Petroleum Engineering High School Program

About the Program

The Petroleum Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines is offering a unique opportunity to take their Introduction to Petroleum Engineering course. Tuition and Fees will be covered by the department and a textbook will be provided for the semester.

What is Petroleum Engineering?

More than just oil, petroleum engineering focuses on the safe and environmentally sound exploration, evaluation, development and recovery of oil, gas, geothermal and other fluids in the earth.  Petroleum engineers work on drill rigs, design simulations, work with large data sets, and delve into why and how rocks, gases and fluids react to various stimuli.

Looking For:

High school juniors or seniors who have a strong interest in STEM and are currently enrolled in or have completed at least Pre-Calculus, Chemistry and/or Physics, have a 3.5 unweighted GPA and have attended high school in Colorado since their freshman year. Please check back for the latest application deadline.

About the Course


 A survey of the elements comprising the petroleum industry-exploration, development, processing, transportation, distribution, engineering ethics and professionalism.

Information for Parents

Information for Parents

Due to FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974), if your child is admitted to the program, you will not be able to inquire about their status or any information on them as a Colorado School of Mines student.  FERPA protects the privacy of student education records and the law applies to all schools that recieve funds under an applicable program of the US Department of Education.

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Our most recent annual report shows 89% placement and an average salary of $81,556 for our bachelor’s degree.

How to apply:

We are not taking applications for Fall 2019 at this time. Please check back for future deadlines.

Application Requirements:

  • Please fill out the Petroleum Department application
  • Please compose a short write up (200 words or less) of why you are interested in Petroleum Engineering