American Univesity of Beirut

Department of Geology

​Chairperson:
​Doummar, Joanna J.
Professor:Abdel-Rahman, Abdel-Fattah M.
Associate Professor:Doummar, Joanna J.; Salah, Mohamed K.
Assistant Professors:Haidar, Ali T.; Nemer, Tony
Instructors:Khadra, Wisam M.; Oueida, Raghida S.


The Department of Geology offers programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Geology and Master of Science degrees in certain areas of the vast field of geological sciences. It also offers a more broadly based program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Geosciences. Students wishing to major in Geology or Petroleum Geosciences must secure the approval of the department. In addition, students must have a strong background in sciences and have taken the freshman science program or its equivalent.

The department also offers undergraduate elective courses which include GEOL 101, GEOL 102, GEOL 103, GEOL 104, GEOL 106, and GEOL 201 in the area of general Geology, and GEOL 204, GEOL 205, GEOL 206, and GEOL 227 in the fields of environmental and planetary Geology.

Field trips are a required part of most Geology courses.

Mission Statement

The Department of Geology at the American University of Beirut is committed in providing the best Geoscience education in the Middle East, via its emphasis on excellence in teaching, and engaging students in research. The aim is to prepare our students to fulfill the needs of this region in terms of its geological nature, its petroleum and mineral reserves, as well as groundwater resources, and their role in the world economy and environmental implications. This is achieved within the context of learning about the occurrence, distribution and origin of natural resources worldwide. With the structure of our courses which include laboratory components, field work and training, term papers, oral presentations, and problem-solving assignments, we train our students to observe, analyze, critically evaluate, think independently, and derive their own conclusions. We emphasize the development of the conceptual apparatus, and the unbiased and accurate reporting of field and laboratory data (observation) and its significance in reaching a correct interpretation. In this manner, we promote high ethical professional standards, character, and scientific integrity. The program prepares students to be life-long learners and well-rounded individuals, who can lead successful careers in the areas of energy and petroleum resources, hydrogeology, mining, geotechnical sciences and related fields.

BS Degree in Geology    

Students admitted in Geology are eligible to continue in the program provided they obtain, by the end of their third regular term at AUB, a minimum average of 2.2 (or 70%) in any three out of the following five courses: GEOL 201, GEOL 211, GEOL 212, GEOL 213, and GEOL 222. Otherwise, they will normally be dropped from the department. Consideration for readmission requires a minimum cumulative average of 2.2 (or 70%) overall and a minimum average of 2.2 (or 70%) in any three out of the following five Geology courses: GEOL 201, GEOL 211, GEOL 212, GEOL 213, and GEOL 222, and this should be achieved within the following two regular terms (at the very latest) after being dropped from the major. Majors must complete the following courses, in which a general average of 2.2 (or 70%) or more must be maintained: GEOL 201, GEOL 203, GEOL 207, GEOL 211, GEOL 212, GEOL 213, GEOL 214, GEOL 219, GEOL 221, GEOL 222, GEOL 224, GEOL 226, GEOL 227 and GEOL 229, which is a total of 40 credits. In addition, one of three required elective courses - CMPS 203 or MATH 201 or STAT 210 and 200-level approved General Education economics and education courses (6 credits) - must be completed. No course may be taken without its prerequisite unless authorized by the departmental faculty. Students are encouraged to take additional Geology courses, such as GEOL 209 or GEOL 318, and also other courses from the graduate level, provided other requirements permit. A GIS-course is another highly recommended elective.

The requirements for a BS degree in Geology are 90 credits for students entering the department at the sophomore level, including 40 credits in the major. The distribution of university requirements is as follows:

University General Education Requirements

The General Education requirements are English Communication Skills (6 cr.) and Arabic Communication Skills (3 cr.), Humanities (12 cr.), Social Sciences (6 cr.), Natural Sciences (9 cr.), and Quantitative Thought (3 cr.). Also note that two natural sciences must be approved General Education courses from outside the major in physics (PHYS 204, PHYS 205 or PHYS 210), and in chemistry (CHEM 201, CHEM 202, or CHEM 208).

BS Degree in Petroleum Geosciences

The core courses of the Petroleum Geosciences program (totaling 58 credits) are GEOL 201, GEOL 203, GEOL 207, GEOL 211, GEOL 212, GEOL 213, GEOL 214, GEOL 219, GEOL 221, GEOL 222, GEOL 225, GEOL 226, GEOL 227, GEOL 229, ACCT 210, MNGT 215, and ECON (GE); one of the following chemistry courses: CHEM 201, CHEM 202, or CHEM 208, as well as one of the following physics courses: PHYS 204, PHYS 205, or PHYS 210. In addition, a required elective course, CMPS 203, MATH 201 or STAT 210, must be completed.

Students admitted in Petroleum Geosciences are eligible to continue in the program provided they obtain, by the end of their third regular term at AUB, a minimum average of 2.2 (or 70%) in any three out of the following courses: GEOL 201, GEOL 211, GEOL 212, GEOL 213, and GEOL 222. Otherwise, they will normally be dropped from the department. Consideration for readmission requires a minimum cumulative average of 2.2 (or 70%) overall and a minimum average of 2.2 (or 70%) in any three out of the following five Geology courses: GEOL 201, GEOL 211, GEOL 212, GEOL 213, and GEOL 222. This should be achieved within the following two regular terms (at the very latest) after being dropped from the major.

