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PETE 201. Introduction to Petroleum Engineering. (1-0). Credit 1. Overview and history of the petroleum industry and petroleum engineering; nature of oil and gas reservoirs, exploration and drilling, formation evaluation, well completions and production, surface facilities, reservoir mechanics, improved oil recovery; impact of ethical, societal, environmental considerations; career development resources, including professional society. Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

PETE 225. Introduction to Drilling Systems. (2-3). Credit 3. Introduction to petroleum drilling systems, including fundamental petroleum engineering concepts, quantities and unit systems, drilling rig components, drilling fluids, pressure loss calculations, casing, well cementing, and directional drilling. Prerequisites: ENGR 112, MATH 152, PHYS 218.
PETE 285. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 4. Special problems in various areas of petroleum engineering assigned to individual students or to groups. Prerequisites: Completion of engineering Common Body of Knowledge courses; approval of department head.
 

PETE 289. Special Topics in... Credit 1 to 4. Selected topics in an identified area of petroleum engineering. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.
 

PETE 300. Summer Practice. Required. No Credit. Industry practice to familiarize the petroleum engineering student with practices and equipment of the petroleum industry. Approval of advisor required.

PETE 301. Petroleum Engineering Numerical Methods. (2-3). Credit 3. Use of numerical methods in a variety of petroleum engineering problems; numerical differentiation and integration; root finding; numerical solution of differential equations; curve fitting and interpolation; computer applications; introduction to the principles of numerical simulation methods. Prerequisites: MATH 308, junior or senior classification, petroleum engineering majors only; or approval of instructor.
 

PETE 310. Reservoir Fluids. (3-3). Credit 4. Thermodynamic behavior of naturally occurring hydrocarbon mixtures; evaluation and correlation of physical properties of petroleum reservoir fluids including laboratory and empirical methods. Prerequisites: CHEM 107, MATH 251, MEEN 315, PETE 311. Corequisite: MATH 308.
 

PETE 311. Reservoir Petrophysics. (3-3). Credit 4. Systematic theoretical and laboratory study of physical properties of petroleum reservoir rocks; lithology, porosity, elastic properties, strength, acoustic properties, electrical properties, relative and effective permeability, fluid saturations, capillary characteristics and rock-fluid interactions such as adsorption and absorption. Prerequisites: MATH 251, PHYS 218. Corequisite: GEOL 104.
 
PETE 314. Transport Processes in Petroleum Production. (3-0). Credit 3. Basics and applications of fluid mechanics (statics; mass, energy, momentum balances; laminar and turbulent flow, Reynolds number, Moody diagram; non-Newtonian fluid flow; multi-phase flow; flow in porous media, non-Darcy flow); heat transfer (heat conduction, convection, heat exchangers); emphasis on analogies and similarities within mass, energy and momentum transport. Prerequisites: MEEN 315, junior or senior classification, petroleum engineering majors only; or approval of instructor.
 
PETE 321. Formation Evaluation. (3-3). Credit 4. Well-log interpretation for formation evaluation of hydrocarbon- bearing reservoirs; basic rock physics principles; theory of tool operation; analysis of open hole logs and core measurements to estimate hydrocarbon reserves and petrophysical properties of the formation such as porosity, net pay thickness, water/hydrocarbon saturation, permeability and saturation-dependent capillary pressure; formation evaluation of clay-free and shaly-sand formations as well as basic introduction to formation evaluation of organic-shale formations. Prerequisites: PETE 301, PETE 310, PETE 311; GEOL 404, junior or senior classification, petroleum engineering majors only; or approval of instructor.
 

PETE 322. Geostatistics. (3-0). Credit 3. Introduction to geostatistics; basic concepts in probability and univariate statistics; bivariate statistics and spatial relationship; covariance and correlation; second order stationarity; variogram estimation and modeling; spatial estimation and reservoir modeling; simple and ordinary kriging; uncertainty analysis; estimation versus conditional simulation; sequential Gaussian simulation. Prerequisites: Senior classification, petroleum engineering majors only; or approval of instructor.
 

PETE 323. Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3. Determination of reserves; material balance methods; aquifer models; fractional flow and frontal advance; displacement, pattern and vertical sweep efficiencies in waterfloods; enhanced oil recovery processes; design of optimal recovery processes; introduction and performance analysis of unconventional reservoirs. Prerequisites: PETE 301, PETE 310, PETE 311; GEOL 404, junior or senior classification, petroleum engineering majors only; or approval of instructor.
 

