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B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering

B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering

The BSc in Petroleum Engineering program has a modern and well-balanced curriculum that emphasizes not only petroleum engineering fundamentals but also the business processes applied to reach optimal engineering solutions for field development and operations. This program is uniquely defined by well-equipped, state-of-the-art modern laboratory and computer facilities and access to local operating companies. The content of our courses, projects, and assignments are selected to help prepare graduates to launch their oil industry careers as willing and eager contributors. Students are well equipped with skills and knowledge of basic engineering and science, fundamental understandings of reservoir, well, and production and surface facilities.

The BSc in Petroleum Engineering aims to produce graduates who will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the highest levels of technical, ethical and behavioral competencies.
  • Develop and establish themselves as engineers and supervisors.
  • Become competent engineers to serve the country’s objectives.
  • Undertake graduate studies and become involved in research and development.

Students graduating with a BSc in Petroleum Engineering degree will attain the following:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams. The petroleum disciplines judged relevant to petroleum engineering are:
    • Petroleum sub-disciplines: drilling, production, reservoir engineering and formation evaluation
    • Knowledge of project management and data integration.
    • Geoscience disciplines
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. A recognition of the need for broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues pertaining to energy.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

 

Degree Requirements

To be recommended for graduation with a BSc in Petroleum Engineering degree, students must satisfactorily complete the courses in the specified categories as set out below. The categories cover the University General Education Requirements (GER, 43 credits), College of Engineering Requirements (CER, 28 credits), as well as Petroleum Engineering Core and Technical Electives requirements. The normal length of the program is 138 credits.

Additional Math/Sciences Requirements (13 credits)

To satisfy the College of Engineering Requirements, the BSc in Petroleum Engineering requires the following Math courses in addition to the Math/Sciences required in GER: CHEM115, PHYS121, PHYS122, MATH111, and MATH112.

Course Code Course Name Credits
CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4 cr.
MATH206 Differential Equations 3 cr.
MATH231 Calculus III 3 cr.
PGEG221 Introduction to Geology and Geophysics 3 cr.

Petroleum Engineering Core Requirements (61 credits)

Course Code Course Name Credits
ENGR399 Engineering Internship 1 cr.
MEEN240 Thermodynamics 3 cr.
PEEG218 Reservoir Rock Properties 3 cr.
PEEG219 Reservoir Fluid Properties 3 cr.
PEEG252 Mechanics of Materials for PE 3 cr.
PEEG302 Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer 3 cr.
PEEG314 Well Logging 3 cr.
PEEG315 Reservoir Characterization 3 cr.
PEEG322 Drilling Engineering I 3 cr.
PEEG326 Drilling Engineering II 3 cr.
PEEG331 Reservoir Engineering I 3 cr.
PEEG334 Reservoir Engineering II 4 cr.
PEEG341 Completion and Work Over 3 cr.
PEEG436 Well Testing 3 cr.
PEEG442 Production Facilities 3 cr.
PEEG443 Production System Design and Analysis 3 cr.
PEEG460 Petroleum Economics and Risk Analysis 4 cr.
PEEG497 Senior Design Project I 3 cr.
PEEG498 Senior Design Project II 3 cr.
PGEG311 Sedimentary Petrology 4 cr.

Petroleum Engineering Technical Electives (6 credits)

The following is a sample list of courses that will satisfy the technical electives of the BSc in Petroleum Engineering. Students must select a total of six credits from this list. At most three credits of the technical electives may be at 300-level and at most three credits may be independent study. In addition, courses from the list below may be taken to satisfy the free electives requirement. Additional courses may be approved by the department as technical electives.

Course Code Course Name Credits
PEEG420 Well Treatment 3 cr.
PEEG423 Horizontal and Multilateral Well Technology 3 cr.
PEEG424 Underbalanced Drilling Technology 3 cr.
PEEG425 Pressure Control 3 cr.
PEEG437 Natural Gas Engineering 3 cr.
PEEG445 Production Enhancement 3 cr.
PEEG456 Petroleum Related Rock Mechanics 3 cr.
PEEG391/491 Independent Study in Petroleum Engineering 1-3 cr.
PEEG394/494 Research Topics in Petroleum Engineering 1-3 cr.
PEEG395/495 Special Topics in Petroleum Engineering 1-3 cr.

PEEG 218                  Reservoir Rock Properties (2-3-3)

Prerequisite:            ENGR 111

Theoretical introduction to basic rock properties and their core-based measurements determined by conventional and special core analysis. It will be discussed how to obtain reliable core analysis data and the specific topics include porosity, permeability, Darcy’s law with applications/limitations, saturations, wettability, capillary pressure, relative permeability, resistivity, compressibility and the effect of stresses on rock physical properties. Laboratory experiments will reinforce concepts discussed in the classroom.

