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First Year Undergraduate Curriculum

The freshman year curriculum is identical for most engineering undergraduate degree programs. Undergraduate students are admitted to the Texas A&M University College of Engineering with a preference for the major noted on their admissions application and follow the same first-year engineering curriculum. The Entry to a Major process is designed for students to take ownership of their future to identify at least three majors that are a good match for their career goals and academic performance.

Learn How to Enter a Major

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

View Current Program Requirements

In order to meet our mission and vision, our petroleum engineering graduates must:

  • have the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • have the ability to design and conduct experiments and analyze and interpret data
  • have the 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
  • have the ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • have the ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • have the ability to communicate effectively
  • have the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • recognize the need for, and have the ability to engage in, life-long learning
  • know contemporary issues
  • have the ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • have the ability to deal with the high level of uncertainty in definitions and solutions of petroleum reservoir problems

Previous Administrative Policies, Curriculum, and Course Descriptions

Archived Texas A&M academic catalogs listing administrative policies, curriculum and course descriptions are always available as a reference to students who enrolled in a previous academic year.