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Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Major Map

Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
Pathway: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Want to be part of today's most dynamic and interesting engineering fields? Petroleum and natural gas engineers drive progress and innovation. Our graduates enjoy some of the highest starting salaries across all departments in the University.

Academics

Fall
  • MATH 155 Calculus 1 Exclamation Point
    4
  • ENGR 101 Engineering Problem Solving 1 Exclamation Point
    2
  • ENGR 199 Orientation to Engineering
    1
  • CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry Exclamation Point
    4
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
17
Spring
  • MATH 156 Calculus 2 Exclamation Point
    4
  • ENGR 102 Engineering Problem-Solving 2 Exclamation Point
    3
  • PHYS 111 General Physics Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    4
  • CHEM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry Exclamation Point
    4
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
18
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • New international students: Find a mentor who is an upperclassman
  • Attend New Student Orientation
  • Spend 100 hours at student success centers
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Complete the Campus Read

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Get a selfie with the Mountaineer
  • Take a hike, bike or go rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest
  • Participate in the PRT cram
  • Attend Adventure WV
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations
  • Donate surplus items from your room before leaving for home
  • Participate in hall council or attend a hall council program
  • Make a friend from another country

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Attend a WELLWVU Try It event
  • Download a chillPACK at well.wvu.edu
  • Visit the Student Rec Center
  • Join the Student Wellness Ambassador Team (SWAT)

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Attend a resume writing class
  • Attend a career fair
  • Complete the financial literacy course
  • Get a job on campus at the residence hall desk or a dining hall

Academics

Fall
  • PHYS 112 General Physics Exclamation Point
    4
  • MATH 251 Multivariable Calculus Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    4
  • MAE 241 Statics Exclamation Point
    3
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • GEOL 101 Planet Earth Exclamation Point
    3
17
Spring
  • MATH 261 Elementary Differential Equations Exclamation Point
    4
  • MAE 243 Mechanics of Materials Exclamation Point
    3
  • MAE 331 Fluid Mechanics Exclamation Point
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    IENG 213 Engineering Statistics or
    STAT 215 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • PNGE 200 Introduction to Petroleum Engineering Exclamation Point
    3
16
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Spend 100 hours at student success centers
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Find a faculty mentor
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Find the mice in Stewart Hall
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Visit the Outdoor Education Center and participate in a Challenge Course or Canopy Tour
  • Take a hike, bike or go rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest
  • Go on one of the break trips through the Outdoor Rec Center

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Join a student organization
  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Make a friend from another country
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Stay healthy: Ask an Expert via well.wvu.edu
  • Visit the Student Rec Center
  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Take Student Wellness Ambassador peer certification
  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • Undergraduate research (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Attend the Sophomore/Junior Fair during your fall semester to explore studying abroad, internships, career choices and more
  • Join a club sport team
  • Internship (complete one major experience outside the classroom)

Academics

Fall
  • PNGE 332 Petroleum Properties and Phase Behavior Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    3
  • EE 221 Introduction to Electrical Engineering Exclamation Point
    3
  • ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics Exclamation Point
    3
  • MAE 320 Thermodynamics Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
15
Spring
  • PNGE 310 Drilling Engineering Exclamation Point
    4
  • PNGE 312 Drilling Fluids Laboratory
    1
  • PNGE 333 Basic Reservoir Engineering Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    3
  • ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics Exclamation Point A B in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    3
  • GEOL 373 Introduction to Petroleum Geology
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
17
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Become a tutor or mentor in your major
  • Engage in undergraduate research
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Attend dinner presentations at the Faculty Dinner Series

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Attend a student or faculty performance at the Creative Arts Center
  • Attend a Ring Day ceremony (where you will receive your WVU class ring)
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Visit the West Virginia and Regional History Center in the Downtown Library

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Join a student organization
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program
  • Explore community service opportunities in Greek Life
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Visit campus farmers market
  • Become a level 2 Bystander Trainer Foo
  • Continue involvement with your club sport or intramural team or try a new one
  • Stay healthy: Ask an Expert via well.wvu.edu
  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Attend a career fair
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Become a leader in your club sport team
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)

Academics

Fall
  • PNGE 420 Production Engineering Exclamation Point
    3
  • PNGE 434 Applied Reservoir Engineering Exclamation Point
    3
  • PNGE 441 Oil and Gas Property Evaluation Exclamation Point
    3
  • PNGE 450 Formation Evaluation Exclamation Point
    3
  • PNGE 470 Natural Gas Engineering Exclamation Point
    4
16
Spring
  • PNGE 400 Petroleum Engineering Ethics
    1
  • PNGE 405 Multidisciplinary Team Project
    1
  • PNGE 432 Petroleum Reservoir Engineering Laboratory
    1
  • PNGE 480 Petroleum Engineering Design
    3
  • Two Professional Electives
    6
12
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Sign up for graduation
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Check all of your degree requirements

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • Attend the Mountaineer Send-Off
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Attend a football game
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program
  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Reach out and volunteer in the Morgantown community

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Join an intramural team
  • Visit the Student Rec Center
  • Become a leadWELL Trainer
  • Participate in liveWELL programs
  • Attend a WELLWVU Try It event

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Attend a career fair
  • Participate in a practice job interview session
  • Sign up for an interview
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization

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