King Fahd University of
Petroleum and Minerals
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
The University is divided into seven academic units principally concerned
with instruction and research. These units are the College of Applied
Engineering, the College of Engineering Sciences, the College of Sciences, the
College of Industrial Management, the College of Environmental Design, the
College of Computer Sciences and Engineering, and the Preparatory Year
Although their function, administration, and student bodies are quite
separate, all the academic units share common facilities and utilize to some
extent a common faculty with similar disciplines in other college programs. Each
of the academic colleges is managed by the Dean of the college and the Chairmen
of the academic departments.
The Preparatory Year Program is staffed with instructors and lecturers who
are assigned to the Program as well as faculty and staff members from other
departments. The Dean of Educational Services manages the Preparatory Year
Program. The various colleges and their respective departments are listed
1.8.1 College of Engineering Sciences
This College encompasses the six classical disciplines in engineering
sciences, and hence is called the College of Engineering Sciences. These
disciplines are: aerospace, electrical, mechanical, chemical, civil, and
petroleum. The programs in the College were subjected to ABET (Accreditation
Board for Engineering and Technology) evaluation in 1993 and 2001 except
Aerospace Engineering, which was established as a separate department in 2002.
They were described as substantially equivalent to their counterparts in U. S.
universities. The College is formed of the following departments:
- Aerospace Engineering
The Aerospace Engineering Department
offers B.S degree in Aerospace Engineering.
- Chemical Engineering
The Chemical Engineering Department offers
B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering.
- Civil Engineering
The Civil Engineering Department offers B.S.,
M.S., M.Engg. (Master of Engineering) and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering.
- Electrical Engineering
The Electrical Engineering Department
offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering.
- Mechanical Engineering
The Mechanical Engineering Department
offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering.
- Petroleum Engineering
The Petroleum Engineering Department
offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Petroleum Engineering
1.8.2 College of Applied Engineering
The College of Applied Engineering comprises the same disciplines as the
College of Engineering Sciences, but with more emphasis on practical training
during the undergraduate studies. A unique feature of the Applied Engineering
Program is its emphasis upon industrial experience in conjunction with academic
training. Each student in the Applied Engineering College must spend 28 weeks
working in industry under a supervised program known as the "Cooperative
Program”. During this training period, the students gain useful experience,
which broadens their engineering background. The on-the-job training program is
an essential core of the applied engineering disciplines. The academic
departments of the College of Engineering Sciences manage the programs of the
College of Applied Engineering and offer the same undergraduate academic degrees
but in Applied Engineering.
1.8.3 College of Computer Sciences &
The College of Computer Sciences & Engineering was established in 1986.
It was the result of reorganization based on grouping computer-related
disciplines together to better serve the development plans of the Kingdom. These
disciplines are represented in the College by three departments. The programs
offered in these departments can be described as Engineering Programs that are
not in the classical engineering domain. The programs prepare the students for
challenging careers in the high technology area of computers. The College
includes the following departments:
- Computer Engineering
The Computer Engineering Department offers
B.S (with an option to do it with or without co-op) and M.S. Programs in
Computer Engineering. An M.S Program in Computer Networks and a PhD Program in
Computer Science & Engineering are also offered jointly with the
Information and Computer Science Department.
- Information & Computer Science
The Information &
Computer Science Department offers two B.S. Programs: one in Computer Science,
and the other in Software Engineering. The Department offers an M.S. Program
in Computer Science. An M.S Program in Computer Networks and a PhD Program in
Computer Science & Engineering are also offered jointly with the Computer
- Systems Engineering
The Systems Engineering Department offers
two options: one in Control and Automation, and the other in Industrial
Engineering and Operations Research. It grants B.S. (one option without co-op
and the other with co-op), M.S., and PhD degrees in Systems Engineering.
1.8.4 College of Environmental Design
The College of Environmental Design was established during the 1980/1981
academic year to meet an extremely large demand for professionals. The College
was planned to bring together those programs that are concerned mainly with the
built environment, both natural and man-made aspects of this environment, and to
prepare students for professional practice in design. The undergraduate degrees
comprise an Architecture Program that emphasizes the Design Studio and an
Architectural Engineering Program that emphasizes both construction and design.
The College comprises the following departments:
The Architecture Department offers a bachelor
degree in Architecture.
- Architectural Engineering
The Architectural Engineering
Department offers B.S. and M.S. degrees in Architectural Engineering.
- Construction Engineering and Management
Engineering and Management Department offers M.S. and M.Engg (Master of
Engineering) degrees in Construction Engineering & Management.
- City and Regional Planning
The City and Regional Planning
Department offers an M.S. degree in City and Regional Planning.
1.8.5 College of Industrial Management
The mission of the College of Industrial Management since its commencement in
1975 has been to be a prominent provider of management education through high
quality teaching reinforced by experimental learning for students who will play
a significant and productive role in the development of the Saudi economy within
the global business environment. In the meantime it actively contributes to
Saudi business, industry and community through relevant high quality research,
professional services and dissemination of knowledge responsive to the evolving
needs of stakeholders.
The College places particular emphasis on the interface between technological
innovation and commerce and deals with matters such as environment, which play
an ever-increasing role in management decision-making. The College programs and
curricula are continually reviewed and updated to respond to the changing needs
of the business environment and to meet the AACSB standards. The College of
Industrial Management has been visited by AACSB (American Assembly of Collegiate
and Schools of Business) accreditation team in February 2002. The College
comprises the following departments:
- Finance and Economics
The Finance and Economics Department
offers a B.S. degree in Finance.
- Accounting & Management Information Systems
& Management Information Systems Department offers a B.S. degree in
Accounting, a B.S. degree in Management Information Systems and a Master of
Accountancy (MACC) degree.
- Management & Marketing
The Management & Marketing
Department offers two B.S. degrees: one in Management and the other in
Marketing. Also, the Management & Marketing Department offers an MBA
(Master of Business Administration) degree and is planning to offer an
Executive MBA program at a convenient time for the business community.
1.8.6 College of Sciences
The College of Sciences curricula were formulated to provide the Kingdom with
manpower for technological development and to provide students with a sound
basis either for an immediate career in the technological development of the
Kingdom or for graduate studies and further advancement in their chosen fields.
All KFUPM students, irrespective of their majors, take courses within the
College of Sciences at least for a period of three semesters. The College of
Sciences comprises the following five departments:
The Chemistry Department offers a B.S. degree with two
options: Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry. The Department also offers M.S.
and Ph.D. programs in Chemistry.
- Earth Sciences
The Department offers a B.S. degree in two
majors: Geology and Geophysics. The Department also offers an M.S. program in
- Mathematical Sciences
The Earth Sciences Department offers B.S.
degree in two majors: Mathematics and Statistics. The Department also offers
M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Mathematics.
The Physics Department offers B.S. and M.S. degrees in
- Islamic and Arabic Studies
The Islamic and Arabic Studies
Department offers service courses in Islamic ideology, Arab and Islamic
history, Arabic literature, and General Studies in support of the degree
programs in the other departments but not as an independent major.