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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Earth and Mineral Sciences

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Begin Date: Summer Session 2001
End Date: Spring Semester 2008

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

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

PROFESSOR ROBERT W. WATSON, Undergraduate Program Officer

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.

Integration of knowledge and skills acquired during the course of study enables the students/graduates of this program to do the following:

  • solve petroleum and natural gas engineering process problems using knowledge of applied mathematics, science, and economics.
  • acquire technical data, analyze them, and use them to design petroleum and natural gas engineering systems.
  • integrate professional, ethical, social, and environmental considerations into petroleum and natural gas engineering design and problem solving.
  • develop ability to communicate engineering results effectively and provide experience in team efforts.
  • acquire the habit of continuous learning to maintain technical competence and to keep abreast of contemporary issues.

For the B.S. degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, a minimum of 128 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: 113 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 (98 credits)
CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), ECON 002 GS(3), EM SC 100S GWS(3)[88] (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4), MATH 230(4), MATH 251(4), PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 213 GN(2) (Sem: 1-4)
E MCH 210(5)[77], E MCH 212(3), GEOSC 001(3) (Sem: 3-4)
EGEE 301(5), 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 489(3), 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)

[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 branch 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.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2001

Blue Sheet Item #: 29-05-014

Review Date: 1/21/05

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

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