CPG

B.S. in Geophysics

Program 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 educational objectives of Geophysics undergraduate program are for the graduates to attain the following within a few years of graduation:

  1. Attain employment in governmental or private sector, or engage in entrepreneurship. (PEO1)
  2. Advance their careers by demonstrating leadership and interpersonal skills including teamwork and communication skills. (PEO2)
  3. Pursue their professional development through self-learning or pursue advanced degrees. (PEO3)

Learning DomainsProgram Learning Outcomes
KnowledgeSelect a geophysical technique appropriate for solving a specific petroleum-related problem (including natural resources) with minimum impact on the environment
Translate knowledge of modern tools, techniques and computer programming skills to solving geophysical problems
Describe exploration and/or engineering problems through all the stages of measurement, corrections, processing, interpretation and reporting
SkillsDistinguish the impact of geophysical solutions in oil and gas exploration, in an environmental and geohazards context
Use basic critical thinking, and problem solving skills
ValuesDemonstrate the use of computational and statistical skills in the correction and processing of the measured geophysical data to solve numerical problems in geophysics, including data inversion and filtering
Implement effective written and oral communication skills in order to document and transmit technical information in a clear and concise manner
Operate various modern geophysical instruments and tools

Mapping of Graduate Attributes with Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

Attributes Program Learning Outcomes
CommunicatorDemonstrate 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.
Solution‐Oriented Apply 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.
Assess seismic through advanced data analysis and rigorous statistical techniques.
Demonstrate an ability in designing and operating various modern instrumentation and tools.
Professionally and
Socially Responsible
Choose and apply a geophysical technique appropriate for solving a specific petroleum-related problem (including natural resources) with minimum impact on the environment.
Work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.
Self‐LearnerBe able to use up-to-date technology in seismic data processing (static and dynamic corrections, velocity analysis, stack, filtering, deconvolution, migration) utilizing Industrywide utilized processing packages.
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.
Demonstrate basic critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
Analyze exploration and/or engineering problems through all the stages of measurement, corrections, processing, interpretation and reporting.
Develop an appreciation for the need to engage in life-long learning.
Positively InteractiveWork effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.
Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills in order to document and transmit technical information in a clear and concise manner.
Digitally EnabledAn ability to apply knowledge of modern tools, techniques and computer programming skills in solving geophysical problems.
Demonstrate the ability to design and prepare graphs, diagrams and multimedia material that effectively communicates quantitative information.
Globally Aware Choose and apply a geophysical technique appropriate for solving a specific petroleum-related problem (including natural resources) with minimum impact on the environment.
Recognize the impact of geophysical solutions in oil and gas exploration, and in an environmental context.

Mapping of Graduate Attributes with Course and Students Activities:

