPHYS 2103
Gravity and Magnetic ExplorationGEOP 3043
Seismic Data ProcessingGEOP 3203
Electrical and Electromagnetic ExplorationGEOP 3533
Structural GeologyGEOL 3053
Integrated Petroleum Geology GEOL 3454
Electricity and Magnetism IPHYS 3053
Integrated Design ICPG 4981
Integrated Design IICPG 4992
SeminarGEOP 4051
TOTAL42
(C) Electives Courses (24 credit hours)
CourseCodeCredit Hours
Geophysics ElectiveGEOP 3xx and GEOP 4xx6
Petroleum Engineering ElectivePETE 3xx3
CPG ElectiveGEOP/GEOL/PETE xxx3
Math ElectiveMATH xxx3
General Studies (Two Courses)GS xxx6
Free ElectivesXXX xxx3
TOTAL24
(D) Summer Sessions (6 credit hours)
CourseCodeCredit Hours
Summer Camp CPG 1991
Summer TrainingGEOP 3991
Geophysics Field CampGEOP 4904
TOTAL6
(E) List of Geophysics and CPG Elective Courses
CourseCodeCredit Hours
Sedimentology and StratigraphyGEOL 2703
Sustaining the EarthGEOL 3033
Petroleum GeologyGEOL 3153
Regional GeologyGEOL 3183
Energy and EnvironmentGEOL 4473
Subsurface GeologyGEOL 4653
Borehole GeophysicsGEOP 3403
Current Topics in GeosciencesGEOP 4203
Seismic Data InterpretationGEOP 4163
Geophysical Well Logging GEOP 4303
GeodynamicsGEOP 4553
Paleomagnetism GEOP 4653
Engineering GeophysicsGEOP 4703
Environmental GeophysicsGEOP 4753
Data Inversion in Geophysics GEOP 4783
Special TopicsGEOP 4803
PetrophysicsGEOP 4883
Advanced Reservoir Characterization GEOP 4953
Undergraduate ResearchGEOP 4973
Well LoggingPETE 3133
Reservoir DescriptionPETE 3154
Rock MechanicsPETE 4243
COURSETITLELTLBCRCOURSETITLELTLBCR
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 Science202PYP 002Preparatory Computer Science021
PYP 003Life Skills021PYP 004Prep. Engineering Technology021
PE 001Preparatory Health and
Physical Education I
021PE 002Preparatory Health and
Physical Education II
021
201016181215
Total credits required in the Preparatory-Year Program: 31
First Year (Freshman)
GEOL 101 Principles of Geology233GEOP 102Essentials of Geophysics202
PETE 101Intro. to Petroleum Industry202ENGL 102Intro. to Report Writing303
MATH 101Calculus I404CHEM 101General Chemistry I344
PE 101Health and Physical Education I021MATH 102Calculus II334
ENGL 101Intro. to Academic Discourse303PHYS 102General Physics II334
PHYS 101General Physics I334PE 102Health and Physical Education II021
1481715918
Summer Session I
CPG 199Summer Camp001
Second Year (Sophomore)
GEOP 215Intro. to Seismic Exploration303GEOP 204Intro. to Seismology303
ICS 103Computer Programming in C233GEOP 205Computational Geophysics303
MATH 201Calculus III303PHYS 210Methods of Theoretical Physics303
PHYS 204General Physics III303MATH 202Elements of Differential Equation303
PHYS 205General Physics III Lab031ENGL 214Academic & Professional Communication303
IAS 101Practical Grammar202IAS 111Belief and Its Effect202
1361517017
Summer Session II
GEOP 399Summer Training001
Third Year (Junior)
GEOL 305Structural Geology233GEOP 304Gravity and Magnetic Exploration303
GEOL 345Integrated Petroleum Geolgy334GEOP 320Seismic Data PRocessing233
PHYS 305Electricity and Magnetism I303GEOP 353Electrical and Electromagnetic Exploration303
MATH xxxMath Elective 303IAS 212Professional Ethics202
IAS 201Objective Writing202GS xxxGeneral Studies Elective I303
1361513314
Summer Session III
GEOP 490Geophysics Field Camp094
Fourth Year (Senior)
CPG 498Integrated Design I031CPG 499Integrated Design II062
GEOP 3xxGEOP Elective I303GEOP 405Seminar101
PETE 3xxPETE Elective303GEOP 4xxGEOP Elective II303
XXX xxxCPG Elective303IAS 322Human Rights in Islam202
GS xxxGS Elective II303IAS 301Language Communication Skills202
XXX xxxFree Elective 303
1231311613
Total credit hours required for B.S. degree: 128
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