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Petroleum Engineering Advising

First-Time Freshmen

All first-time freshmen are required to attend an orientation session held by the Office of Orientation designed to provide new students with an opportunity to become acquainted with all aspects of the University. Orientation sessions are held in the summer and prior to the beginning of classes in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. First semester petroleum engineering freshmen are initially advised by Junior Division and/or the Petroleum Engineering Department Head or a departmental advisor. These sessions are designed so that new students can gain insight into many aspects of the University environment (academic, administrative, social, and cultural). These sessions also help freshmen develop new friendships and become comfortable with the University community.

In addition to freshman orientation, In 2010 the University reaffirmed its regional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). The result of the planning for that reaccreditation effort was the development of a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The focus for the QEP was the development and deployment of a university-wide First-Year Seminar for all incoming freshmen, effective fall of 2013. The First-Year Seminar UNIV 100, known as “The Cajun Connection,” is a 2 credit-hour interactive experience led by faculty facilitators and supported by peer mentors. The seminar focuses on stimulating incoming students' intellectual curiosity and social responsibility, providing them with knowledge and insights necessary for fulfillment and success in college and in their subsequent careers.

At the same time, the University decided to take a unified approach toward insuring that all of its students fulfill the “information literacy” component of the General Education requirements. UNIV 200, “Information Literacy,” is a 2 credit-hour course that all students at the University must take, as of the Fall of 2013. The course covers the use of word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, and database software for communication, research, and productivity. Basic computer technology operations and concepts are covered, as well as social, ethical, and human issues related to computer technology.

Current Students

The Petroleum Engineering Department Head will assign an advisor to each student who will review and monitor your performance. Your advisor is available to discuss your concerns and needs related to your academic program of study. This ensures that the department's advising and evaluation process is accurate and appropriate, and that it gives you proper guidance. The Advisor Handbook is published by the Academic Success Center to provide Academic Advisors with current procedures and resources for successful academic advising of students.

After your first semester of petroleum engineering you will be assigned to a faculty advisor that will monitor your progress until your senior year. The initial placement of each student in math or English courses is based on ACT, TOEFL or equivalent scores as provided in the Advisor Handbook. Extensive student advising is completed each semester over a two-week period. Advising dates can be viewed on the University’s Academic Calendar. In order to schedule your appointment in advance, advising schedules are posted outside of each faculty member’s office.

You are welcome to seek advising at any time during the semester. Your advisor’s teaching schedule and office hours are also posted outside of their office.

Your advisor has access to your entire academic record, which allows for you and the advisor to develop schedules that meet your needs. Consideration is given to GPA, co-requisites, prerequisites, part-time or full-time employment, and the schedule of course offerings available in future semesters. You cannot register for courses until you have been advised by your advisor, who will then release the “registration hold.”


In your final year, the Department Head will again advise and review your academic record to ensure that you have met all academic requirements for graduation. A final check of these requirements, a graduation check sheet, is then completed in the Dean’s office.


Transfer Students and Seniors
Dr. Rafael Hernandez
(337) 482-6062
Madison Hall, Room 217D

Dr. Nelson Chavez
(337) 482-6555
Madison Hall, Room 136B

Dr. Mehdi Mokhtari
(337) 482-6115
Madison Hall, Room 222E

Dr. Ning Liu
(337) 482-6555
Madison Hall, Room 124C

Dr. Yin Feng
(337) 482-1767
Madison Hall, Room 124D

Tamla Springer
(337) 482-6555
Madison Hall, Room 122

Ahmed Temani
(337) 482-6555
Madison Hall, Room 128A

Randy Andres
(337) 482-6556
Madison Hall, Room 124B

General Advising Questions
Connie Deville
(337) 482-6555
Madison Hall, Room 126