Petroleum Geology

Petroleum Geology


A comprehensive evaluation of hydrocarbon exploration and production methods. Industry datasets provide ‘real-world’ experience with typical petroleum exploration and production tasks and their associated challenges. Includes an introduction to borehole tools and well log interpretations. Integration of multidisciplinary techniques is emphasized and both conventional and unconventional resources are examined. Course includes a field trip. This ‘applied’ course will also address business and engineering aspects of hydrocarbon exploration and production.  Guest lectures from industry experts supplement course material.


By the end of this course, students will:

  • Understand the finite nature of the hydrocarbon resource and the challenges (technical, political and economic) of exploration and extraction.
  • Gain the skills to evaluate reservoir reserves and production potential from wells logs and production data.
  • Be able to calculate the economics of hydrocarbon extraction.