Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Engineering
Location(s): Main Campus; Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Petroleum Engineering Bachelor's Degree Program

A bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering helps prepare petroleum engineers to design and develop methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the earth’s surface. Petroleum engineers also find new ways to extract oil and gas from older wells. Petroleum engineers generally work in offices or in research laboratories. However, they also must spend time at drilling sites, often for long periods of time.

The Petroleum Engineering program is designed to provide students with an organized understanding of the petroleum industry that blends science, business and psychology.

You can earn two degrees: one in Petroleum Engineering and one in Engineering, through the University of Mary’s unique dual-degree relationship with the University of North Dakota. 

For more information on how this exciting partnership between the University of Mary and the University of North Dakota works, visit our Engineering bachelor’s degree page.

Career Outlook for Petroleum Engineering Majors

The median annual wage for petroleum engineers was $128,230 in May 2016. Employment of petroleum engineers is projected to grow 10% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Oil prices will be a major determinant of employment growth, as higher prices lead to increasing complexity of oil companies’ operations, which requires more engineers for each drilling operation.

+ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17 Edition