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Requirements for a Major in Petroleum Engineering
(138 hours are required for the B.S.P.E. degree.)

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  • Petroleum Engineering 216, 301, 302, 317, 318, 341, 342, 343, 405, 406, 421, 423, and 430
  • Engineering 311, 312, 321, 325, 331, and 351
  • Mathematics 125, 224, 225, 302, and 357
  • Geology 111, 112, and 326
  • Physics 221 and 222
  • Chemistry 131-134
  • Computer Science 210
  • English 406
  • Capstone: Petroleum Engineering 430.

Petroleum Engineering Course Descriptions

click to expandPETR 216 Petrophysics

Properties of rocks and fluids that affect the distribution and movement of fluids such as oil, gas, water, or contaminants in porous media including porosity, permeability, capillary pressure, surface and interfacial tension, wettability, and viscosity; basic formation evaluation methods used to analyze oil and gas bearing rock formations and ground-water systems; various forms of Darcy’s Law; introduction to engineering design; use of microcomputers in solution of problems and presentation of results.

  • Prerequisite: Mathematics 121 or higher.
  • Credit: 3 Hours.


click to expandPETR 301 Core Analysis Laboratory

Investigation of fundamental properties of reservoir rocks and fluids; preparation of core samples; porosity measurements; single-phase permeability and investigation of Klinkenberg effect; two-phase relative permeability measurements; capillary pressure characteristics of fluid-rock systems. Three-hour laboratory.

  • Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
  • Recommended prerequisite: Petroleum 216.
  • Credit: 1 Hour.


click to expandPETR 302 Drilling and Completion Fluids, Well Control and Casing Design Laboratory

Investigation of filtration, chemical and rheological properties, including determination of barite sag index, well drilling fluids, and recommended procedures for design and control of desirable drilling fluid properties. Analysis of equivalent static density (ESD) profiles of synthetic-based mud (SBM) and mineral oil-based mud (MOBM) systems using PVT data with numerical integration. Detailed analysis of casing pressure profiles during well control operations for surface subsea and horizontal well control operations. Maximum load concept casing design. Three-hour laboratory.

  • Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Petroleum 341.
  • Credit: 1 Hour.


click to expandPETR 317 Hydrocarbon Phase Behavior

Qualitative and quantitative phase behavior of pure, binary, and multi-component systems; compressibility; viscosity; formation volume factors of gases and liquids; critical and pseudocritical constants; vapor pressure; dew point and bubble point; equilibrium constants; flash and differential vaporization; behavior of condensate and retrograde condensate systems; computer simulation of laboratory phase cell behavior.

  • Prerequisites: Chemistry 131 and 133; and Computer Science 210.
  • Credit: 3 Hours.


click to expandPETR 318 Reservoir Engineering

Reservoir fluid and rock properties; reservoir types; calculation of hydrocarbons in place by volumetric method; generalized material balance equation; steady, pseudosteady, and unsteady state flow of reservoir fluids; water influx; reduced forms of material balance equation; performance prediction; computer applications.

  • Prerequisites: Petroleum 216 and 317.>
  • Credit: 3 Hours.


click to expandPETR 341 Drilling Engineering

Engineering planning, design and optimization considerations involved in well drilling operations including logistics and rotary drilling equipment requirements; drilling cost analysis; review of recommended drilling fluids and cement programs including cement placement techniques; review of tri-cone and PDC bit programs; gas-cut mud calculations; hydrostatic pressure in gas and complex fluid columns; pore pressures and fracture gradients; drill collar design using force balance method; non-static well conditions including annular and pipe flow of Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids; optimization of jet bit hydraulics; swab and surge pressures; innovative drilling practices.

  • Prerequisites: Petroleum 216 and concurrent enrollment in Petroleum 302.
  • Credit: 3 Hours.


click to expandPETR 342 Production Systems Engineering I

Completion techniques; flowing well performance using Nodal analysis; design of beam pumping, submersible, and gas lift production systems; decline curve analysis; preview of stimulation techniques; design considerations; conomics; computer applications.

  • Prerequisite: Petroleum 216 and 317.
  • Credit: 3 Hours.


click to expandPETR 343 Formation Evaluation

Techniques for subsurface evaluation of oil and gas reservoirs emphasizing quantitative interpretation of electric, sonic, and nuclear logs by overlay, cross-plot, and digital evaluation methods; multiple tool logging programs that provide comprehensive description of reservoir content and productivity.

  • Prerequisite: Petroleum 216.
  • Credit: 3 Hours.


click to expandPETR 405 Enhanced Recovery

Reservoir engineering aspects of water-flooding, gas injection, polymer flooding, CO2 flooding, steam stimulation, steam flooding, and in-situ combustion; design considerations and economics.

  • Prerequisites: Petroleum 318 and 342.
  • Credit: 3 Hours.


click to expandPETR 406 Natural Gas Engineering

Flow of natural gas in pipelines; gas metering and regulation; compression of natural gas; dehydration, sweetening, and odorization of natural gas; gas well completion techniques; gas reservoir engineering; deliverability testing methods; production engineering methods using Nodal analysis; design considerations; economics; reservoir simulation; and computer applications. This course integrates lecture, laboratory and field experience.

  • Prerequisites: Petroleum 317 and 342.
  • Credit: 3 Hours.


click to expandPETR 421 Transient Pressure Analysis

Theory and application of well testing methods. Derivation and solution of the diffusivity equation for fluid flow in porous media for various boundary conditions. Pressure build-up, draw-down, injection, multi-rate and multi-well testing methods using analytical solutions and type curves applied for single and multi-phase flow. Well test design; introduction to reservoir simulation; microcomputer applications.

  • Prerequisites: Mathematics 302 and Petroleum 318.
  • Credit: 3 Hours.


click to expandPETR 423 Production Systems Engineering II

Basic rock mechanics; theory of hydraulic fracturing and acidizing emphasizing optimization of treatment design; advanced production engineering topics including surface facilities design, corrosion in production operations, gravel pack design, production logging and horizontal wells.

  • Prerequisite: Petroleum 342.
  • Credit: 3 Hours.


click to expandPETR 424 Advanced Drilling Engineering

Wellbore design and construction for deepwater and deep high pressure/high temperature (HP/HT) wells with a focus on operational issues. Contingency planning. Pore pressure, fracture gradient and wellbore stability. Wellbore construction – shallow hazards, casing seat selection, directional drilling, BHA design, top hole cementing, close tolerance casing, close tolerance cementing, leak-off testing, landing string design, bicenter bits, ream-while-drilling (RWD) tools, MOBM and SBM compressibility. Wellbore pressure management - ESD, ECD, pressure while drilling (PWD), hydraulics. Subsurface evaluation. Subsea equipment. Station keeping. Rig selection. Emerging technologies.

  • Prerequisite: Petroleum 341
  • Credit: 3 Hours


click to expandPETR 430 Senior Capstone Design Seminar

Students are assigned a comprehensive engineering design project. Work is done in teams. Students present their results in the form of a written report and 20-minute technical presentation using style adopted by Society of Petroleum Engineers.

  • Prerequisite: Senior standing.
  • Credit: 3 Hours.