BS in Petroleum Engineering

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering program requires the completion of 132 credits in the following areas:

Degree Requirements Credits
University General Education Requirements 33
School of Engineering Requirements 30
Petroleum Engineering Program Requirements 69 (63 hrs compulsory and 6 hrs technical electives)
Total 133

University General Education Requirements (33 credit hours)

University General Education Requirements are (33) Credit Hours, as follows:

Orientation Courses (14 Credit Hours)
UNIV 100 – University Freshman Transition is mandatory for freshmen.

Code Course Title Credit
ARAB 101
ARAB 110
Beginner Level Arabic and Culture for non-Native Learners I or
Arabic Language and Culture for Native Arabic Speakers I
CSCI 112 Introduction to Computer Programming 3
CSCI 113 Introduction to Computer Programming Lab 1
ENGL 101 Composition 3
UNIV 100 University First-Year Transition 1
UNIV 200 Innovation and Entrepreneurship 3

Knowledge Domains (19 Credit Hours)

The knowledge domains are divided into the following three categories: six credit hours from Social and Behavioral Sciences, seven from the Natural Sciences and six from Fine Arts and Humanities.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 Credit Hours)

UAES 200 Survey of United Arab Emirates Studies 3
ECON 103 Principles of Microeconomics  3

Natural Sciences (7 credits minimum)

MATH 113 Calculus I 4
CHEM 211 General Chemistry I  3

Humanities and Fine Arts (6 Credit Hours)

MEST 100 Public Speaking 3
PHIL 100
ENGL 200
Critical Thinking and Reasoning  or
Advanced Composition

The fifth writing intensive course for the BS Petroleum Engineering program is PENG 322 Drilling Fluids Laboratory.

School of Engineering Requirements (30 Credit hours)

ENGR 107 Introduction to Engineering 2
PHYS 110 University Physics I 3
PHYS 111 University Physics I Lab 1
MATH 114 Calculus II 4
MATH 203 Linear Algebra 3
MATH 214 Elementary Differential Equations 3
PHYS 220 University Physics II 3
PHYS 221 University Physics II Lab 1
STAT 346 Probability for Engineers 3
IENG 321 Engineering Materials 3
ENGR 390 Internship 3
CHEM 212 General Chemistry I Lab 1

Petroleum Engineering Program Requirements (69 credit hours)

Program Requirements are (69) Credit Hours as follows:

Compulsory: (63 Credit Hours)

PENG 101 Physical Geology 3
PENG 231 Mechanics of Materials 3
CHEM 215 Organic Chemistry I 3
MENG 211 Thermodynamics I 3
PENG 202 Intro. to Petroleum Engineering  1
CIEN 251 Fluid Mechanics 3
PENG 351 Reservoir Rock and Fluid Properties 3
PENG 321 Reservoir Rock and Fluid Prop. Lab 1
PENG 361 Drilling Engineering I 2
PENG 322 Drilling Fluids Laboratory 1
PENG 371 Petroleum Reservoir Engineering  3
PENG 381 Well Logging 3
PENG 382 Petroleum Production Engineering (Well Performance) 4
PENG 462 Drilling Engineering II 2
PENG 482 Natural Gas Engineering  3
PENG 472 Applied Reservoir Geology 3
PENG 473 Reservoir Simulation 3
PENG 483 Well Testing 3
PENG 484 Stimulation and Intervention in Petroleum Production Operations 3
PENG 485 Water Flooding 3
PENG 422 Fluid Flow in Porous Media Lab  1
PENG 403 Petroleum Property Evaluation 3
PENG 491 Senior Design Project I 3
PENG 492 Senior Design Project II 3

Technical Electives: (6 Credit Hours)

PENG 486 Enhanced Oil Recovery 3
PENG 442 Transportation and Storage of Petroleum 3
PENG 443 Separation and Treatment of Petroleum Fluids 3
PENG 474 Applied Reservoir Simulation 3
CHEN 433 Corrosion  3
CHEN 404 Safety and Environmental Impact 3
PENG 493 Special Topics in Petroleum Engineering 3
ENGR 399 Undergraduate Research Project 3
Total 132 Credits 
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ARAB 101 Beginner Level Arabic and Culture for non-Native Learners I

