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What is Petroleum Engineering?

Petroleum engineers are constantly working towards the development and application of new technologies and techniques to improve oil and gas recovery and its impact upon the natural world. They are master problem solvers who tackle various challenges such as technology, economics, and politics. Petroleum engineers work to ensure a balance between sustainability, efficiency, and affordability in the production of energy.

OU petroleum engineering has state-of-the-art advanced research facilities that provide students with unparalleled opportunities to experience the future of oil and gas industry. Students receive a firm foundation in contemporary oil and gas issues, extraction methods, engineering processes, resource development and advanced course work in the three primary petroleum engineering specializations: Drilling Engineering, Production Engineering and Reservoir Engineering

Do my interests fit?

Petroleum engineering students typically have interests in:

  • Geology
  • Problem solving
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Physics
  • Economics

High school preparation should include calculus, physics, economics and chemistry.

How can OU Petroleum Engineering help me?

Alumni of the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering School have created and led some of the world’s most innovative and entrepreneurial energy companies, leaving a significant OU imprint across an industry that is the most important engine of global economic growth. Students receive a firm foundation of knowledge in math, science, humanities and engineering principles, and in their advanced coursework focus on Drilling, Production and Reservoir Engineering. With fantastic internships and the highest starting salary among all engineering disciplines, the opportunities are boundless for students who choose to study petroleum engineering. Our world-class research, state-of-the-art laboratories, and renowned faculty enhance the student experience by providing real-world perspectives that allow students to gain first-hand knowledge and expertise throughout their time at OU.

What courses will I take?

Petroleum engineering courses include:

  • Statics and Dynamics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Technical Communications
  • Reservoir Rock Properties
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Drilling and Completions
  • Petroleum Economics
  • Drilling and Production Engineering Lab
  • Petroleum Project Evaluation
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Integrated Reservoir management - Capstone

How can I study abroad?

Petroleum engineering students have the opportunity to study abroad through a variety of programs:
  • Petroleum Engineers in Bolivia
  • Petroleum Engineers in Romania
  • Petroleum Engineers in Spain
  • Geophysicists in Brazil
  • Geologists in Colombia

How can I get involved?

There are numerous clubs’ petroleum engineering students can be a part of. Check them out:

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
OU American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE)
OU Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA)
Pi Epsilon Tau (PiET)

What kind of career could I pursue?

Petroleum engineer
Drilling engineer
Production designer
Reservoir engineer
Engineering geologist
Petroleum industry
Drilling companies
Energy companies

How much will I make?

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree. 

Program Accreditation

OU's School of Petroleum Engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. A Petroleum Engineering student graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering degree.


Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering
Phone: (405) 325-2921