Oil and Gas Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc in Eng)

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What you will learn in this program

Oil and gas engineers ask questions such as: Can refining processes be redesigned to reduce pollution? How is crude oil refined into marketable products? Can natural gas be more efficiently extracted?

Oil and gas engineering involves the production of oil and gas in an economical and environmentally safe manner. The technical knowledge and hands-on experience you’ll gain in this program are specific to industry requirements, so you can be sure your degree will be relevant to your chosen field. During the course of your studies, much of your learning will occur in class, during tutorials, and through completing a team-based design course in your fourth year.

This program features a common first year, which consists of 10 courses in mathematics, sciences, computing, engineering principles, communications and design. These courses will provide you with a solid foundation for your engineering training and introduce you to a variety of engineering disciplines. You'll apply for admission to a specific engineering program at the end of your first year. 

Career opportunities

​Oil and gas engineers enjoy local and international career prospects because the skills they possess are in constant demand. You’ll have global opportunities to work for various petroleum industry organizations, production and service companies, regulatory agencies, and more. A degree in engineering can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or a professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or architecture.

Courses you'll take:

Computing for Engineers, Engineering Design and Communication, General Chemistry for Engineers, Introduction to Flow in Porour Materials, ​Calculus for Engineers and Scientists

Admission requirements and information

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Program Highlights

Program enhancements

Collaborative team work - Interact with your peers while learning to collaborate on projects.

Work experience

Internship experience - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience through a 12-16 month placement.

Hands-on opportunities

Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.

​I really enjoyed my undergraduate experience at the Schulich School of Engineering. The oil and gas program provided me with a great technical foundation and taught me skills that are extremely relevant to the industry. A great strength of the program is the diversity of the courses offered which helped broaden my knowledge of the petroleum sector. I believe this industry-focused program is very cutting-edge when compared to other universities.

​Conrad B., BSc (Eng)'11

Did you know? You can earn two degrees in five years. Learn more about combined degree program options.

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​Oil and gas engineering is about recovering the energy from underground, getting it to surface, converting it to a form where we can use in our daily lives. In our program you’ll learn teamwork, communication, conflict resolution, project management. We operate as if you are a contractor within an oil company or gas company. Oil and gas engineering is a global business and many employees have worked in many different places and seen new opportunities, new challenges for career development.

​Ian Gates, PhD, P.Eng. — Professor, Department Head

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We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2019 starting on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. You'll be able to submit an application until Friday, March 1, 2019. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.

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​I definitely want a career that allows me to grow and develop, and I feel the oil and gas industry will allow me to do that. Being able to learn about things like this inspires me to get involved with different types of technologies and understand the environmental conditions so that we can adapt to it and be able to limit our carbon footprint for the future and hopefully help future students do the same thing.

​Annicia P., oil and gas engineering student

Faculty Information

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Energy, Environment, Experiential Learning (EEEL), Room 403
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4