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Top Petroleum Engineering Colleges

As a petroleum engineering major, you’ll learn the scientific, mathematical and engineering principles behind the extraction of natural gas and oil from the Earth. To do so, you will take courses in math, chemistry, geology, and physics as well as a strong dose of engineering courses such as: Reservoir Engineering, Properties of Petroleum Fluids, and Fundamentals of Well Logging.

Earning a degree in petroleum engineering will prepare students for careers working for the world’s major oil and natural gas companies including: Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Shell, Lukoil, and ConocoPhillips.

What do you need to make it in a Petroleum Engineering program?

Future petroleum engineers need to be extremely strong students of advanced mathematics and the sciences. Additionally, they must be adept at the utilization of technology that is used in the field on a daily basis.

Your Petroleum Engineering College Checklist:

  • What is the professional background of the faculty? Do they have direct connections to the oil and natural gas industry?
  • Do undergraduate students have access to the premier laboratories or are they reserved for graduate/Ph.D. students?
  • What independent project(s) or independent research is required as part of the degree?
  • Since a good number of petroleum engineers hold advanced degrees, how do graduate schools view the undergraduate institutions you are considering?
  • How is your prospective college viewed by employers in the field?
  • Do they offer a combine bachelor's/master's program in petroleum engineering?
  • Do they have the most up-t0-date computers and technology that help prepare students for the cutting edge aspects of the field?

The Top Petroleum Engineering Colleges & Universities

With the highest starting salary of any profession, Petroleum Engineering is a competitive field and finding the right college and program is often key to landing a good job. Schools that are held in particularly high regard by professionals, employers and students include: Texas A&M, University of Tulsa, and Penn State University. For a complete list of College Transitions Top Petroleum Engineering Colleges and Universities, click here.

*College lists are compiled on the basis of counselor interviews, guide books, exhaustive internet searches (of college and departmental websites), and data provided by The College Board and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).


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