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 drilling, completions, and operation of wells while considering safety of personal and the natural environment. The field of petroleum engineering also covers the management of subsurface reservoirs in which the resources are found.

Petroleum engineering graduates have a variety of careers in the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry open to them. They include working as geoscientists, petrophysicists, drilling engineers, reservoir engineers, or production engineers. Their activities include quantifying oil and gas reserves, well design, well performance evaluation, reservoir modeling, production optimization, and treatment planning.

Texas A&M at Qatar’s petroleum engineering students are prepared for the workplace through participation in research on topics such as drilling and production challenges, multiphase flow in porous media, and petrophysics. Student participation in research further develops the human capital of Qatar. Fourth-year students also complete a senior design project in which they develop a detailed reservoir model, make a recommendation for optimized reservoir development, and present their findings to industry experts.

Petroleum engineering faculty members contribute to the local industry and community. They develop research projects that directly improve hydrocarbon recovery, production, and treatment from local Qatari reservoirs. In addition, they provide continuing education courses and expertise to local industry.

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The freshman year is identical for degrees in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and petroleum engineering. The freshman year is slightly different for chemical engineering in that students take CHEM 119 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 120. 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
CHEM 107
CHEM 117
General Chemistry for Engineering Students
and General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 1,2
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 1 3
ENGR 102 Engineering Lab I - Computation 1 2
MATH 151 Engineering Mathematics I 1,3 4
University Core Curriculum 1, 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
ENGR 216/PHYS 216 Experimental Physics and Engineering Lab II - Mechanics 1 2
MATH 152 Engineering Mathematics II 1,3 4
PHYS 206 Newtonian Mechanics for Engineering and Science 1 3
University Core Curriculum 1, 4 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours31
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 210 Technical and Business Writing 1 3
ENGR 217/PHYS 217 Experimental Physics and Engineering Lab III - Electricity and Magnetism 1 2
MATH 251 Engineering Mathematics III 1 3
MEEN 221 Statics and Particle Dynamics 1 3
PETE 225 Introduction to Drilling Systems 1 3
PHYS 207 Electricity and Magnetism for Engineering and Science 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
CVEN 305 Mechanics of Materials 1 3
GEOL 104 Physical Geology 1 4
MATH 308 Differential Equations 1 3
MEEN 315 Principles of Thermodynamics 1 3
PETE 311 Reservoir Petrophysics 1 4
 Semester Credit Hours17
Third Year
GEOL 404 Geology of Petroleum 1 3
PETE 301 Petroleum Engineering Numerical Methods 1 3
PETE 310 Reservoir Fluids 1 4
PETE 314 Transport Processes in Petroleum Production 1 3
PETE 336 Petroleum Technical Presentation I 1 1
PETE 353 Petroleum Project Evaluation 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
PETE 321 Formation Evaluation 1 4
PETE 323 Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering 1 3
PETE 324 Well Testing 1 3
PETE 325 Petroleum Production Systems 1 3
PETE 337 Junior Student Paper Contest 1 0
PETE 355 Drilling Engineering 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
PETE 300 Summer Practice 1 0
 Semester Credit Hours0
Fourth Year
PETE 401 Reservoir Simulation 1 2
PETE 404 Integrated Reservoir Modeling 1 3
PETE 410 Production Engineering 1 3
PETE 436 Petroleum Technical Presentation II 1 1
University Core Curriculum 1, 4 3
Technical elective 1, 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
ENGR 482/PHIL 482 Ethics and Engineering 1 3
PETE 402 Integrated Asset Development 1 3
PETE 437 Senior Student Paper Contest 1 0
University Core Curriculum 1, 4 6
Technical elective 1, 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours97

A grade of C or better is required in all courses.

Total Program Hours 128