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B.E. in Petroleum Engineering

Lebanon is located in the heart of the oil production region, and it is certainly bound to become a petroleum producing country.  A Petroleum engineer is surely expected to oversee the entire process of fuel extraction from the exploration phase until the drill rig is removed.  

The PTE Program at LAU has been designed to equip the students with the fundamental skills required to achieve lifelong professional growth. The B.E. program covers the areas of well exploration and evaluation, well drilling and production phase, process engineering and life cycle management of wells, as well as the economics of petroleum and its regulations. The program provides a special emphasis on Natural Gas which is the most dominant type of hydrocarbon fuel in Lebanon.

The courses are structured to combine a sound theoretical foundation, experimentation, engineering judgment, application to case studies, and engineering design. Computer simulation and computer controls are highly emphasized through the curriculum.  Petroleum engineers increasingly use advanced computers, not only in the analysis of exploration data and simulation of reservoir behavior, but also in automation of oilfield production and drilling operations. Students will be able to integrate professional, ethical, and environmental considerations into Petroleum Engineering design and problem solving and develop the ability to communicate engineering results effectively. 

The students will learn through active and experiential learning as they will be exposed to rich hands-on experience through several laboratory sessions and field experiences.


The mission of the PTE Program is to provide a quality education in Petroleum Engineering that combines theory and practice for undergraduate students and to satisfy industry demand for graduates with special education in the oil and gas industries and help graduates enter the market force or pursue further education at the graduate level.

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, the graduates of the PTE Program will:

  1.  Achieve success in their chosen career path be it professional practice or graduate studies.
  2. Be responsible citizen engineers.
  3. Practice the profession as demonstrated by continued professional employment, job promotion, and expanding career responsibility.

Student outcomes

The students will acquire in their matriculation through the program, the following skills, knowledge, and behaviors::

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


Student Data

  Enrollment Data   B.E.

Academic Year 




First year


Number Course Cr
MTH201 Calculus III 3
CHM201 Chemical Principles 3
CIE200 Statics 3
PTE200  Introduction to Petroleum Engineering 3
COE201 Computer Proficiency  1
ENG202 Advanced Academic English 3


Number Course Cr
ARA2—/3— Arabic Language / Literature 3
CIE202 Mechanics of Materials 3
MTH206 Calculus IV 3
MEE241 Dynamics 3
PTE204 Geology for Petroleum Engineers 3
HLT201 Basic Health 1
MEE211 Engineering Graphics 1


Number Course Cr
ENG203 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3
—- —- Liberal Arts Curriculum Elective 3

Second year


Number Course Cr
CIE302 Structural Analysis I 3
CIE303 Structural Analysis - SOFT 1
MEE301 Thermodynamics 3
PTE320 Reservoir Petrophysics 3
PTE321 Petroleum Engineering Lab 1
GNE331 Probability and Statistics 3
INE320 Engineering Economy 3


Number Course Cr
PTE310 Transport Processes Through Porous Media 3
PTE322 Fundamental of Reservoir Engineering 3
PTE330 Well Drilling 3
PTE331 Drilling Fluids -LAB 1
PTE340 Financial Management of Engineered Assets 3
CIE320 Fluid Mechanics 3
CIE321 Fluid Mechanics Lab 1


Number Course Cr
GNE301 Professional Communication 2
MTH304 Differential Equations 3
ETH201 Moral Reasoning 1
—— Liberal Arts Curriculum Elective 3

Third year


Number Course Cr
PTE431 Fundamentals of Well Test Analysis 3
PTE470 Petroleum Engineering Design 3
PTE432 Well Logging and Formation Evaluation 3
PTE450 Introduction to Process Engineering 3
PTE441 Petroleum Leasing Regulations and Practices 3
GNE305 Professional Ethics 1


Number Course Cr
PTE451 Petroleum Production Engineering 3
PTE452 Petroleum Production - LAB 1
PTE471 The Petroleum Engineering Profession 2
PTE472 Modeling and Computer Applications 3
PTE460 Natural Gas Engineering 3
PTE461 Natural Gas - LAB 1
PTE—- Technical Elective 3


Number Course Cr
PTE498 Professional Experience 6

Fourth year


Number Course Cr
PTE543 Life Cycle and Risk Management 3
PTE573 Detailing for Petroleum Engineers 2
PTE —- Technical Elective 3
PTE —- Technical Elective 3
PED2— Physical Education 1
—- —- Liberal Arts Curriculum Elective 3


Number Course Cr
PTE601 Capstone Design Project 3
PTE —- Technical Elective  3
PTE —- Technical Elective  3
PTE —- Technical Elective  3
—- —- Liberal Arts Curriculum Elective 3

Technical electives

Number Course Cr
PTE510 Structural Engineering of Offshore Platforms 3
PTE511 Fundamentals of Subsurface Environmental Engineering  3
PTE512 Fixed offshore Structures 3
PTE513 Piping Systems  3
PTE514 Offshore Development Practices    3
PTE515 Thermal recovery 3
PTE516 Process Control and Instrumentation 3
PTE517 Industrial Process Management 3
PTE523 Advanced Reservoir engineering  3
PTE524 Reservoir Simulation 3
PTE533 Advanced Drilling Engineering 3
PTE534 Advanced Well Test Analysis 3
PTE544 Petroleum Project Evaluation 3
PTE545 Energy Finance   3
PTE553 Advanced Production Mechanics 3
PTE563 Unconventional oil exploitation        3
PTE564 Unconventional gas exploitation 3
PTE565 Water Flooding and Enhanced Oil Recovery 3
PTE574 Artificial Lift Design 3
PTE599 Directed Studies in Petroleum Engineering 3
PTE600 Topics 3
or any other Technical Elective course approved by the Program Steering Committee.
Note that all Technical Electives courses require at least senior standing in addition to their relevant prerequisites

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum - 12 credits

Number Course Cr
ARA2—/3— Arabic Language / Literature1 3
ENG202 Sophomore Rhetoric2 3
ENG203 Fund. of Oral Communication 3
HLT201 Basic Health 1
PED2— Physical Education 1
ETH201 Moral Reasoning 1

1 ARA2—/3— may be substituted for students exempted from Arabic by the Admissions’ Council, with prior approval, with:

  • SAR221 Developmental Arabic
  • SOC321 Sociology of the Arab World
  • WOS313 Women in the Arab World
  • HST230 History of Lebanon, from Antelias Man to the Ottoman Conquest
  • HST231 History of Lebanon, from the Imarah to the 1975-1990 War
  • HST240 History of the Arab Peoples

2 English Courses Prerequisites

  • ENG202 Sophomore Rhetoric: Prerequisites: ENG102 or EEE score 650 and above or computer-based TOEFL 297 and above or its equivalent.
  • ENG009 Remedial English: Prerequisites: EEE score between 500 and 549 or computer-based TOEFL between 193 and 230 or its equivalent.
  • ENG101 English I: Prerequisites: ENG009 or EEE score between 550 and 599 or computer-based TOEFL between 233 and 260 or its equivalent.
  • ENG102 English II: Prerequisites: ENG101 or EEE score between 600 and 649 or computer-based TOEFL between 263 and 293 or its equivalent.

Liberal Arts Electives - 12 credits

The additional 12 credits of Liberal Arts Electives could be taken from the following disciplines:
3 credits from Social Sciences, 3 credits from Philosophy, Religion, History, 3 credits from Literature and 3 credits from Arts

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