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Petroleum Engineering trains students for Wyoming's largest industries, the production of crude oil and gas. With the recognition of the state's and nation's vast reserves of natural gas, the curriculum emphasizes the production and processing of this important resource. Because of American predominance in petroleum technology, career opportunities are available throughout most of the world.
The curriculum in petroleum engineering is based upon sound preparation in fundamental sciences, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and geology. The essentials of engineering are added to this foundation: computer programming, statics, dynamics, materials science, hydraulics, and thermodynamics. To aid in developing individuals' social potential and broaden their educational background, an integrated program in humanities and social sciences is included in the curriculum. Petroleum engineering courses, which are primarily concerned with application of previously acquired knowledge to problems of the oil and gas industry, are concentrated in the junior and senior years.
Petroleum Engineering degree candidates must meet the academic requirements of the college and must have a GPA of 2.000 in Petroleum Engineering (PETE) courses attempted at UW that are applied toward graduation for the B.S. degree from the department. For approved electives, students must have prior approval of their advisor and department head. Courses must be chosen from a list provided by the department. Student must complete a minimum of 48 upper division (junior/senior) or graduate-level semester credit hours for this program.
Program Specific Admission Requirements
Admission Process and Requirements
Admission is open to students with at least a B.S. degree in petroleum engineering who meet the minimum requirements:
- A GPA of 3.000, or equivalent;
- A GRE score of 305 (combined verbal and quantitative sections)
- A TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 80 (Internet based) or an IELTS score of 6.5 for international applicants who did not attend an English-speaking program in an English-speaking country for the majority of their higher education.
Complete official transcripts of all prior college-level coursework, current resume or curriculum vitae, recommendations from three references, and a statement of purpose must be uploaded as parts of the application.
The deadline to submit application credentials is February 1 each year (to be considered for Fall semester), and September 15 each year (to be considered for Spring semester).
Applications will not be processed until all required documents have been submitted.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website
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- Introduction to Petroleum Engineering Problem Solving
- Fundamentals of Petroleum Engineering
- Introduction to Petroleum Engineering Computing
- Multicomponent Thermodynamics
- Heat and Mass Transfer
- Unit Operations
- Rock and Fluids Lab
- Reservoir Engineering
- Basic Drilling Engineering
- Drilling Fluids Laboratory
- Production Engineering
- Well Bore Operations
- Engineering Honors Program Research Methods
- Undergraduate Research in Petroleum Engineering
- Environment, Technology and Society
- Rock and Fluid Properties
- Flow through Porous Media
- Natural Gas Engineering
- Rock Mechanics
- Well Test Analysis
- Reservoir Simulation
- Fundamentals of EOR
- Well Log Interpretation
- Petroleum Economics
- Tight Gas Sand/Coalbed Methane
- Honors Undergraduate Research
- Petroleum Engineering Design
- Shale Reservoir Development
- Unconventional Gas Production
- Thermal Recovery
- Internship in Petroleum Engineering
- Topics in Petroleum Engineering
- Transport Phenomena
- Reactor Design
- Multiphase Flow
- Interfacial Phenomena
- Graduate Teaching and Research: Theory and Methods
- Topics in Chemical Engineering
- Problems in Petroleum Engineering
- Advanced Drilling Engineering
- Geostatistical/Subsurface Characterization
- Advanced Reservoir Engineering
- Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering
- Miscible Processes
- Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery Processes
- Petroleum Engineering Graduate Seminar
- Practicum in College Teaching
- Continuing Registration: On Campus
- Continuing Registration: Off Campus
- Enrichment Studies
- Thesis Research
- Dissertation Research
Petroleum Engineering Program Educational Objectives
Three to six years after graduation, graduates who choose to practice in Petroleum Engineering should:
- Successfully practice the profession/field of Petroleum Engineering or related discipline; and
- Demonstrate civic engagement and successful career growth.
Petroleum Engineering Program Outcomes
During the course of study in Petroleum Engineering, the student should develop:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data;
- An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and stainability;
- An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
- An ability to communicate effectively;
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
- A recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in life-long learning;
- A knowledge of contemporary issues; and
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
About this institute
University of Wyoming
The University of Wyoming is located in the safe and inviting college town of Laramie, Wyoming. Laramie is a community located about two hours north of the large, metropolitan city of Denver, Colorado. Laramie is nestled in a valley at...
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