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M.S. Program

The Energy Resources Engineering department offers two distinct degree programs at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels.  One program leads to the degrees of M.S. or Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering, and the other leads to the degrees of M.S. or Ph.D. in Energy Resources Engineering.  The Engineer degree, which may be offered in either Petroleum Engineering or Energy Resources Engineering, is an extended form of the M.S. degree with additional coursework and research.

Master of Science - Petroleum Engineering

The objective is to prepare the student for professional work in the energy industry through completion of fundamental courses in the major field and in related sciences as well as independent research.

Students entering the graduate program are expected to have an undergraduate-level energy resources engineering background. Competence in computer programming in a high-level language (CS 106X or the equivalent) and knowledge of energy resources engineering and geological fundamentals (ENERGY 120, 130, and GES 151) are prerequisites for taking most graduate courses.

The candidate must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Register as a graduate student for at least 45 units.
  2. Submit a program proposal for the Master’s degree approved by the adviser during the first quarter of enrollment.
  3. Complete 45 units with at least a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. This requirement is satisfied by taking the core sequence, selecting one of the seven elective sequences, an appropriate number of additional courses from the list of technical electives, and completing 6 units of master’s level research. Students electing the course work only M.S. degree are strongly encouraged to select an additional elective sequence in place of the research requirement. Students interested in continuing for a Ph.D. are expected to choose the research option and enroll in 6 units of ENERGY 361. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  4. Students entering without an undergraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering must make up deficiencies in previous training. Not more than 10 units of such work may be counted as part of the minimum total of 45 units toward the M.S. degree. Research subjects include certain groundwater hydrology and environmental problems, energy industry management, flow of non-Newtonian fluids, geothermal energy, natural gas engineering, oil and gas recovery, pipeline transportation, production optimization, reservoir characterization and modeling, carbon sequestration, reservoir engineering, reservoir simulation, and transient well test analysis.

Recommended Courses and Sequences
The following list is recommended for most students. With the prior special consent of the student’s adviser, courses listed under technical electives may be substituted based on interest or background.

Core Sequence
ENERGY 175. Well Test Analysis (3 units)
or ENERGY 130. Well Log Analysis (3 units)
ENERGY 221. Fundamentals of Multiphase Flow (3 units)
ENERGY 222. Reservoir Engineering* (3 units)
ENERGY 246. Reservoir Characterization and Flow Modeling with Outcrop Data (3 units)
ENERGY 251. Thermodynamics of Equilibria† (3 units)
CME 200. Linear Algebra with Application to Engineering Computations (3 units)
CME 204. Partial Differential Equations in Engineering (3 units)

Total: 21 units
* Students taking the Environmental sequence may substitute ENERGY 227.
† Optional for students taking the Geostatistics and Reservoir Modeling sequence.

Elective Sequence
Choose one of the following:

Crustal Fluids
Geophys 200. Fluids and Flow in the Earth: Computational Methods
EESS 220. Physical Hydrogeology
EESS 221. Contaminant Hydrogeology

Environmental
Energy 227. Enhanced Oil Recovery
EESS 221. Contaminant Hydrogeology
And two of the following:
Energy 240. Geostatistics
Energy 260. Modeling Uncertainty in the Earth Sciences
CEE 270. Movement and Fate or Organic Contaminants in Waters
CEE 273. Aquatic Chemistry
CEE 274A. Environmental Microbiology I

Enhanced Recovery
EESS 220. Physical Hydrogeology
ENERGY 225. Theory of Gas Injection Processes (3 units)
ENERGY 226. Thermal Recovery Methods (3 units)
ENERGY 227. Enhanced Oil Recovery (3 units)
Total: 9 units

Geostatistics and Reservoir Modeling
ENERGY 240. Geostatistics for Spatial Phenomena (3-4 units)
ENERGY 241. Seismic Reservoir Characterization (3 units)
GEOPHYS 182. Reflection Seismology (3 units)
or
GEOPHYS 262. Rock Physics (3 units)
Total: 9-11 units