Pre-requisite: None

Beginner Level Arabic Language and Culture 1 is the first in a four-course beginner and intermediate Arabic language sequence specifically tailored to the needs of non-native Arabic language students in the English and Mass Communication Programs (though any non-native learner of Arabic may enroll). This course introduces the student to the Arabic alphabet and the basics of reading and writing in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Instruction in the language is enriched by reference to cultural themes and visits to sites of cultural importance.

ARAB 110 - Arabic Language and Culture for Native Arabic Speakers I

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101

Arabic literature has developed many traditions though originating from a common source. The course is an introduction to representative texts from contemporary Arab writers, and their connections with the traditions of the past. The method is comparative, with a study of literary, political social and religious aspects, as well as the application of a theoretical framework of analysis.

CSCI 112 - Introduction to Computer Programming

Co-requisite(s): CSCI 113

This course introduces students to computers and programming languages and more specifically the C++ language. Besides, students learn to use computer programming as a problem-solving tool. The topics covered include basic operations, data types, input/output, selection statements, control structures, arrays, functions, and strings.

CSCI 113 - Introduction to Computer Programming Lab

Co-requisite(s): CSCI 112

This course introduces the use of computer programming as a problem-solving tool in laboratory environment. Topics in procedural programming include, simple data types, input/output, selection statements, control loops, testing, debugging, and programming environments.

ENGL 101 - Composition

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 099 or passing English Placement Test

English 101 provides students with intensive practice in drafting, revising, and editing expository essays for an academic audience. Using logical, rhetorical, and linguistic structures in their writing, students also develop their ability to think creatively, critically, and independently. Throughout the course, students engage in reading texts, evaluating sources, using their reading to form their own opinions, preparing research papers, and employing the MLA documentation style to avoid plagiarism.

UNIV 100 - University First-Year Transition

Students in this course transition to university life by focusing on academic adjustment, by developing decision-making skills, and by learning about services and opportunities for involvement. Although all classes have a core body of knowledge, each class specializes in a particular aspect of university life.

UNIV 200 - Innovation and Entrepreneurship (3 Credits)

This course aims at equipping the next generation of leaders in the UAE with an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset and its related core skills. The course combines three main points: design thinking, entrepreneurship, and growth and leadership.

UAES 200 - Survey of United Arab Emirates Studies
1 Semester Credit Hour

This course presents the UAE from multiple perspectives in an attempt to expose the students to the distinct qualities of the UAE. The purpose of this course is to give students a broad, interdisciplinary, and comprehensive introduction to key features and issues in the UAE’s historical, cultural, political and economic landscapes. (Writing Intensive Course)

ECON 103 - (GEEC 103) Principles of Microeconomics 

This course introduces learners to microeconomics in the context of current problems. It explores how market mechanism allocates scare resources among competing uses. It uses supply, demand, production, and distribution theory to analyze problems.

MATH 113 - Calculus I

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 095/105, or appropriate score on Math Placement test

The concept of derivative (instantaneous rate of change) is an essential factor in solving real-world problems. One of the objectives of this course is to understand the conceptual foundation of derivative, and learn different techniques of computing the derivative, as well as learning how to apply it to solve real-world problems. Another objective is to understand the concept of integration and learn basic integration technique.

CHEM 211 - General Chemistry I 

This course covers the foundations of chemical concepts: basic facts and principles of chemistry, including atoms, molecules, ions, chemical reactions, gas theory, thermochemistry, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics and equilibrium, molecular geometry, and states of matter.

ENGL 102 - Public Speaking

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101 (ENGL 100/101)

This course is designed to provide an overview of principles to develop effective presentations for public and professional settings while integrating appropriate technologies. Course content and assignments emphasize audience analysis, effective and coherent composition development, research strategies and skills, and presentation delivery methods to strengthen confidence and credibility.

