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The Department of Petroleum Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering, along with a Master of Science in Engineering and Doctorate of Systems Engineering, both with an option to specialize in petroleum engineering. Our curricula focus on math, geosciences, fluid flow, engineering mechanics, thermodynamics, economics, and probability and statistics — all essential when working in the oil and gas industry.

All Petroleum students follow the Petroleum Engineering Program that is in effect at the time of enrollment (provided enrollment is continuous). Students may also elect to follow the most recent program listed in the University Catalog/Bulletin. Students who break enrollment must follow the program listed in the latest catalog/bulletin at the time of re-entry into the program.

Through our petroleum engineering courses, our students learn the best practices for:

  • Designing and analyzing well systems and procedures for drilling and completing wells.
  • Characterizing and evaluating subsurface geological formations and their resources through geo-scientific and engineering methods.
  • Designing and analyzing systems for producing, injecting, and handling fluids.
  • Applying reservoir engineering principles and practices for optimal resource development and management.
  • Using project economics and resource valuation methods for designing and making decisions under risky and uncertain conditions.

Our students have opportunities to study abroad as well as visit local industry sites to see first hand how experience here in school will translate directly into a career. We train our graduates to be among the best in the industry, and we have established strong relationships with local oil and gas operators so, after graduation, you are sought after by both smaller, independently owned companies and major production companies.

Through the petroleum engineering program, you'll earn your Wild Well Control (WWC) and Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HUET) certifications. There are also many opportunities to learn alongside seasoned engineers through training programs and continuing education courses for oil and gas companies.

Learn more about our undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs in petroleum engineering.