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 Educational Objectives

Bachelor of Science

Program Educational Objectives:  Our graduates, within a few years of graduation, will:

  • Be competent petroleum engineering professionals in their workplaces
  • Pursue professional development by engaging in advanced studies or other educational activities

Degree Options

Petroleum Engineering, B.S.P.E.

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.

Petroleum Engineering Minor

Students from other disciplines may minor in petroleum engineering.

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