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Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

West Virginia has one of the richest and largest natural gas reserves in the nation. Our curriculum provides the right combination of engineering theory and hands-on experience. Our state-of-the-art laboratories, computer facilities and nationally recognized faculty will provide you the start you need for an outstanding career. Our graduates are in heavy demand, receiving excellent job offers worldwide.

Career Profile

Upon making the decision to further your career as a petroleum and natural gas engineer, you will have one of the best opportunities to obtain the skills necessary for lifelong success.

From local industry interaction, like the petroleum engineers at the U.S. DOE/NETL (National Labs), to guest lecturers by some of the world's leading professionals, PNGE will help to make your engineering dreams come true. Production sites, secondary and enhanced oil recovery projects, compressor stations, gas storage fields and corporate offices all provide excellent opportunities for study as well.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

ENGR 101 Engineering Problem Solving 1 HIST 102 Western Civilization: 1600 to Present CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry MATH 155 Calculus 1 ENGR 199 Orientation to Engineering

Senior Year

MATH 251 Multivariable Calculus GEOL 101 Planet Earth IENG 213 Engineering Statistics PNGE 200 Introduction to Petroleum Engineering

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The petroleum and natural gas engineering baccalaureate degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Alumni Profile

Zamil Al-Zamil

A native of Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, Zamil founded Zamil Offshore Services with his brothers, four of whom also graduated from WVU and were inducted into the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni.

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