Petroleum Engineering (B.S.)
Tap into a field growing twice as fast as the national average.
UND's Petroleum Engineering program is the only one in North Dakota and was designed with industry input. The hands-on learning offered at UND will give you the technical skills to recover oil and gas, and the insight you'll need to address future industry challenges.
- Program type:
- On-campus or online
- Est. time to complete:
- 4 years (6+ online)
- Credit hours:
Why Study Petroleum Engineering at UND?
North Dakota is the nation's second-largest leading producer of oil, a status driven by advances in recovering resources from the enormous Williston Basin. We're committed to educating the next generation of petroleum engineers. Our graduates will fulfill today's demand for domestic oil and lead the way to discovering safe, reliable and affordable ways to use oil resources.
You'll receive a thorough grounding in chemistry, engineering, geology and physics while also learning about ethics, safety, communications and other skills necessary to pursuing an entry-level job in the field. In addition, you'll get a firm understanding of the issues affecting the industry, including science and technology; economics and business; policy and regulation; and society and behavior.
2 + 2 Partnership Program
In partnership with Williston State College, the Petroleum Engineering program at UND allows students who have earned their associate in science degree from Williston State College the opportunity to receive a bachelors degree in petroleum engineering from UND in approximately 2 years. Learn more about the 2+2 Petroleum Engineering program.
Top Online Engineering College in the Nation
UND is increasingly regarded as one of the top academic and research institutions in the nation for petroleum engineering. We consistently rank among the best for educational quality, affordability, and career outcomes.
ABET Accredited Petroleum Engineering Program
Study petroleum engineering at an accredited university. The UND petroleum engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Leaders that Do
The Petroleum Engineering program provides hands-on learning experience in a variety of disciplines.
Access the only core and sample library in North Dakota, which contains samples from three-quarters of the state's oil and coal reservoirs.
Tour oil fields around the world without leaving campus in the newly opened Hess Virtual Reality Lab.
Take a seat at the Drilling Systems Control Simulator and learn how to manage day-to-day operations at oil and gas wells, or crisis situations, in complete safety.
Get a career-ready education thanks to UND's relationships with industry partners such as the American Petroleum Institute, North Dakota Petroleum Council and our own Industry Advisory Council.
Gain real-world experience while you're still a student through summer internships.
Host to the world’s largest – and only - oil drilling simulator.
Median salary in 2016 for a petroleum engineer in the U.S.*
Expected growth in demand for petroleum engineers by 2026 - much faster than the average for all careers*
Petroleum engineers are in great demand: More than 90 percent of our graduates find jobs. Employers of petroleum engineers are involved in the following fields:
- Petroleum exploration
- Geologic formation characterization
- Drilling and fracturing
- Computer simulation
- Equipment and process design to optimize recovery
- Monitoring of production and processing
In addition, petroleum engineers are involved in refining, petro-chemical production and transportation of products, as well as geosciences, environmental efforts and international business
When You Major in Petroleum Engineering
A Petroleum Engineering degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:
- Oil and Gas
- Production Engineering
- Resevoir Engineering
- Strategic Planning
UND Petroleum Engineering Major Alumni
Petroleum Engineering alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
- Center for Energy and Environment
- Keane Group Holdings, LLC
- Continential Resources, Inc.
- Eog Resources, Inc.
- FedEx Corporation