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Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Want to be part of today's most dynamic and interesting engineering fields? Petroleum and natural gas engineers drive progress and innovation. Our graduates enjoy some of the highest starting salaries across all departments in the University.

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One of three petroleum and natural gas programs in the U.S. recognized and accredited by ABET


What is Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at WVU like?


Located in the center of very active and important shale oil and gas activities in the Marcellus and Utica regions, our Department offers unique educational and practical opportunities.

Students come from all over the world because of our Department’s stellar reputation, and our graduates are in high demand by the biggest names in the oil and natural gas industry.

Our curriculum blends scientific and engineering fundamentals, oral and written communication, computer applications and work on topics like drilling engineering, production engineering, reservoir engineering and stimulation design.

Faculty members are active in a wide range of research specialties, including fluid flow-through porous media, reservoir characterization, natural gas production and storage, formation stimulation and fracturing, drilling engineering and environmental remediation. We also are developing a broad scientific base in extraction technology.

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What makes Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

  • Our students have access to a variety of development programs, including study abroad, the Honors College, paid undergraduate research opportunities, tutoring, resume workshops, job fairs, national and international paper contests, conferences and lectures.
  • Through PNGE's first-of-its-kind undergraduate research course, students gain practical knowledge and research skills for problem solving in the oil and gas industry. Topics focus on shale gas formations and the production of more fuel from fewer wells, automation, optimization and monitoring to make drilling and production more environmentally friendly.

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You can earn a secondary teaching certificate through WVUteach while completing a four-year degree in WVU's Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering major.


What can you do with this degree?

Our undergraduate PNGE program is the only one of its kind in West Virginia and one of the best of its kind in the world. Through our strong industry ties, students find permanent and summer employment in the oil and gas industry. Our strategic location near the Marcellus and Utica shale regions also gives students opportunities with Chevron, Range, EQT, Dominion, Cabot Oil & Gas, the Department of Energy, the National Energy Technology Laboratory and other companies.

Most PNGE graduates enter the profession as petroleum and or natural gas engineers. Others enter graduate school in a variety of engineering disciplines, business, computer science, law school or other professional programs.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

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What are the courses like in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering major.

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Popular Courses

PNGE 297:

Independent Research projects.

PNGE 333:
Basic Reservoir Engineering

Basic properties of petroleum reservoir rocks. Fluid flow through porous materials. Evaluation of oil and gas reserves.

PNGE 434:
Applied Reservoir Engineering

Application of reservoir engineering data to calculation of recovery potentials and prediction of reservoir performance under a variety of production methods to effect maximum conservation.

PNGE 450:
Formation Evaluation

Various well logging methods and related calculations with exercises in interpretation of data from actual well logs.

PNGE 470:
Natural Gas Engineering

Natural gas properties, compression, transmission, processing, and application of reservoir engineering principles to predict the performance and design of gas, gas-condensate, and storage reservoirs. Includes a laboratory devoted to gas measurements. (3 hr. lec, 3 hr. lab.)

PNGE 480:
Petroleum Engineering Design

Comprehensive problems in design involving systems in oil and gas production, field processing, transportation, and storage.

PNGE 493:
Special Topics

Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

PNGE 497:

Independent research projects.

Cost and Aid

How much does Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $429
Per Semester $5,148
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,296
Per Credit $1,128
Per Semester $13,536
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,072
Per Credit $1,128
Per Semester $13,836
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,672
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Extra Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources may qualify for merit-based scholarships based on GPA and SAT/ACT test score. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

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What are the requirements to apply for Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. They also must meet one of the following admission requirements. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Engineering Track 1:

This track is for students who are ready for college level calculus. Students who start on this track can typically graduate in 4 years.

  • GPA: 3.00
  • ACT Math: 28
  • SAT Math: 660
Engineering Track 2:

This track is for students who place into a pre-calculus course. Students who start out on this track can typically graduate in 4 or 4.5 years without taking summer classes.

  • GPA: 2.75
  • ACT Math: 26
  • SAT Math: 610
Engineering Track 3:

This track is designed for students who place into algebra or pre-algebra and can typically graduate in 5 years.

  • GPA: 2.50
  • ACT Math: 22
  • SAT Math: 540

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