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The core of the program is a strong technical curriculum, whereby the fundamentals of geology, physical sciences, mathematics, and petroleum engineering are learned. This core is complemented by general courses in other engineering and technical disciplines to help prepare the students for professional registration or other future careers. Nine credits of the required technical courses are electives, which provide each student the opportunity to tailor the program to his/her individual interests. such as petroleum geology, entrepreneurship, etc. Other prescribed courses include topics such as economics, statistics and professional integrity. The program also gives students a chance to become proficient in computer skills, database management, oral and written communication, and team work.
- 4 year program, 128 credits
- 16 core courses in Petroleum Engineering
- Core courses must be completed with a grade "C" or above
University of North Dakota's College of Engineering and Mines offers the only Petroleum Engineering degree program in the state. With the discovery and development of the unconventional resources, this program is strategically important to UND and the state in terms of educating practical and hands-on engineers who can work in the field, and also develop the latest technologies for discovery, exploration, drilling and production of the oil and gas fields to produce future energy. The department offers on-campus and distance-learning (DEDP) undergraduate programs in Petroleum Engineering.
The future for the Petroleum Engineering program at UND is very promising based on the strategic location of North Dakota. With the strong support of the state, the University and the industry, it is expected that high quality hands-on and practical graduates will be produced to join the workforce and play an important role in leading the future of the energy industry in the country.
The program has found widespread support from the university, and from industry. Also, the Student Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is actively involved in inviting industry professionals to present short courses, workshops and to talk about future careers in this profession. In addition, students spend a few months in the industry during their summer internship program which is an excellent opportunity for them to get exposed to a real life workplace. Talented domestic and international students are highly encouraged to consider the Petroleum Engineering program at UND as a place of choice for their studies.
With the online program, you can earn your bachelor's degree without interrupting your career. To complete your engineering degree, you will take semester-based, online courses with brief on-campus labs held during the summer.
Your transcript and diploma will look the same as for a student who graduated from UND by taking traditional, on-campus courses.