Can I become a petroleum engineer after getting a BS in environmental engineering?

My school doesnt have a petroleum engineering major, and the major requirements are specific so I may not be able to switch to chemical or mechanical engineering so easily. Can I stick with a major in environmental engineering and apply to a masters degree program in petroleum engineering elsewhere in CSM, Texas, Stanford, etc?

Thank you!
I go to Cornell btw, if that matters.

3 Responses to “Can I become a petroleum engineer after getting a BS in environmental engineering?”

  1. Kathleen Koraal Says:

    An undergaduate degree in Environmental engineering will help you become employed as a petroleom engineer.
    With your electives take as many chemistry, mechanical engineering classes and and learn about the petroleum engineering business starting now, Keep up to date in it. You have a great background when eventually interviewing if you’re aware of this industry and the more you know about it even it’s history will help you. Take a business course such as "engineering economics" and you’ll use and like this class too. It’ll help you out in working for a living in your petroleum industry. Learn as much as you can that’s truthful online. Mit the great school has what’s called "Open courseware" These are free classes with homework assignments and answers from a few semesters ago. Do a seach for this term and learn what you want to be successful.

  2. Pete Says:

    Generally if you completed a bachelor’s degree in one field of engineering you can get accepted to a master’s program in another field but you may have to take some additional courses to make up deficiencies. I got a bachelor’s in Chem E and then I got a master’s in environmental but it took me a couple of extra quarters to make up some courses.
    The most important thing is to get a good background in math, physics, chemistry; these are used in all the fields. Get some experience in using numerical methods to solve problems. You should be able to take a course called "flow in porous media" or "groundwater hydrology". The mathematics of that is very similar to what is used in petroleum engineering.
    If you have a particular petroleum engineering department in mind, such as Texas or Stanford, call them up and ask about your particular situation. I also suggest taking the EIT exam as soon as you graduate.
    Good luck!

  3. Josuan Says:

    You can apply to any masters degree program with any bachelor’s degree in a "related field;" usually, one that won’t leave you with too many deficiencies. Most schools want you to be up to date within a year, so you might have to take certain courses specific to petroleum engineering that you didn’t take in environmental engineering. If you can take a few courses from mechanical or chemical engineering now, as electives in your bachelor’s, you might be able to get up to speed. However, you might be right at home with an environmental engineering degree as a petroleum engineering master’s student, it depends on the school and their specific requirements.

    Also, if having an environmental engineering degree doesn’t quite cut it for a masters in petroleum engineering, you might want to consider changing your degree. If you’re in your freshman or sophomore year, you can change – most engineering students take the same basic courses, except probably chemistry and certain design classes. Talk to an academic counselor (or an equivalent position) within environmental engineering as well as one in mechanical and chemical engineering, they can better tell you what would be more convenient for you to do.