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KFUPM has introduced a set of new undergraduate concentrations that meet the IR4.0 requirements, job market trends in exciting disciplines, and aligned with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. These undergraduate concentrations include topics such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, robotics, business analytics, etc.


These programs are only for KFUPM undergraduate students.


This interdisciplinary concentration provides the students with the required knowledge to develop intelligent techniques and systems. Students are exposed to topics such as machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, and natural language processing. Furthermore, it also covers classification, regression, clustering, dimensionality reduction, perception, motion and manipulation, reinforcement learning, and various types of neural networks. It promotes interdisciplinary education where computer science intersects with mathematics and engineering. The applications of this concentration are wide-ranging and include automatic image and video processing, healthcare, financial data and trading, speech recognition, facial identification, and seismic survey processing.

Hosting Department : ICS

Offered to : SWE, CS, COE

This interdisciplinary program covers topics related to secure and trusted computing, including data and information assurance, identification of cyber assets and related security risks and threats, measurement of system resilience against cyber-attacks, and security policy compliance and governance. Students learn the fundamental pillars of computer security and data privacy and how they affect complex engineering systems (e.g. manufacturing plants). Topics include cryptology, access control models and mechanisms, intrusion detection systems, and integrity verification mechanisms. Students also learn the fundamentals of Blockchain technology, including record and hash replication, and types of blockchains (public, private, and hybrid), as well the applications in cryptocurrency and various other scientific, engineering, and business use cases.

Hosting Department : ICS

Offered to : SWE, CS, COE

This interdisciplinary program covers subjects related to mechatronics, robotics, and UAVs (drones). Students develop the skills required to understand, design, and implement smart systems and robots to solve engineering problems. Topics include the fundamentals of autonyms systems, including sensing, reasoning, and acting, in addition to robotics-specific topics, such as power sources, machine vision, actuation (e.g. linear actuators and electric motors), manipulation, locomotion (walking, rolling, climbing, etc.), environmental navigation, and human-robot interaction (including speech recognition and gestures). Applications are wide-ranging, and include industrial robots, as well as those used in the military, construction, agriculture, and in medical fields.

Hosted by : SE

Offered to : CISE, COE, AE, ISE, EE, ME, CHE, ACHE, AEE, AME, AAE

This interdisciplinary program covers an emerging discipline in computing that utilizes quantum theory and how to apply it in the fields of computing and communication. The program covers the concepts of qubits, superposition, entanglement, quantum gates, and quantum algorithms in order to understand the difference between classical and quantum computing. Other topics include quantum electrodynamics, including cavity and circuit qubits, quantum superconductivity, non-linear harmonic oscillators, etc. Students are introduced to quantum computing concepts such as quantum hardware, processors, circuits, instruction sets, quantum programming languages, quantum error correction, algorithms, and quantum cryptography. Students learn how to design, simulate, and test the core parts of a superconducting Qubit.

Hosted by : PHYS

Offered to : CS, COE, PHYS

This interdisciplinary program focuses on the analysis and handling of data from multiple sources and for various applications in order to draw inferences from it, combining topics from mathematics, statistics, and computer science. These topics include probability theory, inference, least-square estimation, maximum likelihood estimation, finding local and global optimal solutions (gradient descent, genetic algorithms, etc.), and generalized additive models. It also covers machine learning topics such as classification, conditional probability estimation, clustering, and dimensionality reduction (e.g. discriminant factor and principal component analyses), and decision support systems. The program also covers big data analysis, including big data collection, preparation, preprocessing, warehousing, interactive visualization, analysis, scrubbing, mining, management, modeling, and tools such as Hadoop, Map-Reduce, Apache Spark, etc.

