Accreditation and Assessment

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNGE) is to:

  1. Offer educational programs in petroleum and natural gas engineering based on engineering analysis, earth and physical science, economics, engineering, and design aspects of oil and natural gas extraction consistent with human health, safety, ethics, and environmental needs.
    1. Maintain and improve the quality of education in petroleum and natural gas engineering at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels
    2. Retain professional accreditation for the petroleum and natural gas engineering undergraduate program
    3. Improve instructional methods by adoption of those pedagogical techniques relevant to the students' educational programs
    4. Improve the quality of education through an assessment program
  2. Discover and develop new techniques and processes for the efficient and economical extraction of oil and gas resources consistent with human health, ethics, safety, and environmental needs.
    1. Conduct basic and applied engineering and scientific research on the development of new, safer, and more economical ways to extract petroleum and natural gas from the rock formations in which they are found
    2. Seek out and solve environmental problems created by the extraction and field processing of petroleum and natural gas
    3. Develop new uses and markets for West Virginia mineral and energy resources
  3. Give professional advice and provide technical assistance to West Virginia's industry, government, and citizens, in matters concerning the extraction and field processing of petroleum and natural gas.
  4. Disseminate scholarly and technical knowledge through publications, audiovisual materials, presentation of papers, seminars and symposia, and short courses relevant to the needs of West Virginia and the industry world-wide.

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Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Program Assessment

Program Educational Objectives

The foundation for achieving program objectives is established through a rigorous curriculum that provides the students with:

Student Outcomes

Upon graduation, all Bachelors of Science students in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering will have:

Outcome 1. A thorough understanding of scientific and engineering principles and their application to petroleum and natural gas engineering problems.
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Outcome 2. The ability to integrate their scientific and engineering knowledge to design and conduct experiments and interpret and analyze data.
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Outcome 3. The ability to apply scientific and engineering fundamentals to formulate solutions to petroleum and natural gas engineering problems.
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Outcome 4. The ability to use techniques, skills, and modern petroleum and natural gas engineering tools.
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Outcome 5. The ability to integrate their scientific and engineering knowledge to solve petroleum and natural gas engineering design problems.
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Outcome 6. The ability to communicate effectively.
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Outcome 7. The ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
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Outcome 8. Recognition of the professional and ethical responsibilities of a petroleum engineer.
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Outcome 9. An understanding of the impact of petroleum and natural gas engineering solutions in a societal and global context.
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Outcome 10. Recognition of the need to acquire the knowledge of contemporary issues.
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Outcome 11. Recognition of the need to engage in life-long learning.
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