Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum engineering refers to the subsurface engineering activities related to the production of hydrocarbons, which can be either crude oil or gas. Petroleum Engineering focuses on maximizing economic recovery of hydrocarbons from subsurface reservoirs and estimation of the recoverable volume of this resource using a detailed understanding of the physical behavior of Oil, water and gas within porous rock at very high pressure. Petroleum Engineering requires a good knowledge of many other related disciplines, such as Geology, Petrophysics, Geophysics, and Petroleum Geology. Improvements in computer modeling, materials and the application of statistics, probability analysis have drastically improved the toolbox of the petroleum engineer in recent decades. The Petroleum Engineering undergraduate program in the College of Engineering at the United Arab Emirates University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. For more details on this program, click here.

Program Objectives

  • PEO-1: Have successful careers in various fields related to petroleum engineering and have leadership roles in industry/organizations.
  • PEO-2: Demonstrate high level of professionalism, commitment to ethical and social responsibility, and desire for life-long learning.
  • PEO-3: Demonstrate innovative solutions for the petroleum industry through creative thinking.
  • PEO-4: Pursue advanced degrees and careers in engineering, academia, research and development, or business.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Competency in mathematics through differential equations, linear algebra, probability, and statistics; and engineering subjects including strength of materials, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics; and ability to apply these courses to practical petroleum engineering problems. (A)
  • Ability to design and conduct different petroleum laboratory experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret laboratory and field data. (B)
  • Competency in petroleum engineering including design and analysis of well systems, procedures for drilling and completing wells, characterization and evaluation of subsurface geological formations, design and analysis of systems for producing, injecting, lifting and handling fluids; application of reservoir engineering principles and practices for optimizing resource development and management; use of project economics and resource valuation methods for design and decision making under conditions of risk and uncertainty. (C)
  • Ability to work and interact effectively in groups/teams which have diverse personalities, cultures, and backgrounds. (D)
  • Ability to identify, formulate, and solve practical petroleum engineering problems. (E)
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.(F)
  • Ability to develop effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. (G)
  • Ability to evaluate potential risks, i.e. consequences and probabilities of engineering solutions which may affect the society and environment. (H)
  • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in independent-learning and life-long learning. (I)
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues related to the petroleum industry. (J)
  • Ability to use computer software such as spreadsheets, mathematics packages, word processors, reservoir simulation models, and design packages in solution of petroleum engineering problems. (K)

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 147 hours

General Education (Req. CH:42)

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

Credit Hours
ISLM100Islamic Culture3.000

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Ethics (2.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GENG215Engineering Ethics  12.000
1 : Also counts towards the Major

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

Credit Hours
ESPU107Introduction to Academic English For Engineering3.000

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  23.000
PSY105Creative & Innovative Thinking Skills3.000
2 : 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
GENG315Engineering Economics  33.000
3 : Also counts towards the Major

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 - Mathamatics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MATH1110Calculus I for Engineering  43.000
4 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences (7.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM111General Chemistry I3.000
PHYS1110Physics I for Engineering   54.000
5 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 5: Capstone Experience (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PETE585Graduation Project I3.000
PETE590Graduation Project II  63.000
6 : Also counts towards the Major


College of Engineering

Required Courses (23.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM175Chemistry Lab I for Engineering1.000
GENG220Engineering Thermodynamics3.000
MATH1120Calculus II for Engineering3.000
MATH2220Linear Algebra for Engineering3.000
MATH2210Differential Equations for Engineering 3.000
PHYS1120Physics II for Engineering 4.000
STAT210Probability and Statistics3.000
ELEC330Computer Programming3.000


Petroleum Engineering

Required Courses (70.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEOL115Physical Geology for Petroleum Engineering3.000
CHEM282Organic Chemistry for Non-Majors3.000
CHME330Chemical Engineering Fluid Mechanics3.000
PETE290Introduction to Petroleum Engineering1.000
PETE305Reservoir Rock & Fluid Properties3.000
PETE308Drilling Engineering I3.000
PETE320Reservoir Mechanics3.000
PETE362Data Analysis in Petroleum Engineering1.000
PETE403Well Logging3.000
PETE407Drilling Engineering ll2.000
PETE315Reservoir Rock & Fluid Properties lab2.000
PETE409Natural Gas Engineering3.000
PETE413Applied Reservoir Geology3.000
PETE419Well Performance3.000
PETE422Reservoir Simulation3.000
PETE495Industrial Training15.000
PETE507Well Testing 3.000
PETE512Petroleum Production Operations3.000
PETE519Secondary Recovery Methods 3.000
PETE520Fluid Flow in Porous Media Lab1.000
PETE542Petroleum Property Evaluation 3.000
CHME390Engineering and Strength of Materials3.000

Elective Courses (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PETE410Independent Studies3.000
PETE424Safety & Environment Impact3.000
PETE443Transport & Storage of Petroleum3.000
PETE526Separation & Treatment Petrol Fluid3.000
PETE547Applied Reservoir Simulation3.000
PETE557Enhanced Oil Recovery 3.000
PETE570Special Topics in Petroleum Engineering3.000