Petroleum engineers are constantly working towards the development and application of new technologies and techniques to improve oil and gas recovery and its impact on the natural world. They are master problem solvers who tackle various challenges such as technology, economics, and politics. Petroleum engineers work to ensure a balance between sustainability, efficiency, and affordability in the production of energy.
OU petroleum engineering has state-of-the-art advanced research facilities that provide students with unparalleled opportunities to experience the future of the oil and gas industry. Students receive a firm foundation in contemporary oil and gas issues, extraction methods, engineering processes, resource development and advanced course work in the three primary petroleum engineering specializations: Drilling Engineering, Production Engineering, and Reservoir Engineering.
Petroleum engineering students typically have interests in:
High school preparation should include calculus, physics, economics and chemistry.
Petroleum engineering courses include:
Petroleum engineering students have the opportunity to study abroad through a variety of programs:
OU's School of Petroleum Engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. A Petroleum Engineering student graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering degree.
Alumni of the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering School have created and led some of the world’s most innovative and entrepreneurial energy companies, leaving a significant OU imprint across an industry that is the most important engine of global economic growth. Students receive a firm foundation of knowledge in math, science, humanities, and engineering principles, and their advanced coursework focus on Drilling, Production and Reservoir Engineering. With fantastic internships and the highest starting salary among all engineering disciplines, the opportunities are boundless for students who choose to study petroleum engineering. Our world-class research, state-of-the-art laboratories, and renowned faculty enhance the student experience by providing real-world perspectives that allow students to gain first-hand knowledge and expertise throughout their time at OU.
Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree.
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