PEEG 219                  Reservoir Fluid Properties (2-3-3)

Prerequisite:            MEEN 240

The theoretical and laboratory parts of this course cover the basic characterization of reservoir fluids, their properties, their determination and their measurement. Topics covered include phase behaviour, density, saturation pressures, gas-oil ratios, shrinkage, oil and gas formation factors, viscosity and the compositional analysis of oil, gas, and brine.

PEEG 252                  Mechanics of Materials for PE (3-0-3)

Prerequisite:            MATH 112; PHYS 121

Intro to Statics and Strength of Materials with emphasis on geomaterials. Forces, force couples, resultants, free body diagrams, equations of equilibrium and internal/external forces are introduced first and the applied to problems of stress analysis in structural members and rocks in axial and multiaxial loading. Stress tensor is introduced and the significance of elastic parameters is highlighted. Stress transformation equations, experimental methods of measuring rock strength, and failure criteria are also discussed. 

PEEG 302                  Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer (3-0-3)

Prerequisite:            MEEN 240

This course introduces the principles of momentum transfer and overall mass, energy and momentum balances including an introduction to multiphase flow in pipes. Topics also include the principles of steady-state and unsteady-state heat transfer. Specific applications such as measurement of fluid flow, pumps, gas-moving equipment, prediction of pressure drop in pipes, restrictions and manifold systems, heat exchangers, and thermal gradient and heat transfer in oil and gas wells are stressed.

PEEG 314                  Well Logging (3-0-3)

Prerequisite:            PEEG 218, PHYS 122

Co-requisite:            PEEG 322

This course provides an introduction to the various well logging methods, tools and their principles of operation with emphasis on the relationship between measurements and reservoir petrophysical properties. Conditions and limitations for applications of various logs are discussed.  Graphical and analytical methods used to determine formation composition, contents, and its potential for production are developed and applied tocreate graphs and log traces, and determine reservoir parameters.

PEEG 315                  Reservoir Characterization (2-3-3)

Prerequisites:          PEEG 219, PEEG 314, PGEG 311

Students learn how to integrate geological, geophysical, petrophysical and engineering data, using geostatistical tools and workflows, to characterize the reservoir and build a 3D static model, to be used in subsequent reservoir simulation studies. They will also learn how to use Petrel software to load, process, interpret and visualize the reservoir in three-dimensions and carry out uncertainty analysis on volumetrics using Monte Carlo simulation.

PEEG 322                  Drilling Engineering I (2-3-3)

Prerequisite:            PEEG 252

Co-requisite:            PEEG 314

This is an introductory level drilling course which introduces rotary drilling process and basic drilling rig components to the students who have no prior knowledge on oil well drilling technology. Hands on laboratory testing of drilling fluids will be covered  At the end of the course the students should be able to assess formation pressures and fracture strengths; design mud programs and casing shoe depths; design basic components of a drilling rig to meet a given and be familiar with popular drilling problems.

PEEG 326                  Drilling Engineering II (2-3-3)

Prerequisites:          PEEG 322; PEEG 302

This is an advanced level drilling course designed for students who have prior knowledge of drilling fundamentals. The course covers a range of topics from casing and cementing technology, hydraulics, directional drilling, and well control. Upon completing this course, the students should be able to select casing grades for a given well data, formulate, design and analyze cementing operations as well as directional drilling data analysis. Hands on practical sessions on drilling simulators will be covered.

PEEG 331                  Reservoir Engineering I (3-0-3)

Prerequisite:            PEEG 218; PEEG 219; PEEG 302

This course presents the students with the derivation and application of zero dimensions reservoir models for reservoir management and performance prediction. The subject of oil or gas initial and remaining reserve will be introduced, in relation with initial hydrocarbon in place through the concept of unit recovery, recovery efficiency and recovery factor. The course will also present the different types of hydrocarbon reservoirs, with its possible oil and gas drive mechanisms.

PEEG 334                  Reservoir Engineering II (4-0-4)

Prerequisite:            PEEG 331; MATH 206

Key reservoir parameters required to calculate recovery factor, mobilization, sweep efficiencies, fractional flow analysis, and heterogeneity interaction and their influence on recovery factor are fully covered. General principles relating to SCAL properties and volumetric sweep that should be considered in planning secondary recovery, EOR and IOR processes are reviewed. Introduction to reservoir simulation principles is also discussed.

PEEG 341                  Completion and Workover (3-0-3)

Prerequisite:            PEEG 322

The course presents a review of well completion and workover techniques. The well completions for different field conditions are discussed including technical and economic considerations. The design of the tubing string, the most important downhole equipment of any well, is discussed. The ways of opening the formation for production are detailed with types of perforation technique. Workover procedures including remedial cementing, well stimulation methods are studied with required design procedures.

