Degree Plan

​​Prep Year Program

The Preparatory program operates in two fifteen weeks semesters. General studies courses are designed to provide fundamentals f​​or the specialization programs by offering variety of courses in Science and Math. Courses provided by the department of General studies for preparatory year programs are listed below:​

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursPre requisitePre requisite forSemester offeredCourse offered for Majors
MATH 011Mathematics I4NONEMATH 012, MATH 1181 & 2ALL
MATH 012Mathematics II​4MATH 011MATH 111, MATH 1131& 2ALL
GS 021College Study Skills1NONENONE1 & 2ALL
GS 031Physical Education I 1NONEGS 1321 & 2ALL
SCI 051Physical Sciences (Chemistry + Physics)2NONE

SCI 152,

SCI 154

1 & 2

GS Course Descriptions


MATH 011 Mathematics I (4-0-4)                                                          Pre-Requisite: None

This course is mainly a theoretical course. It is designed to provide basic and fundamental knowledge of math concepts that is required in further study courses. The topics include: Real numbers, integral exponents and scientific notation, polynomials and their operations, rational functions, radicals, complex numbers, equations and inequalities in one variable, linear & quadratic equations, non-linear inequalities in one variable, linear & quadratic functions and their graphs, synthetic division, fundamental theorem of algebra and graphs of polynomial and rational functions. The students may work on computers using the provided software for enhancement of the different math topics of the course.

MATH 012 Mathematics II (4-0-4)                                                Pre-Requisite: MATH 011

This course is mainly a theoretical course. It is designed to build a strong base in algebra and trigonometry that is needed for further courses. The topics include: Exponential and logarithmic functions and their equations, trigonometric functions of any angle, fundamental properties of sine and cosine graphs, trigonometric identities, trigonometric equations and inverse trigonometric functions, systems of linear equations in two and three variables, matrices and determinants, solving linear systems by matrix and determinant methods. The students may work on computers using the provided software for enhancement of the different math topics of the course.

GS 021 College Study Skills (0-2-1)                                                       Pre-Requisite: None

This is a preparatory year course aimed at addressing issues facing new students on transferring from the secondary to further college education. Skills gained during this course include motivation, time management, effective participation and note writing in lectures, and preparing for exams.

GS 161 Arabic Practical Grammar (2-0-2)                                             Pre-Requisite: None

Selection of aspects of Arabic grammar essential for written and spoken communication in everyday life with emphasis on correct grammar usage.

GS 262 Arabic Professional Writing (2-0-2)                                       Pre-Requisite: GS 161

Characteristics and types of formal writing: reports; scientific research; summaries; forms; resume; evaluations and minutes of meetings.

GS 363 Arabic Communication Skills (2-0-2)                                     Pre-Requisite: GS 262

Promoting interactive skills and techniques for social, academic and professional life: dialogue; presentations; persuasion and developing a positive approach.

GS 171 Beliefs and its Consequences (2-0-2)                                        Pre-Requisite: None

The roots of the true faith. Special characteristics of Islamic faith. The Islamic view of the universe, mankind and life. Means for enrichment of life and beliefs.

GS 272 Professional Ethics (2-02)                                                      Pre-Requisite: GS 171

Importance of ethics in Islam and the integration of worship and aspects of professional life. Suitability criteria for employment in Islam. Standards for professional behavior. Employee interaction with others. Application of Islam to professional violations. Saudi Laws and professional behavior.

GS 373 Human Rights in Islam (2-0-2)                                              Pre-Requisite: GS 272

The dignity of mankind and basic human rights. The Islamic viewpoint of human rights, its distinguishing characteristics, and debates related to this issue.

SCI 051 Physical Sciences (1-3-2)                                                         Pre-Requisite: None

This course is both theoretical and practical and composed of two major components, chemistry and physics. The former part is designed to provide an introductory knowledge for students in chemistry. The course enables students to learn about the atoms and periodic table, elements of chemistry, mixtures, chemical bonding molecular mixing, acids and bases, oxidation reduction and organic compounds with its related subjects such as drugs and plastics. The practical components of the course include laboratory experience to develop the students' ability in experimentation, observation, measurements and also documentation. The physics part, on the other hand, provides students with sufficient understanding and knowledge in Physics, and develops their physics practical skills to meet the requirement of their respective specializations. The main topics include Mechanics, heat, electricity and magnetism, and waves - sound and light.

MATH 113 Math for Management I (3-0-3)                                  Pre-Requisite: MATH 012

Linear equations and inequalities. Systems of linear equations, basic material on matrices. Elementary introduction to linear programming. Counting techniques, Permutations and combinations. Probability for finite sample space. Basic concepts in statistics. Topics in the mathematics of finance.

