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Petroleum Engineering Program (PTE)

Mississippi State University began offering a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering in the fall of 2015. This is the 11th undergraduate degree program within the Bagley College of Engineering.

Petroleum Engineering Program Objectives

Derived from needs and input of industry representatives, alumni, students and faculty, the Petroleum Engineering Program Objectives have been developed to describe achievements expected by our graduates over time in professional practice.  Consistent with the institutional mission of Mississippi State University, the Program Educational Objectives are presented below.

Mississippi State University Petroleum Engineering graduates will

  1. Obtain gainful employment and hold positions of increasing responsibility in the field of Petroleum Engineering as a Reservoir, Production or Drilling engineer
  2. Apply effective communications, leadership and teaming skills in the field of petroleum engineering in industry, academia or government.
  3. Demonstrate continuing improvements in technical skills through professional development and training, professional licensure, or appropriate certification.

Petroleum Engineering Student Outcomes

Student outcomes for Petroleum Engineering graduates are as follows:

a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering

b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

e) an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems

f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

g) an ability to communicate effectively

h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context

i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

The outcomes relate to the abilities, skills, and attributes that the graduates of our program will need to be competitive in the petroleum engineering profession.  These outcomes are benchmarks for continuously improving course materials and student performance and for evaluating the need for change or improvement of the curriculum.