Gas & Petroleum Engineering

The Gas and Petroleum concentration will prepare students in fundamental concepts related to the conversion of light hydrocarbons from shale resources to chemicals and transportation fuels. The last 10 years have witnessed an unprecedented revolution in the U.S. supply of shale hydrocarbon reserves with the potential to lower the cost of our nation’s electricity, power, chemicals, and fuels for the next 100 years. In addition, substitution of natural gas for coal for electrical power generation has, and will continue, to be a major contributor to the reduction in greenhouse gas until economic, renewable energy future can be developed. Similar developments are witnessed or expected around the globe. Students will study current and proposed innovative technologies related to the gas and petroleum conversion, understand economic factors relevant for the  energy mix, and explore safe and environmentally responsible ways to use hydrocarbon resources.
 
Through a close association with CISTAR, students will benefit from specialized educational opportunities designed to create a technically excellent and inclusive community of hydrocarbon systems practitioners. Students will also benefit from interactions with company members of the CISTAR industrial consortium, such as special research programs and mentoring.

Degree Requirements:

  • Minimum of 30 Credits Total
  • 6 Credits of Core Chemical Engineering Courses:
    • CHE 69700 - Statistical Methods in Chemical Engineering OR CHE 59700 – Engineering Math (3 credits)
    • CHE 54000 - Transport Phenomena (3 credits)
  • 9 Credits of Concentration Elective Courses:
    • chosen from list below
  • 9 Credits of Management Courses (choose 3 of the following):
    • CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt (3 credits)
    • CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects (3 credits)
    • MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I (3 credits)
    • MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management (3 credits)
  • 6 Credits of a Directed Capstone Project

Concentration Elective Curriculum:

CHE 46300 - Applications of ChE Principles (3 credits)
CHE 55000 - Optimization in ChE (3 credits)
CHE 55800 - Rate Control Sep Process (3 credits)
CHE 59700 - Industrial Catalytic Processes (3 credits)
CHE 59700 - Industrial Chemical Technology (3 credits)
CHE 59700 - Systems Econ & Supply Chain Anlys (3 credits)
CHE 59700 - Process Synthesis (3 credits)
CHE 59700 - Process Safety (3 credits)
CHE 66200 - Catalysis (3 credits)
CHE 66600 - Methods in Catalysis (3 credits)
CHE 69700 - Colloidal & Interfacial Phen (3 credits)
CHE 69700 - Advanced Modeling for Catalysis Studies (3 credits)

Sample Plan of Study

Students with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering

Fall Semester (12 credits)
  • CHE 69700 – Statistical Methods in Chemical Engineering (3 credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
Spring Semester (12 credits)
  • CHE 54000 – Transport Phenomena (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
  • Choose two from the following:
  • CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects (3 credits)
  • MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I (3 credits)
  • MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management (3 credits)
Summer Semester (6 Credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Prof. MS Capstone Project (6 credits)

Students without a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering

Fall Semester (10 credits)
  • CHE 20500 – Chemical Engineering Calculations (4 credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Engineering Math (3 credits)
  • Choose one from the following:
    • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
    • CHE 597 Engineering Applications in Marketing Management (3 credits)
Spring Semester (13 credits)
  • CHE 30600 – Separations Processes (3 credits)
  • CHE 34800 – Reaction Engineering (4 credits)
  • CHE 54000 – Transport Phenomena (3 credits)
  • Choose one from the following:
    • CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects (3 credits)
    • MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I (3 credits)
    • MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management (3 credits)
Summer Semester (6 Credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Prof. MS Capstone Project (6 credits)

 
Fall Semester 2 (12 Credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (from the list above) (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (from the list above) (3 credits)
  • Choose two from the following:
    • CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt (3 credits)
    • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
    • Management Selective Course (in consultation with advisor) (3 credits)

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