Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, B.S.

Program Code: PNGE_BS

Entrance to Major

This program currently has administrative enrollment controls. Administrative Enrollment Controls are initiated when limitations of space, faculty, or other resources in a major prevent accommodating all students who request them. Students must follow the administrative enrollment controls that are in effect for the semester that they enter the university.

First-Year Students Entering Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, students must satisfy the following requirements:

  • 29.1-59 graded Penn State credits (excludes transfer and AP credits)
  • completed with a grade of C or better: CHEM 110, CHEM 112, MATH 140, MATH 141, PHYS 211
  • earned a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.60

Students Who Entered Prior to Summer 2020

Students who entered the University from Summer 2018 through Spring 2020 should view the administrative enrollment controls in the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin archive. Students who entered the University prior to the summer 2018 semester should view the administrative enrollment controls for the semester that they entered the university on the Academic Advising Portal.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, a minimum of 129 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 114

30 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 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.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
EMCH 210Statics and Strength of Materials 25
EMCH 212Dynamics3
EME 460Geo-resource Evaluation and Investment Analysis3
EMSC 100SEarth and Mineral Sciences First-Year Seminar Keystone/General Education Course 13
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOSC 1Physical Geology3
GEOSC 454Geology of Oil and Gas3
MATH 220Matrices Keystone/General Education Course2
MATH 231Calculus of Several Variables2
MATH 251Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations4
PHYS 213General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics Keystone/General Education Course2
PNG 301Introduction to Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering3
PNG 420Applied Reservoir Analysis and Secondary Recovery3
PNG 425Principles of Well Testing and Evaluation3
PNG 430Reservoir Modeling3
PNG 440WFormation Evaluation3
PNG 480Surface Production Engineering3
PNG 482Production Engineering Laboratory1
PNG 490Introduction to Petroleum Engineering Design1
PNG 491Capstone Design in Drilling and Completions1
PNG 492Petroleum Engineering Capstone Design1
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 112Chemical Principles II Keystone/General Education Course3
EME 301Thermodynamics in Energy and Mineral Engineering3
EME 303Fluid Mechanics in Energy and Mineral Engineering3
MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 141Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 211General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 212General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course4
PNG 405Rock and Fluid Properties3
PNG 406Rock and Fluid Laboratory1
PNG 410Applied Reservoir Engineering3
PNG 450Drilling Engineering3
PNG 451Drilling Laboratory1
PNG 475Production and Completions Engineering3
Additional Courses
Select 9 credits: one course from categories A, B, and C:9
A.
Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course
Honors Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course
B.
Ethics Keystone/General Education Course
Business Ethics Keystone/General Education Course
Philosophy of Technology Keystone/General Education Course
PHIL 233
C.
Programming for Engineers with C++ Keystone/General Education Course
or CMPSC 202
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 6 credits in consultation with adviser (students may apply 6 credits of ROTC)6

Integrated B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and M.S. in Energy and Mineral Engineering

Requirements for the Integrated B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and M.S. in Energy and Mineral Engineering can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

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 lifelong learning process and participate in graduate education to remain as effective professionals in the workplace of the future.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program is designed to enable students to:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Zuleima Karpyn
Program Chair for Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
151 Hosler Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-2273
ZKarpyn@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140 or 140G (GQ)*‡#†4MATH 141 or 141G (GQ)*‡#†4
CHEM 110 (GN)*#†3ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3
CHEM 111 (GN)1CHEM 112*#3
EMSC 100S (or CAS 100 by substitution) (GWS)‡†13PHYS 211 (GN)*#†4
ECON 102 (GS)3General Education Knowledge Domain3
General Education Knowledge Domain3 
 17 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 212 (GN)*†4PNG 3013
EMCH 2105MATH 2202
MATH 2514MATH 2312
CMPSC 201 or CMPSC 2023EMCH 2123
 GEOSC 13
 PHIL 103, 106, 107, or PHIL 233 (GH)3
 16 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PNG 405*3PNG 450*3
PNG 406*1PNG 451*1
EME 301*3PNG 475*3
EME 303*3PNG 4901
PNG 440W (Writing across the curriculum)3GEOSC 4543
General Education Knowledge Domain3PNG 410*3
 General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
 16 15.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PNG 4203PNG 4253
PNG 4303PNG 4803
PNG 4911PNG 4821
ENGL 202C (GWS)‡†3PNG 4921
EME 4603Technical Elective from approved department list23
Technical Elective from approved department list23General Education Knowledge Domain3
 General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
 16 15.5
Total Credits 129

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising Notes:

Only students who are enrolled in EMSC or DUS are eligible to apply to PNGE.

Courses required for the major may be offered fall semester only, spring semester only, or both fall and spring semesters.  Consult with your adviser and department to discuss your academic progress and course sequencing.  

The PNGE program strongly recommends that students have summer internships, as many companies will only consider hiring PNGE graduates who have had at least one internship.

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140 (GQ)*‡#†4MATH 141 (GQ)*‡#†4
CHEM 110 (GN)*#†3CHEM 112*#3
CHEM 111 (GN)1PHYS 211 (GN)*#†4
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3ECON 102 (GS)3
General Education Knowledge Domain3General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5 
 15.5 15.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 212 (GN)*†4PNG 3013
EMCH 2113EMCH 2123
MATH 2514EMCH 2133
CMPSC 201 or CMPSC 202 (If CMPSC 201 or 202 is not available at your campus, take CMPSC 121 instead)3MATH 2202
CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C (GWS)‡†13MATH 2312
 GEOSC 13
 17 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PNG 405*3PNG 450*3
PNG 406*1PNG 451*1
PNG 440W (Writing across the curriculum)3PNG 475*3
EME 301*3PNG 4901
EME 303*3GEOSC 4543
General Education Knowledge Domain3PNG 410*3
 PHIL 103, 106, 107, or PHIL 233 (GH)3
 16 17
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PNG 4203PNG 4253
PNG 4303PNG 4803
PNG 4911PNG 4821
EME 4603PNG 4921
ENGL 202C (GWS)‡†3Technical Elective from approved department list23
Technical Elective from approved department list23General Education Knowledge Domain3
 General Education Knowledge Domain3
 16 17
Total Credits 130

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

Only students who are enrolled in EMSC or DUS are eligible to apply to PNGE.

Courses required for the major may be offered fall semester only, spring semester only, or both fall and spring semesters.  Consult with your adviser and department to discuss your academic progress and course sequencing.  

The PNGE program strongly recommends that students have summer internships, as many companies will only consider hiring PNGE graduates who have had at least one internship.

Career Paths

Graduates of this program find rewarding careers across the globe as engineers for governmental and regulatory bodies, oil and gas producing companies, and other independent and service companies in the energy sector.

Careers

Our graduates may be candidates for careers in a wide range of industries in both the private and public sector including major oil and gas production companies, large and small independents and service companies and government agencies.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS ENGINEERING PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Graduates may be well suited to pursue graduate-level studies. Further study toward an M.S. or Ph.D. can lead to research, university, or management positions.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Accreditation

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering B.S. program in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME) at Penn State is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ABET ACCREDITATION

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

Contact

University Park

JOHN AND WILLIE LEONE FAMILY DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND MINERAL ENGINEERING
113 Hosler Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-3437
eme@ems.psu.edu

http://www.eme.psu.edu