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Petroleum Engineering – Bachelor of Science (BS)

Energy touches every area of our lives, from the neighborhood carpool to international commerce. It can take you all over the planet from rigs in the North Sea to refineries in Rock Springs, where you will work bringing light, heat and transportation to society.

What is Petroleum Engineering?

Science and technology. Resource development and utilization. Sustainability. Safety. The power generated by relentless curiosity. All of these are bound up in the study of petroleum engineering. And more.

Petroleum engineering is an active major that starts with fundamentals, such as geology, chemistry, mathematics and physics and then drills down into the study of materials science, thermodynamics and the specific “hows” and “whys” involved in hydrocarbon extraction and production.

As part of your program, you will also have the chance to get hands-on experience with the state-of-the-art drilling & completions simulators, lab work, field trips, research and internships so you can enter the workforce prepared to discover and recover hydrocarbons in innovative new ways.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


  • Unconventional Reservoirs
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Graduate School Preparation

Resident Tuition: $154/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $639/credit hour

Department of Petroleum Engineering

Students who majored in petroleum engineering reported an average salary of $88,104

Petroleum Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Program Highlights

World-class facilities, internationally known faculty and a location that’s a hub for the petroleum industry. These are just some of the reasons for choosing UW. Here are a few others:

Scholarships. UW’s College of Engineering and Applied Science offers 300-plus scholarships a year, of which many are specifically for petroleum engineering students.

Personal attention. The UW engineering college boasts an 18:1 faculty-student ratio and 90 percent of courses are taught by engineering professors not grad students. This means more access to faculty, more opportunities for mentoring, more insight into petroleum-related careers.

Faculty. Study with people who are breaking ground in areas such as clean energy, shale gas, shale oil, rock physics and reservoir modeling. Professors of practice offer insights into the way the industry actually operates, based on their many years of experience.

Accredited. UW’s petroleum engineering program is accredited by ABET, the international body that vets engineering, technology and applied science programs for quality.

Student organizations. Network and learn more about the field of petroleum engineering by getting involved in the student chapters of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Association of Drilling Engineering, the International Association of Drilling Contractors and Pi Epsilon Tau, the petroleum engineering honor society.

Internships. Get on-the-job experience—and possibly job offers—by completing internships, often during the summer. UW petroleum engineering students have interned at Anadarko, BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Halliburton, Hess, Kuwait Oil Co., Matador, Noble Energy, Royal Dutch Shell, Turkish Petroleum, True Oil LLC, Baker Hughes, Encana and others.

Housing. UW has designated three floors in McIntyre Hall for engineering students only, so you can live and study with petroleum engineering peers.

Undergraduate research. As a UW petroleum engineering student, you will have the chance to apply for funding to help pay for original research projects.

Facilities. UW is home to the High Bay Research Facility—Center of Innovation for Flow Through Porous Media, which conducts critical research in oil and gas. The College of Engineering and Applied Science is also home to the state of the art Drilling and Completions Simulation Lab, the most advanced of its kind in higher education. The Energy Innovation Center is equipped with the Shell 3D Visualization Center and labs for enhanced oil recovery.

What Can You Do With a Petroleum Engineering Bachelor’s Degree?

A bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Wyoming makes it possible for you to enter the dynamic and lucrative field of petroleum engineering.  

UW petroleum engineering alumni are working all over the world in jobs that run the gamut from hands-on engineering positions to leadership roles.

Petroleum Engineering Careers

UW Department of Petroleum Engineering alumni have titles such as:

  • Production engineering specialist
  • Field engineer
  • Senior completions engineer
  • Drilling engineer
  • Reservoir engineer
  • Performance analyst
  • Project engineer
  • Vice president of operations
  • Senior gas engineer
  • Chief Operating Officer - Production
  • Senior Vice President - Wells
  • Senior Vice President technology and services
  • VP strategic supplier performance

Here are some companies where University of Wyoming petroleum engineering graduates are making contributions:

  • Anadarko
  • Hess
  • ConocoPhillips
  • EOG Resources
  • Chevron
  • Shell
  • BP
  • Impac Exploration Services
  • Halliburton
  • QEP Resources
  • Four Corners Petroleum
  • Schlumberger

UW graduates also go on to graduate programs at the University of Texas, Texas A&M, University of Oklahoma, University of Wyoming and more.

Amazing Stories from Petroleum Engineering Majors

“I’m convinced you get just as good of an education here as you would from any Ivy League school. Shell hires from all over. I was paired with interns from MIT, Harvard and Stanford, and I felt I was just as competitive and just as knowledgeable from my schooling here as they were.”

-Tylynn Smith, B.S. ’17, is a drilling engineer for Royal Dutch Shell.

Examples of Petroleum Engineering Degree Program Courses

These are a few courses you might take as a UW petroleum engineering major:

  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Production Engineering
  • Well Completions
  • Well Log Interpretation
  • Basic Drilling Engineering
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Petroleum Engineering Computing

View the full Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering degree program curriculum and four-year degree plan

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