Geothermal
ENERGY 269. Geothermal Reservoir Engineering (3 units)
CHEMENG 120B. Energy and Mass Transport (4 units)
ME 131A. Heat Transfer (3 units)
Total: 10 units

Reservoir Simulation and Optimization
ENERGY 223. Reservoir Simulation (3-4 units)
ENERGY 224. Advanced Reservoir Simulation (3 units)
ENERGY 284. Optimization (3 units)
Total: 9-10 units

Renewable Energy
ENERGY 291. Optimization of Energy Systems (3 units)
ENERGY 293A. Fundamentals of Energy Processes (3-4 units)
ENERGY 293B. Fundamentals of Energy Processes (3-4 units)
Energy 293C. Energy from Wind and Water Currents (3 units)
Total: 9-12 units

Research Sequence
ENERGY 361. Master’s Degree Research in Petroleum Engineering* (6 units)
* Students choosing the company sponsored course-work-only for the M.S. degree may substitute an additional elective sequence in place of the research.

Total units required for M.S. degree: 45 units

Technical Electives
Technical electives from the following list of advanced-level courses usually complete the M.S. program. In unique cases, when justified and approved by the adviser prior to taking the course, courses listed here may be substituted for courses listed above in the elective sequences.

ENERGY 130. Well Log Analysis (3 units)
ENERGY 224. Advanced Reservoir Simulation (3 units)
ENERGY 230. Advanced Topics in Well Logging (3 units)
ENERGY 260. Environmental Aspects of Petroleum Engineering (3 units)
ENERGY 267. Engineering Valuation & Appraisal of Oil & Gas Wells, Facilities & Properties (3 units)
ENERGY 269. Geothermal Reservoir Engineering (3 units)
ENERGY 273. Special Production Engineering Topics in Petroleum Engineering (1-3 units)
ENERGY 280. Oil and Gas Production (3 units)
ENERGY 281. Applied Mathematics in Reservoir Engineering (3 units)
ENERGY 284. Optimization (3 units)
CME 204. Partial Differential Equations to Engineering (formerly 300B) (3 units)
ENERGY 293A. Fundamentals of Energy Processes (3-4 units)
ENERGY 293B. Fundamentals of Energy Processes (3-4 units)
ENERGY 293C. Energy from Wind and Water Currents (3 units)
ENERGY 301. The Energy Seminar (1unit)
GEOPHYS 182. Reflection Seismology (3 units)
GEOPHYS 190. Near Surface Geophysics (3 units)
GEOPHYS 202. Reservoir Geomechanics (3 units)

Master of Science - Energy Resources Engineering

The objective of the M.S. degree in Energy Resources Engineering is to prepare the student either for a professional career or for doctoral studies.

Students in the M.S. degree program must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Complete a 45-unit program of study. The degree has two options: (a) a fully course-work degree, requiring 45 units of course work, and (b) a research degree, of which a minimum of 39 units must be course work, with the remainder consisting of no more than 6 research units.
  2. Course work units must be divided among two or more scientific and/or engineering disciplines and can include the core courses required for the Ph.D. degree.
  3. The program of study must be approved by the academic adviser and the department graduate program committee.
  4. Students taking the research-option degree are required to complete a M.S. thesis, approved by the student’s thesis committee.

Recommended Courses and Sequences

The following list is recommended for most students. With the prior special consent of the student’s adviser, courses listed under technical electives may be substituted based on interest or background.

