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The Data Analytics for Petroleum Industry Certificate is coordinated by the Texas A&M Institute of Data Science (TAMIDS). The certificate is interdisciplinary and is housed in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering within the Texas A&M University College of Engineering to train undergraduate students at Texas A&M University to become more competitive in the job market of the petroleum industry.

Students will receive an education in concepts, computation and case-based learning to prepare them for data analytics and machine learning careers.


The petroleum industry includes the global processes of exploring, extracting, refining, transporting, and marketing of petroleum products. A growing trend towards the use of data analytics and machine learning is emerging due to the large-scale deployment of sensors in exploration, drilling, production, asset management, supply chain, and various commercial operations.

A few areas where data analytics are applied include analyzing seismic and distributed sensing data, improving reservoir characterization and simulation, reducing drilling time and increasing drilling safety, optimizing the performance of production pumps, improving petrochemical asset management, improving shipping and transportation, and improving occupational safety.

The certificate will provide opportunities for students to work on technical problems with global consequences in the energy industry. Certificate holders are viewed as students who are committed to working hard to further their education and to better prepare themselves for integrated data science and analytics roles in the petroleum industry.

Suitable Majors

This certificate is suitable for students majoring in geology, geophysics, petroleum engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, statistics and business.

Admission Requirements

  • Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above to be admitted to the certificate program.
  • Students must submit a request to be registered for electives (check with Jake Williams on procedure).
  • Students must obtain degree clearance from their major’s undergraduate director for any elective course exceptions.
  • Students must have a letter grade of B or better in each course used for the certificate in order to successfully complete the certificate program.

Certificate Requirements

An updated listing of the course requirements and electives can be found on the certificate’s page in the undergraduate catalog.

Financial Assistance

The ConocoPhillips Data Science Scholars program provides scholarships to students in this certificate program. The scholarships are awarded competitively and might make the student eligible for an in-state tuition rate for the remainder of the year.

Any applications to this certificate program will be considered for the ConocoPhillips Data Science Scholars program, provided that the following conditions apply to the applicant:

  • Cumulative GPA 3.5 or higher
  • Completion of PETE 201 with grade B or higher
  • Completion of at least one certificate program elective with grade B or higher

Check with petroleum engineering undergraduate advisors for details.


To request an application, please email Jake Williams:

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Jake Williams

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Jake Williams