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Petroleum Engineering Major

BS in Petroleum Engineering
Cullen College of Engineering

Degree Plan

The newest edition to the Cullen College of Engineering is Petroleum Engineering. Petroleum engineers along with geologist search the world for reservoirs containing oil or natural gas. Once these resources are discovered, petroleum engineers work with geologists and other specialists to understand the geologic formation and properties of the rock containing the reservoir, determine the drilling methods to be used, and monitor drilling and production operations. They design equipment and processes to achieve the maximum profitable recovery of oil and gas. Because only a small proportion of oil and gas in a reservoir flows out under natural forces, petroleum engineers develop and use various enhanced recovery methods. These include injecting water, chemicals, gases, or steam into an oil reservoir to force out more of the oil and doing computer-controlled drilling or fracturing to connect a larger area of a reservoir to a single well. Because even the best techniques in use today recover only a portion of the oil and gas in a reservoir, petroleum engineers research and develop technology and methods to increase recovery and lower the cost of drilling and production operations.

Admissions

Freshman Admissions

First, freshman applicants are required to meet general university freshman admission requirements .  In addition, you should also complete the following core courses.

Required High School Courses Unit/Credits
English 4
Social Studies 3
Chemistry
Physics 1
Mechanical Drawing (in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade)* 1
Mathematics (including 2 units/credits in algebra, 1 in geometry, and 1/2 in either  elementary analysis or analytical geometry) 4

And obtain the following standardized test scores. 

Rank in Class Minimum Test Scores
SAT I Total and SAT Critical Reading or ACT Composite and ACT English
Top 10 % 970 and 480 22 and 19
I Quarter 970 and 480 22 and 19
II Quarter 1050 and 480 24 and 19
III Quarter 1180 and 480 26 and 19
IV Quarter Not Admissible

Transfer Admissions

First, applicants are required to meet general university transfer admissions requirements . In addition, applicants who have finished 15 semester hours or more need a 2.50 GPA for all college courses taken as well as a 2.50 GPA on all college-level mathematics, chemistry, physics, English, and engineering courses. Applicants should also attempt one college-level math course and at least one physics or chemistry course.  International Student applicants need a TOEFL score of 550 on the written examination, 213 on the computerized test, or 79-80 on the internet based test, unless they meet the terms of the exemption .

Careers

UH Engineering Alumni have received offers as Technical Consultants, Support Engineers, Consultants, Project Engineers, Application Developers, Test Engineers, Field Service Engineers, Plant Engineers, Completions Engineers, Reliability Engineers, etc. More information regarding job titles, salary information of Cougar Alumni as well as national salary information can be found at Cougar Careers . For assistance in career planning and development, please visit University Career Services .

Contact Information

Department of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering

S222 Engineering Building 1
Houston, TX 77204-4004
Phone: 713-743-4300
Fax: 713-743-4323

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