PETE 324. Well Testing. (3-0). Credit 3. Analysis of well performance under varied reservoir conditions including evaluation of unsteady, pseudo-steady and steady state flow; well testing methods used to determine well and reservoir parameters; applications to conventional and unconventional wells producing gas and/or liquids; fundamentals of preparing and operating well test equipment to monitor, measure and gather samples for evaluating well performance. Prerequisites: PETE 301, PETE 310, PETE 311; GEOL 404, junior or senior classification, petroleum engineering majors only; or approval of instructor.
 

PETE 325. Petroleum Production Systems. (2-3). Credit 3. Petroleum operation and oil field equipment including onshore and offshore production systems; wellbore inflow and outflow and backpressure analysis; downhole completion and sand control equipment; artificial lift equipment and design; stimulation, workover/ completion nomenclature; flow assurance; produced fluids, fluid separation and metering, safety systems, pressure boosting and monitoring. Prerequisites: PETE 301, PETE 310, PETE 314, junior or senior classification, petroleum engineering majors only; or approval of instructor.
 

PETE 336. Petroleum Technical Presentations I. (0-3). Credits 1. Preparation of a written technical paper on a subject related to petroleum technology and an oral presentation of the paper in a formal technical conference format; oral presentations judged by petroleum industry professionals.  Prerequisite: ENGL 210; junior or senior classification, petroleum engineering majors only; or approval of department head.

PETE 353. Petroleum Project Evaluation. (3-0). Credit 3. Economic analysis and investment decision methods in petroleum and mineral extraction industries; depletion, petroleum taxation regulations, and projects of the type found in the industry; mineral project evaluation case studies. Corequisites: PETE 301, PETE 310.
 

PETE 355. Drilling Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3. Design and evaluation of well drilling systems; identification and solution of drilling problems; wellbore hydraulics, well control, casing design; well cementing directional drilling, offshore drilling. Prerequisites: PETE 225, PETE 314; Corequisites: PETE 321, PETE 325.
 

PETE 401. Reservoir Simulation. (1-3). Credit 2. Solution of production and reservoir engineering problems using state-of-the-art commercial reservoir simulation software, using data commonly available in industry; emphasis on reservoir description, reservoir model design and calibration, production forecasting and optimization, economic analysis and decision making under uncertainty. Prerequisites: PETE 310, PETE 321, PETE 323, PETE 324.
 

PETE 402. Integrated Asset Development. (1-6). Credit 3. Capstone design encompassing previously acquired skills; project teams formed to solve practical petroleum engineering problems using current tools; technical content of the projects may include any combination of drilling and completion, formation evaluation, inflow/outflow design and analysis, and application of reservoir engineering principles. Prerequisites: PETE 355, PETE 404, PETE 410.
 
PETE  404. Integrated Reservoir Modeling. (3-0). Credit 3. Geophysical, geological, petrophysical and engineering data with geostatistical methods to create reservoir descriptions for dynamic reservoir modeling (simulation); geostatistical concepts such as variogram modeling, kriging and sequential Gaussian simulation; combines several techniques to quantify uncertainty in a realistic dynamic reservoir simulation. Corequisite: PETE 401.
 

PETE  406. High Performance Drilling Design and Operational Practices. (3-0). Credit 3. Preparation in achieving differentiating drilling performance in the most complex wells; includes training in the underlying physics of each type of performance limiter and real-time and engineering practices to address the limitation; performance management workflows and change models required to effectively change the way organizations conduct work essential in achieving higher performance. Prerequisite: PETE 355.
 

PETE  410. Production Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3. Fundamental production engineering design, evaluation and optimization for oil and gas producing well; well deliverability; formation damage and skin analysis; well completion selection; technologies that improve oil and gas well performance including artificial lift and well stimulation. Prerequisites: PETE 321, PETE 323, PETE 324, PETE 325.

PETE  412. Surface Production Facilities. (3-0). Credits 3. Overview of separation and treatment of production fluid; fundamentals of gas-liquid separation; design and performance analysis of two- and three-phase separators; oil desalting, sweetening and stabilization; water treatment; overview of gas separation, dehydration and sweetening.  Prerequisite: Senior classification and approval of instructor.
 

PETE  416. Solving Common Production Engineering Problems. (3-0). Credit 3. Application of petroleum engineering tools, methods and techniques to solve real problems that petroleum engineers encounter in producing individual wells; focus primarily on problems associated with single-phase gas wells and uses Microsoft Excel to solve many of these problems. Prerequisite: PETE 410.
 

