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Petroleum And Natural Gas Engineering

Saint Francis University offers a four-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNGE). 

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      PVT Cell

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      Software Package - CMG

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      Field Trip - Well Site of Range Resource

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      Field Trip - Structural Geology

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      Surface Equipment

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    • Software Package - CMG

    • Field Trip - Well Site of Range Resource

    • Field Trip - Structural Geology

    • Surface Equipment

  • Our ABET-accredited 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.

    • 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. 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-review 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 and Intersect from Schlumberger
         CMG from Computer Modeling Group Ltd.
         Petra and Harmony from IHS Ltd.
         Aries from Halliburton
        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 valued at over $1 million, and drilling and completion equipment. Industrial experts are frequently invited to our seminar series  every Friday afternoon. The engineering department also hosts an annual career fair Meet & Greet specifically for engineering students.
    Learn more about Industry Support

    ABET Accreditation

    New ABET LogoThe Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) granted accreditation to the Saint Francis University Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Engineering program effective October 1, 2017. ABET may be contacted at 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202; 410-347-7700;

    ABET accreditation is external proof that our petroleum and natural gas engineering program has met certain standards necessary to produce graduates who are ready to enter the engineering profession.

    In order to maintain our status as an accredited 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. Create value to their professional enterprise by applying fundamental knowledge of petroleum and natural gas engineering.
    2. Embrace lifelong learning to advance to positions of greater responsibility. 
    3. Contribute a Franciscan approach as they ethically shape the culture in their workplace, 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 engineering.
    (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, formulate, and solve engineering 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 engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, 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 engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

    Enrollment & Graduate Data

    Total Program Enrollment (2019-2020):  20
    Number of Graduates (2019):  4
    2019 Graduates Employed or in Graduate School within 6 months:  100%
    Average PNGE Class Size ( 2018-2019):  7