PHIL 100 - Critical Thinking and Reasoning 

This introduction to basic principles of reasoning and critical thinking enhances the learner’s abilities to evaluate various forms of reasoning in everyday life and in academic disciplines. The course explores such topics as inductive and deductive reasoning, the nature and function of definitions, fallacy types, statistic use and misuse, and the rudiments of logic.

ENGL 200 (ENGL 302) Advanced Composition

Pre-requisite(s): Completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours and credit for ENGL 101 (Completion of 45 credits)

This course builds on the general college-level writing skills and strategies students have acquired in earlier courses, and prepares them to do advanced level analysis and writing specifically within their major field and their possible future workplaces.

ENGR 107 Introduction to Engineering

Co-requisite: Math Placement Test score qualifying student for MATH 113

Introduces engineering profession fundamentals and problem solving. Topics include description of engineering disciplines, functions of the engineer, professionalism, ethics and registration, problem solving and representation of technical information, estimation and approximations, and analysis and design.

PHYS 110 - (SCPH 110) University Physics I

Co-requisites: PHYS 111

This is a calculus-based physics course covering the fundamental principles of mechanics. It concentrates on the conservation of energy, the particle motion, the collisions, the rotation of solid bodies, simple machines and on the fluid mechanics. The focus lies on the resolution of one and twodimensional mechanical problems.

PHYS 111 - (SCPH 111) University Physics I Lab

Co-requisites: PHYS 110

This course is intended to be taken with Physics 110. It primarily includes experiments on classical mechanics. Particular emphasis is placed on laboratory technique, data collection and analysis and on reporting.

MATH 114 - Calculus II

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 113

This course covers techniques and applications of integration, transcendental functions, infinite sequences and series and parametric equations.

MATH 203 - Linear Algebra

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 113

This course covers systems of linear equations, linear independence, linear transformations, inverse of a matrix, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and diagonalization.

MATH 214 - Elementary Differential Equations

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 114

This course covers first-order ODEs, higher-order ODEs, Laplace transforms, linear systems, nonlinear systems, numerical approximations, and modeling.

PHYS 220 - (SCPH 220) University Physics II

Pre-requisite: PHYS 110
Co-requisite: PHYS 221

This second calculus-based physics course includes a detailed study of the fundamental principles of classical electricity and magnetism, as well as an introduction to electromagnetic waves. The course’s focus targets the resolution of dc- and alternating circuits.

PHYS 221 - (SCPH 221) University Physics II Lab

Co-requisites: PHYS 220

This course is intended to accompany Physics 220. It includes experiments on electricity, magnetism and RLC circuits. Particular emphasis is placed on three aspects of experimentation: laboratory technique, data analysis (including the treatment of statistical and systematic errors) and written communication of experimental procedures and results.

STAT 346 - Probability for Engineers

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 114

The course introduces principles of statistics and probability for undergraduate students in Engineering. The course covers the basic concepts of probability, discrete and continuous random variables, probability distributions, expected values, joint probability distributions, and independence. The course also covers statistical methods and topics including data summary and description techniques, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis.

IENG 231 - Engineering Materials

Pre-requisite(s): CHEM 211

This course describes the material science and why should an engineer know about it. Bonding forces and energies, The structure of crystalline materials, classification of engineering materials, imperfections and defects, diffusions in solids, phase diagrams, heat treatment, mechanical, thermal, corrosive and electrical properties of materials.

ENGR 390 - Internship

Pre-requisite(s): Completion of 90 credits and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

Supervised field experience of professional-level duties for 180 to 240 hours at an approved internship site under the guidance of a designated site supervisor in coordination with a faculty supervisor.

CHEM 212 - General Chemistry I Lab

Co-requisite: CHEM 211

This course provides laboratory techniques to accompany General Chemistry I

PENG 101 - Physical Geology

Pre-requisite(s): Origin of the Earth and its shells.