Hosted by : MATH

Offered to : CS, ISE, MATH

This interdisciplinary program focuses on developing models to understand the inherent structure of the data. Topics include probability theory, inference, least-square estimation, interpolations, adaptive approximations, numerical differentiation and integration, quadrature, multistep methods, finite difference, and applications to steady-state and time-dependent problems involving initial-value and boundary-value problems. The program also covers simulation, in terms of queuing systems, stochastic processes, random number generation, Monte Carlo methods, and software techniques for building simulators. The inverse problem is also covered, whose methods describe identifying the parameters and structures of models that give rise to the recorded observation, an essential tool to understanding physical phenomena. Students are also introduced to several case studies in science and engineering.

Hosted by : MATH

Offered to : CS, PHYS, EE, ME, MATH, AEE, AME

This interdisciplinary program focuses on the desire increase the mechanical and environmental longevity of components in manufacturing facilities and products, with wide applicability to materials processing, oil and gas, and manufacturing industries. Topics include the structures and mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties of non-metallics, and the processing of ceramics, polymers, and composites. Students learn materials selection and design, mechanical design process, product shape, multiple constraints, conflicting objectives, hybrid materials, and the impact of materials selection on the environment. Other topics include polymers (homogeneous and heterogeneous polymerization processes, engineering properties of polymers, etc.), and the failure of materials, including materials degradation and prevention, cost of materials failures, modulus-limited design, yield-limited design, fracture mechanics and toughness, fatigue failures, creep and creep fracture, oxidation and corrosion of alloys, friction and wear, lubrication, etc.

Hosted by : ME

Offered to : ME, AME

This interdisciplinary program covers the science, engineering, and industrial applications of non-metallic materials, including polymers and ceramics. Topics include the chemical structure, synthesis, characterization, and processing of non-metallic materials, including their structure (ceramic, glass, composite materials) with attention to polymers (natural, synthetic, polymerization, thermoplastics, thermosets, elastomers, fibers, engineering plastics, specialty, composites, synthesis processes) and their application in construction, piping in the oil and gas industry, membranes for purification and separation processes, coatings for corrosion prevention, and others.

Hosted by : CHE

Offered to : CHEM, CHE, ACE, ACHE, CE

This interdisciplinary program on the science and application of polymers, including the synthesis, characterization and applications of various polymeric materials. This program is at the heart of specialty chemical applications, and the need for it is quite broad in the petrochemical industry, Topics include polymerization reactions, and polymerization techniques (step-growth, radical, ionic, ring-opening, transition metal catalysts). Other topics include polymer kinetics, stereochemistry, structure, and structure-property relationships, as well as polymer characterization, processing, rheology, and homogeneous and heterogeneous polymerization processes. In addition, the sustainability and degradation of polymers are also discussed.

Hosted by : CHEM

Offered to : ME, CHEM, AME

This interdisciplinary concentration covers all components of the hydrogen supply chain network from production to use as a clean fuel for transportation. This includes hydrogen generation using solar or wind powered water electrolysis, biomass gasification, natural gas steam reforming and heavy oil residue catalytic partial oxidation. It also covers physical methods of hydrogen storage, such as fuel cells, batteries and super capacitors, and at compressed, liquefied and cryo-compressed conditions as well as material-based methods, including metal hydrides, liquid organic carriers, and adsorbents. The application of hydrogen in fuel cell electric vehicles and internal combustion engines is covered extensively from a technical (design), economic, and environmental point of view. The concentration also covers large-scale hydrogen storage and its interaction with power infrastructure.

Hosted by : CHE

Offered to : PHYS, ME, CHEM, CHE, ACHE, AME

This interdisciplinary program aims to produce students with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to be qualified safety engineers. Graduates of this program learn the principles of process safety and hazards analysis, mitigation, and prevention, with special emphasis on the chemical process industries. Topics include source modeling for leakage rates, dispersion analysis, relief valve sizing, fire and explosion damage analysis, hazards identification, risk analysis, accident investigation, occupational safety, safety administration, legal aspect of industrial safety, hazardous waste management and treatment, including regulations, environmental audits, and pollution prevention. Students also learn the assessment and management of risk, uncertainty, and reliability, including quantitative risk assessment, and understanding the link between safety and human factors.

