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
The program educational objectives of the Bachelor of Science degree are to provide graduates with the ability to:
- Become competent petroleum engineering professionals.
- Analyze and design engineering systems, understand the associated uncertainties, and evaluate the economic, environmental, and social impacts.
- Synthesize inputs from various sources, apply multidisciplinary fundamentals and articulate technical concepts.
Typical Four-Year Schedule
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.
|FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTER||FRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
|Introduction to College Writing (Engl 1004)*||Physical Geology
|General Chemistry I and Lab||Calculus II
|Calculus I||Physics I and Lab
|Introduction to Petroleum Engineering||Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience
|Block I – Aesthetic Inquiry & Creative Experience||Exposition and Argumentation
|SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTER||SOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
|Calculus III||Differential Equations
|Thermodynamics||Mechanics of Materials
|Physics II||Rock Properties
|Statistical Methods for Scientists||Fluid Properties
|Block II - Historical and Social Interpretation||Block II - Historical and Social Interpretation
|JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTER||JUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
|Computer Applications for P.E.||Writing for the Professions
|Heat Transfer||Drilling Engineering I
|Rock and Fluids Lab||Petroleum Economics
|Reservoir Engineering I||Production Engineering I
|Sedimentary Rocks and Processes||Technical Elective (2)
|Block II - Historical and Social Interpretation||
|SENIOR – FALL SEMESTER||SENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
|Well Completion||Reservoir Engineering II
|Formation Evaluation||Capstone Design
|Production Engineering II and Lab||Drilling Engineering II
|Drilling Lab||Petroleum Engineering Elective
|Unconventional Resources or Flow Assurance||Integrated Reservoir Modeling
|Block II - Historical and Social Interpretation
* Students may be exempt based on ACT or SAT results.
Petroleum Engineering Student Organizations and Industry Societies
- Completions engineer
- Drilling engineer
- Production engineer
- Reservoir engineer
- Industrial engineer
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