Petroleum Engineering Undergraduate Programs - College of Engineering & Computer Science

Petroleum Engineering Undergraduate Programs

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Petroleum engineering focuses on the development, exploration, drilling, production and management of oil and natural gas resources and other minerals. Based on the solid fundamentals of math, physics and chemistry, a petroleum engineering degree includes education in geology and a proper blend of fluid and solid mechanics.

Petroleum engineers plan and supervise drilling operations and evaluate and manage oil and natural gas reservoirs. They are qualified to work at an oil company, establish a consulting business or become an independent oil producer. Opportunities exist for travel and work overseas.

While teaching is the major goal, the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering is also committed to discovery of new concepts and technologies in drilling, production and reservoir engineering. The program offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The B.S. degree program in petroleum engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The school’s strong research program is supported by industry and government sources. Undergraduate and graduate students work alongside faculty at key research locations on the main campus and TU’s historic North Campus.

  • Program Learning Outcomes

    Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering

    1. Be able to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
    2. Be able to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
    3. Be able to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
    4. Be able to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
    5. Be able to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
    6. Be able to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
    7. Be able to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
  • Degree Options


    Prepares students for careers in the extraction of oil and gas from the ground, design equipment to harvest oil and gas, develop ways to increase well production and manage those wells and drilling sites.


    Students from other disciplines may minor in petroleum engineering.


    Students from other disciplines may minor in energy transition.

  • Typical Four-Year Schedule
    Introduction to College Writing (Engl 1004)*Physical Geology
    General Chemistry I and LabCalculus II
    Calculus IPhysics I and Lab
    Introduction to Petroleum EngineeringBlock I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience
    Block I – Aesthetic Inquiry & Creative ExperienceExposition and Argumentation
    Calculus IIIDifferential Equations
    StaticsFluid Mechanics
    ThermodynamicsMechanics of Materials
    Physics IIRock Properties
    Statistical Methods for ScientistsFluid Properties
    Block II - Historical and Social InterpretationBlock II - Historical and Social Interpretation
    Computer Applications for P.E.Writing for the Professions
    Heat TransferDrilling Engineering I
    Rock and Fluids LabPetroleum Economics
    Reservoir Engineering IProduction Engineering I
    Sedimentary Rocks and ProcessesTechnical Elective (2)
    Block II - Historical and Social Interpretation
    Well CompletionReservoir Engineering II
    Formation EvaluationCapstone Design
    Production Engineering II and LabDrilling Engineering II
    Drilling LabPetroleum Engineering Elective
    Unconventional Resources or Flow AssuranceIntegrated Reservoir Modeling
    Block II - Historical and Social Interpretation
    * Students may be exempt based on ACT or SAT results.

  • Professional Opportunities
    • Completions engineer
    • Drilling engineer
    • Production engineer
    • Reservoir engineer
    • Geoscientist
    • Industrial engineer
  • Petroleum Engineering Student Organizations and Industry Societies

    American Association of Drilling Engineers
    American Association of Drilling Engineers TU Student Chapter
    American Association of Petroleum Geologists
    Artificial Lift Research and Development Council
    Gas Processors Association
    Oklahoma Energy Resources Board
    Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association
    Petroleum Technology Transfer Council
    Society of Exploration Geophysicists
    Society of Petroleum Engineers
    Society of Petroleum Engineers Mid-Continent Section
    Society of Petroleum Engineers TU Student Chapter
    Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers
    Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts
    Society of Women Engineers
    TU Midstream Club