Louisiana State University (LSU) is a public coeducational university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The current LSU main campus consists of more than 250 buildings constructed in the style of Italian Renaissance architecture and occupies a 650-acre area on the banks of the Mississippi River. The university has an enrolled student body of over 25,000 undergraduate and over 5,000 graduate students in its 14 schools and colleges.
Louisiana is a big oil state one of the top four in the United States in oil and gas production. The oil and gas industry is the biggest source of revenue for the state, responsible for approximately half of the state’s revenue during this period. The close proximity of exploration and production of hydrocarbons makes the University ideal to offer programs directly related to this industry that are on the cutting edge of technology. LSU is the flagship university in the state and that adds to the importance of being among the top schools in the country.
LSU’s Craft and Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering has run a highly respected program since the 1920’s. LSU has a unique laboratory not found anywhere else in a University in the United States; The Petroleum Engineering Research & Technology Transfer, or PERTT, Laboratory. This is a full scale, hands-on training facility for students to understand bore-hole technology. LSU invests large resources in its research departments including the PERTT Laboratory.
Research areas of expertise include well control & blowout prevention, enhanced recovery, and down-hole water sink technology. Alumni will leave LSU armed with strategies that can help make a difference in the field. It’s not surprising that the oil and gas industry loves to recruit LSU Petroleum Engineering graduates and postgraduates.
Although the petroleum engineering curriculum is designed primarily for careers in the petroleum industry, it is suitable for careers in related areas such as ground water hydrology, geothermal energy, solution mining, and underground storage or disposal of fluids. Professional courses in drilling and production, well design, reservoir engineering, petrophysics, well logging, and the phase behavior of hydrocarbons systems follow basic course work in mathematics, chemistry, physics, geology, and the engineering sciences. You should prepare yourself in high school by taking several college preparatory mathematics and science courses. Additionally, the faculty gives specific attention to the economic evaluation of drilling and production operations.
The department is active in obtaining summer employment in the petroleum industry for its students. The department also strongly recommends that its students join and participate, as student members, in the Society of Petroleum Engineers and take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination during their senior year as preparation for licensure as a professional engineer.
The nationally ranked Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering at LSU has alumni throughout the world working for major companies, small independent companies, government agencies, and as independent consultants.
The department offers both a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy in Petroleum Engineering. There is a minimum core requirement of (18 for MS or 21 for PHD) credit hours in drilling, production, formation evaluation, reservoir engineering, and engineering mathematics as shown in the department’s Core Curriculum Requirements document. A secondary concentration area consisting of a minimum of 6 hours of earned credit in a specified field of study may be required by the advisory committee. The Master’s Examination Milestones and Ph.D. Examination Milestones defines expectations of student achievements in various states in the program.