The Petroleum Ventures Certificate Program (“PVP”) sets Aggie petroleum engineers apart by giving them unparalleled exposure to business concepts, entrepreneurship, industry leaders and case-based learning opportunities where they work together with business students to solve problems and study real world energy companies. This interdisciplinary environment prepares them for leadership and expanded technical roles within the industry. The program is set up in collaboration with the Finance Department of the Mays Business School. PVP certificate holders are viewed as students who are committed to working hard to further their education and to better prepare themselves for integrated roles in the industry.

The Certificate of Petroleum Ventures impacts the following student groups:

  • Undergraduate petroleum engineering and finance students who have a desire to work in Energy Finance, Petroleum Investment Management, or have a goal of senior management of an oil and gas company and/or a goal of one day creating and managing their own energy company.
  • Petroleum engineers and finance undergraduate students who are seeking specialized training.


  1. Students must complete and submit a certificate application to the Petroleum Ventures certificate program.
  2. Applications are not a guarantee of acceptance: Petroleum Ventures Program board members consider all applications through an interview process.


  1. Students should have a good academic standing within their major department.
  2. Students must submit a request to be registered for business electives.
  3. All elective course exceptions require degree clearance by the major’s undergraduate director.

Course Requirement Summary

Required Courses

Course Credits
FINC 409- Fundamentals of Finance 3
PETE 201 - Fundamentals of Petroleum  1
FINC 351 - Investment Analysis 3
FINC 361 - Managerial Finance I 3
PETE 353 - Petroleum Project Evaluation 3
PETE 402 - Integrated Asset Development (Capstone) 3
PETE 418* - Deterministic Reserves Evaluation 3
or PETE 408* - Probablistic Reserves Evaluation 3

*Students must take one of the two courses. They can also take both and use one as an elective.

Prescribed Elective Courses (Choose 2)

Course Credits
FINC 422 - Applied Investment Analysis 3
FINC 423 - Futures, Options & Other Derivatives 3
FINC 424 - Trading Risk Management 3
FINC 427 - Titans of Investing 3
FINC 443 - Valuation 3
FINC 449 - Financial Modeling 3
FINC 489 - Private Equity 3
FINC 644 - Funding New Ventures 3
PETE 489/453 - Petroleum Entrepreneurship 3
PETE 489/617 - Petroleum Reservoir Management 3
PETE 621 - Petroleum Development Strategy 3
PETE 622 - Exploration & Production Evaluation 3

Certificate Application and Completion Form

For More Information

Cathy Sliva

  • Associate Professor of Engineering Practice
  • Director, Undergraduate Advising
Cathy Sliva