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Program Overview

It's been hundreds of  years since we started using fossil fuels in large amounts, thus leading the petrochemical industry to be more efficient at locating and tapping fossil fuels.The growth of the world population pressures for an increasing demand to extract more of the Earth's non-renewable mineral and fossil fuel resources. These resources are essential for modern living. Hence comes the role of a Petroleum Geologist. Petroleum and mining geologists are specific type of geologists trained in using scientific methods and advanced techniques to find potential new oil, gas and mineral resources.Because of its strategic location close to the Sinai Peninsula and the Eastern Desert, GU's Petroleum & Mining Geology Program provides special opportunities for field-based learning.

Petroleum and mining geologists may spend time in the field, in the office, or inside a laboratory, but most of their time is often spent in the office analyzing data and preparing reports. They are, generally, responsible for determining whether an onshore or offshore prospect is viable for drilling. They also help in the project management and ensure the safety of workers during all project stages. For example, they keep workers safe by spotting and identifying dangerous high-pressure zones in newly drilled petroleum exploration wells.

Do my interests fit?

Petroleum and mining geology students may have a variety of interests:

  • Earth and planetary sciences.
  • Physics, chemistry and mathematics.
  • Computer science and visualization.
  • Working in the field/outdoors.
  • Working in the laboratory.
  • Problem solving, creativity and critical thinking.
  • Qualitative and quantitative analyses.
  • Economics and marketing.
  • Presentation skills.

So, if you find out that your interests fit with the above skills, then this might be the right program for you.

Degree Requirements

For a B.Sc. degree in Science, the student should successfully complete a total of 132 credit hours, Classified as follows:

University Requirement: 20 Credit Hours.

Field requirement: 57 Credit Hours.

Specialty requirement: 55 Credit Hours.

Learning Outcomes

In this program, you will:

  • Apply the geological and geophysical field methods for exploring hydrocarbons with high resolution interpretation outcomes.
  • Clarify the characteristics and genesis of ore bodies in an area.
  • Differentiate between the various types of surface and subsurface mines.
  • Specify the convenient methods for ores extraction.
  • Determine the best ore dressing technique for industrial uses.

Potential Career Opportunities

Here are the top 10 jobs you can get with a Petroleum & Mining Geology degree:

  1. Geo-scientist
    If you are interested in geology with the  analysis of data and information, then you can apply for a geoscientist job after completing a bachelor's degree. A geoscientist learns the past, present, and future by studying the physical aspects of the earth like its structure, processes and composition
  2. Field assistant
    Field assistant is also one of the top geology careers in demand. Field assistants help clients and follow up with them
  3. Mine Geologist
    A Mine Geologist is responsible for making scientific maps and charts.They are also responsible for preparing scientific reports, including reviewing reports and research done by other scientists.
  4. MUD Logger
    A Mud Logger helps scientists and engineers in exploring and extracting natural resources such as oil, natural gas, and minerals. A Mud Logger is responsible for monitoring exploration activities and recording data like temperature and pressure. Apart from this, he is responsible for so many things like installing and maintaining laboratory equipment, conducting scientific test samples, and more.
  5. Consulting Geologist
    A consulting geologist is the best option for those who are interested in planning and visiting new locations. They are responsible for conducting laboratory test samples in the field.
  6. Environmental Field Technician
    An environmental field technician is responsible for analyzing and collecting samples of soil, water, air, and other material for laboratory analysis.
  7. Assistant Geologist
    An assistant geologist is responsible for the supervision of technicians and other co-workers with other scientists on the field and in the laboratory.   
  8. Meteorologist
    Meteorologist or Atmospheric scientist is in charge of developing the methods, processes, and computer programs that analyze the data related to the atmosphere and generate the relevant reports.
  9. Petroleum Geologists
    Petroleum Geologist is responsible for finding and production of oil and natural gas resources. The demand for Petroleum geologists is on the rise.
  10. Hydrologists
    They are responsible for finding out and analyzing the source of life on earth, i.e. water resources. They study the water cycle and find out the impact of water pollution, soil erosion, drought, and other problems that harm the environment.

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