Courses for a Degree in Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum Engineering focuses on developing equipment and processes to drill and refine oil and natural gas products.

For this major you’ll take lots of petroleum engineering classes. But you’ll also need to take classes in the arts, science, math, and social sciences to earn your bachelor’s degree. These extra courses help make sure that you graduate from college with all of the skills you’ll need to prepare for a successful career as a petroleum engineer.

Here are some of the courses you might take to earn a degree in petroleum engineering:

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