AttributesDescriptionCourse
/ Activities which satisfy the attribute
CommunicatorAble to present ideas clearly and concisely in high quality written and spoken Arabic/English. Comprehends design documentation and communicates complex concepts within the profession and with society at large. Able to understand, listen and respond to clear instructions in a way that gains the full meaning of what’s being communicated and makes the other party feel heard and understood. CPG 199 (Summer Camp)
Geop 204
Geop 215
Geop 405
These courses are designed to incorporate the skills of excellent communicator in the Geoscience students, to pass these courses students are required to prepare reports and deliver public presentations.
Solution‐Oriented Adapts and shows resilience in the face of challenges. Transmits positivity through times of uncertainty. Considers the broader perspective of the problem as compared to simply solving the problem. Begins by exploring and redefining the problem and does not eliminate alternative solutions. Focuses on solutions that makes them feel empowered, happier and more capable. Geop 102
Geop 204
Geop 205
Geop 215
Geop 304
Geop 320
These courses require students to work in the field and in labs; do the sample analysis and problem solving.
Professionally and
Socially Responsible
Exhibits professionalism, integrity and ethical behavior. Takes personal responsibility, accountability, and pride in pursuing and attaining goals and draws on gained knowledge and experience to contribute in a positive, respectful and ethical manner, both personally and professionally. Act responsibly for the benefit and welfare of society at large, and is engaged in activities that advance social goals and avoids being engaged in acts that might have a negative impact on society. Understands the importance of ethical behavior, the well‐being of people, their personal contribution to society, and taking care of the environment. Willing to share knowledge and skills with local, national and international communities for the benefit of society and the world at large.The students are encouraged to participate in local, national and international competitions, social services, and conferences; and then trained by highly qualified faculty of the department which inculcates professionalism and social responsibility in them
Self‐LearnerCapable of identifying and addressing own educational needs in a changing world in ways sufficient to.Geop 205
Geop 215
Geop 304
Geop 320
Geop 405
These courses are field oriented, wherein students are given opportunities to learn by practice.
Positively InteractiveAble to maintain a cooperative and productive working relationship with others by practicing common courtesy, communicating in a respectful manner and genuinely listening to others with open mindedness and accept differences in opinions and views. Able to build a solid and lasting positive relationship with others and cultivate networks through a high standard of ethical and professional behavior, respect and trust. Seminar Course and other academic and non-academic activities, are designed to enhance the interaction skills and productive work relationship with others. The College has a dedicated students Club (CPG Club) which throughout the year organize events for this purpose.
Digitally EnabledUses technology to enhance learning and is familiar with contemporary technology and tools to analyze and solve problems.
With the recent change in KFUPM administration, the university is in process of incorporating special digitally enabled courses in the existing curriculum. In addition to that, Geophysics program has option for students to choose elective courses, and usually students are advised to take courses in the field of digital technology.
Uses information and communication technology tools for searching, collecting, managing, organizing, simulating, exchanging, creating and presenting information.
Globally Aware Understand other nations' histories, traditions and cultures enabling them to interact positively with people from different cultures and backgrounds.CPG 199 Summer Camp is a special designed course aimed at enhancing students international outreach and global awareness of major area.
Thrives to be a global citizen by adapting their professional expertise in an international setting and keeping themselves updated with technological and professional developments and challenges in their own and related fields.CPG 199 Summer Camp is a specially designed course aimed at enhancing students’ international outreach and global awareness of major area. As part of this course students are required to go for international field trips and interact with wide variety of professionals.
Aware of global issues, including economic and environmental concerns.
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 001Prep. Health & Physical Educ. I021PE 002Prep. Health & Physical Educ. II021
201016181215
Total credits required in the Preparatory-Year Program: 31
Freshman Year
GEOL 102Principles of Geology202GEOP 102Essentials of Geophysics202
GEOL 103Principles of Geology - Lab031ENGL 102Intro. to Report Writing303
PETE 101Intro. to Petroleum Industry202CHEM 101General Chemistry I344
MATH 101Calculus I404MATH 102Calculus II404
PHYS 101General Physics I334PHYS 102General Physics II334
ENGL 101Intro. to Academic Discourse303
PE 101Health & Phys. Education I021
1481715717
Summer I
CPG 199Summer Camp001
Sophomore Year
GEOP 215Intro. to Seismic Exploration303GEOP 204Intro. to Seismology303
ICS 104Intro. to Program. in Python & C233BUS 200Business & Entrepreneurship303
MATH 201Calculus III303PHYS 210Methods of Theoretical Physics303
PHYS 204General Physics III303ENGL 214Academic & Professional Comm.303
PHYS 205General Physics III Lab031MATH 202Elements of Differential Eq.303
IAS 121Language Foundation202IAS 111Belief and Its Effect202
1361517017
Summer II
GEOP 399Summer Training001
Junior Year
GEOP 205Computational Geophysics303GEOP 304Gravity & Magnetic Exploration303
GEOL 305Structural Geology233GEOP 320Seismic Data Processing233
GEOL 345Integrated Petroleum Geology334GEOP 353Electrical & Electromagnetic Exploration303
ISE 291Intro. to Data Science303IAS 212Professional Ethics202