Composition of the Earth’s crust and oceans, and their Geological characteristics. Primary and secondary structures. Internal Geological processes. Plate Tectonics and the relation of Geological events to it. External Geological processes. Stratigraphic columns, details of the Geological Time Scale and case studies of Geological ages and their palaeogeographic distribution. Climate. Important biological aspects.

PENG 231 - Mechanics of Materials

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 114

This course covers external and internal forces in structures and/or machines, including conditions of equilibrium, systems of force, moments of inertia and friction. It also covers an introduction to Petroleum Rock Mechanics: Elasticity and Rock strength, Rock properties from logs, Stresses around wellbore and borehole failure criteria, Hydraulic Fracturing.

CHEM 215 (CHEM 313) - Organic Chemistry I

Pre-requisite(s): CHEM 111
Co-requisite: CHEM 216

This course provides a foundation in Organic Chemistry and includes the theoretical and synthetic aspects of the chemistry of carbon compounds.

MENG 211 - Thermodynamics I

Pre-requisite(s): CHEM 211

Thermodynamics concepts and definitions, states, properties, systems, control volume, processes, cycles, units, tables of properties, work and heat, first law, internal energy and enthalpy, conservation of mass, steady–state and uniform state processes, second law, heat engines and refrigerators, reversible processes, entropy, clausius inequality, principle of the increase of entropy, efficiencies, irreversibility and availability.

PENG 202 - Intro. to Petroleum Engineering 


The course provides an overview and history of the petroleum industry and petroleum engineering, including nature of oil and gas reservoirs, petroleum exploration and drilling, formation evaluation, well completions and production, surface facilities, reservoir mechanics, and improved oil recovery. It introduces the importance of ethical, societal, and environmental considerations and current events on activities in the petroleum industry. It also introduces students to professional society and university resources that aid career development.

CIEN 251 - Fluid Mechanics

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 214 and PHYS 110

Flow classification, fluid properties, fluid in statics, pressure measurements, buoyancy, fluids in motion, continuity equation, pressure gradient in fluid flow, Bernoulli’s, momentum and energy equations, dimensional analysis and similitude, and flow in conduits.

PENG 351 - Reservoir Rock and Fluid Properties

Co-requisite(s): CHEM 215

Fundamental properties of reservoir rocks, namely porosity, compressibility, permeability, electric conductivity, fluid saturation, surface forces and capillary pressure, effective and relative permeability, and their applications in volumetric and flow calculations in petroleum reservoirs. Fundamental properties of reservoir fluids, namely oil, natural gas, and formation water. The course covers hydrocarbon phase behavior, equations of state, formation volume factors, gas solubility, types of vaporization, K values, and gas separation.

PENG 321 - Reservoir Rock and Fluid Prop. Lab

Pre-requisite(s): PENG 351 (Co-req.)

This course deals with the measurement of fundamental properties of reservoir rocks and fluids. Rock properties include porosity, irreducible water saturation, residual oil saturation, absolute permeability, capillary pressure, and relative permeability. Fluid properties include oil distillation, oil composition of one of oil fractions, oil density at room conditions and at high pressure and temperature conditions, oil viscosity at high pressure and temperature, surface and interfacial tensions, flash liberation process, estimation of bubble-point pressure at reservoir temperature, and oil-formation-volume factor and solution gas/oil ratio at pressures below the bubble-point pressure.

PENG 361 Drilling Engineering I

Pre-requisite(s): PENG 231
Co-requisite(s): CIEN 251

This course introduces basic drilling techniques and drilling fluid properties. Topics include rock characteristics, drilling fluids, mud weight calculations, components of rotary drilling rig, drilling hydraulics, drilling bits, factors affecting rate of penetration, cementing operations.

PENG 322 - Drilling Fluids Laboratory

Co-requisite: PENG 361

This course deals with lab measurements of cement and mud properties. Mud preparation, mud rheology, filtration, wall building and resistivity, mud weight control, drilling fluid contamination test, oil well cementing experiment.

