Bachelor of Science in Geology

The B.Sc. degree program at the geology department is offered for concentration tracks in Applied Geology and in Petroleum Geology. Fundamental principles in geosciences are provided to both tracks through theoretical, laboratory and fieldwork. At the specialization level, students of the applied geology track are given knowledge in disciplines focusing on applications related to economic geology and groundwater resources. In petroleum geology track, the emphasis is given to knowledge in hydrocarbon sources and exploration. The students of both tracks are also given adequate skills in geoinformatics and environmental analysis. Students receive training in research through both preparation of a research project at the final year of their education and participation in the research projects of the department. The preparation of students for work places in private or state companies and agencies is performed through internship, regular visits and projects.

Program Objectives

  • To serve the national interest by graduating students capable to work in the different domains of geosciences.
  • Prepare the students with sufficient knowledge of fundamental principles geosciences
  • Improve the students’ capacity in research in order to prepare them for further postgraduate studies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of basic theoretical concepts and practical models of geosystems.
  • Conduct laboratory experiments and analyze results.
  • Collect, competently record, and interpret diverse field data: including material sampling, processing and data interpretation to answer basic questions about terrains and their histories.
  • Solve problems relevant to the geological disciplines, including assessment of terrains for their material, mineral, water and hydrocarbon resource potential and geohazards.
  • Prepare map, geophysical and lithological logs and interpret photographic and digital terrain imagery.
  • Accomplish self-management and co-operation in teamwork within the frame of basic safety precautions in the field and laboratory.
  • Communicate professionally through both oral presentation and in writing of scientific documents.
  • Demonstrate competence in search and review of the scientific literature.
  • Evaluate the impact of the exploration for and exploitation of natural resources on the society at local and global scales in terms of managing natural resources, environmental impacts and climate change.
  • Apply the guidelines of the profession in respect to scientific integrity and ethics in accordance with current practices.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 120 hours

General Education (Req. CH:39)

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Islam (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ISLM100Islamic Culture3.000

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Ethics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PHI121Fundamentals of Environmental Ethics3.000
PHI122International Ethics3.000
PHI226Human Rights Theory3.000
PHIL120Principles of Professional Ethics3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - English Communication Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ESPU102Introduction to Academic English For Science3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Information Literacy (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEIL101Information Literacy3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Thinking Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS110Scientific Research Skills3.000
CSBP119Algorithms and Problem Solving3.000
PHI180Critical Thinking  13.000
PSY105Creative & Innovative Thinking Skills3.000
1 : IBLC - Inquiry based learning courses must be taken within first 30 credit hours

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Emirates Society (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS105Emirates Studies3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Humanities/Fine Arts (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH340History and Theory of Architecture3.000
HIS133Introduction to Art History3.000
HSR120Introduction to Heritage & Culture3.000
HSR130Introduction to Language & Communication3.000
LIT150Introduction to Literature3.000
LNG100Introduction to Linguistics3.000
LNG110Language, Society & Culture3.000
MSC200Introduction to Mass Media3.000
MSC240World and Arab Media3.000
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy3.000
PHI270Philosophy of Education3.000
PHI271History and Philosophy of Science3.000
TRS200Introduction to Translation3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Social and Behavioral Sciences (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB210Introduction to Agribusiness3.000
ECON110Principles of Economics3.000
HSR140Introduction to Society & Behavior3.000
HSR150Introduction to Government Policy & Urban Structures3.000
PSY100Introduction to Psychology3.000
SWK200Introduction to Social Welfare3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - The Global Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB360Global Agri-food Trade3.000
ARCH346Contemporary World Architecture3.000
BIOE240Principles of Environmental Science3.000
GEO200World Regional Geography3.000
HIS120Arab & Islamic Civilization3.000
HIS121World History: Origins to 15003.000
HIS125Contemporary Civilization3.000
PSG250Principles of International Relations 3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Mathematics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MATH105Calculus I  23.000
2 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM111General Chemistry I3.000
PHYS105General Physics I  33.000
3 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 5: Capstone Experience (4.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEOL499Field Geology  44.000
4 : Also counts towards the Major


Geology Major

Required Courses (27.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEOL105Physical Geology3.000
GEOA290Structure Geology & Tectonics4.000
GEOA325Sedimentology & Stratigraphy4.000
GEOA458Geology Of UAE3.000

Supporting Required Courses Non-Geology (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM112General Chemistry II2.000
CHEM115General Chemistry Lab1.000
CSBP112Introduction To Programming3.000
MATH110Calculus II3.000
PHYS110General Physics II3.000


Applied Geology Track

Required Courses (20.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOC100Basic Biology I3.000
GEOA322Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology4.000
GEOA412Remote Sensing and GIS3.000

Track Elective Courses (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEOA414Environmental Geology3.000
GEOA452Economic Geology3.000
GEOA462Hydro Geochemistry3.000
GEOA490Mineral Exploration3.000
GEOA495Selected Topics3.000
GEOP453Petroleum and Subsurface Geology3.000


Petroleum Geology Track

Required Courses (20.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM241Organic Chemistry I3.000
GEOP420Basin Analysis3.000
GEOP453Petroleum and Subsurface Geology3.000
GEOP463Geophysical Exploration3.000
GEOP469Petroleum Geochemistry3.000
GEOP499Research Project2.000

Track Elective Courses (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEOA414Environmental Geology3.000
GEOP495Selected Topics3.000
GEOP322Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology3.000
GEOP431Seismic Stratigraphy3.000
PETE403Well Logging3.000


Required Minor

Upon the approval of the Department, the student may select a total of 18 Credit Hours from a specific minor (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours