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Texas Tech University – Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering

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Texas Tech University is a public research university in Lubbock, Texas. It has an enrolled body of 37,000 students. The Spanish Renaissance-themed buildings of the campus, is described one of the most beautiful campuses in the USA and has received the Grand Award for excellence in grounds-keeping. It also has a public art collection among the ten best in the United States.

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Texas Tech’s beautiful campus is alive with activity all year long. From fall football games to the Carol of Lights in December, the spring flowers of Arbor Day and commencement in May, there is always something to do, see or experience when you are a Red Raider, as its students are called.

The Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering is staffed with industry-experienced faculty members who have an average of more than 15 years of experience per faculty member. This experience is combined with sound engineering and scientific principles in the classroom and made an integral part of the candidate’s educational challenge.

Another reason why Texas Tech appears in our list of top schools is that they have the largest test well inside the campus grounds allowing hands-on training to students and research associates. A Petroleum Engineering Advisory board helps students to stay up to date with industry best practices.

One of the biggest attractions of studying here, is the new Terry Fuller Petroleum Engineering Research Building which was opened in 2014 and entirely donor funded. As is the case with all top schools, Texas Tech works closely with industry. The oil and gas industry invested $22.8 million, with money coming from Apache Corp, Pioneer Natural Resources, Linn Energy, Chevron, Anadarko and Oxy Petroleum.

Texas Tech University endeavors to provide excellent instruction and design experiences essential for graduates to enter the practice of petroleum engineering and pursue life-long professional development. It also conducts research that generates, communicates, and applies new knowledge for the betterment of society.

It attempts fosters a spirit of service and leadership among students and faculty and assist the public in addressing issues concerning the use of resources, protection of the environment, and development of infrastructures and finally to fulfill an obligation to the people of the state of Texas and the nation in making available the technical expertise for the safe and efficient development, production, and management of petroleum reserves.

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Undergraduate Program

The Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering supports the mission of the university and the college through its undergraduate program by providing students with an appropriate curriculum and educational experience.

The course selection and content remain current through continuous assessment by faculty, students, alumni, Petroleum Industry Advisory Board (PIAB) members, and industry employers.

To accomplish this mission, the petroleum engineering faculty, with advice from students, alumni, PIAB members, and industry employers, endorse program educational objectives to generate petroleum engineering graduates who will accomplish the following during the first few years after graduation:

Be successful in diverse career paths in the petroleum industry.
Continue professional development through participation and leadership in professional organizations. Pursue lifelong learning through continuing education or postgraduate education (professional meetings, short courses, graduate courses). Progress to professional registration and work in increasingly responsible engineering positions, and pass the Professional Exams.

Graduate Program

Master of Science with Thesis

The master’s program requires a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours above the baccalaureate degree, including 6 credit hours allowed for the thesis. The department graduate advisor will meet, advise, and approve courses for the degree each semester. A written thesis is required for the master’s degree. In addition, the candidate’s thesis committee will administer a final oral exam in defense of the completed thesis.

Master of Science without Thesis

The department also offers a non-thesis master’s program that requires a minimum of 33 graduate credit hours approved by the graduate advisor (excluding seminar). The graduate program for non-thesis master’s candidate is specifically tailored for that candidate’s educational background, industry experience, and individual interest.
For both the thesis and the non-thesis programs, a final comprehensive examination is required. The policy governing the comprehensive examination is available with the departmental graduate advisor. Comprehensive examinations are given only after the graduate dean has admitted the students to candidacy.

Combined B.S. & M.S. Degrees

Students entering the petroleum engineering program assigned a faculty advisor and are responsible for arranging a course of study with the advisor’s counsel and approval. Programs leading to a combined B.S. & M.S. degree are available. Students interested in these programs should inform their academic advisor during the first semester of the junior year. Students must meet all Graduate School admission requirements.

Doctoral Program

The objectives of the Ph.D. program are to provide students opportunities to reach a critical understanding of the basic scientific and engineering principles underlying their fields of interest and to cultivate their ability to apply these principles creatively through advanced methods of analysis, research, and synthesis. The Ph.D. degree is awarded primarily on the basis of research. Applicants for the doctoral degree must have a degree in engineering disciplines and must meet the approval of the department’s graduate committee.

Students majoring in this department for a doctoral degree must take diagnostic examinations (or preliminary examination) by the end of their second long semester. These examinations are based on the undergraduate curriculum. Each student is required to take the diagnostic examinations in their area of specialization and any three-core areas.

In addition to regulations established by the Graduate School, applicants for candidacy for the doctoral degree are required to demonstrate high proficiency in a single research area. The coursework for each student must meet the approval of the student’s doctoral advisory committee.

The department has no specific foreign language requirement (but a foreign language for the Ph.D. degree can be specified at the discretion of the student’s dissertation advisor). Research tools are included as an integral part of the degree program in the leveling, minor, or major courses of each student. Additional information may be obtained from the departmental program advisor.

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