Core Sequence

ENERGY 221. Fundamentals of Multiphase Flow (3 units)
ENERGY 246. Reservoir Characterization and Flow Modeling (3 units)
CME 200. Linear Algebra with Application to Engineering Computations (3 units)
CME 204. Partial Differential Equations in Engineering (3 units)
CS 106X. Programming Abstractions (Accelerated) (3-5 units)
MS&E 248. Economics of Natural Resources (3-4 units)
ENERGY 293A. Fundamentals of Energy Processes (3 units)
ENERGY 293B. Fundamentals of Energy Processes (3 units)
ENERGY 293C. Energy from Wind and Water Currents (3 units)

TOTAL 24-28 units

Subject Sequence Alternatives

Geothermal (select 15 units from the following):
ENERGY 223. Reservoir Simulation (3 units)
ENERGY 269. Geothermal Reservoir Engineering (3 units)
CHEMENG 120B. Energy and Mass Transport (4 units)
GES 217. Faults, Fractures, and Fluid Flow(3 units)
ME 131A. Heat Transfer (3 units)
ME 370. Energy Systems I(3 units)

TOTAL 15 units

Low Carbon Energy (select 15 units from the following):
ENERGY 104. Transition to Sustainable Energy (3 units)
ENERGY 223. Reservoir Simulation (3 units)
ENERGY 251. Thermodynamics of Equilibria (3 units)
ENERGY 253. Carbon Capture and Sequestration (3-4 Units)
ENERGY 256. Electronic Structure Theory and Applications to Chemical Kinetics (3 units)
ENERGY 269. Geothermal Reservoir Engineering (3 units)
ENERGY 291. Optimization of Energy Systems (3 units)
CHEMENG 130. Separation Processes (3 units)
GES 170. Environmental Geochemistry (4 units)
GES 171. Geochemical Thermodynamics (3 units)
ME 370A. Energy Systems I: Thermodynamics (3 units)
ME 370B. Energy Systems II: Modeling and Advanced Concepts (4 units)
MATSCI 156. Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries (4 units)
CEE 272P. Distributed Generation and Grid Integration of Renewables (3 units)

TOTAL 15 units

Modeling Natural Resources (select 15 units from the following):
ENERGY 240. Geostatistics for Spatial Phenomena (3 units)
ENERGY 241. Seismic Reservoir Characterization (3 units)
ENERGY 260. Modeling Uncertainty in the Earth Sciences (3 units)
ENERGY 284. Optimization: Deterministic and Stochastic Approaches (3 units)
GEOPHYSICS 200. Fluids and Flow in the Earth: Computational Methods (3 units)
GEOPHYSICS 262. Rock Physics (3 units)

TOTAL 15 units

Oil and Gas:
ENERGY 104. Transition to Sustainable Energy (3 units)
ENERGY 222. Advanced Reservoir Engineering (3 units)
ENERGY 223. Reservoir Simulation (3 units)
ENERGY 251. Thermodynamics of Equilibria (3 units)
ENERGY 240. Geostatistics for Spatial Phenomena (3 units)
or
ENERGY 260. Modeling Uncertainty in the Earth Sciences  (3 units)

TOTAL 15 units

Research Sequence
ENERGY 361. Master’s Degree Research in Energy Resources Engineering* (6 units)
* Students choosing the company sponsored course-work-only for the M.S. degree may substitute an additional elective sequence in place of the research.

Total units required for M.S. degree: 45 units

Technical Electives (may be substituted with advisor approval)
ENERGY 104. Transition to Sustainable Energy
ENERGY 120. Fundamentals of Petroleum Engineering
ENERGY 130. Well Log Analysis I
Any 200-level ENERGY RESOURCES ENGINEERING course
ENERGY 301. The Energy Seminar (may be repeated for credit no more than 3 times)
CEE 176A. Energy Efficient Buildings
CEE 176B. Electric Power: Renewables and Efficiency
CME 206. Introduction to Numerical Methods for Engineering
CME 212. Introduction to Large-Scale Computing in Engineering
EARTHSYS 247. Controlling Climate Change in the 21st Century
ECON 250. Environmental Economics
ECON 251. Natural Resource and Energy Economics
GES 217. Faults, Fractures, and Fluid Flow
MATSCI 316. Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology
ME 131A. Heat Transfer
ME 150. Internal Combustion Engines
ME 260. Fuel Cell Technology
ME 370A. Energy Systems I: Thermodynamics
ME 370B. Energy Systems II: Modeling and Advanced Concepts
MS&E 248. Economics of Natural Resources