Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering

Petroleum Engineering

Energy is a key component to people's everyday lives; and a secure energy future requires a balance between environmental impact and affordable supply. In petroleum engineering, students learn to evaluate potential oil and gas reservoirs, oversee drilling activities, select and implement recovery schemes, and design surface collection and treatment facilities. Geosystems engineers and hydrogeologists are concerned with the development and use of engineering approaches in the management of water resources in addition to oil and gas, as well as environmental restoration of contamination sites and other processes related to the subsurface. Petroleum and geosystems engineers are able to address and solve important issues that will lead to energy security and thus are in high demand.

Research and Education Programs

Department Chair: Tadeusz Patzek

Main office: CPE, Room 2.502

Phone: 512-471-3161

Meet Our Faculty

Matthew Balhoff

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Dr. Balhoff works in with specific interests in Pore scale and multiscale modeling; Flow and transport in porous media; Reservoir engineering.

Affiliated Research Centers

Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (CPGE)

The Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering serves as the premier academic research organization in all facets of oil and gas exploration and production.

Undergraduate Degree Plans and Requirements

Fitting all of the required courses into four years can be challenging. Use a degree plan that's specific to your major to help map your courses and be successful.

Download all 2010-12 and 2012-14 degree plans online.

At a Glance

  • 2 U.S. News & World Report ranking of PGE's undergraduate program.
  • 1 U.S. News & World Report ranking of PGE's graduate program.
  • $85k The average starting salary for a petroleum engineer is $85,442.