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2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Petroleum Engineering (B.S.)

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Bachelor of Science
The petroleum engineer is concerned mainly with the exploration, drilling, reservoir, and production operations. Economic and environmentally safe petroleum production and processing require the application of engineering principles in addition to a wide spectrum of knowledge including chemistry, geology, physics, and mathematics.
The Department of Petroleum and Energy Engineering offers an extremely challenging and exciting career involving the discovery, exploration, and processing of the earth’s energy resources through the knowledge of basic sciences, geosciences, and petrosciences. Launched in Fall 2007, The program offers a BS in petroleum engineering and adopts an integrated approach striking a reasonable balance between petroleum engineering and gas technology. The program focuses on strengthening the ties with industry and gives its graduates excellent opportunities in the regional and global job markets.

Students will be admitted to the program either through the AUC admissions office (gate admissions), after satisfying the general admission requirements and grade requirements in mathematics and sciences as declared by the department, or as undeclared and transfer students based on their performance record after successful completion of the criteria courses. Students are advised to consult with the department to ensure that admission criteria have been successfully met.

A total of 147 credits must be successfully completed to be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering.

To provide more depth above that provided by the fundamental petroleum engineering core courses, students are required to select 9 credit hours from among a list of more specialized elective courses. Students can take maximum of one PENG 5000 level course to replace one of the elective course requirements with the concent of the graduate program director or the department chair.   

The Petroleum Engineering program received the Supreme Council of Universities reaccreditation in 2016. The undergraduate petroleum and energy engineering program is also accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Program Educational Objectives

The petroleum engineering program at AUC graduates a petroleum engineer who, within a few years of graduation, meets societal needs in one or more of the following roles:
  1. A professional team member to meet local and global petroleum industry demands. 
  2. A successful member of an academic or research organization or as an entrepreneur. 

  3. A distinguished member in the petroleum community through promotion or professional development with awareness of ethics and environmental issues. 

Students Outcomes
Students will gain the following knowledge and skills:
  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. 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.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Core curriculum requirements (33 credits)

The remaining 7 credit hours required to satisfy the core are fulfilled by the Science/lab courses (4 credits) and the capstone projects

PENG 4980  and PENG 4981  

Electives (9 credits)

Students must select three courses (9 credits) out of the following electives.

Students can take maximum of one PENG 5000 level course to replace one of the elective course requirements with the concent of the graduate program director or the department chair.   

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