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Petroleum Engineering Overview - The Field - Preparation - Day In The Life - Earnings - Employment - Career Path Forecast - Professional Organizations 

A bachelor's degree in engineering is required for almost all entry-level engineering jobs.

Admission Requirements
Admissions requirements for undergraduate engineering schools include a solid background in mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus) and science (biology, chemistry, and physics), and courses in English, social studies, humanities, and computer and information technology.

Internships and Coops provide students with a great opportunity to gain real-world experience while still in school. Many universities offer co-op and internship programs for students studying Petroleum Engineering.  This provides students with first hand experience in the industry and the opportunity to contribute to a real-world program or project. Click here for more information.

Courses of Study
Bachelor's degree programs in engineering typically are designed to last 4 years, but many students find that it takes between 4 and 5 years to complete their studies. In a typical 4-year college curriculum, the first 2 years are spent studying mathematics, basic sciences, introductory engineering, humanities, and social sciences. Petroleum engineering students may also take courses such as Reservoir Petrophysics, Petroleum Engineering Systems, and Physical Geology during these years. In the last 2 years, a petroleum engineering program might include courses in Drilling and Production Systems, Geostatistics, Well Performance, Reservoir Fluids, Petroleum Project Evaluation, Engineering Ethics, and Well Completion and Stimulation.

Accredited Programs
Those interested in a career in petroleum engineering should consider reviewing engineering programs that are accredited by ABET, Inc. If you choose to attend a program that is not ABET accredited, you should be sure that the university is regionally accredited

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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