Bachelor of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering


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Course Overview

Energy is a key component to people’s everyday lives. Petroleum engineers are able to address and solve important technology challenges that will lead to energy security and societal prosperity, so the position is in high demand. This challenging and rewarding field of engineering requires creative application of a wide spectrum of knowledge, including, but not limited to mathematics, physics, geology, and chemistry.

Worldwide energy demand is growing, and experts agree that oil and gas will continue to play an important role in the world’s energy supply. The decision making for complex projects falls to a great extent upon petroleum engineers, providing them with a high degree of responsibility. In addition, since hydrocarbon reserves are found in such diverse areas as Asia, South America, and Europe, petroleum engineers will have opportunities for exciting assignments all over the globe. Download Course Catalog.

Program Structure:

Course Code First Semester Courses Credit
PE 101 Engineering, Energy, and the Environment 5
PE 102 Formulation and Solution of Geosystems Engineering Problems 5
PE 103 Properties of Petroleum Fluids 5
PE 104 Transport Phenomena in Geosystems 5
PE 105 Thermodynamics and Phase Behavior 5
PE 106 Engineering Communication 5
Course Code Second Semester Courses Credits
PE 111 Reservoir Engineering II: Secondary and Tertiary Recovery 5
PE 112 Reservoir Geomechanics 5
PE 113 Introduction to Geostatistics 5
PE 114 Production Technology and Design 5
PE 115 Resource Economics and Valuation 5
Course Code Third Semester Courses Credit
PE 201 Principles of Chemistry II 5
PE 202 Geosystems Engineering Design and Analysis 5
PE 203 Petro physics 5
PE 204 Drilling and Well Completions 5
PE 205 Statics 5
PE 206 Mechanics of Solids 5
Course Code Fourth Semester Courses Credit
PE 211 Sedimentary Rocks 5
PE 212 Differential and Integral Calculus 5
PE 213 Sequences, Series, and Multivariable Calculus 5
PE 214 Bioethics 5
PE 215 Advanced Calculus for Applications I 5
PE 216 Engineering Physics I 5
Course Code Fifth Semester Courses Credit
PE 301 Engineering Physics II 5
PE 302 Rhetoric and Writing 5
PE 303 Laboratory for Physics 5
PE 304 Introduction to Geology 5
PE 305 Principles of Chemistry I 5
Course Code Sixth Semester Courses Credit
PE 311 Reservoir Engineering I: Primary Recovery 5
PE 312 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 5
PE 313 Fundamentals of Well Logging 5
PE 314 Entrepreneurship 5
PE 315 Bachelor Thesis 10


Career Opportunities

Petroleum engineers play a variety of roles within the energy business. They design and monitor the drilling of exploratory and development wells used to locate and produce the oil and gas from the subsurface. They work with technologies that can describe the characteristics of rocks deep beneath the surface and detect the type of fluids contained in those rocks. They install and maintain the equipment that lifts fluids from subsurface reservoirs to the surface, and they design surface collection and treatment facilities to prepare produced hydrocarbons for delivery to a refinery or pipeline. Hydraulic fracturing of shale gas and tight oil is the responsibility of a petroleum engineer, as is the development and implementation of enhanced oil recovery methods that capture stranded or bypassed hydrocarbons from old oilfields. In addition to these traditional petroleum engineering career choices, there are other emerging careers for petroleum engineering graduates in pollution cleanup, underground waste disposal (including the subsurface injection of carbon dioxide to reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases), and hydrology.


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