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2022-2023 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2022-2023 University of Wyoming Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Petroleum Engineering, B.S.

Petroleum engineers combine fundamentals of science & math with computer programming, materials science, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics to develop and apply new technology to recover hydrocarbons from conventional and unconventional reservoirs.

University Studies Program Requirements

The University Studies Program 2015  

Undergraduate Curriculum

*Course meets USP requirement.

Applies to all undergraduate PETE programs.

Technical Electives Policy

The technical electives in the PETE curriculum can be used to complete a curriculum emphasis option or a minor. The number of credits of upper division courses must be satisfied, therefore, 13 elective credits must be 3000-level courses or higher.

Notes: Technical Electives must be selected with your advisor’s documented approval.

Minimum Grade Requirements

A grade of C or better is required for the following courses:

Total Upper Division Credits Required


Total Hours Required for B.S. Degree


Petroleum Engineering Program Educational Objectives

Three to six years after graduation, graduates who choose to practice in Petroleum engineering should:

  • (PETE-OB1) Successfully practice the profession/field of petroleum engineering or related discipline.

  • (PETE-OB2) Demonstrate successful career accomplishment and civic engagement.

Petroleum Engineering Program Outcomes

During the course of study in Petroleum Engineering, the student should develop:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.

  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors.

  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts.

  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.

  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions.

  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.