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Petroleum Engineering Program:

Mission Statement

The overall program mission for the B.S. degree in chemical or petroleum engineering is to provide a modern chemical or petroleum engineering education with proper balance between theory and practice. Graduates are prepared for professional practice in industry or government and for post-undergraduate training in chemical or petroleum engineering, medicine, etc. In addition to scientific and engineering training, students receive training in educational skills and in the humanities and social sciences.

Program Educational Objective

The principal objective of our program is to prepare graduates for professional practice in industry, government, or post-undergraduate training in petroleum engineering, and other related disciplines.

Student Outcomes

  • Students must develop an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Students must develop an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • Students must develop an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • Students must develop an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Students must develop an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • Students must develop an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • Students must gain the ability to communicate effectively
  • Students must gain the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • Students must gain a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • Students must develop a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Students must develop an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Petroleum Engineering Program Criteria

The program must demonstrate that graduates have competency in: mathematics through differential equations, probability and statistics, fluid mechanics, strength of materials, and thermodynamics; design and analysis of well systems and procedures for drilling and completing wells; characterization and evaluation of subsurface geological formations and their resources using geoscientific and engineering methods; design and analysis of systems for producing, injecting, and handling fluids; application of reservoir engineering principles and practices for optimizing resource development and management; use of project economics and resource valuation methods for design and decision making under conditions of risk and uncertainty.

Achievement of Outcomes and Assessment Tools

Senior Exit Interviews
Each student completing the baccalaureate program is asked to complete a senior exit survey. Each student is also asked to schedule an interview time with a member of the CPE Advisory Board during the Board's spring meeting. The student is asked to complete the survey ahead of time and either turn the survey in or bring it to the interview. The interviewers are asked to follow the guidelines of the survey, following up on the answers given by the students.

Faculty Assessment
The assessment of student and program outcomes is done annually by the Petroleum Engineering Facult


Job/Graduate School Placement
Placement data are maintained by the School of Engineering Placement Office. These data are an indication of the demand for students and the perception of industry and graduate programs relative to the quality of the program.

The Petroleum Engineering Program Bachelor of Science program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

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