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Begin Date: Summer Session 2010
End Date: Spring Semester 2012

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering - ARCHIVE

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

PROFESSOR TURGAY ERTEKIN, 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.

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.

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), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), ECON 102 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)
EME 301(3)[1], EME 303(3)[1], 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 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.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2010

Blue Sheet Item #: 38-03-066

Review Date: 11/17/09

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

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