MATH 114 Math for Management II (3-0-3)                                 Pre-Requisite: MATH 113

The derivative. Rules for differentiation. Derivative of logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions. Differentials. Growth and decay models. Definite and indefinite integrals. Techniques of integration. Integrals involving logarithmic, exponential and trigonometric functions. Integration by tables. Area under a curve and between curves. Functions of several variables. Partial derivatives and their applications to optimization.

MATH 117 Statistical Methods for Management I (2-3-3)           Pre-Requisite: MATH 113

Frequency tables; histogram; measures of central tendency and dispersion; correlations as a

descriptive measure; probability theory; sampling; probability descriptions; estimation and

confidence intervals; applications for managerial decisions.

MATH 118 Statistical Methods for Management II (2-3-3)          Pre-Requisite: MATH 117

Hypothesis testing for means and variances; index numbers and time series; liner simple and multiple regression and correlation analysis; the chi-squared and F distributions and their applications.

MATH 111 Calculus I (4-0-4)                                                         Pre-Requisite: MATH 012

Limits and continuity of functions of a single variable. Differentiability. Techniques of differentiation. Implicit differentiation. Local extrema, first and second derivative tests for local extrema. Concavity and inflection points. Curve sketching. Applied extrema problems. The Mean Value Theorem and applications.

MATH 112 Calculus II (4-0-4)                                                        Pre-Requisite: MATH 111

Definite and indefinite integrals of functions of a single variable. Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Techniques of integration. Hyperbolic functions. Applications of the definite integral to area, volume, arc length and surface of revolution. Improper integrals. Sequences and series: convergence tests, integral, comparison, ratio and root tests. Alternating series. Absolute and conditional convergence. Power series. Taylor and Maclaurin series.

MATH 211 Calculus III (3-0-3)                                                      Pre-Requisite: MATH 112

Polar coordinates, polar curves, area in polar coordinates. Vectors, lines, planes and surfaces. Cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Functions of two and three variables, limits and continuity. Partial derivatives, directional derivatives. Extrema of functions of two variables. Double integrals, double integrals in polar coordinates. Triple integrals, triple integrals in cylindrical and spherical coordinates.

MATH 216 Linear Algebra & Differential Equations (3-0-3)          Pre-Requisite: MATH 112

Systems of linear equations. Rank of matrices. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Vector spaces, subspaces, bases, dimensions. Invertible matrices. Similar matrices. Diagonalizable matrices. Block diagonal and Jordan forms. First order differential equations: separable and exact. The homogeneous differential equations with constant coefficients. Wronskian. Nonhomogeneous differential equations. Methods of undetermined coefficients and variation of parameters. Systems of differential equations. Non-homogeneous systems.

MATH 312 Probability & Statistics (2-3-3)                                    Pre-Requisite: MATH 112

Presentation and interpretation of data, elementary probability concepts, random variables and probability distributions, binomial, Poisson, exponential, Weibull, normal and log normal random variables. Estimation, tests of hypotheses for the one sample problem. Simple and multiple linear regression, application to engineering problems. The lab session will be devoted to  problem solving using statistics software.

SCI 152 General Physics I (3-3-4)                                                    Pre-Requisite: SCI 051

First course of calculus-based, general physics sequence. Topics covered include particle kinematics and dynamics; conservation of energy and linear momentum rotational kinematics; rigid body dynamics; conservation of angular momentum simple harmonic motion; gravitation; the static and dynamics of fluids.

SCI 153 General Physics II (3-3-4)                                                  Pre-Requisite: SCI 152

A continuation of General Physics I. Topics covered include: wave motion and sound, temperature, first and second law of thermodynamics; kinetic theory of gases coulomb's law; the electric field; Gauss' law; electric potential; capacitors an dielectrics; D.C. circuits; the magnetic field; ampere's and Faraday's laws.

SCI 154 General Chemistry (3-3-4)                                                  Pre-Requisite: SCI 051

Chemical bonding, stoichiometry of pure substances, reactions, state of matter (gases, liquids, and solids), mixtures (with emphasis on some physical aspects of solutions), thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, acids, bases and electrochemistry.

SCI 155 Physics for Interior Design (2-3-3)                                      Pre-Requisite SCI 051

Particle kinematics and dynamics, conservation of energy and linear momentum, temperature, first and second law of thermodynamics, simple harmonic motion, wave motion and sound, structure of matter, electromagnetic waves, images, interference and diffraction.