Petroleum Engineering | LSU Majors

Petroleum Engineering

You are the type of person who wants to use our natural resources smartly and efficiently with the smallest environmental impact.

About Petroleum Engineering

As a petroleum engineering student, you will be trained to provide the energy resources that the world consumes today and will need in the future, whether in petrochemical, geothermal, or the next ground-breaking energy discovery.

Sample Course Plan

Year 1
Introduction to Petroleum Engineering

Analytic Geometry and Calculus

General Geology: Physical

General Chemistry 

General Chemistry Laboratory

Particle Mechanics

English Composition

Physical Geology Laboratory

General Education Course: Life Science
Year 2

Computational Methods in Petroleum Engineering

Reservoir Rock Properties

Fluids, Thermodynamics, Waves, and Modern Physics

Engineering Statistics

Reservoir Fluid Properties

Rock and Fluid Properties Laboratory
Fields: Gravity, Electricity, and Magnetism
Fluid Mechanics
Economic Principles
General Education Course: Arts
Year 3
Reservoir Dynamics
Economic Aspects of Petroleum Production
Well Logging
Petroleum Field Operations
Mechanics of Materials
Prevention of Oil and Gas Well Blowouts
Petroleum Engineering Aspects of Subsurface Geology
Approved Technical Elective
Approved Geology Elective
English Composition
Year 4
Reserve Estimation and Reservoir Management
Unit Operations Laboratory
Drilling Engineering
Drilling Fluids Laboratory
Senior Project
Reservoir Mechanics Laboratory
Petroleum Engineering Design Courses
General Education Course: Social Sciences
General Education Courses: Humanities

Program Requirements

Once you're an LSU student, you'll need to meet the requirements below to continue pursuing this 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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