Petroleum Engineering

College of Engineering and Mines
Department of Petroleum Engineering

BS, MS Degrees

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Minimum Requirements for Degree: 133 credits

The mission of the petroleum engineering program is to provide its students with quality education and training in the field of petroleum engineering through effective teaching, research and public service, with emphasis on Alaska petroleum resources.

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.

The petroleum engineering program educational objectives are:

  1. Our graduates will possess the technical knowledge and skills required to analyze real world petroleum engineering problems, and develop innovative solutions that meet the needs of multiple stakeholders.
  2. Our graduates will recognize the value of continuing professional development throughout their careers. This may take the form of advanced degrees, industry courses, and formal mentoring and coaching.
  3. Our graduates will compete effectively in the global petroleum engineering profession and they will exhibit the behaviors necessary to become leaders in the Alaska petroleum industry and beyond.

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Major -- BS Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements. (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete: MATH F200X, CHEM F105X and F106X, and LS F101X.)
  2. Complete the BS degree requirements. (As part of the BS degree requirements, complete: MATH F201X, PHYS F211X and F212X.)
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
    ES F201--Computer Techniques--3 credits
    ES F208--Mechanics--4 credits
    ES F331--Mechanics of Materials--3 credits
    ES F341--Fluid Mechanics--4 credits
    ES F346--Basic Thermodynamics--3 credits
    GE F261--General Geology for Engineers (3)
         or GEOS F101X--The Dynamic Earth (4)--3–4 credits
    GEOS F370--Sedimentary and Structural Geology for Petroleum Engineers--4 credits
    PETE F101--Fundamentals of Petroleum, Drilling and Production--3 credits
    PETE F301--Reservoir Rock and Fluid Properties--4 credits
    PETE F302--Well Logging--3 credits
    PETE F303W--Reservoir Rock and Fluid Properties Laboratory--1 credit
    PETE F407--Petroleum Production Engineering--3 credits
    PETE F411W--Drilling Fluids Laboratory--1 credit
    PETE F421--Reservoir Characterization--3 credits
    PETE F426--Drilling Engineering--3 credits
    PETE F431--Natural Gas Engineering--2 credits
    PETE F456--Petroleum Evaluation and Economic Decisions--3 credits
    PETE F466--Petroleum Recovery Methods--3 credits
    PETE F476--Petroleum Reservoir Engineering--3 credits
    PETE F478--Well Test Analysis--2 credits
    PETE F481W--Well Completions and Stimulation Design--3 credits
    PETE F487A--Petroleum Project Design**--1 credit
    PETE F487BW,O--Petroleum Project Design--1 credit
    PETE F489--Reservoir Simulation--2 credits
    Engineering elective***--3 credits
    Technical elective****--3 credits
  4. Complete the following program (major) requirements:
    MATH F202X--Calculus III--4 credits
    MATH F302--Differential Equations--3 credits
    MATH F310--Numerical Analysis (3)
         or ES F301--Engineering Analysis (3)--3 credits
  5. Complete the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (as approved by the Board of Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors).
  6. Minimum credits required--133 credits

* Students must earn a C- grade or better in each course.

** PETE F487A is prerequisite for PETE F487B. Must take both courses to meet the oral communication and writing-intensive requirements.

*** As approved by advisor (e.g. ME F416 or ES F307).

**** As approved by advisor (e.g. CE F603).