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Virtually every component of our modern society requires energy and we depend on a complex array of energy sources including renewable (wind, solar) and non-renewable sources (coal, oil, shale gas) to fuel that worldwide demand. At Saint Francis University we are committed to researching the most balanced and responsible ways to approach resource extraction and energy production.
B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (opening fall 2014)
Our new Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program is a rigorous engineering program enhanced by a foundation of environmental stewardship. As Catholic Franciscans, we care deeply for the health and safety of all species, and environmental sustainability is one of our core values. Over the years, we have built a strong educational curriculum that excels in preparing our students for careers that enable them to protect the public's health, heal the sick, and repair our damaged environment.
Our goal with this program is to create the next generation of qualified engineers who can combine analytical skills with a Franciscan approach in order to find safer and better ways to supply our planet's energy needs. Learn about all of the engineering options at Saint Francis University.
This 4-year degree program prepares our students to be engaged, conscientious leaders in the energy industry through:
Real world experience is the hallmark of a Saint Francis University education. Our students put their education into action by doing design projects for class, paid internships, summer research and engineering service projects both here in Pennsylvania and abroad. Unlike most existing programs in petroleum engineering which must typically use hypothetical design projects, the P&NG program at SFU will incorporate real world design projects with real clients as much as is feasible. Our smaller class sizes enhance our ability to provide these real experiences at multiple points in the curriculum.
Like other science majors at Saint Francis, the petroleum and natural gas engineering program will emphasize both theoretical and hands-on learning, project design and execution, communication skills, and service learning. The result will be a major with a holistic program that will create graduate engineers who bring a balanced, Franciscan approach to the field of energy extraction.
The course curriculum will focus on:
As a new program, the B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering degree program at Saint Francis University is not eligible for accreditation review yet. Accreditation guidelines are being considered as part of the program development process. We expect to be able to apply for accreditation review once the first class graduates from the program.
Graduates of petroleum and natural gas engineering programs work as petroleum engineers, mining and geological engineers, environmental engineers, and geoscientists with median annual salaries ranging from $78,470 to $114, 080, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS projects healthy growth rates in all four occupation through 2020 both in Pennsylvania and nationally, according to the newly released 2010 to 2020 occupational projections. The development of the Marcellus Shale (natural gas producing) region is having a positive impact on the job opportunities for professional engineers and related professions with the BLS projecting a 75 percent increase in demand for petroleum engineers in Pennsylvania alone.
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