Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Bachelor of Science (BS)

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, students will have:

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Related Links

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, BS Program Page

Physics and Engineering Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements41
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements84
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements12

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 225Calculus I4
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
Physical Sciences Inquiry
PHYS 216University Physics 1 with Lab4
Additional Rock Studies 2 Requirements
Required Thematic Thread Coursework:
MATH 230Calculus II4
PHYS 217University Physics 2 with Lab4
Total Hours41

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major Requirements 

  • 42 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 42 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Required Engineering Courses
ENGR 110Introduction to Engineering 12
ENGR 120Engineering Design Tools 12
ENGR 130Engineering Computing Tools2
ENGR 210Statics3
ENGR 230Mechanics of Materials3
ENGR 301Fluid Mechanics 13
ENGR 320Thermodynamics 13
ENGR 340Engineering Economics3
PNGE 201Introduction to Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering 11
PNGE 312Petrophysics 14
PNGE 315Reservoir Fluids 13
PNGE 325Reservoir Engineering 13
PNGE 410Drilling engineering with Lab 14
PNGE 420Production Engineering 13
PNGE 430Reservoir Simulation 13
PNGE 432Formation Evaluation 13
PNGE 435Pressure Transient Analysis 13
PNGE 440Hydraulic Fracturing 13
PNGE 441Oil and Natural Gas Resource Valuation and Economics 13
PNGE 459Petroleum and Natural Gas Design/Capstone I 11
PNGE 460Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Design/Capstone II 12
PNGE Electives (PNGE or EGEO)
Students must select two of the following courses, a minimum of six credits:6
Unconventional Reservoir Engineering 1
Enhanced Oil Recovery 1
Natural Gas Engineering with Lab 1
Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Undergraduate Research 1
Introduction to Geophysics/Lab 1
Required Math and Science Courses
CHEM 108General Chemistry II 13
CHEM 112General Chemistry II Lab 11
EGEO 201Earth Materials and Processes/Lab 14
EGEO 327Structural Geology 14
MATH 232Linear Algebra 13
MATH 301Differential Equations I 13
STAT 350Applied Statistics3
Total Hours84

Course counts for 50% of Major requirements and Major GPA


Course can be counted as a Rock Studies 2 Requirement, but earns credit only once toward your 120-credits total.


Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements

CHEM 107General Chemistry I 13
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab 11
MATH 225Calculus I 14
PHYS 216University Physics 1 with Lab 14
Total Hours12

Course can be counted as a Rock Studies 2 Requirement, but earns credit only once toward your 120-credits total.

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

This program is effective as of Summer 2021
Revised 3.31.2022
UCC 10.26.2021

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENGR 110 Introduction to Engineering 2
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 0-1
MATH 225 Calculus I 4
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1 3
ENGR 120 Engineering Design Tools 2
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
CHEM 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
MATH 230 Calculus II 4
PHYS 216 University Physics 1 with Lab 4
Second Year
PNGE 201 Introduction to Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering 1
ENGR 130 Engineering Computing Tools 2
ENGR 210 Statics 3
MATH 301 Differential Equations I 3
PHYS 217 University Physics 2 with Lab 4
Humanities Inquiry 3
PNGE 312 Petrophysics 4
ENGR 230 Mechanics of Materials 3
EGEO 201 Earth Materials and Processes/Lab 4
MATH 232 Linear Algebra 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Third Year
PNGE 315 Reservoir Fluids 3
PNGE 410 Drilling engineering with Lab 4
ENGR 301 Fluid Mechanics 3
ENGR 320 Thermodynamics 3
EGEO 327 Structural Geology 4
PNGE 325 Reservoir Engineering 3
PNGE 432 Formation Evaluation 3
PNGE Elective 3
STAT 350 Applied Statistics 3
Social Science Inquiry 3
Fourth Year
PNGE 420 Production Engineering 3
PNGE 430 Reservoir Simulation 3
PNGE 440 Hydraulic Fracturing 3
PNGE 441 Oil and Natural Gas Resource Valuation and Economics 3
PNGE 459 Petroleum and Natural Gas Design/Capstone I 1
ENGR 340 Engineering Economics 3
PNGE 435 Pressure Transient Analysis 3
PNGE 460 Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Design/Capstone II 2
PNGE Elective 1 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
Free Elective 3
 Total Hours**128

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.


Students are encouraged to take ESAP 101 as a Free Elective.


Select PNGE Elective from:  PNGE 470, EGEO 358, PNGE 445, or PNGE 330.

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 6180
Revised: 07.27.2023