U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked Texas A&M's Petroleum Engineering Department as one of the top Undergraduate Engineering Programs with a PhD Program.


Program Goals

The primary goals of the program are to produce 100-130 highly-qualified U.S. and international students each year, placing these students in entry-level industry positions or graduate programs, and to maintain an ABET-accredited program in petroleum engineering.

If we are to reach these goals, we believe we must give our students the best possible preparation to enter this industry. Our curriculum gives every student a solid foundation in petroleum engineering fundamentals, but we also insist on experience in the industry. As a result, our graduates will enter the industry ready to be productive contributors, but they also will understand the need to continue to learn and improve their skills throughout their careers.


Program Outcomes

In order to meet our Mission and Vision, PETE graduates must have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • 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
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • An ability to deal with the high level of uncertainty in definition and solution of petroleum reservoir problems

Administrative Policies for Undergraduate Students


The curriculum in petroleum engineering is intended to prepare students for the petroleum industry and other fields which involve fluid flow through subsurface formations and particularly for those professions which have to do with drilling, production, reservoir engineering and transportation of oil, gas, and other subsurface resources.


Financial/Scholarship Information


Four-year Degree Program

The four-year curriculum in petroleum engineering includes sufficient training in basic engineering sciences to prepare the graduate for the application of engineering principles to the petroleum industry. Courses in geology give an understanding of the geological structures and conditions favorable for petroleum deposits. To the basic subjects are added courses in petroleum engineering which illustrate the application of the engineering principles to the type of problems and solution methods used in the petroleum industry.


Internship Requirement

A minimum of six weeks of approved experience in oilfield operation is required for registration in senior petroleum engineering courses.



The bachelor of science program in petroleum engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: (410) 347-7700. In accordance with ABET procedures, the curriculum is always being evaluated and improved, using the program outcome assessments listed above, in order to ensure that educational objectives are being met.


For further information contact:

Undergraduate Program
Department of Petroleum Engineering
Texas A & M University 3116 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-3116
Voice (979) 845-6955