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Courses for a Degree in Petroleum Engineering

In addition to a focus on petroleum engineering courses, colleges typically require completion of courses and electives in each of the Arts, Math, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences areas. Below are some sample courses:

Petroleum Engineering Courses:

  • Intro to Petroleum Engineering
  • Structural Geology
  • Statics & Mechanics
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Drilling Fluids
  • Drilling Fluids - Lab
  • Thermodynamics
  • Transport Phenomenon
  • Phase Behavior
  • Drilling Engineering
  • Drilling Engineering - Lab
  • Industrial Economics & Finance
  • Reservoir Fluid Flow
  • Reservoir Fluid Flow - Lab
  • Petroleum Formation Evaluation
  • Well Planning & Construction
  • Production Engineering
  • Production Engineering - Lab
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Reservoir Engineering - Lab
  • Natural Gas Engineering
  • Risk Analysis

General Curriculum Requirements

  • Arts Courses: Art, History, Languages, Literature, Music
  • Math Courses: Algebra, Calculus, Computer Science, Logic, Statistics
  • Natural Sciences Courses: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics
  • Social Sciences Courses: Anthropology, Economics, Government, Psychology, Sociology