Petroleum engineering applies engineering principles to the study of oil and gas. Students who are interested in pursuing a career as a petroleum engineer can complete undergraduate or graduate programs in petroleum engineering or geology engineering. Prospective students will need to complete a variety of courses in engineering, geology and business, among other topics, in order to fulfill the requirements of the degree.
Michigan Technical University
Michigan Technical University offers education for prospective students to earn a bachelor of science in geological engineering. The school allows students to specialize in certain fields, like exploration of fossil fuels, hydrogeology, geomechanics and environmental planning. Many students who graduate from the program choose to become professional petroleum engineers. The curriculum is intended to be comprehensive. Admitted students can expect to take many courses in science and engineering, as well as a wide range of courses in the humanities and social sciences.
Michigan Technical University 630 Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building 1400 Townsend Drive Houghton, MI 49931-1295 906-487-2531 geo.mtu.edu/undergraduate/eng.html
Michigan State University
The College of Engineering at Michigan State University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in environmental engineering that allow students to pursue a career in petroleum engineering. Students can pursue a bachelor's degree, master's degree or doctorate. About 2,800 undergrdaute students enroll at the college each year. The college offers nine different graduate engineering programs. Prospective students should make sure to carefully explore the application procedures, as admissions are very competitive.
Michigan State University College of Engineering 3546 Engineering Building East Lansing, MI 48824 517-355-5107
University of Michigan College of Engineering
The College of Engineering at the University of Michigan operates the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, a program that offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. Prospective students can take courses like engineering geology, excavation and tunneling, and geoenvironmental engineering, to name a few, which all specialize in petroleum engineering. In addition, the college has developed state-of-the-art research in topics like structural integrity, construction management, materials in new construction, and wastewater treatment. In all, about 5,500 undergraduate students and 2,600 graduate students enroll at the College of Engineering each year.
University of Michigan Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering 2340 G.G. Brown Building Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125 734-764-8495 cee.engin.umich.edu
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