Petroleum Engineering Major | LSU

Petroleum Engineering

You want to find and produce the natural gas and oil resources that make everyday life possible.

About Petroleum Engineering Careers

Petroleum engineers design and manage drilling and production operations around the world wherever oil and natural gas is found. This may take place in the Arctic, jungles, oceans, or even in shale formations here in the United States. Petroleum engineers thoroughly study geologic and engineering data in order to design drilling and production operations that maximize production rates and reservoir recovery. As a petroleum engineer, you might move to field, district, area, staff, and chief petroleum engineering positions. Alternatively, you might prefer to advance through such management posts as supervisor, superintendent, manager, and president/CEO. Once you acquire industry experience, you might want.

Sample Course Plan

This is to be used as a guide for prospective students to get an idea of what courses are taken with this program. The General Catalog houses the most accurate and current degree requirements for each program at LSU. 

Legend Major-Specific Engineering Other Engineering Science Math General Education



Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Introduction to Petroleum ENGR Reservoir Rock Properties Reservoir Dynamics Senior Project I
Physics I: Particle Mechanics Reservoir Fluid Properties Drilling Engineering Senior Project II
General Chemistry I Statistics and Data Visualization for Petroleum Engineers Petroleum Field Operations Reserve Estimation and Reservoir Management
General Chemistry II Economic Aspects of Petroleum Production Computational Methods and Data Analytics in Petroleum Engineering Prevention of Oil and Gas Well Blowouts
General Chemistry Lab Well Logging Petroleum ENGR Aspects of Subsurface Geology Drilling Fluids Lab
General Geology: Physical Statics Well Performance and Production Reservoir Mechanics Lab
Physical Geology Lab Fluid Mechanics Rock and Fluid Properties Lab Petroleum ENGR Design
Calculus I Physics II: Fluids, Thermodynamics, Waves, and Modern Physics Thermodynamics Petroleum ENGR Design
Calculus II  Physics III: Fields: Gravity, Electricity, and Magnetism  Mechanics of Materials (Strengths) Petroleum ENGR Design
General Ed: English Comp I Elementary Differential Equations   Geology Elective  Technical Elective
 General Ed: Life Science  Economic Principles  General Ed: English Comp II  General Ed: Social Sciences
   General Ed: Arts  General Ed: Humanities  
     General Ed: Humanities  


Program Requirements

Once you're an LSU student, you'll need to meet the requirements below to continue pursuing a petroleum engineering major.

  • 24 hours of credit in 1000-level courses or higher
  • 2.8 GPA in engineering coursework
  • grade of “C” or better in MATH 1550

Senior College

College of Engineering


B.S.P.E., Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering

  • Math:   High Intensity
  • Science:  High Intensity
  • Lab Hours or Field Work:  Medium Intensity
  • Technology:  Low Intensity
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