Program overview

The Petroleum Engineering (PE) program at Missouri S&T is ABET accredited and offers degrees at the BS, MS and Ph.D. levels. The program is an integral part of the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering. Our department currently has 20 full-time faculty with established degree programs in Geological Engineering, Geology and Geophysics in addition to Petroleum Engineering. This combination of disciplines offers synergies for collaborative research and provides a broad spectrum of opportunities for nurturing tomorrow's leaders in the earth sciences and engineering.

With the growing demand for oil and gas, the field of petroleum engineering plays an important role in the world today. Petroleum engineering is among the highest-paid engineering disciplines. As a petroleum engineering student, you will study the technology of well drilling and completion, oil and gas evaluation and production, reservoir evaluation and future production prediction. Modern experimental and computational tools are utilized to study the technology of well logging, well testing, well stimulation, reservoir characterization, secondary and and enhanced recovery processes, as well as geology. Other areas of study include economic analysis of oil and gas production, reservoir simulation, offshore technology and artificial lift methods. Students studying petroleum engineering at Missouri S&T will have a uniquely strong background in Mechanical Earth Modeling (MEM). This embraces courses in petroleum geology, structural geology, basin development, rock mechanics, geophysics (3D and 4D), as well as core petroleum engineering topics.

Mechanical earth modeling (MEM), introduced by Chevron, is an emphasis within the petroleum curriculum. It benefits Missouri S&T by ensuring relevance in the undergraduate curriculum, while providing a -Ëœtechnical identity'. It is our vision that in 5 years time, Missouri S&T will be nationally recognized as leaders in the area of mechanical earth modeling.