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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The Petroleum Engineering Department at the University of North Dakota was approved and established in the summer of 2010. Students at UND can now declare Petroleum Engineering as a major and begin their program of study.
This page will be updated as necessary so check back often or submit a question.
Which Geology course do I take?
For PtrE, you must take GeoE203 (Earth Dynamics) and laboratory (GeoE 203L). However, if you are a transfer student then a 3 or 4 credit hour physical geology (with laboratory) is acceptable. Before fall 2012, the GeoE203 course was known as Geology for Engineers.
Which acronym should I use? This is confusing.
The official UND course designation is "PtrE", which stands for Petroleum Engineering. For the degree program, the UND Registrar lists it as BS-PTE (Bachelors of Science in Petroleum Engineering).
You may hear the acronym "PE" from time to time. Context should help remove the ambiguity. The acronym "PE" means "Professional Engineer" in the engineering world and can also mean "Petroleum Engineer". On the UND campus "PE" can mean "Physical Education." So to help reduce ambiguous meanings, especially when talking about courses and the curriculum you will hear faculty use "petroleum."
How does a course I have taken at another college/university transfer
in to the new PtrE program at UND?
First the UND Registrar Office creates an automatic matching of courses. If you took English 101 somewhere else, it should then properly transfer in to UND. The remaining courses are then sent to the Petroleum Engineering Department to let the faculty "match" the courses to the proper UND course(s). Because of the specialization of petroleum courses from different petroleum programs across the world, it can be difficult to properly match the course as a whole to each course offered at UND. The faculty researches the course using web resources but the course could have changed since taking it. The faculty may ask for additional information about the course you took. For some course transfers, we ask for syllabi, example work or textbooks to help apply the transfer credit. This process can take some time and may require a number of interactions with you, the student.
Is the Petroleum Engineering program at UND ABET accredited?
Answer...Not yet. All the established engineering programs at UND College of Engineering and Mines are ABET accredited and the Petroleum Engineering will be evaluated at the next cycle in 2015. ABET requires a degree to be FIRST AWARDED before the program can be assessed. After the successful ABET evaluation, all degrees award by UND will be ABET accredited RETROACTIVELY. There are many resources being applied to get the program accredited. With all programs currently accredited, UND feels we are well situated to obtain accreditation.
Which courses do I take?
There is an approved curriculum for Petroleum Engineering. Check out the UND catalog or visit this link for the approved curriculum. Also the curriculum may change in the future. This is normal for any degree. This is why knowing the catalog year you enter UND is important. You are responsible to complete the courses required for THAT catalog year.
Which Calculus and Physics course do I take?
Always visit with your advisor and ask questions before attempting coursework. For calculus you MUST take the University Calculus and not the College Calculus. The same is true for Physics. You must complete University Physics and not College Physics. There is a difference. At UND you must complete MATH 165, 166 and 265 and Phys 251/L and 252/L. For Distance students, the laboratory course are offered in a two-week period in the summer.
As an online student in the DEDP, how do I complete my laboratories?
The Chemistry, Physics, and Petroleum laboratory coursework is conducted in the summer session typically during a 2-week period in mid May. For Physics courses there is a 3 hour online class with a "C" designation that you will enroll in. Instead of the 251 or 252 it will be 251C and 252C. The laboratory 251L and 252L are held during the summer.