Petroleum Engineering Minor Information

What is the purpose of the minor?

The Petroleum Engineering Minor is available to all engineering disciplines. The purpose of the minor is to expose students to the main petroleum engineering subjects to equip them with an understanding of the vocabulary and engineering fundamentals needed to succeed in the oil & gas industry.

What classes are required to complete the minor?

Currently a student must complete 18 hours of courses from the following:

  • Introduction to Petroleum Geology for Engineers
  • Advanced Well Log Analysis
  • Behavior of Petroleum Fluids
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Drilling Engineering
  • Production Engineering

In what order should the classes be taken?

It is highly recommended to start with Petroleum Geology for Engineers. The majority of practicing petroleum engineers say to "start with the rocks". The completion of this course sets students up for success in the rest of the petroleum engineering courses.

Before enrolling in Reservoir, Drilling, or Production, students should take Behavior of Petroleum Fluids. An understanding of the concepts presented in this course are critical to your success in the other petroleum engineering courses.

Advanced Well Log Analysis can be taken at any point after the completion of the introductory class.

Reservoir, Drilling, and Production can be taken in any order, however some have noted benefits to taking Reservoir before the other two.

When are the courses offered? (As of Spring 2015 Course Lists)

Fall Only: Behavior of Petroleum Fluids, Reservoir Engineering

Spring Only: Drilling Engineering, Production Engineering

Both: Introduction to Petroleum Geology for Engineers, Advanced Well Log Analysis

Who teaches the courses?