Petroleum Engineering - BS

The Department of Petroleum Engineering offers a BS in Petroleum Engineering.

The freshman year is identical for degrees in aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, electronic systems engineering technology, industrial distribution, industrial engineering, manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology, mechanical engineering, multidisciplinary engineering technology, nuclear engineering, ocean engineering, and petroleum engineering. The freshman year is slightly different for chemical engineering in that students take CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112. Biomedical Engineering also requires a two semester sequence of chemistry courses consisting of CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.  Students pursuing degrees in biological and agricultural engineering should refer to the specific curriculum for this major. It is recognized that many students will change the sequence and number of courses taken in any semester. Deviations from the prescribed course sequence, however, should be made with care to ensure that prerequisites for all courses are met.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 13
ENGR 111Foundations of Engineering I 12
MATH 151Engineering Mathematics I 1,24
PHYS 218Mechanics 14
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
CHEM 107General Chemistry for Engineering Students 1,43
CHEM 117General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 11
ENGR 112Foundations of Engineering II 12
MATH 152Engineering Mathematics II 14
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 14
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 33

A grade of C or better is required.


Entering students will be given a math placement exam. Test results will be used in selecting the appropriate starting course which may be at a higher or lower level.


Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from creative arts (for Industrial Distribution this is 3 hours from language, philosophy and culture, see IDIS curriculum for more information), 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from American history, and 6 from government/political science. The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the creative arts, social and behavioral sciences (for Industrial Distribution this is language, philosophy and culture), and American history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.


BMEN and CHEN require 8 hours of freshman chemistry, which may be satisfied by CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112; Credit by Examination (CBE) for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 plus CHEM 102/CHEM 112; or 8 hours of CBE for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.

Second Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
Select one from: 3
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Technical and Business Writing  
GEOL 104Physical Geology 14
MATH 251Engineering Mathematics III 3
MEEN 221Statics and Particle Dynamics 3
PETE 225Introduction to Drilling Systems 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
CVEN 305Mechanics of Materials 3
MATH 308Differential Equations 3
MEEN 315Principles of Thermodynamics 3
PETE 311Reservoir Petrophysics 4
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
GEOL 404Geology of Petroleum 3
PETE 301Petroleum Engineering Numerical Methods 3
PETE 310Reservoir Fluids 4
PETE 314Transport Processes in Petroleum Production 3
PETE 335Technical Presentations I 1
PETE 353Petroleum Project Evaluation 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
PETE 321Formation Evaluation 4
PETE 323Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering 3
PETE 324Well Testing 3
PETE 325Petroleum Production Systems 3
PETE 355Drilling Engineering 3
PETE 337Junior Student Paper Contest 0
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
PETE 300Summer Practice 0
PETE 401Reservoir Simulation 2
PETE 404Integrated Reservoir Modeling 3
PETE 410Production Engineering 3
PETE 435Technical Presentations II 1
University Core Curriculum 36
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
ENGR 482/PHIL 482Ethics and Engineering 3
PETE 402Integrated Asset Development 3
PETE 437Senior Student Paper Contest 0
Technical elective 56
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 95

 See the Department of Petroleum Engineering website for a list of approved courses.

Total Program Hours 128