Hosted by : CHE

Offered to : ISE, EE, ME, CHEM, CHE, ACE, ACHE, AEE, AME, CE

Computational Materials is a relatively new and rapidly evolving strongly interdisciplinary subject that brings together elements from various disciplines of science and engineering. This concentration studies the interrelation between the structure and properties of materials, which is at the heart of understanding material behavior at a range of different length and time scales. Topics include Monte Carlo simulation, Markov chains, random walks, stochastic systems (e.g. Brownian dynamics), and continuous phase transitions in lattices. The program also covers atomistic simulations, including molecular dynamics simulations and density functional theory, as well as applications in, catalysis, nanomaterials, alloy design, corrosion inhibitors, and 3D printing. Other topics include material informatics, e.g. machine learning (statistical learning, regression, classification, unsupervised learning, etc.) and its application in materials selection for engineering design and multi-scale modeling.

Hosted by : PHYS

Offered to : ISE, PHYS, ME, CHEM, AME

This interdisciplinary program focuses on contemporary and novel topics in communications, for both military and civilian applications, including communication networks and protocols and digital communication systems (including wireless 5G and 6G) in both sub-gigahertz and mm-wave bands. The concentration focuses on all communication layers, starting from the physical and ending with the application layer. Topics include network architectures, physical layer protocols, digital transmission, data link layer protocols, packet and circuit switching, baseband transmission, performance in the presence of noise, signal-space analysis, modulation schemes, channel capacity, cellular propagation modeling, cellular frequency planning, link control, handoffs, power control, traffic capacity, multiple access techniques, current and future wireless standards, optical communications, passive and active optical components, optical modulation and demodulation, etc.

Hosted by : EE

Offered to : EE, AEE

This interdisciplinary program focuses on technologies employed in military and civilian industries associated with radar, microwave, and optical systems. These technologies can be deployed in electronic defense and warfare systems as well as civilian applications, such as aviation, security, intrusion detection, etc. Topics include theoretical and practical aspects of radar, electro-optical (e.g. LIDAR), and microwave systems, and their applications in detection, tracking, and imaging. In addition to digital signal processing, students study radar systems (radar range equations, transmitters, antennas, receivers, pulse compression, radar ambiguity function, target detection in a noise background), microwave (microwave planar transmission lines, passive and active microstrip devices, microwave network analysis, and microwave integrated circuits), and electro-optical systems (photon-matter interaction, light sources and transmitters, optical detectors and receivers, waveguides and fibers, amplifiers, isolators, etc.).

Hosted by : EE

Offered to : EE, AEE

This interdisciplinary program develops the design and build of fixed-wing and multi-rotor drones at several levels of autonomy, from remote-controlled, to human-supervised, to fully autonomous. Topics include the physics of flight, fuselage design, rotor design, drone dynamics, performance and stability, control systems, guidance and navigation, mission payloads, ground control systems, and autonomous systems. Students conceive, design, fabricate (in 3D prototype), and apply drones. This program also covers drone swarms, regulations, security, AI, and machine learning, and touches on emerging anti-drone solutions. Applications of this field are universal, and have become omnipresent in most industries. The program emphasizes the applications of drones in the new digital economy by highlighting case studies of the utilization of drones in industries such as like oil and gas, logistics, environment, security, etc.

Hosted by : AE

Offered to : CISE, AE, ME, AME, AAE

This interdisciplinary program covers various renewable energy technologies, including solar (photovoltaic and concentrated solar power), wind, hydrogen, geothermal, and waste-to-energy systems, as well as energy storage options such as electrical (e.g. batteries and super capacitors), fuel cells, and thermal storage. Students understand the components of renewable energy systems, evaluate the potential (technical, economic, and environmental) of renewable energy at specific sites, design and assess the performance of renewable systems, and study the integration of renewable energy systems with energy storage systems and with conventional energy systems. The program also covers renewable energy project management, grid integration of renewables, smart grids, net-zero buildings, and touches on renewable energy policy and environmental law.