The requirements for a BS degree in Petroleum Geosciences are 90 credits for students entering the department at the sophomore level, including 40 credits of Geology courses, 6 credits of chemistry and physics courses, 6 credits of business courses, 3 credits in economics (ECON 211 or 212) and 3 credits in education (EDUC 215 or 230). The distribution of university requirements is as follows:

University General Education Requirements

The General Education requirements are English Communication Skills (6 cr.) and Arabic Communication Skills (3 cr.), Humanities (12 cr.), Social Sciences (6 cr.), Natural Sciences (9 cr.), and Quantitative Thought (3 cr.).

Minor in Geology

To obtain a minor in Geology, students must complete the following core course GEOL 201, and any four courses from the following: GEOL 209, GEOL 211, GEOL 213, GEOL 222, and GEOL 227 (for a total of 15 credits).

Course Descriptions

40 Credits in Geology

​Modes of Analysis​English and Arabic (9)​Humanities (12)​Social Sciences (6)​Natural Sciences (37+6)Quantitative Thought (3)
​Lecture Courses (9+12+3+40+3)​Required Arabic course (3)

Required Eng- lish courses: 203(3), 204(3)

​Required credits in the humanities: 12 credits including 6 credits from CVSP

​Required elective economics courses: A 200- level approved GE eco- nomics course (3): ECON 211(3), or ECON 212(3); and a 200-level approved GE education course (3): EDUC 215 or 230
​Required Geology ogy courses: GEOL 2012(3), 2114(3), 2122,4(3), 2132,3,4(3), 2142,3(3), 2192,4(3), 2212,3,4(3), 2222,3,4(3), 2242,3(3), 2264(3), 2274(3), 2292,3(6)

Elective geology courses: GEOL 209, 2252,3(3), 2712,3(3), 2722,3(3), 318(3)

Two natural sciences must be an approved general education course from outside the major (in PHYS and CHEM)
​Required elective quan- titative thought courses: CMPS 203(3) or MATH 201(3) or STAT 210(3)

​Seminar
(24+12)
​Required geology courses: GEOL 201(3), 2132,3,4(3), 2142,3(3), 2212,3,4(3), 2222,3,4(3), 2242,3(3) , 226(3), 227(3)

Elective geology courses: GEOL 2252,3(3), 2712,3(3), 2722,3(3), 290 (3), 3183(3)
Laboratory
(25+3)
​Required geology courses: GEOL 203(1), 207 (1), 211(3), 2122,4(3), 2132,3,4(3), 2192,4(3), 2212,3,4(3), 2222,3,4(3), 2264(3), 2292,3(6)
Research Project
(36+12)
​Required geology courses: 2012(3), 2122,4(3), 2132,3,4(3), 2142,3(3), 2192,4(2), 2212,3,4(3), 2222,3,4(3), 2242,3(3), 2292,3(6)

Elective geology courses: GEOL 2252,3(3), 2712,3(3), 2722,3(3)


40 Credits in Petroleum Geoscience

​Modes of Analysis​English and Arabic (9)​Humanities (12)​Social Sciences (12)​Natural Sciences (39+6+3)Quantitative Thought (3)
Lecture Courses (9+12+9+3+37+6+3)​Required Arabic course (3)

Required Eng- lish courses: 203(3), 204(3)

​Required credits in the humanities: 12 credits including 6 credits from CVSP

Required business courses: ACCT 210(3), MNGT 215(3)

Economics courses: ECON 211(3), or ECON 212(3)

One approved GE social science course (3): EDUC 215(3), or EDUC 230(3)
Required geology courses: GEOL 2012(3),2114(3), 2122,4(3), 2132,3,4(3) 2142,3(3), 2192,4(3), 2212,3,4(3), 2222,3,4(3), 2252,3(3), 2264(3), 2274(3), 2292,3(6)

Chemistry and physics courses: Chem 208 and one of PHYS 204(3), PHYS 205(3), or PHYS 210(3)

Elective geology courses: GEOL 2712,3(3), 2722,3(3), 290 (3)
Required elective computer science courses: MATH 201(3), STAT 210(3), or CMPS 203(3)

​Seminar
(30+12)
Required geology courses: GEOL 2012(3), 2132,3,4(3), 2142,3(3), 2192,4(2), 2212,3,4(3), 2222,3,4(3), 2252,3(3), 2292,3(6)

Elective geology courses: 2712,3(3), 2722,3(3), 290(3)
Laboratory
(13, 3)
Required geology courses: GEOL 203(1), GEOL 207 (1), 211(3), 212(3), 213(3), 222(3) , 226(3), 227(3)
Research Project
(27+12)
​Required geology courses: 201(3), 212(3), 213(3), 214(3), 219(2), 221(3), 222(3), 224(3), 229(6)

Elective geology courses: GEOL 225(3), 271(3), 272(3)

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