Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum Engineering

Why study this program?

Petroleum Engineering is more than just oil and gas: in addition to energy, petroleum-based products such as plastics are key components of virtually every consumer product and medical device we use.

Petroleum engineers apply scientific understanding and technology in the extraction and management of hydrocarbon resources while also exploring ways to preserve and protect the environment.

For the past five decades, the University of Alberta has offered the only accredited BSc Petroleum Engineering degree program in Canada. Situated in Canada's primary oil and natural-gas producing region, we offer our students a distinct advantage by providing numerous research opportunities within the petroleum industry.


Co-op option

This degree can be taken as a Co-op (co-operative education) program. Through the Co-op program, you will have the opportunity to complete paid, supervised work terms throughout your degree. Co-op programs are great way to challenge yourself, gain relevant work experience, and make connections to industry before you graduate!

Most co-op programs include five work terms lasting four months each, in addition to the usual eight terms (four years) of full-time study. Therefore, co-op programs require five years to complete.


Why study at the University of Alberta?

The Faculty of Engineering is widely recognized as one of the top Engineering schools in Canada, with globally renowned professors, state-of-the-art labs and teaching spaces, and highly specialized facilities and areas of research.

Throughout your degree, you'll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, participate in research, and contribute to team projects both inside and out of the classroom.

We are centrally located within the heart of western Canada's energy and resources industries, with strong connections to industry and unmatched work placement opportunities.

Please note: If you are applying directly from high school, you must apply to the qualifying first year of Engineering. After you complete your first year you will have the opportunity to choose a specific degree program.


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POSSIBLE CAREERS
  • Completion Engineer
  • Data Analyst
  • Drilling Engineer
  • Exploitation Engineer
  • Facility Engineer
  • Field Engineer
  • Offshore Drilling Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Reservoir Engineer
  • Well Planning Engineer
  • Drilling Fluid Engineer
  • Energy Analyst

Ben is a recipient of the Schulich Leaders Scholarship for Engineering, one of the top university entrance scholarships in Canada, and is now studying Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical Option).

Program Requirements

Non-Direct Entry

This program does not allow admission directly from high school. See requirements below for more details.

Preprofessional Study Time: 1 year

Qualifying Year: All students in the Qualifying Year in the Faculty of Engineering follow a common curriculum in their first year. At the end of the first year, students choose among the various specialized Engineering programs offered and between the traditional and cooperative education streams.
See Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Qualifying Year for admissions requirements from high school.

Transfer Students: Students with transferable post-secondary coursework taken outside of the Faculty of Engineering are considered for admission based on GPA and relevant transfer credit.
See Transfer Student Admission Requirements for more details.

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