PEEG 391                  Independent Study I (Variable course credits from 1 to 3)

Prerequisite:            Junior standing and approval of the department

This course gives an undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group oriented project, study and/or research study under direction of a faculty member.  A formal report is required.

PEEG 394                  Research Topics in Petroleum Engineering (Credits vary from 1-3)

Prerequisite:            Junior standing and approval of the department

Thecoursefocusesonresearch-driventopics.AstudentcantakemultipleResearchTopicscourseswith differentcontentfor creditsubjecttoprogramapproval.

PEEG 395                  Special Topics in Petroleum Engineering (Credits vary from 1-3)

Prerequisites:          Junior standing and approval of the department

This course gives an undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group oriented project, study and/or research study under direction of a faculty member. A formal report is required.

PEEG 420                  Well Treatment (3-0-3)

Prerequisites:          PEEG 341; Senior year standing in PE

This course is designed impart knowledge on production impairment and methods of improving well productivity. Topics include understanding the impairment mechanism and treatment methodologies relating to formation damage, excess water and gas production, asphaltene, wax and inorganic solid deposition applying mechanical devices and chemical treatments. Problem diagnosis, selection of chemicals and hardware and designing specific well treatment job will also be covered.  

PEEG 423                  Horizontal and Multilateral Well Technology (3-0-3)

Prerequisite:            PEEG 326

This is a comprehensive course designed to familiarize petroleum-engineering students with the benefits and design of horizontal and multilateral wells. The topics covered include key details of drilling and completion of horizontal and multilateral wells, such as planning, drilling, surveying, tubular selection, failure analysis, cutting transport, hole-stability, cementing, centralizer spacing, etc. Students work on design examples and utilize an industry software package.

PEEG 424                  Underbalanced Drilling Technology (3-0-3)

Prerequisite:            PEEG 326

This course is designed to familiarize students with the five popular UBD techniques. These are Air/Natural Gas Drilling, Mist Drilling, Foam Drilling, Gasified Liquid Drilling and Flow Drilling. Benefits and limitations of each technique along with the design principles and operational procedures are discussed. Common problems pertinent to each technique and recommended procedures are also discussed.

PEEG 425                  Pressure Control (3-0-3)

Prerequisite:            PEEG 326

This course is designed to introduce fundamental well control principles, procedures and control equipment to the students who have completed their basic drilling engineering courses. Students will learn concepts of formation pressure, static and dynamic well bore pressures; primary and secondary well control, shut in procedures; kick circulation procedures; well control equipment and alleviate kick circulation problems. Students will also have hands on training and an IWCF-type practical exam on the PI Drilling Simulators.

PEEG 436                  Well Testing (3-0-3)

Prerequisites:          PEEG 331, PEEG 314, MATH 206

This course covers theoretical development of flow equations governing well testing in oil and gas wells. Line source analytical solutions of flow equations will be covered concentrating on semi-log analysis. The principle of superposition will also be discussed. Production capacity of a well and pressure derivative analysis will be introduced.

PEEG 437                  Natural Gas Engineering (3-0-3)

Prerequisite:            PEEG 331

This course covers gas reservoirs rock and fluid Properties, including Darcy and non-Darcy flow phenomena near gas wells. Gas reserves estimation using linearized MBE and Decline Curve Analysis will be evaluated. Gas flow and gas well testing to evaluate reservoir characteristics will be covered. Deliverability of gas wells will be determined using Multi-Rate draw down testing, flow after flow testing, Isochronal Testing, and Modified Isochronal Testing.

PEEG 442                  Production Facilities (3-0-3)

Prerequisite:            PEEG 302

Co-requisite:            PEEG 443

This course covers the description, applications, design, analysis and operational problems of surface production facilities. Topics include 2-phase and 3-phase separation, emulsion treatment, desalting, oil stabilization, water treatment, gas dehydration and sweeting, and storage and transportation (pipeline).  Principles governing the flow of oil, gas, and water in the surface production system will be covered.  Surface production problems (corrosion and environmental) and safety issues are also covered.

PEEG 443                  Production System Design and Analysis (3-0-3)

Prerequisites:          PEEG 331, PEEG 341

This course utilizes Nodal Analysis techniques for the design and performance analysis of the production system starting from the formation up to the production separator. Topics include inflow performance relationships, multiphase flow in horizontal, vertical and inclined pipes, overall well performance evaluation considering various nodes within the production system, and applications to design and analysis situations. Artificial lift techniques of gas lift and electrical submersible pump are studied.