PENG 371 - Petroleum Reservoir Engineering 

Pre-requisite(s): PENG 351

This course deals with material balance (MB) techniques to estimate reserves. Topics include generalized MB equations, fluid drive mechanisms, selection of PVT data, water influx, flow through porous media, displacement of oil, fractional flow, and oil recovery by internal drive.

PENG 381 - Well Logging

Pre-requisite(s): PENG 101 + PENG 351

Logging is an essential operation to determine the key formation parameters, such as porosity, permeability, reservoir thickness, water saturation. All types of well logging techniques such as Logging while Drilling, Cased Hole Logging, and Production Logging are included. Logs are also run to gain information about well casing and cementing.

PENG 382 - Petroleum Production Engineering (Well Performance)

Pre-requisite(s): CIEN 251 + MENG 211

This course covers basic well performance calculations necessary for the design and analysis of naturally flowing and artificially lifted wells. Topics include Inflow Performance Relationship (IPR), Tubing Performance Relationship (TPR), Flowline Performance Relationship (FPR), Choke Performance Relationship (CPR), Gas-Lift, Electric Submersible Pumps (ESP), and production forecasting.

PENG 462 - Drilling Engineering II

Pre-requisite(s): PENG 361

This course deals with additional topics in drilling engineering, namely casing design and landing, directional and horizontal drilling, drilling problems and fishing operations, well control problems and solutions.

PENG 482 - Natural Gas Engineering 

Pre-requisite(s): PENG 371 + PENG 382

This course introduces the properties of natural gas, covers flow of gas in reservoir, wellbore and surface pipelines. Based on such knowledge, students are able to run nodal analysis for gas production system design. This course also covers gas compression and gas operation issues.

PENG 472 - Applied Reservoir Geology

Pre-requisite(s): PENG 101
Co-requisite(s): PENG 381

Oil distribution in the world and in the UAE: geology of reservoirs, which includes the formation of reservoir rocks, cap rocks, source rocks and the environments of depositions: petrophysical parameters of parameters of reservoir fluids: oil field waters, crude oil and natural gas; reservoir conditions: pressure, temperature and their effects on oil maturation, migration and accumulation: oil generation. Oil migration: types of oil traps: methods of exploration.

PENG 473 - Reservoir Simulation 

Pre-requisite(s): PENG 371 + MATH 203

This course covers fundamental concepts of reservoir simulation to model single-phase flow in petroleum reservoirs. Topics include reservoir engineering concepts, mathematical concepts, derivation of reservoir flow equations, finite difference approximations, and their solutions, and applications to predict reservoir performance.

PENG 483 - Well Testing

Pre-requisite(s): PENG 371 + MATH 214

This course covers reservoir characterization by pressure test analysis. Topics include fluid flow equations in porous media under transient and pseudo-steady state flow conditions, pressure buildup and pressure drawdown tests, average reservoir pressure, type curve matching, well testing of heterogeneous reservoirs, pressure derivatives analysis technique, multiple well testing, and test design and instrumentation.

PENG 484 - Stimulation and Intervention in Petroleum Production Operations

Pre-requisite(s): PENG 382

Topics include well completions, perforations, wellbore damage sources and detection, hydraulic fracturing, fracturing fluids, acid/rock interactions, and acid treatment of oil wells, design and evaluation of treatments, evaluation by nodal system analysis.

PENG 485 - Water Flooding

Pre-requisite(s): PENG 371

This is a senior level course on reservoir engineering series courses. The course covers the reservoir engineering aspects of water flooding. Topics include introduction to reservoir forces and concepts of surface and interfacial tension, wettability, capillary pressure, relative permeability; trapping and mobilization of residual oil; fluid distribution and frontal displacement theory, concept of mobility ratio, flood patterns and areal sweep efficiency considerations, pattern injection rates and pressures; characterization of reservoir heterogeneity; vertical and volumetric sweep efficiency, waterflood performance prediction models; waterflood pilot test; designing, monitoring and evaluating a waterflooding operation; water for water flooding, its sources and treatment.

PENG 422 - Fluid Flow in Porous Media Lab 

Pre-requisite(s): PENG 485 (Co-req.)

