The BSc program comprises a total of 138 credit hours reasonably distributed over eight semesters. It is developed to equip students with the necessary tools to fulfill their assignments and responsibilities as process instrumentation and control engineers. It consists of courses which can be classified into three main categories as follows:

General Sciences: Students are provided with a suitable number of general science courses such as mathematics, statistics, physics, computer programming, and chemistry. This enables them to successfully follow the engineering courses in the program.

Engineering Sciences: Engineering courses are distributed along the curriculum to cover process engineering, measurement systems, and process monitoring, control, and automation in sequence in order to make the learning process easy to be assimilated. In process engineering, students are taught the fundamentals of chemical and electrical/electronic engineering needed to understand industrial processes. In addition, the financial regulations necessary to solve engineering design problems are provided in an engineering economic course. Instrumentation, measurement, and control subjects are taught as required in adequate number of courses.

In addition to the compulsory courses, students are offered numerous engineering elective courses in order to allow some degree of specialization in areas such as industrial safety, virtual instrumentation, nonlinear process control, process optimization, advanced process control, fiber optics and laser instrumentation, quality assurance and reliability engineering, logic controllers and distributed control systems.

General Education: General education components are in line with the university mission. Students are taught Islamic culture, Arabic language, English language, modern history of Bahrain and citizenship, and human rights principles which enable them to develop professional components that require fluent communication skills, knowledge of contemporary issues, and ethics.

The undergraduate program includes two laboratory courses, namely Process Instrumentation/Control Lab I and Process Instrumentation/Control Lab II. Students conduct experiments on process variables and properties measurements and empirical chemical processes modeling in Lab I. In lab II, they conduct experiments on computer based automatic process control; control valves characteristics and composition measurements.

The program also includes two periods of summer trainings of two-month duration each, one upon completion of the second year and the other at the end of the third year. The students are placed in relevant industrial companies to gain additional practical experience.

In the second and fourth years, students also undertake junior and senior projects, respectively. Both projects emphasize independent learning and teamwork. Field trips are also arranged through the courses in coordination with the relevant industrial companies.


Detailed Study Plan

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The PICE program has set up three program educational objectives in conformity with the University of Bahrain mission and with the ABET accreditation criteria. The program educational objectives are posted in the department hall and are available on the Accreditation and Assessment Office website ( Changes to program educational objectives and outcomes will also appear in the PICE leaflet, College of Engineering catalogue and university website.

The PICE B.Sc. program educational objectives cover three domains:

  • Depth: Foster within our graduates a strong foundation in the fundamental knowledge required for the practice of, or for advanced study in, Process Instrumentation and Control Engineering, including its scientific principles, rigorous analysis, and creative design.
  • Breadth: Prepare our graduates with a broad up-to-date education, with emphasis on Process Instrumentation and Control Engineering, for the diversity of productive career opportunities or for postgraduate education.
  • Professionalism: To develop within our graduates professional skills including responsible teamwork, creativity and communication skills and professional attitudes and ethics to prepare them for the complex actual work environment and for lifelong learning.
Process Instrumentation and Control engineering graduates possess:

Analytical Traits: Process Instrumentation and Control engineers possess very strong analytical and logical skills to be innovative and designing new ideas to the current need of the industry.

Communication skills: Process Instrumentation and Control engineers should be highly motivated to perform a task with excellent communication and coordination skills.

Team Orientation: Process Instrumentation and Control engineers need teamwork skills to collaborate on solving difficult development problems. The Process Instrumentation and Control engineers should be a team player who can take the team forward to make a task successful.

Creativity is necessary, especially for Process Instrumentation and Control engineers who work in product development. Process Engineers should innovate and provide tools that can be useful in making the work less tedious. They must think beyond typical processes and come up with new methods to develop innovative products.

Commitment: Process Instrumentation and Control engineers should be very strong in analyzing and achieving a goal or set of tasks in a given time.

Attentiveness: Process Instrumentation and Control engineers need to focus on safety and pay attention to the industrial environment.