PETE  436. Petroleum Technical Presentations II. (0-3). Credits 1. Preparation of a written technical paper on a subject related to petroleum technology and an oral presentation of the paper in a formal technical conference format; oral presentations judged by petroleum industry professionals at the departmental student paper contest held during the same academic year.  Prerequisite: PETE 336; senior classification, petroleum engineering majors only; or approval of department head.
 

PETE  458. Energy and Sustainability. (3-0). Credit 3. Energy resources and use with emphasis on long-term sustainability; considers fossil, nuclear and alternative energy sources, electricity and transportation, energy conversions, energy efficiency, energy security, energy policy and environmental impact.
 

PETE  485. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 5. Special problems in various phases of petroleum engineering assigned to individual students or to groups. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of department head.
 

PETE  489. Special Topics in... Credit 1 to 4. Selected topics in an identified field of petroleum engineering. Approval of instructor. May be repeated for credit.
 
 Geology
(GEOL)
 
 104. Physical Geology. (3-3). Credit 4.  Earth materials, structures, external and internal characteristics; physical processes at work upon or within the planet; required for students in geology, geophysics, and petroleum engineering. A working knowledge of high school chemistry and mathematics is required.*
 

285. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 4. Directed studies in specific problem areas of geology. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.
 

300. Field Geology. Credit 6. Basic concepts of field relationships and field techniques are used to develop geologic maps, stratigraphic columns, cross-sections, and geologic interpretations for a variety of geologic provinces. Course conducted off-campus in a field camp for six weeks. Prerequisites: GEOL 302, 306, 309, 312, or approval of instructor.*
 

306. Sedimentology and Stratigraphy. (3-3). Credit 4. Origin of sediments and sedimentary rocks; climate, weathering, and weathering products; transport, deposition, and depositional environments for sediments; field and laboratory studies in description and interpretation of genesis of sedimentary rocks; principles of stratigraphy and basin analysis; plate tectonics and formation of sedimentary basins; stratigraphic nomenclature; geologic time and correlation; sequence stratigraphy and basin architecture. Prerequisite: GEOL 101 or 104 or approval of instructor.*
 

312. Structural Geology and Tectonics. (3-3). Credit 4. Interpretation of rock structures; their relation to stratigraphic, physiographic, and economic problems; regional tectonics of several selected areas. Prerequisites: GEOL 101, 104, or 320; approval of instructor.*
 

330. Geologic Field Trips. Credit 1 to 3. Field trips to observe, analyze, and interpret the geology and geophysics of selected localities; complements classroom experience. Trip frequencies, duration, dates, and study localities vary with semester. Prerequisite: GEOL 101 or 104 or approval of instructor. May be repeated for credit.*
 

404. Geology of Petroleum. (2-3). Credit 3. Origin, migration, and accumulation of petroleum; typical U.S.
oil and gas fields; laboratory work in subsurface geology. Prerequisites: GEOL 312; senior classification in geology. Note: At Texas A&M at Qatar, the prerequisite for this course is GEOL 104.
 

485. Directed Studies. Credit 1 or more each semester.  Advanced problems in geology.
 

489. Special Topics. Credit 1 to 4. Selected topics in an identified area of geology. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.
 
 
 
*Field trips may be required for which departmental fees may be assessed to cover costs.
 
Geophysics
(GEOP)
 
 
421. Petroleum Seismology I. (3-3). Credit 4. Physical principles behind seismic acquisition; acoustic/elastic, homogeneous/heterogeneous, onshore/offshore transition zones; description of seismic data, pre- and post-critical reflections, multiples, ground roll; signal processing for seismic data analysis; Fourier transforms, wavelet transform, correlation and smoothness; least squares optimization; forward and inverse problems fitting a Fourier series, deconvolution. Prerequisites: MATH 151 and 152 or approval of instructor.
 

470. Computational Geophysics. (3-0). Credit 3. Techniques used in the study of geophysical processes, including heat and chemical transport in the Earth, rock deformation and viscous fluid flow; development of conservation laws, relevant boundary conditions and analytical solutions; introduction to numerical solutions. Prerequisites: GEOL 101 or GEOL 104; MATH 308; or approval of instructor.
 

491. Research. Credit 1 to 4. Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in mechanical engineering. May be repeated 2 times for credit. Registration in multiple sections of this course is possible within a given semester provided that the per semester credit hour limit is not exceeded. Prerequisites:
Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.