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Welcome to the Petroleum Engineering Program

Welcome to the Petroleum Engineering program at the University of Kansas. Our B.S. program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, nationally recognizedand is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in the oil and gas industry. This is an exciting time with the demand for petroleum engineers at record levels. Starting salaries are the highest of any engineering profession. (See "Wanted: Oil Workers" or "A Gusher for Oil Grads" for further details) Petro Rig Photo

The demand for new engineers is expected to continue well into the future as a large number of practicing engineers are approaching retirement age, creating new opportunities for young graduates. Oil and gas production is a worldwide business with possibilities of overseas assignments or involvement in major overseas projects.

In our petroleum engineering program, small classes insure intimate contact between instructors and students. Field trips are integrated into classroom experience to introduce students to petroleum operations. These trips complement courses on drilling, well completion and production. A major focus of our undergraduate courses is reservoir engineering including a capstone design course offered in the senior year in which petroleum engineers and geologists work on teams to study and prepare an analysis of an existing oil or gas field followed by presentation of their results to the company operating the field.

Internships are an important part of petroleum engineering education and students are encouraged to seek internships after sophomore and junior years. Students frequently receive employment offers after the internship following their junior year.

A number of petroleum engineering scholarships are available each year to entering students. Check our website for information.

Graduates of our petroleum engineering program hold important engineering and management in the oil and gas industry throughout the world.