Starting salaries for petroleum engineers are the highest of all engineering disciplines. Add in a degree from one of the top programs in the country, and you can see the potential of majoring in petroleum engineering at Marietta.

Marietta has one of the largest petroleum engineering programs in the nation, yet still offers the personal attention that is our hallmark. Here, we blend the best of two distinct worlds — the hands-on, practical application of an engineering program, and a broad educational background that includes courses in leadership and an extensive study abroad program. The result: a graduate who can think globally, approach problems analytically and communicate effectively.

As a senior, you will work on a team in an industry-style setting on a comprehensive, integrated engineering design project. You will move through every technical aspect of the petroleum business, from a discovery well to waterflood installation, and address related social, economic and environmental issues.

You will have access to a drilling and completion fluids lab, a core fluids and analysis lab, and a natural gas lab for the research you’ll be performing on campus. You will also carry out field studies at oil and gas wells located throughout the region.

Facilities

You'll have access to a drilling and completion fluids lab, a core fluids and analysis lab, and a natural gas lab for the research you'll be performing on campus. But you'll also regularly carry out field studies at oil and gas wells located throughout the region.

Accreditation

The Edwy R. Brown Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geology offers a B.S. degree program in petroleum engineering that is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Committee (EAC) of ABET, Inc., a federation of 28 professional and technical societies that is recognized as a U.S. accreditor of college and university programs.

Sample Four-Year Schedule

First Year (Fall Semester)
Petroleum Engineering 101 Engineering Reasoning 3 credit hours
Chemistry 131 General Chemistry I 3 credit hours
Chemistry 133 General Chemistry Lab I 1 credit hour
Communication 101 Fundamentals of Communication 3 credit hours
Geology 111 Physical Geology 4 credit hours
Mathematics 125 Calculus I 4 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   18 credit hours
First Year (Spring Semester)
Chemistry 132 General Chemistry II 3 credit hours
Chemistry 134 General Chemistry Lab II 1 credit hour
Geology 112 Historical Geology 4 credit hours
Mathematics 224 Calculus II 4 credit hours
Petroleum Engineering 216 Petrophysics 3 credit hours
Writing 110 College Composition 3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   18 credit hours
Second Year (Fall Semester)
Computer Science 210 Scientific Computing & Problem Solving 3 credit hours
Engineering 311 Engineering Statics 3 credit hours
Physics 221 General Physics I 4 credit hours
Mathematics 235 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 3 credit hours
General Education course   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   16 credit hours
Second Year (Spring Semester)
Engineering 312 Strength of Materials 3 credit hours
Engineering 321 Fluid Mechanics 3 credit hours
Mathematics 302 Differential Equations with Numerical Methods 3 credit hours
Physics 222 General Physics II 4 credit hours
General Education course   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   16 credit hours
Third Year (Fall Semester)
Engineering 351 Thermodynamics 3 credit hours
Mathematics 257 Engineering Statistics 3 credit hours
Petroleum Engineering 343 Formation Evaluation 3 credit hours
Petroleum Engineering 317 Hydrocarbon Phase Behavior 3 credit hours
General Education course   3 credit hours
General Education course   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   18 credit hours
Third Year (Spring Semester)
Writing 307 Technical Writing 3 credit hours
Geology 326 Petroleum Geology 3 credit hours
Petroleum Engineering 318 Reservoir Engineering 3 credit hours
Petroleum Engineering 341 Drilling Engineering 3 credit hours
Petroleum Engineering 342 Production Systems Engineering I 3 credit hours
Petroleum Engineering 302 Drilling & Completion Fluids, Well Control Lab 1 credit hour
Semester Credit Hours   16 credit hours
Fourth Year (Fall Semester)
Engineering 325 Economic Analysis & Investment Decision Methods 3 credit hours
Petroleum Engineering 405 Enhanced Recovery 3 credit hours
Petroleum Engineering 423 Production Systems Engineering II 3 credit hours
General Education course   3 credit hours
General Education course   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   15 credit hours
Fourth Year (Spring Semester)
Engineering 331 Electrical Engineering 4 credit hours
Petroleum Engineering 406 Natural Gas Engineering 3 credit hours
Petroleum Engineering 421 Transient Pressure Analysis 3 credit hours
Petroleum Engineering 430 Senior Capstone Design Seminar 3 credit hours
General Education course   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   16 credit hours

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