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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Earth and Mineral Sciences

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

University Park, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (PNG E)

PROFESSOR TURGAY ERTEKIN, Undergraduate Program Chair

The B.S. program in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone: 410-347-7700.

The undergraduate curriculum in petroleum and natural gas engineering has been designed to equip the student with the fundamentals necessary to achieve lifelong professional growth. Graduates are prepared to enter both the private and public sectors as petroleum and natural gas engineers or to pursue further education at the graduate level.

The courses are structured to serve as a melting pot for theory, application to case studies and engineering project design. This enables the student to appreciate and understand that a successful engineering design project requires a sound theoretical foundation, experimentation and engineering judgment. The thrust of the program structure emphasizes the fundamentals of mathematics and earth and engineering sciences and integrates them in application to traditional petroleum and natural gas engineering topics. Design projects are required throughout the curriculum. Execution of these projects requires an amalgamation of problem formulation strategies, testing of alternative design methodologies, feasibility studies, and economic and environmental considerations. Graduates of the program are expected to perform in various facets of the petroleum industry including drilling, production, evaluation, transportation and storage. The petroleum and natural gas engineering faculty and staff are committed to an interactive teaching and learning environment to ensure that the student is an active participant in the learning process. General education opportunities are sufficiently broad and diverse in scope to enable the student to tailor the educational experience to particular interests, background and expected role in society.

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Student Outcomes:

  1. Our students, at the time of their graduation, will have a working knowledge of basic math, science skills and engineering skills.
  2. Our students, at the time of their graduation, will be equipped with ability to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. Our students, at the time of their graduation, will be ready 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.
  4. Our students, at the time of their graduation, will be able to function in multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. Our students, at the time of their graduation, will be equipped with the necessary skills to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  6. Our students, at the time of their graduation, will have a thorough understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities.
  7. Our students, at the time of their graduation, will be equipped with the necessary communication skills to communicate effectively.
  8. Our students, at the time of their graduation, will have a broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
  9. Our students, at the time of their graduation, will be instilled with the recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. Our students, at the time of their graduation, will attain knowledge on contemporary issues.
  11. Our students, at the time of their graduation, will have an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools that are necessary for engineering practice.

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Program Educational Objectives:

  1. Our graduates will integrate key science and engineering principles to address the technological challenges of the petroleum and natural gas industry.
  2. Our graduates will practice in a broad range of petroleum engineering fields working on teams that create innovative solutions to the most pressing problems of the petroleum and natural gas industry by implementing the ideals of ethical behavior, professionalism, and environmental sensitivity and social awareness.
  3. Our graduates will be recognized as critical and independent thinkers and will assume positions of leadership in defining the social, intellectual, business and technical dimensions of the professional organizations they belong to.
  4. Our graduates will continue their life-long learning process and participate in graduate education to remain as effective professionals in the workplace of the future.

ENTRANCE TO MAJOR-- (Effective for students admitted beginning Summer 2013) -- In the event that the major is under enrollment control, a higher minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) than the minimum described by University Policies is likely to be needed.  In addition to this minimum grade point average requirement, the following entrance to major requirements must also be completed with a minimum grade of C: CHEM 110 (GN)(3) [1], CHEM 112 (GN)(3)[1], MATH 140 (GQ)(4)[1], MATH 141 (GQ)(4)[1], and PHYS 211 (GN)(4)[1].  These courses must be completed by the end of the semester during which the entrance to major process is carried out.   To be eligible for consideration for entrance to this major, students must be enrolled in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences or Division of Undergraduate Studies at the time that they confirm their major choice.

Integrated B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNG E) and M.S. in Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME)

The integrated undergraduate-graduate (IUG) program between the Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering undergraduate program and the Energy and Mineral Engineering graduate program enables academically superior and research-focused PNG E undergraduate students to also obtain an M.S. degree in Energy and Mineral Engineering in five years of study. Students should refer to the Energy and Mineral Engineering graduate program in the Graduate Program Bulletin for the IUG admission and degree requirements. (http://bulletins.psu.edu/bulletins/whitebook/graduate_degree_programs.cfm?letter=E&program=grad_eme.htm)

For the B.S. degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, a minimum of 129 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(30 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 114 credits
(This includes 30 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GH courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GWS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (99 credits)
CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3)[1], ECON 102 GS(3), EM SC 100S GWS(3)[88] (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], MATH 230(4), MATH 251(4), PHYS 211 GN(4)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4)[1], PHYS 213 GN(2) (Sem: 1-4)
E MCH 210(5)[77], E MCH 212(3), GEOSC 001(3) (Sem: 3-4)
EME 301(3)[1], EME 303(3)[1], EME 460(3), GEOSC 454(3), P N G 405(3)[1], P N G 406(1)[1], P N G 410(3)[1], P N G 450(3)[1], P N G 451(1)[1], P N G 475(3)[1], P N G 490(1) (Sem: 5-6)
ENGL 202C GWS(3), P N G 420(4), P N G 425(3), P N G 430(3), P N G 440W(3), P N G 480(3), P N G 482(1), P N G 491(1), P N G 492(1) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
Select 9 credits: one course from categories a, b, and c.
a. ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
b. PHIL 103 GH(3), PHIL 106 GH(3), PHIL 107 GH(3), or PHIL 233 GH(3) (Sem: 3-4)
c. CMPSC 201 GQ(3) or CMPSC 202 GQ(3) (Sem: 5-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits in consultation with adviser (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 7-8)

Course Substitutions for the Integrated B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNG E) and M.S. in Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME)

As many as twelve of the credits required for the master's degree may be applied to both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. A minimum of six credits counted for both the B.S. and M.S. degrees must be at the 500-level. Thesis and culminating/capstone experience credits may not be double counted. The undergraduate degree program officer will determine the specific undergraduate required courses for which the 500-level courses may be used to substitute to meet institutional and accreditation requirements.

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[77] Students at commonwealth campuses and/or transfer students can substitute the combination of E MCH 211 and E MCH 213.
[88] The following substitutions are allowed for students attending campuses where the indicated course is not offered: CAS 100 GWS can be substituted for EM SC 100S GWS.

R & T: Approved 5/24/2013

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-01-029

Review Date: 08/20/13

UCA Revision #1: 8/9/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/30/07

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