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Overview for Petroleum Engineering

A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of systems for locating, extracting, processing and refining crude petroleum and natural gas, including prospecting instruments and equipment, mining and drilling systems, processing and refining systems and facilities, storage facilities, transportation systems, and related environmental and safety systems.

Careers for Petroleum Engineering Majors

A major in Petroleum Engineering is highly relevant for the following careers. National averages for wages in each career is provided.

Colleges Offering a Major in Petroleum Engineering

Top 17 U.S. Colleges with the highest percentage of Petroleum Engineering among the 2008-2009 graduating class.

AddInfoCollege Name Degrees Awarded/
Percentage
SelectivityTuition
Montana Tech of the University of Montana
Butte, MT
 40
(15.2%)
Less Selective$16,820 
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO
 75
(12.0%)
Moderately Selective$26,404 
Marietta College
Marietta, OH
 17
(5.6%)
Less Selective$27,066 
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New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Socorro, NM
 8
(4.1%)
Less Selective$13,568 
University of Tulsa
Tulsa, OK
 21
(3.7%)
Highly Selective$23,860 
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Norman, OK
 45
(1.2%)
Less Selective$17,464 
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX
 89
(1.0%)
Highly Selective$30,006 
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Missouri University of Science and Technology
Rolla, MO
 9
(1.0%)
Less Selective$19,579 
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX
 47
(1.0%)
Moderately Selective$12,858 
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
Baton Rouge, LA
 41
(0.9%)
Less Selective$11,929 
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Degrees awarded represents the number of bachelor's degrees awarded among the 2008-2009 graduating class.