Hosted by : CHE

Offered to : ME, CHE, ACHE, AME

This interdisciplinary program covers sustainable energy-efficient practices and the most effective management of energy systems. The scale of application includes component-level, small system level (e.g. building), and large-scale level (e.g. entire cities, and interconnected systems). Students evaluate component and system energy efficiency and design efficient energy management programs, as well as learn energy auditing and reporting. Topics include the principles and application of energy conservation, loss inspection, instrumentation calibration, renewable and sustainable energy systems, building energy management, and smart monitoring of energy systems. Topics also include demand side management; efficiency of generation, transmission, and distribution systems; energy efficiency policies, standards, and regulations; and auditing of buildings, HVAC, and compressed air systems.

Hosted by : EE

Offered to : EE, ME, AEE, AME

This program prepares the students to develop a wide range of knowledge of human resource management (HRM) skills necessary for implementing effective and legally defensible human resource practices in contemporary business organizations. The program covers the four essential pillars of HRM: staffing (strategic staffing, job analysis, competency modelling, recruitment, pre-hire evaluation, legal issues, etc.), compensation (job evaluation techniques, pay levels determination, labor markets, fixed and variable pay, pay surveys, incentives, benefits, compensation laws, non-traditional compensation, etc.), training and development (learning styles, needs analysis, training methodology, etc.), and performance management (process, appraisal systems and techniques, measurement approaches, performance analytics, team performance management, performance measurements, etc.). Practical examples and cases are discussed throughout the program.

Hosted by : MM

Offered to : MGT

This interdisciplinary program covers the systematic and strategic coordination management for supplying goods and services required by the end customer, which is essential to both customer satisfaction and operational efficiency. Topics include supply chain strategies, drivers, transportation, sourcing, distribution networks, global networks, sustainability, and procurement (supplier management purchasing, policies, procedures, global sourcing, cost management, negotiation, etc.). Other topics cover logistics, including lean systems, market distribution, manufacturing, production forecasting, inventory control, optimization, warehouse management, deterministic and stochastic inventory systems, capacity planning, and material requirement planning. Students are equipped with the skills to manage and run effective and efficient supply businesses chains.

Hosted by : ISOM

Offered to : MGT, ISOM, FIN, ACCT, MIS, IM, MKT

This interdisciplinary program covers fundamental concepts and tools needed for understanding business analytics in organizations, with focus on data and models to explain the performance of a business and to inform business decisions and actions. Topics include regression methods (least squares, polynomial, parameter estimation, confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses, etc.), data analytics (pre-processing, analytical methods, multi-dimensionality, knowledge discovery, visualization, clustering, forecasting, descriptive analytics, decision support, intelligent systems), and application of these analytics (classification, multi-criteria decision making, neural network, recommender systems, etc.). The program also covers big data analysis, including big data collection, preparation, preprocessing, warehousing, interactive visualization, analysis, scrubbing, mining, management, modeling, and tools such as Hadoop, Map-Reduce, Apache Spark, etc. Students apply these concepts to relevant business examples.

Hosted by : ISOM

Offered to : MGT, ISOM, FIN, ACCT, MIS, IM, MKT

This interdisciplinary program covers numerous financial concepts, instruments, and tools from the shariah -compliant point of view, which is a rapidly growing branch of business. Students are introduced to the application of Islamic business principles in most business transactions, operations, and structures. Topics include the Islamic structure, management, financial statements, contracts, risk, and governance (shariah supervisory boards, review, audit, etc.). Other topics include Islamic financial instruments in several types of capital markets, such as bond instruments (sukuk), insurance instruments (takaful), inter-bank money market, debt (sukuk), real estate investment trusts (REITs), exchange traded funds (ETFs), in addition to Islamic equity and derivatives markets. Accounting of Islamic financial institutions is also covered, including accounting policies of Islamic equity and debt-based and sales-based contracts.

Hosted by : FIN

Offered to : AS, FIN