Petroleum Engineering - BS

Petroleum engineering is primarily concerned with the safe and economic extraction of oil, gas and other natural resources from the earth. This is accomplished through the design, drilling and operation of wells and well systems, and the integrated management of the underground reservoirs in which the resources are found.

Petroleum engineering graduates have a variety of careers in the upstream oil and gas industry open to them. They include working as geoscientist, petrophysicist, drilling, production or reservoir engineers. Their activities include quantifying oil and gas reserves, well construction, well performance evaluation, reservoir modeling, and optimized production planning.

Texas A&M at Qatar’s petroleum engineering students are prepared for the workplace through participation in research on topics such as reservoir simulation and flow correlations for pipelines. Fourth-year students complete a senior design project in which they develop a detailed reservoir model and make a recommendation for optimized reservoir development. They present their findings to industry people.

Petroleum engineering faculty members contribute to the local industry and community. They develop research projects that directly improve production and recovery from local industry reservoirs, a major source of the State of Qatar’s gross domestic product, and provide continuing education courses and expertise to local industry. Student participation in research further develops the State of Qatar’s human capital.

Visit the Petroleum Engineering Program’s website at www.qatar.tamu.edu/programs/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, interdisciplinary 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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 1 3
ENGR 111 Foundations of Engineering I 1 2
MATH 151 Engineering Mathematics I 1,2 4
PHYS 218 Mechanics 1 4
University Core Curriculum 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 107 General Chemistry for Engineering Students 1,4 3
CHEM 117 General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 1 1
ENGR 112 Foundations of Engineering II 1 2
MATH 152 Engineering Mathematics II 1 4
PHYS 208 Electricity and Optics 1 4
University Core Curriculum 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
 Total Semester Credit Hours33
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 210 Technical and Business Writing 3
MATH 251 Engineering Mathematics III 3
MEEN 221 Statics and Particle Dynamics 3
PETE 225 Introduction to Drilling Systems 1 3
University Core Curriculum 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
CVEN 305 Mechanics of Materials 3
GEOL 104 Physical Geology 1 4
MATH 308 Differential Equations 3
MEEN 315 Principles of Thermodynamics 3
PETE 311 Reservoir Petrophysics 4
 Semester Credit Hours17
Third Year
Fall
GEOL 404 Geology of Petroleum 3
PETE 301 Petroleum Engineering Numerical Methods 3
PETE 310 Reservoir Fluids 4
PETE 314 Transport Processes in Petroleum Production 3
PETE 353 Petroleum Project Evaluation 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
PETE 321 Formation Evaluation 4
PETE 323 Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering 3
PETE 324 Well Testing 3
PETE 325 Petroleum Production Systems 3
PETE 336 Petroleum Technical Presentation I 1
PETE 355 Drilling Engineering 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Fourth Year
Fall
PETE 300 Summer Practice 0
PETE 401 Reservoir Simulation 2
PETE 404 Integrated Reservoir Modeling 3
PETE 410 Production Engineering 3
PETE 436 Petroleum Technical Presentation II 1
Technical elective 5 3
University Core Curriculum 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ENGR 482/PHIL 482 Ethics and Engineering 3
PETE 402 Integrated Asset Development 3
PETE 437 Senior Student Paper Contest 0
Technical elective 5 3
University Core Curriculum 4 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours95

Total Program Hours 128