Bachelor of Science

The curriculum in petroleum engineering is intended to prepare students for the petroleum industry and other fields which involve fluid flow through subsurface formations and particularly for those professions which have to do with drilling, production, reservoir engineering and transportation of oil, gas, and other subsurface resources.

In order to meet our Mission and Vision, PETE graduates must have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • An ability to deal with the high level of uncertainty in definition and solution of petroleum reservoir problems

First Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
ENGL 1041 - Composition and Rhetoric 3 hrs
ENGR 1111 - Foundations in Engineering I 2 hrs
MATH 1511 - Engineering Math I2 4 hrs
PHYS 2181 - Mechanics 4 hrs
University Core Curriculum elective3 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours16 hrs

Second Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
CHEM107/1171 - General Chemistry for Engineering Students 4 hrs
ENGR 1121 - Foundations in Engineering II 2 hr
MATH 1521 - Engineering Math II 4 hrs
PHYS 2081 - Electricity and Optics 4 hrs
University Core Curriculum elective3 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours17 hrs

Notes:

  1. Requires a C or better.
  2. Entering students will be given a math placement exam (MPE). Test results will be used in selecting the appropriate starting course which may be at a higher or lower level
  3. To be selected from the University Core Curriculum. Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from creative arts, 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from American history, and 6 from government/political sciences. The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the creative arts, social and behavioral sciences, and American history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.

First Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
Communications elective1 3 hrs
GEOL 1042 - Physical Geology 4 hrs
MATH 251 - Engineering Math III 3 hrs
MEEN 221 - Statics and Particle Dynamics 3 hrs
PETE 2252 - Introduction to Drilling Systems 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours16 hrs

Second Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
CVEN 305 - Mechanics of Materials 3 hrs
MATH 308 - Differential Equations 3 hrs
MEEN 315 - Principles of Thermodynamics 3 hrs
PETE 311 - Reservoir Petrophysics 4 hrs
University Core Curriculum elective3 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours16 hrs

Notes:

  1. Communications elective - choose from COMM 205, COMM 203, or ENGL 210.
  2. Requires a C or better.
  3. To be selected from the University Core Curriculum. Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from creative arts, 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from American history, and 6 from government/political sciences. The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the creative arts, social and behavioral sciences, and American history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.

Summer Internship Requirement1

Course NameCredits
PETE 300 - Summer Practice 0 hrs
Total Credit Hours0 hrs

First Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
GEOL 404 - Geology of Petroleum 3 hrs
PETE 301 - Petroleum Engr Numerical Methods 3 hrs
PETE 310 - Reservoir Fluids 4 hrs
PETE 314 - Transport Process in Petroleum Production 3 hrs
PETE335 - Technical Presentations I2 1 hr
PETE 353 - Petroleum Project Evaluation 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours17 hrs

Second Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
PETE 321 - Formation Evaluation 4 hrs
PETE 323 - Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering 3 hrs
PETE 324 - Well Testing 3 hrs
PETE 325 - Petroleum Productions Systems 3 hrs
PETE 355 - Drilling Engineering 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours16 hrs

Notes:

  1. Petroleum engineering requires all of its students to work in an industry-related position for at least one summer before graduation. These summer positions give students opportunities to learn more about their profession and to finance a good portion of their college expenses.
  2. Independent study of a petroleum engineering problem, the solution of which will be documented by a technical paper and an oral presentation at the departmental student paper contest held during the same academic year.

First Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
PETE 401 - Reservoir Simulation 2 hrs
PETE 404 - Integrated Reservoir Modeling 3 hrs
PETE 410 - Production Engineering 3 hrs
PETE 435 - Technical Presentations2 1 hr
University Core Curriculum elective1 3 hrs
University Core Curriculum elective1 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours15 hrs

Second Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
ENGR 482 - Ethics and Engineering 3 hrs
PETE 402 - Integrated Asset Development 3 hrs
Technical elective3 3 hrs
Technical elective3 3 hrs
University Core Curriculum elective1 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours15 hrs

Notes:

  1. To be selected from the University Core Curriculum. Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from creative arts, 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from American history, and 6 from government/political sciences. The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the creative arts, social and behavioral sciences, and American history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.
  2. Independent study of a petroleum engineering problem, the solution of which will be documented by a technical paper and an oral presentation at the departmental student paper contest held during the same academic year.
  3. Select from technical electives list approved by the department head.

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