Petroleum engineering is a field that develops the means to extract oil and gas from underground reservoirs. The petroleum engineering minor prepares chemical, mechanical, civil and other engineering students for employment in the upstream petroleum industry. The petroleum engineering minor provides students with knowledge of drilling, production and reservoir engineering areas including formation evaluation and enhanced oil recovery methods.
Students enrolling in the petroleum engineering minor should have normally completed a minimum of 60 credits and be in good academic standing.
The following rules apply:
• The minor consists of a minimum of 18 credits, including at least nine credits in courses at or above the 300 level.
• At least nine credits of the 18 credits required for the minor must be taken in residence at AUS.
• At least six credits of the nine credits at or above the 300 level must be taken in residence at AUS.
• A minimum GPA of 2.00 must be earned in courses completed to satisfy the minor.
Students seeking a minor in petroleum engineering must successfully complete the following courses or their equivalent. All course prerequisites must be satisfied. Students pursuing a minor in petroleum engineering are encouraged to take their summer professional training in the petroleum industry.
Students minoring in petroleum engineering must successfully complete a minimum of 12 credits in courses selected from the following list:
• PET 305 Fundamentals of Petroleum Operations
• PET 365 Petroleum Reservoir Engineering
• PET 375 Petroleum Drilling and Production
• PET 385 Formation Evaluation
• PET 414 Enhanced Oil Recovery
Students must successfully complete a minimum of six credits in courses selected from the following list:
• CHE 434 Petroleum Refining Processes
• CHE 436 Natural Gas Processing
• CHE 467 Corrosion
• CVE 331 Geotechnical Engineering Principles
• CVE 341 Water Resources Engineering
• MCE 485 Hydraulics of Pipeline Systems
• MCE 487 Turbomachines
• any approved 300-level or 400-level special topics course. Consult the online course catalog or the online class schedule accessible via the AUS student information system to verify course classifications.