The curriculum at the University of Science and Technology is structured in a manner that assists its students in building a solid foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) as on (Figure 1).
The core STEM courses are distributed over the first two semesters of study as follow:
a- At the first semester, students will study one course in each of the following subjects: Math, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. In addition to two credit hours of General Education. An optional seminar is offered to the students to help them determine the track/major that suits their interests.
b- At the second semester, students have the option of selecting either Science or Engineering track (Figure 2).
c- At the end of the second semester, students have to declare their majors according to the selected track. In each major, there is a further set of foundation courses tailored to the Concentrations' requirements.
Starting from the second or the third year, students will start taking courses explicitly for their respective concentrations.
To graduate as an engineer, students must fulfil their degree requirements, including completing at least 162 credit hours distributed throughout five years (including the foundation year) (Figure 2), or a minimum of nine regular semesters for students with good academic records. Refer to the study plan for further details.
Science majors’ students must fulfil their degree requirements, including completing at least 130 credit hours distributed throughout four years (including the foundation year) (Figure 3). Refer to the study plan for further details.
Figure 1 Foundation Year Curriculum at UST
Figure 2 Science & Engineering Majors offered at UST
Figure 3 Science Majors/ Concentrations offered at UST
All the University of Science and Technology students are required to study 16-20 credit hours of General Education courses distributed throughout their curriculum.
The General Education courses offered include, but not limited to, Regional History, Arabic Language, Technical English, Comparative literature, Professional Skills, and Philosophical Thinking.
In addition, all the University of Science and Technology students are encouraged to take a three credit hour course in intellectual property, technology transfer, and commercialization.
The primary goal of the University of Science and Technology is to have a new generation capable of working and competing within global standards and at the same time mastering their mother tongue language. Therefore, Arabic is one of the important components of the curriculum.
One of the main objectives of the University of Science and Technology is to bridge the gap between academia and the industry by creating new products that will have a significant impact on progress of Egypt. This entails an education that fosters creative and critical thinking. Its graduates will learn the process of transferring ideas from basic research to a marketable product, how to handle intellectual Property, how to make a successful business plan. A series of courses in the curriculum fulfils this objective.
Graduates of UST should be recognized for their ability to read critically and to write clearly. This capability is essential for appreciating the working 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 a course in literature.
As English is the most popular language for science and engineering, it is essential that admitted students at UST 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.