School of Geology and Geophysics
The petroleum field is quickly growing, and new graduates are needed to fill the role of petroleum geologists. Petroleum geologists apply their knowledge of the earth and its structures to find and extract oil. Typically a petroleum geologist works with or leads a team and analyzes data to aid in locating and retrieving oil. Students in OU's School of Geology and Geophysics gain the skills needed to work in a variety of large corporations and government agencies including NASA, BP America, ExxonMobil and the Department of Natural Resources. OU students have a 98 percent job placement rating, and graduates receive among the highest starting salaries in the nation.
Students learn from the highest-quality professors the knowledge and skills needed to work in Geology, and they put this knowledge to use in a variety of hands-on experiences. Many students pursue exciting and high-paying internships in both the summer and during the school year. Students have also traveled to such countries as Africa, Scotland, Mexico, India and South America to gain experience doing fieldwork.
Graduates from OU's School of Geology and Geophysics are among the most highly recruited students in the energy industry, and 98 percent of graduating seniors are placed in full-time positions or choose to continue onto graduate school.
One recent graduate of the program received a $50,000 scholarship to continue her studies at Oxford, and another received a prestigious internship working with NASA.
A Petroleum Geology student graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Geology degree. A student can then choose to pursue a Master of Science in Geology or a Doctor of Philosophy in Geology degree.
Interests and Skills
Geology students typically have interests in problem solving, mathematics, science and technology. Students also have interests in working in the field and in the laboratory. High school preparation should include math and science courses, especially geographic sciences.
Types of Employers
Independent drilling companies
Large and small consulting firms
Jobs of Recent OU Graduates
Geologist, BP America, Inc.
Geologist, Berexo, Inc.
Federal science project manager, Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission
Geologist, Chevron Texaco
Jobs of Experienced Alumni
Senior geologist, Dominion Exploration &
Executive Vice President, Pioneer Natural Resources
Geologist, Husky Oil
Drilling engineer, FJ Brown and Associates, Inc.
Exploration geologist, Jones Energy, Ltd.
Petroleum engineer, Chaparral Energy, Inc.
Geologist, People's Oil