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    • Software Package - CMG

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    • Field Trip - Structural Geology

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    Saint Francis University (SFU) offers a four-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNGE). Our PNGE program incorporates a Franciscan approach with real world experience as an integral component of learning coupled with a vital liberal arts education. Small size classes and strong relationships with faculty are signature advantages of the learning environments established for undergraduate students at SFU. Our students develop a wide variety of skills required to be successful in the rapidly growing field of engineering through classroom learning, field trips, lab operation, academic and industrial research project activities, leadership in professional student chapters, and more. Our graduates are qualified to either work in oil and gas operation companies, oil and gas service companies, government (e.g., Department of Energy), and academic/research institutes, or go to graduate school, or open their own business related to the oil and gas industry.

  • Why take Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at SFU?

    • Undergraduate Research
    • Small Classes
    • Experiential Learning
    • Beyond the Classroon
    • Industry Support
    • ABET Accreditation
    Undergraduate Research

    Undergraduate ResearchOur undergraduate students conduct research in small teams advised by PNGE faculty members. Many students begin research as freshmen. Students can work with multiple faculty on different projects over their four years. With finishing a good job, students can also receive funding to present their research at regional, national, and international conferences, and have the opportunity to publish their work in peer-view journals as a leading author.

    Learn more about PNGE Undergraduate Research Opportunities

    Small Classes


    Experiential Learning

         Rock Property Lab
         PVT Lab
         Drilling Fluids Lab
    Professional Software Packages
         Petrel with Mangrove from Schlumberger
         CMG from Computer Modeling Group Ltd.
         Petra and VirtuWell from IHS Ltd.
         ArcGIS from Esri Ltd.
    PNGE Research & Service Center
         Our PNGE students can be involved in real industrial projects through our Intelligent Reservoir & Service (iRRS) Center.

    Learn more about Experimental Learning Resources

    Beyond the Classroon

    Highlight4Our PNGE program also attaches great importance to learning opportunities beyond the classroom. We offer two field trips every year: geological field trip for freshman to study the structural geology and well site trip for all-level students to understand drilling, hydraulic fracturing, and/or completion. We also strongly recommend and help our students to find internship position in oil and gas companies and energy-related government position. The SFU SPE Student Chapter and AAPG Student Chapter are led by our students to develop their leadership, community service, and industrial network.


    Industry Support

    Highlight5Our PNGE program has established a strong industry advisory committee board with nine high-level, experienced experts, providing strong support. We also received valuable donations from oil and gas industrial companies for professional software (>$1,000,000.00), and drilling and completion equipment. Industrial experts are frequently invited to our seminar course at every Friday afternoon. Engineering department also host career fair Meet & Greet specific for engineering students annually.
    Learn more about Industry Support

    ABET Accreditation

    The Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program will be seeking accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET upon our first graduating class, expected Spring 2018.  As guide to our program we are focused on helping our students attain the "Program Educational Objectives" and "Student Outcomes"  that are published below.

    Program Educational Objectives

    Graduates of the Saint Francis University petroleum and natural gas engineering program will: 

    1.   Be ready to start and sustain their professional petroleum and natural gas engineering career and/or continue their education through study in post-graduate programs.
    2.   Advance to positions of greater responsibility in their workplace, their profession, and their community with a commitment to life-long learning.
    3.   Contribute a Franciscan perspective as they shape culture in their workplace, their community, and civil society writ large.

    Student Outcomes

    Each student will have demonstrated the proficiency in the following outcomes upon graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering:

    (a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences
    (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
    (c) an ability to formulate or design a system, process, or program to meet desired needs
    (d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
    (e) an ability to identify and solve applied science problems
    (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
    (g) an ability to communicate effectively
    (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context
    (i) a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
    (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
    (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice.

    The following table lists enrollment and graduation data.  We do not have graduation data as we have not graduated our first class yet.

    Enrollment and Graduation Data
    Program YearTotal EnrollmentGraduates
    2014-2015 (Start of Program)3-


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