Curriculum Structure

The curriculum at the University of Science and Technology is structured to allow students to build a solid foundation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) (figure 1). The core STEM courses are distributed between the first two years of study. First year students study two courses in each of the following subjects: math, physics, chemistry and biology. In addition, the first year curriculum includes six credit hours of humanities and social sciences as well as a one-credit-hour seminar. This seminar briefly introduces the different concentrations at the university to help students decide on the concentration that most suits their interests.

At the beginning of their second year, students have the option of following one of four science concentrations or four engineering concentrations (figure 1). In each concentration, there is a further set of foundation courses specifically tailored to its requirements. In addition, students in each concentration will take at least one course to introduce them to their concentration. Starting from the third year, students will start taking courses specific to their respective concentrations.

Figure 2: STEM core courses

Figure 2: STEM core courses

Four different engineering concentrations are offered at the University of Science and Technology, namely: nanotechnology engineering, environmental engineering, renewable energy engineering, and space and communications engineering. To graduate as an engineer, students must fulfill their degree requirements including registering for at least 162 - 167 credit hours distributed throughout five years (including the foundation year).

Students in the science track can choose between four different concentrations: biomedical sciences, nanoscience, materials science, and physics of the earth and universe. Science majors must fulfill their degree requirements including registering for at least 135 - 137 credit hours distributed throughout four years (including the foundation year).

 

Humanities and Social Sciences Curricula

 

All students at the University of Science and Technology must receive 15 credit hours in humanities and social sciences. The humanities and social science courses offered include Arabic language and history, technical English, comparative literature, professional skills, psychology and philosophical thinking, among other subjects.

Arabic is one of the essential components of the curriculum. Our primary goal is to have a new generation capable of working and competing within global standards while mastering their mother tongue. We wish to inspire a generation to revive the glory and scientific leadership demonstrated in our region during earlier periods of our history. Understanding history establishes a framework in which students can organize ideas, locate and understand their own culture, and learn from the past. Understanding that we are part of history, which is not simply a textbook subject, will inspire students to fulfill a positive role in the future of their country and region.

One of the main objectives of the University of Science and Technology is to bridge the gap between academia and industry by creating new products that will have a significant impact on Egypt's progress. This entails an education that fosters creative and critical thinking. Our graduates will learn the process of transferring ideas from basic research to a marketable product, how to handle intellectual property and how to make a successful business plan. A series of courses offered to fulfill this objective.

Graduates of the University of Science and Technology should be recognized for their ability to read critically and to write clearly. This capability is essential for appreciating the workings of the human imagination, to discover and assess the values of the student's own culture and to explore alternative ways of looking at the world. This goal is realized by offering courses in literature and philosophy.

As English is the most popular language for science and engineering, it is essential that admitted students at the University of Science and Technology have a sufficient level of English proficiency. This will enable them to cope with international developments in various fields of science and technology. Accordingly, all admitted students must sit for an exam to determine their level of English proficiency. In addition, all students are required to take a course in English for Science.