Students who major in Chemical Engineering have the opportunity of complementing their degree by pursuing a minor in a wide range of disciplines such as Business, Economics, other engineering disciplines, a second language, and many more.  For more information on how a minor can complement your degree or meet your interests, please contact the minor advisor or the CBE advisors on the 6th floor of Koffolt Labs (CBEC).  Visit the List of Minors page for more info.  

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Petroleum Engineering Minor

Petroleum Engineering is the science of dealing with oil and gas industry in three differ major sectors: Upstream, midstream, and downstream.

Upstream comprises exploration and production, which includes searching for potential underground or underwater crude oil and natural gas fields, drilling exploratory wells, and subsequently drilling and operating the wells that recover and bring the crude oil and/or raw natural gas to the surface.

Midstream involves the transportation (by pipeline, rail, barge, oil tanker or truck), storage, and wholesale marketing of crude or refined petroleum products.

Downstream refers to the refining of petroleum crude oil and the processing and purifying of raw natural gas, as well as the marketing and distribution of products derived from crude oil and natural gas.

Students in the Petroleum Engineering minor will be exposed to the main petroleum engineering subjects, especially for the upstream sector. They will be equipped with an understanding of the vocabulary and engineering fundamentals needed to succeed in the oil and gas industry. They will also increase their involvement in the petroleum industry including field trips and facilities visits, and build knowledge about the current practices and issues related to the petroleum industry for conventional and unconventional resources, Utica and Marcellus Shales in particular. 

Requirements for Petroleum Engineering

Visit theA&S page for more info on Requirements and the Minor Advising Sheet.

Course requirements (12 core credits, plus 3 elective credits)

Core (all four courses are required)

  1. CBE 5200: Intro to Petroleum Engineering (Spring semester only)
  2. CBE 5210: Reservoir Engineering (Autumn semester only)
  3. CBE 5230: Drilling and Production Engineering (Spring semester only)
  4. Earth Science 5661: Petroleum Geology (Spring semester only)

Electives (choose one course)

  • CBE 5260: Petroleum Project Evaluation (Autumn semester only)
  • Earth Science 5687: Energy GeoPhysics
  • Earth Science 5751: Quantitative Reservoir Modeling



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