This course deals with the design aspects of oil displacement by another fluid in rock samples. It builds on the experiences of students obtained in lab measurements of individual reservoir rock and fluid properties in PENG 321 to create an integrated lab measurement of all properties needed to analyze oil displacement by a displacing fluid. The displacing fluid can be chosen to study the relative permeability and displacement efficiency of water flooding, gas flooding, or any enhanced oil recovery fluids (acidic water, microbial water, polymer solution, or steam) using cores, fractured cores (sand packs and glass beads may be considered as alternatives) in one-dimensional geometry or packed layers in twodimensional geometry.

PENG 403 - Petroleum Property Evaluation

Pre-requisite(s): PENG 371 + PENG 382 + IENG 321

Applications of reservoir engineering techniques, reserve calculations, decline curve analysis, rate of return calculations to project design and evaluation.

PENG 491 - Senior Design Project I

Pre-requisite(s): Senior Standing

A significant design effort in one area of petroleum operations. Design is based on fundamental understanding of petroleum and reservoir engineering concept and a critical review of literature of current state of knowledge for the subject under consideration. Projects may involve analysis and computer program development and/or usage combined with experimental work. Topics for projects may be developed with industry cooperation.

PENG 492 - Senior Design Project II

Pre-requisite(s): PENG 491

Continuation of phase (1).

PENG 486 - Enhanced Oil Recovery

Pre-requisite(s): PENG 485

This course covers chemical and thermal method of EOR. Specific topics include interfacial tension, entrapment and mobilization of oil in porous media, residual oil, miscibility, adsorption at solid/liquid interfaces, surfactants and micro-emulsions, miscible gas flooding, polymer flooding, thermal methods, and the effect of reservoir heterogeneity.

PENG 442 - Transportation and Storage of Petroleum

Pre-requisite(s): CIEN 251 + PENG 382

This is an elective and a senior level course on production engineering. The course deals with analysis and design of surface piping and storage facilities of crude oil and natural gas. Topics include fluid flow and pressure losses in pipes, pipeline design, selection and sizing liquid pumps and gas compressors, corrosion in pipes, other transportation methods, and storage of petroleum and its products.

PENG 443 - Separation and Treatment of Petroleum Fluids

Pre-requisite(s): PENG 382

This is an elective and a senior level course on production engineering. The course covers nature of fluids produced from oil and gas reservoirs, phase behavior of water/hydrocarbon systems, quantitative prediction of water content in light hydrocarbon systems, oil water separations, oil-water emulsions, treatment of oil field waters, oil and gas separations, flash calculations, separator sizing and design, heater-treater design, oil skimmers selection and design.

PENG 474 - Applied Reservoir Simulation

Pre-requisite(s): PENG 473

This course covers advanced topics in reservoir simulation. These include reservoir fluid flow equations in multiphase, multidimensional flow, up-scaling of rock properties, pseudo functions, vertical equilibrium, analysis of data for consistency, history matching, and applications to field cases.

CHEN 433 - Corrosion 

Pre-requisite(s): IENG 231

This course introduces electrochemical principles and their application to corrosion: Topics covered include different corrosion mechanisms, corrosion inhibition and different methods for electrochemical metal protection.

CHEN 404 - Safety and Environmental Impact (3 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): Senior Standing

Sources of hazard in chemical and petroleum industry, management of safety and loss prevention, safety programs and safety rules, typical and sources of pollutant in chemical and petroleum operations, environmental protection, rules and regulation.

PENG 493 - Special Topics in Petroleum Engineering

Pre-requisite(s): Department Consent

A specific topic in Petroleum Engineering that is not covered in other program courses is presented in a course format.

ENGR 399 - Undergraduate Research Project

Pre-requisite(s): Department Consent

Undergraduate research under the guidance of an engineering faculty member for juniors and seniors. Fixed credit hours; 3 credits are assigned, this is equivalent to a minimum of 9 hours of research time per week; a pass/fail grade is to be used. Student will be engaged in a creative research project at the discretion of the faculty member. The course is open to all engineering students.