PEEG 445                  Production Enhancement (3-0-3)

Prerequisites:          PEEG 341, PEEG 443

This course discusses the causes of production impairment and methods of improving productivity. Topics include loss of productivity due to formation damage, solids deposition, excessive water and gas production, and bottlenecks in the production system; and production enhancement by matrix treatments, remedial cementing and production profile control.  De-bottlenecking of the production system through Nodal analysis of the production system is also covered.

PEEG 456                  Petroleum Related Rock Mechanics (3-0-3)

Prrequisites:          PEEG 252 

Rock mechanics principles and topics such as nature of rock, rock deformability and rock stress, engineering properties of rocks from laboratory testing, and the effect of factors such as pore pressure, temperature and time on rock behavior  are covered. Rock strength and failure and mathematical approaches to stress-strain analysis in rocks will be discussed together with applications such as borehole stability analysis and reservoir compaction.

PEEG 460                  Petroleum Economics & Risk Analysis (4-0-4)

Prerequisite:            BUSS 150

The objective is to develop students’ expertise in the area of economics and risk/uncertainty analysis and their relation to decision making processes in the petroleum industry. It introduces students to the concept of business economics implemented in the modern petroleum industry. This approach improves students’ skills in utilizing all available information about the project and related economic influences in depicting a realistic projection of the project worth and the chances of business success.

PEEG 491                  Independent Study I (Variable course credits from 1 to 3)

Prerequisite:            Junior standing and approval of the department

This course gives an undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group oriented project, study and/or research study under direction of a faculty member.  A formal report is required

PEEG 494                  Research Topics in Petroleum Engineering (Credits vary from 1-3)

Prerequisite:            Senior standing and approval of the department

Thecoursefocusesonresearch-driventopics.AstudentcantakemultipleResearchTopicscourseswith differentcontentfor creditsubjecttoprogramapproval.

PEEG 495                  Special Topics in Petroleum Engineering (Credits vary from 1-3)

Prerequisites:          Senior standing and approval of the department

This course gives an undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group oriented project, study and/or research study under direction of a faculty member. A formal report is required.

PEEG 497                  Senior Design Project I (3-0-3)

Prerequisites:          Senior standing; PEEG 322; PEEG 331; PEEG 315

Capstone design in Petroleum engineering is team-based design projects involving Exploration and/or Appraisal, Development (Production), Reservoir Management, Well drilling, Oil recovery or related design. Students participate in a design process that incorporates realistic engineering constraints such as applicability in the oil field and economics, as well as topics addressing safety and ethics.

PEEG 498                  Senior Design Project II (3-0-3)

Prerequisite:            PEEG 497

Continuation of 497

 

  Fall Spring
Year 1 ENGL111 Academic Communication I 4 cr. ENGL112 Academic Communication II 4 cr.
MATH111 Calculus I 4 cr. MATH112 Calculus II 4 cr.
CHEM115 General Chemistry I 4 cr. PHYS121 University Physics I 4 cr.
ENGR111 Engineering Design 4 cr. CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4 cr.
Summer
Year 2 ENGR112/113 Introduction to Computing 4 cr. MATH206 Differential Equations 3 cr.
PHYS122 University Physics II 4 cr. PEEG219 Reservoir Fluid Properties 3 cr.
MATH231 Calculus III 3 cr. PGEG221 Introduction to Geology & Geophysics 3 cr.
PEEG218 Reservoir Rock Properties 3 cr. PEEG252 Mechanics of Materials for PE 3 cr.
MEEN240 Thermodynamics 3 cr. PEEG302 Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer 3 cr.
    BUSS150 Introduction to Economics 3 cr.
Summer
Year 3 ENGR311 Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Engineering Design 4 cr. PEEG315 Reservoir Characterization 3 cr.
PGEG311 Sedimentary Petrology 4 cr. PEEG326 Drilling Engineering II 3 cr.
PEEG314 Well Logging 3 cr. PEEG334 Reservoir Engineering II 4 cr.
PEEG322 Drilling Engineering I 3 cr. PEEG341 Completion and Work over 3 cr.
PEEG331 Reservoir Engineering I 3 cr. PEEG460 Petroleum Economics & Risk Analysis 4 cr.
Summer ENGR399 Engineering Internship 1 cr.
Year 4 HUMAXXX Humanities and Social Sciences* 3 cr. BUSSXXX Business Elective 3 cr.
PEEG436 Well Testing 3 cr. HUMAXXX Humanities and Social Sciences* 3 cr.
PEEG442 Production Facilities 3 cr. HUMAXXX Humanities and Social Sciences* 3 cr.
PEEG443 Production System Design & Analysis 3 cr. PEEG498 Senior Design Project II 3 cr.
PEEG497 Senior Design Project I 3 cr. Technical Elective 3 cr.
Technical Elective 3 cr. Free Elective 3 cr.
Total Credit Hours 138

*At least one Islamic Studies course must be taken from the Humanities Electives to meet graduation requirements.

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