CPG

MS. Geology (Effective Sept. 2021)

The program educational objectives have been developed in alignment with missions of College and University. The PEO ensure that graduates of this program keep pace with the inexorable increase both in the basic sciences underlying our understanding of geosciences, and in the technological sophistication of exploration of oil and gas. In addition, this program is aimed at making a difference within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and beyond in the fields of geosciences.

The educational objectives of the M.S. in Geology 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

Program Learning Outcomes - For Thesis Option

NQF DomainProgram Learning Outcomes
KnowledgeAppraise geological problems, judge characteristics of a range of potential interpretations, and recognize processes responsible for the geologic outcomes.
Apply practical and theoretical knowledge to solve geological problems.
SkillsDevelop and execute geological research related to petroleum geology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, or other geological topics in an original and creative manner using common and specialized research techniques.
CompetenceDemonstrate responsibility in independent learning.
Prepare high quality technical reports and research publications in peer-reviewed ISI journals; and, deliver effective oral presentations of geological research to other professionals and the wider community.

Program Learning Outcomes - For Non-Thesis Option

NQF DomainProgram Learning Outcomes
KnowledgeAppraise geological problems, judge characteristics of a range of potential interpretations, and recognize processes responsible for the geologic outcomes
Apply practical and theoretical knowledge to solve geological problems
SkillsDevelop and execute geological problems related to petroleum geology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, or other geological topics in an original and creative manner.
CompetenceDemonstrate responsibility in independent and life-long learning
Prepare high quality technical reports; and, deliver effective oral presentations of geological research to other professionals and the wider community

Thesis Option: The program requires the completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours of course work and 6 hours of thesis work, with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or more at all times. The distribution of credit hours is as follows:

Thesis Option
Geology Core Courses9
Geology Elective Courses9
Free Elective Courses6
Thesis6
Total Credit Hours30

Non-Thesis Option: The program requires the completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work, with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or more maintained at all times. The distribution of credit hours is as follows:

Non-Thesis Option
Geology Core Courses9
Geology Elective Courses12
*Free Elective Courses6
Non-Technical Elective3
Geology Master Report3
Total Credit Hours33

Students admitted in the Master of Science in Geology program are required to prepare and submit a degree plan in consultation with their academic advisors during their first semester in the program. Students will be prohibited 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 plans outlined below apply to the Master of Science in Geology program.

COURSETITLELTLBCR
First Semester
GEOL 501Geology of the Middle East303
GEOL xxxGeology Elective I303
GEOL xxxGeology Elective II303
909
Second Semester
GEOL 521Advanced Petroleum Geology303
GEOL xxxGeology Elective III303
XXXX xxxFree Elective I303
GEOL 599Seminar100
1009
Third Semester
GEOL 531Advanced Stratigraphy303
XXX xxxFree Elective II303
GEOL 610Thesis (grade will be "in progress")---
606
Fourth Semester
GEOL 610Thesis006
006
Total Credit Hours: 30

Students admitted in the Master of Geology program are required to prepare and submit a degree plan in consultation with their academic advisors during their 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 Geology degree program.

COURSETITLELTLBCR
First Semester
GEOL 501Geology of the Middle East303
GEOL xxxGeology Elective I303
GEOL xxxGeology Elective II303
909
Second Semester
GEOL 521Advanced Petroleum Geology303
GEOL 599Seminar100
GEOL xxxFree Elective III303
706
Third Semester
GEOL 531Advanced Stratigraphy303
GEOL xxxFree Elective IV303
XXX xxxFree Elective I303
609
Fourth Semester
XXX xxxFree Elective II303
XXX xxxNon-Technical Elective (KBS or EM course)*303
GEOL 600Geology Master Report003
609
Total Credit Hours: 33

*Business elective requirement; must be taken from KBS/EM departments

Students admitted in the Master of Science in Geology program are required to prepare and submit a degree plan in consultation with their academic advisors during their first semester in the program. Students will be prohibited 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 plans outlined below apply to the Master of Science in Geology program.

COURSETITLELTLBCR
First Semester
GEOL 501Geology of the Middle East303
GEOL xxxGeology Elective I303
GEOL xxxGeology Elective II303
909
Second Semester
GEOL 521Advanced Petroleum Geology303
GEOL xxxGeology Elective III303
XXXX xxxFree Elective I303
GEOL 599Seminar100
1009
Third Semester
GEOL 531Advanced Stratigraphy303
XXX xxxFree Elective II303
GEOL 610Thesis (grade will be "in progress")---
606
Fourth Semester
GEOL 610Thesis006
006
Total Credit Hours: 30

Students admitted in the Master of Geology program are required to prepare and submit a degree plan in consultation with their academic advisors during their 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 Geology degree program.

COURSETITLELTLBCR
First Semester
GEOL 501Geology of the Middle East303
GEOL xxxGeology Elective I303
GEOL xxxGeology Elective II303
909
Second Semester
GEOL 521Advanced Petroleum Geology303
GEOL 599Seminar100
GEOL xxxFree Elective III303
706
Third Semester
GEOL 531Advanced Stratigraphy303
GEOL xxxFree Elective IV303
XXX xxxFree Elective I303
609
Fourth Semester
XXX xxxFree Elective II303
XXX xxxNon-Technical Elective (KBS or EM course)*303
GEOL 600Geology Master Report003
609
Total Credit Hours: 33

*Business elective requirement; must be taken from KBS/EM departments

Students can choose from the elective courses offered during a particular semester. The entire list of Geology elective courses is given below and can also be found in the course catalog, available on line.

Course #Course Title
GEOL 502Advanced Structural Geology
GEOL 503Carbonate Microfacies
GEOL 505Basin and Petroleum System Modeling
GEOL 506Advanced Field Methods in Sedimentary Geology
GEOL 507Carbonates and Evaporates
GEOL 508Sedimentology and stratigraphy of unconventional reservoirs (3-0-3)
GEOL 511Fundamentals of Ichnology (3-0-3)
GEOL 512Micropaleontology
GEOL 515Carbonate and Evaporite Sedimentology
GEOL 522Advanced Micropaleontology
GEOL 523Graduate Field Work
GEOL 524Current Topics in Carbonate Geology
GEOL 525Isotope Geochemistry
GEOL 531Advanced Stratigraphy
GEOL 532Advanced Sedimentology
GEOL 534Seismic and Sequence Stratigraphy
GEOL 541Advanced Mineralogy
GEOL 542Advanced Petrology
GEOL 543Geology of Mineral Deposits
GEOL 551Advanced Geochemistry
GEOL 561Advanced Hydrogeology
GEOL 562Groundwater Modeling
GEOL 563Development of Groundwater Resources
GEOL 572Geo-Environment
GEOL 573Environmental Issues in the Unconventional Oil and Gas Exploration Industry
GEOL 580Geology Field Seminar
GEOL 581Geophysical Exploration
GEOL 582GIS Applications in Geology
GEOL 583Photogeology and Remote Sensing
GEOL 584Applied Geostatistics
GEOL 585Geological Laboratory Techniques
GEOL 590Independent Studies
GEOL 591Special Topics in Sedimentary Geology
GEOL 592Special Topics in Stratigraphy
GEOL 593Special Topics in Geochemistry
GEOL 594Special Topics in Physical Geology

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