PHYS 305Electricity & Magnetism I303COE 292Intro. to Artificial Intelligence303
CGS 392Career Essentials021
1461613515
Summer III
GEOP 490Geophysics Field Camp094
Senior Year
CPG 498Integrated Design I031CPG 499Integrated Design II062
XXX xxxCPG Elective I303GEOP 499Seminar101
XXX xxxCPG Elective II303XXX xxxFree Elective I303
GS xxxGS Elective303XXX xxxFree Elective II303
IAS xxxIAS Elective202XXX xxxCPG Elective III303
1131210612
Total credit hours required: 127
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 001Prep. Health & Physical Educ. I021PE 002Prep. Health & Physical Educ. II021
201016181215
Total credits required in the Preparatory-Year Program: 31
Freshman Year
GEOL 102Principles of Geology202GEOP 102Essentials of Geophysics202
GEOL 103Principles of Geology - Lab031ENGL 102Intro. to Report Writing303
PETE 101Intro. to Petroleum Industry202CHEM 101General Chemistry I344
MATH 101Calculus I404MATH 102Calculus II404
PHYS 101General Physics I334PHYS 102General Physics II334
PE 101Health & Physical Education I021
ENGL 101Intro. to Academic Discourse303
1481715717
Summer I
CPG 199Summer Camp001
Sophomore Year
GEOP 215Intro. to Seismic Exploration303GEOP 204Intro. to Seismology303
ICS 104Intro. to Programm. in Python & C233BUS 200Business & Entrepreneurship303
MATH 201Calculus III303PHYS 210Methods of Theoretical Physics303
PHYS 204General Physics III303ENGL 214Academic & Professional Communication303
PHYS 205General Physics III - Lab031MATH 202Elements of Differential Eq.303
IAS 121Language Foundation202IAS 111Belief and Its Consequences202
1361517017
Summer II
GEOP 399Summer Training001
Junior Year
GEOL 205Computational Geophysics303GEOP 304Gravity and Magnetic Exploration303
GEOL 305Structural Geology233GEOP 320Seismic Data Processing233
GEOL 345Integrated Petroleum Geology334GEOP 353Electrical and Electromagnetic Exploration303
PHYS 305Electricity and Magnetism I303IAS 212Professional Ethics202
ISE 291Intro. to Data Science303COE 292Intro. to Artificial Intelligence303
CGS 392Career Essentials021
1461613515
Summer III
GEOP 490Geophysics Field Camp094
Senior Year
CPG 498Integrated Design I031CPG 499Integrated Design II062
XXX xxxConcentration I303GEOP 499Seminar101
XXX xxxConcentration II303XXX xxxConcentration III303
GS xxxGS Elective303XXX xxxConcentration IV303
IAS xxxIAS Elective202XXX xxxFree Elective I303
1131210612
Total credit hours required: 127
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 001Prep. Health & Physical Educ. I021PE 002Prep. Health & Physical Educ. II021
201016181215
Total credits required in the Preparatory-Year Program: 31
Freshman Year
GEOL 102Principles of Geology202GEOP 102Essentials of Geophysics202
GEOL 103Principles of Geology - Lab031ENGL 102Intro. to Report Writing303
PETE 101Intro. to Petroleum Industry202CHEM 101General Chemistry I344
MATH 101Calculus I404MATH 102Calculus II404
PHYS 101General Physics I334PHYS 102General Physics II334
ENGL 101Intro. to Academic Discourse303
PE 101Health & Phys. Education I021
1481715717
Summer I
CPG 199Summer Camp001
Sophomore Year
GEOP 215Intro. to Seismic Exploration303GEOP 204Intro. to Seismology303
ICS 104Intro. to Program. in Python & C233BUS 200Business & Entrepreneurship303
MATH 201Calculus III303PHYS 210Methods of Theoretical Physics303
PHYS 204General Physics III303ENGL 214Academic & Professional Comm.303
PHYS 205General Physics III Lab031MATH 202Elements of Differential Eq.303
IAS 121Language Foundation202IAS 111Belief and Its Effect202
1361517017
Summer II
GEOP 399Summer Training001
Junior Year
GEOP 205Computational Geophysics303GEOP 304Gravity & Magnetic Exploration303
GEOL 305Structural Geology233GEOP 320Seismic Data Processing233
GEOL 345Integrated Petroleum Geology334GEOP 353Electrical & Electromagnetic Exploration303
ISE 291Intro. to Data Science303IAS 212Professional Ethics202
PHYS 305Electricity & Magnetism I303COE 292Intro. to Artificial Intelligence303
CGS 392Career Essentials021
1461613515
Summer III
GEOP 490Geophysics Field Camp094
Senior Year
CPG 498Integrated Design I031CPG 499Integrated Design II062
XXX xxxCPG Elective I303GEOP 499Seminar101
XXX xxxCPG Elective II303XXX xxxFree Elective I303
GS xxxGS Elective303XXX xxxFree Elective II303
IAS xxxIAS Elective202XXX xxxCPG Elective III303
1131210612
Total credit hours required: 127
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 001Prep. Health & Physical Educ. I021PE 002Prep. Health & Physical Educ. II021
201016181215
Total credits required in the Preparatory-Year Program: 31
Freshman Year
GEOL 102Principles of Geology202GEOP 102Essentials of Geophysics202
GEOL 103Principles of Geology - Lab031ENGL 102Intro. to Report Writing303
PETE 101Intro. to Petroleum Industry202CHEM 101General Chemistry I344
MATH 101Calculus I404MATH 102Calculus II404
PHYS 101General Physics I334PHYS 102General Physics II334
PE 101Health & Physical Education I021
ENGL 101Intro. to Academic Discourse303
1481715717
Summer I
CPG 199Summer Camp001
Sophomore Year
GEOP 215Intro. to Seismic Exploration303GEOP 204Intro. to Seismology303
ICS 104Intro. to Programm. in Python & C233BUS 200Business & Entrepreneurship303
MATH 201Calculus III303PHYS 210Methods of Theoretical Physics303
PHYS 204General Physics III303ENGL 214Academic & Professional Communication303
PHYS 205General Physics III - Lab031MATH 202Elements of Differential Eq.303
IAS 121Language Foundation202IAS 111Belief and Its Consequences202
1361517017
Summer II
GEOP 399Summer Training001
Junior Year
GEOL 205Computational Geophysics303GEOP 304Gravity and Magnetic Exploration303
GEOL 305Structural Geology233GEOP 320Seismic Data Processing233
GEOL 345Integrated Petroleum Geology334GEOP 353Electrical and Electromagnetic Exploration303
PHYS 305Electricity and Magnetism I303IAS 212Professional Ethics202
ISE 291Intro. to Data Science303COE 292Intro. to Artificial Intelligence303
CGS 392Career Essentials021
1461613515
Summer III
GEOP 490Geophysics Field Camp094
Senior Year
CPG 498Integrated Design I031CPG 499Integrated Design II062
XXX xxxConcentration I303GEOP 499Seminar101
XXX xxxConcentration II303XXX xxxConcentration III303
GS xxxGS Elective303XXX xxxConcentration IV303
IAS xxxIAS Elective202XXX xxxFree Elective I303
1131210612
Total credit hours required: 127
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