Administered by the College of Business and Engineering
The Petroleum Engineering program, is a broad-based discipline primarily concerned with the development, exploration, conservation and transportation of oil and gas resources. Petroleum engineers plan and supervise drilling and well-completion programs, design and select drilling and production equipment, estimate reserves and manage oil and gas properties. A petroleum engineering graduate may obtain a responsible position with an oil company, establish a consulting business, or become an independent oil producer. In general, a petroleum and natural gas engineer may find employment with any industry as well as state or federal institutions which require a specialist in activities related to producing and injecting fluids by means of wellbores.
Program Educational Objectives
The educational objectives of the Petroleum Engineering program are to provide an educational experience that enables graduates to:
- Continue development of critical thinking and engage in life-long learning as well as professional development including, if so desired, the pursuit of graduate studies.
- Identify petroleum engineering critical problems and develop solutions for an efficient recovery of hydrocarbon resources while adopting the ideals of professional and ethical standards as well as environmental concern and social awareness.
- Gain team work and leadership capabilities as well as communication skills.
- Practice petroleum engineering in a wide variety of private and governmental institutions..
The minimum total credits required for a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering is 126.
General Education Core Courses 46 credits
General Education Requirements are 44 semester credit hours as outlined in the U. T. Permian Basin Undergraduate Catalog. Students should meet the Mathematics requirement with the following courses: MATH2413, 2414. Students should meet the science requirements with: PHYS 2325, 2125, and CHEM 1311, 1111.
The general education core courses should include the following:
English Composition, 6 credits, ENGL 1301, 1302
U.S. History, 6 credits, HIST 1301, 1302
U.S. and State Government, 6 credits, PLSC 2305, 2306
Lab Sciences, 8 credits, PHYS 2325, 2125, and CHEM 1311, 1111
Mathematics, 8 credits, MATH 2413
Literature, 3 credits, ENGL 2322, 2323, 2327, or 2328
Communication, 3 credits
Arts, 3 credits
Social Sciences, 3 credits
Non-Petroleum-Engineering Required Courses 39 Credits
MATH 3301 - Statistics, 3
MATH 3320 - Differential Equations, 3
MATH 2415 - Calculus III, 4
PHYS 2326 - University Physics II, 3
PHYS 2126 - University Physics II Laboratory, 1
GEOL 1301 - Physical Geology, 3
GEOL 1101 - Physical Geology lab, 1
GEOL 3212 - Sedimentary Rocks, 2
GEOL 3112 - Sedimentary Rocks Lab, 1
ENGR 2403 – Statics and Dynamics, 4
ENGR 3375 - Intro. To Thermodynamics, 3
ENGR 3332 - Mechanics of Materials, 3
ENGR 3354 - Intro. To Fluid Mechanics, 3
ENGR 4195 - Professional Practice, 1
Petroleum Engineering Required Courses 39 Credits
PENG 2301 - Petroleum Fundamentals, 3
PENG 3302 - Reservoir Rock and Fluids Properties, 3
PENG 3301 - Drilling Engineering, 3
PENG 3101 - Drilling Fluids Lab, 1
PENG 3304 - Reservoir Engineering, 3
PENG 3104 - Reservoir Engineering Lab, 1
PENG 3305 - Well Design, 3
PENG 3307 - Formation Evaluation, 3
PENG 3326 - Petroleum Resource Economic and Valuation, 3
PENG 4301 - Production Engineering, 3
PENG 4302 - Well Testing, 3
PENG 4303 - Reservoir Description, 3
PENG 4305 - Reservoir Engineering II, 3
PENG 4410 - Senior Design, 4
Petroleum Engineering Elective Courses (Choose two) 6 Credits
PENG 4304 - Natural Gas Reservoir Engr., 3
PENG 4306 – Numerical Reservoir Simulation, 3
PENG 4307 - Advanced Drilling Engineering, 3
PENG 4308 – Introduction to Unconventional Resources, 3