Bachelor's Degree Program
Students from all over the world come to UAF to study petroleum engineering. This ABET-accredited program is the only degree of its kind in Alaska. It’s also the only petroleum engineering program in the United States that emphasizes the unique challenges found in the Arctic. That gives our graduates a huge edge with employers in Alaska and throughout the North.
The petroleum engineering degree at UAF puts you in the heart of the nation’s energy frontier, with access to research, hands-on learning and professional opportunities you won’t find anywhere else in the world. You’ll have the advantage of working one-on-one with accomplished faculty who are experts in their fields. Your professors will know you by name and their doors are always open.
We have a long and successful track record of preparing leaders in the industry. More than 98% of our bachelor’s in petroleum engineering graduates find permanent positions in the oil industry or go to graduate school.
What Is Petroleum Engineering?
Energy plays a crucial role in almost every aspect of our daily lives, and petroleum is the largest source of energy in the United States. Petroleum engineering combines the basic sciences of chemistry, geology and physics with engineering sciences to promote the development and production of conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon resources (such as crude oil and natural gas). The objective of petroleum engineers is to maximize the economical production from reservoirs while maintaining safety, efficiency and environmental stability.
What do petroleum engineers do?
Petroleum engineers work on important challenges that affect the way people around the world are able to access energy. Job duties include recommending the strategic placement of wells, developing well drilling plans, evaluating potential well production rates and performances and providing technical assistance during drilling operations to resolve potential problems.
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Why Study Petroleum Engineering at UAF?
We offer one of the most modern and challenging petroleum engineering degree programs anywhere in the world, in the state that’s home to the largest oil field in North America. These are some of the opportunities you’ll have when you study petroleum engineering at UAF.
What Can You Do With a Degree in Petroleum Engineering?
When you earn your degree in petroleum engineering at UAF, you can look forward to a wide range of exciting career possibilities, in Alaska and beyond. Operating oil and gas companies and service companies routinely recruit graduates of the program. A number of our petroleum engineering degree graduates have gone on to achieve high level managerial and executive level positions in the oil industry.
Course Requirements for Petroleum Engineering
Courses in petroleum engineering deal with drilling, formation evaluation, production, reservoir engineering, computer simulation and enhanced oil recovery. The curriculum prepares you to meet the demands of modern technology while emphasizing the unique challenges encountered in Alaska.
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