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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State University Park

Begin Date: Summer Session 2012
End Date: Summer Session 2013

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering - ARCHIVE

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

PROFESSOR TURGAY ERTEKIN, Undergraduate Program Officer

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.

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. (

For the B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, a minimum of 129 credits is required. This baccalaureate program in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.,"

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

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


(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)


(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.)

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), 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)

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)

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.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2012

R & T: Approved 5/24/2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-06-101

Review Date: 04/10/2012

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



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