Texas Tech University

Objectives & Outcomes

Petroleum Engineering BS


  • 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

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:

  • Be successful in diverse career paths in the petroleum industry.
  • Continue professional development through participation and leadership in professional organizations (SPE, ASEE, API, AADE, SPWLA).
  • Pursue lifelong learning through continuing education or postgraduate education (professional meetings, short courses, graduate courses).
  • Progress to professional registration so that some individuals graduate from an ABET-accredited degree plan, pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, work in increasingly responsible engineering positions, and pass the Professional Exam.


Fall 2017

Department and Programs Fndl Bachelor's Master's Doctoral Total
Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering 171 190 30 40 431

Degrees Awarded

Academic Year's 2016-2017

Degrees awarded: December 2016, May 2017, August 2017

Department Bachelor's Master's Doctoral Total
Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering 122 21 11 154

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 BS Program Specific Criteria

By the time of graduation, students must also be able

  • Be proficient in mathematics through differential equations, probability and statistics, fluid mechanics, strength of materials, and thermodynamics;
  • Design and analysis of well systems and procedures for drilling and completing wells;
  • Characterization and evaluation of subsurface geological formations and their resources using geoscientific and engineering methods;
  • Design and analysis of systems for producing, injecting, and handling fluids;
  • Application of reservoir engineering principles and practices for optimizing resource development and management;
  • Use of project economics and resource valuation methods for design and decision making under conditions of risk and uncertainty.


The Program Educational Objectives, Student Outcomes & Program Specific Criteria are presented in the 2017-2018 course catalog.

The Petroleum Engineering BS program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.


Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering