2004-2005 UAF Catalog  

Petroleum Engineering

School of Mineral Engineering
Department of Petroleum Engineering
(907) 474-7734

B.S., M.S. Degrees

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 134 credits

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Petroleum engineering offers a unique look at the challenging problems confronting the petroleum industry. This program requires an understanding of many disciplines including mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology and engineering science. Courses in petroleum engineering deal with drilling, formation evaluation, production, reservoir engineering, computer simulation and enhanced oil recovery.

The curriculum prepares graduates to meet the demands of modern technology while emphasizing, whenever possible, the special problems encountered in Alaska. Located in one of the largest oil-producing states in the nation, the UAF petroleum engineering department offers one of the most modern and challenging degree programs available.

Major—B.S. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete: MATH 200X, CHEM 105X, CHEM 106X, and LS 101X.)
  2. Complete the B.S. degree requirements (As part of the B.S. degree requirements, complete: MATH 201X, PHYS 211X and PHYS 212X.)
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*

    ES 201—Computer Techniques 3 credits

    ES 208—Mechanics 4 credits

    ES 331—Mechanics of Materials 3 credits

    ES 341—Fluid Mechanics 4 credits

    ES 346—Basic Thermodynamics 3 credits

    GE 261—General Geology for Engineers (3)
    or GEOS 101X—The Dynamic Earth (4) 3-4 credits

    GEOS 370—Sedimentary and Structural Geology for Petroleum Engineers 4 credits

    PETE 103—Survey of Energy Industries 1 credit

    PETE 104—Fundamentals of Petroleum 1 credit

    PETE 205—Fundamentals of Drilling Practices 1 credit

    PETE 206—Introduction to Petroleum Production 1 credit

    PETE 301—Reservoir Rock and Fluid Properties 4 credits

    PETE 302—Well Logging 3 credits

    PETE 303W—Reservoir Rock and Fluid Properties Laboratory 1 credit

    PETE 407—Petroleum Production Engineering 3 credits

    PETE 411W—Drilling Fluids Laboratory 1 credit

    PETE 421—Reservoir Characterization 3 credits

    PETE 426—Drilling Engineering 3 credits

    PETE 431—Natural Gas Engineering 2 credits

    PETE 456—Petroleum Evaluation and Economic Decisions 3 credits

    PETE 466—Petroleum Recovery Methods 3 credits

    PETE 476—Petroleum Reservoir Engineering 3 credits

    PETE 478—Well Test Analysis 2 credits

    PETE 481W—Well Completions and Stimulation Design 3 credits

    PETE 487A—Petroleum Project Design** 1 credit

    PETE 487BW,O—Petroleum Project Design 1 credit

    PETE 489—Reservoir Simulation 2 credits

    Engineering elective*** 3 credits

    Technical elective**** 3 credits
  4. Complete the following program (major) requirements:

    MATH 202X—Calculus 4 credits

    MATH 302—Differential Equations 3 credits

    MATH 310—Numerical Analysis 3 credits
  5. Complete the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (as approved by the Board of Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors).
  6. Minimum credits required 134

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
** PETE 487A is prerequisite for PETE 487B. Must take both courses to meet the oral communication and writing intensive requirements.
*** As approved by advisor (e.g. ME 416 or ES 307).
**** As approved by advisor (e.g. CE 603).

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