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Objectives & Outcomes

Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering (B.S.P.E.)


• To provide excellent instruction and design experiences essential for graduates to enter the practice of petroleum engineering and pursue life-long professional development.
• To conduct research that generates, communicates, and applies new knowledge for the betterment of society.
• To foster a spirit of service and leadership among students and faculty and assist the public in addressing issues concerning the use of resources, protection of the environment, and development of infrastructures.
• The department fulfills an obligation to the people of the state of Texas and the nation in making available the technical expertise for the safe and efficient development, production, and management of petroleum reserves.

Program Educational Objectives


Fall 2016

Department and Programs Fndl Bachelor's Master's Doctoral Total
Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering292 285 36 49 662


Degrees Awarded

Academic Year's 2015-2016

Degrees awarded: December 2015, May 2016,August 2016

Department Bachelor's Master's Doctoral Total
Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering 145 12 3 160

The Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering supports the mission of the university and the college through its undergraduate program by providing students with an appropriate curriculum and educational experience.

The course selection and content remain current through continuous assessment by faculty, students, alumni, Petroleum Industry Advisor Board (PIAB) members, and industry employers.

To accomplish this mission, the petroleum engineering faculty, with advice from students, alumni, PIAB members, and industry employers, endorse program educational objectives to generate petroleum engineering graduates who will accomplish the following during the first few years after graduation:

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering must demonstrate the following:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multi−disciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life−long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Petroleum Engineering Program Specific Criteria

By the time of graduation, students must also be able


The Program Educational Objectives,Student Outcomes & Progam Outcomes are presented in the 2016-2017 course catalog on this page

The Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET