Petroleum Engineering Degree at West Virginia University (WVU)

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Petroleum Engineering Degree

The petroleum engineering program at West Virginia University prepares students for careers at major oil companies, independent oil exploration, and production and service companies. The program focuses on mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development, and operational evaluation for locating, extracting, and processing and refining crude petroleum and natural gas. Program courses include: prospecting instruments and equipment, mining and drilling systems, processing and refining systems and facilities, storage facilities, storage facilities, transportation systems and environmental and safety systems. Get more details below including other West Virginia colleges that offer petroleum engineering degrees.

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Students Enrolled in the Petroleum Engineering Program

Get more details below regarding enrollment, academics, and school demographics. WVU has offered the following degree levels for students:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree

Students by Academic Level (2015)

 Graduates
Bachelor's Degree80
Master's Degree15

Students by Gender (2015)

 Graduates
Male77
Female18

Students by Race (2015)

 Graduates
Asian2
Black9
Hispanic2
White57
Multiple Races2
Non Resident Alien23

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

Career Options for Graduates

Upon completion of the Petroleum Engineering program at WVU, most students have pursued careers in the following fields:

Architectural and Engineering Managers

Description

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.

Career Outlook & Projections ()

According to the BLS, architectural and engineering managers employment is expected to grow at a rate of 2.0% from 2014 to 2024

Petroleum Engineers

Description

Devise methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. Oversee drilling and offer technical advice.

Career Outlook & Projections ()

According to the BLS, petroleum engineers employment is expected to grow at a rate of 9.8% from 2014 to 2024

Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary

Description

Teach courses pertaining to the application of physical laws and principles of engineering for the development of machines, materials, instruments, processes, and services. Includes teachers of subjects such as chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, mineral, and petroleum engineering. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Source: Job descriptions, estimated salary and wages, and projected job growth are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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ACCEPTANCE RATE
85.81%

FINANCIAL AID RATE
90%

STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
20:1

DEGREES OFFERED ONLINE
22

FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
$8,007