The BSc in Petroleum Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), www.abet.org

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.

Program Enrolment and Degree Data
Program Educational Objectives

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.
Student Learning Outcomes

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


An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.


An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.


An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.


An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.


An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.


An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.


An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Program Facilities

The Petroleum Engineering Program laboratories include:

  • Analytical Instrument Laboratory
  • Core Preparation Laboratory
  • Drilling Fluids Laboratory
  • Drilling Simulation Laboratory
  • Fluid Properties Laboratory
  • Rock Mechanics Laboratory
  • Rock Properties Laboratory
  • Production and Facilities Laboratory
Professional Chapters

The Petroleum Engineering program is supported by a student chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). Activities of the SPE student chapter are broadly divided into technical and social functions. Major technical activities include sponsoring students to conferences and Education Weeks organized annually by SPE in conjunction with major oil and gas conferences in the region, field trips, company visits, and technical presentations delivered by industry professionals. Students also participate in  regional and international student paper contests where they can showcase their research skills, competing with other students for honors. Social activities include the annual Sports Day, dinners, dhow cruises, visits to other chapters, etc.

Course Description

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: Approval of department and junior standing

This course gives an upper level undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group project, study, or research activity under the supervision 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

The course focuses on research-driven topics. A student can take multiple Research Topics courses with different content for credit subject to program approval.

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)

Prerequisites: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: Approval of department and junior standing

This course gives an upper level undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group project, study, or research activity under the supervision 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

The course focuses on research-driven topics. A student can take multiple Research Topics courses with different content for credit subject to program approval.

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