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Objectives & Outcomes


Petroleum Engineering BS

Recommended  Curriculum

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 2021

Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering 102 86 26 26 240

Degrees Awarded (Academic Year)

2021 24 15 11 50
2020 50 9 4 63
2019 76 10 5 91
2018 103 22 8 133
2017 122 21 11 154

Student Outcomes

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

Student outcomes are:

  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 judgments, 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 judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategy.

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 2021-2022 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