Develop a broad understanding of oil and gas engineering design as they relate to energy demands, economic stability, national security, and further exploration in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNGE) program. You will apply key science and engineering principles to address the challenges faced by the energy industry today.
Graduates of this program find rewarding careers across the globe as engineers for governmental and regulatory bodies, energy companies, and other independent and service companies in the energy sector.
Where Our Graduates Find Jobs
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering B.S. program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Petroleum Engineering Program Criteria.
Facts and rankings
Earn B.S. and M.S. in 5 years through Integrated B.S./M.S. Degree Program
#1 in North America for B.S. graduates in 2023
#5 undergraduate petroleum engineering program in the U.S. based on 2023 QS world ranking
100% job placement of B.S. graduates in 2023
$100.6K median starting salary based on 2020 U.S. News and World Report
The Integrated B.S./M.S. Degree Program enables academically superior and research-focused undergraduate students to also obtain an M.S. degree in Energy and Mineral Engineering in five years of study.
"The professors of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program at Penn State strive to make the course content relevant to students' future careers. Not only do we learn advanced problem-solving skills that can be applied to a variety of different industries and careers, but we also gain exposure to specific software and processes that are used in the oil and gas industry. I feel well prepared to begin my career thanks to my PNGE education from Penn State."
-- Carly Haffner, 2017 graduate, petroleum and natural gas engineering
"The Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering major at Penn State is unlike any other in the country. Partnered with many different exploration and production companies, our world class professors do everything in their power to make sure our students are as knowledgeable and ready for the industry as possible. Our major combines rigorous coursework with a group learning dynamic to ensure that every graduating senior can work as a high-class petroleum engineer."
-- Vivek Thomas, 2017 graduate, petroleum and natural gas engineering
“The program, along with student events and organizations, provides students with countless opportunities for growth individually and professionally. The professors and staff within the department create a beneficial and challenging environment for the students, which gives the knowledge and discipline required to become an industry professional.”
-- Tristin Findlay, 2023 graduate, petroleum and natural gas engineering