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Earth and Mineral Sciences

(Archive) Peroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNG E)

Begin Date: Fall Semester 1992
End Date: Spring Semester 1999

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNG E) - (ARCHIVE)


This major helps prepare students for careers in the oil and gas production industries. Graduates are trained to work in the areas of production, transportation, evaluation, and storage of these two basic commodities.

This major requires a good foundation in mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering science as well as geological sciences in the design and evaluation of the engineering processes involved in the exploitation, production, and transportation of petroleum and natural gas. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

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)

(18 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin. Note: The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology will not permit the use of skills courses to satisfy the Arts category of General Education.)

(This includes 18 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses.)

CHEM 012 GN(3), 013 GN(3), 014 GN(1), 015 GN(1), ECON 002 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 140 GQ(4), 141 GQ(4), 230(4), 251(4), PHYS 201 GN(4), 202 GN(4), 203 GN(3) (Sem: 1-4)
E MCH 012(3), 210(5), GEOSC 001(3) (Sem: 3-4)
C E 261(3), GEOSC 454(3), M E 023(3), P N G 405(2)[1], 406(1)[1], 410(3)[1], 450(3)[1], 451(1)[1], 475(3)[1], (Sem: 5-6)
P N G 420(2), 425(3), 430(3), 440W(3), 480(3), 482(1), 485(2), 493(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or 201F GQ(3) (Sem: 5-6)

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

Note: Engineering students are expected to take at least one sequence of humanities, social science, or arts courses of either 6 or 9 credits, which culminates in a higher level course. Humanities, arts, and social science courses should comprise an integral part of the engineering program and not be limited to a selection of unrelated introductory courses. Close consultation with advisers on these issues is warranted.


[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

The Pennsylvania State University ©1998

The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 1992

Blue Sheet Item #: 16-09-029

Review Date: 6/3/99 (General Education Update)


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