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Petroleum Geology Certificate (undergrad & grad)

Petroleum Geology Certificate

The 13-15 credit hour Petroleum Geology Certificate will provide undergraduate and graduate students with a competitive advantage in beginning a career in the oil and gas industry or pursuing entrance into a graduate degree program within the field of petroleum geoscience. The certificate is designed to enhance both critical thinking and the technical skills necessary for practicing petroleum geoscience.

Note: At this time certificates are not offered online–they are strictly in-person.



  • 12-14 required credit hours
  • Maximum of 50% overlap with degree program (i.e. major, minor, other certificate, or GE)
  • Minimum C- for course to be listed on certificate
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative point-hour ratio required for certificate (3.0 for graduate students)
  • X193 credits not permitted
  • If the certificate is not complete on the DAR, the student must consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Coordinating Advisor
  • The certificate program form must be filed at least by the time the graduation application is submitted to a college/school counselor
  • Once the certificate program is filed in the college office, any changes must be approved by the College of Arts and Sciences Coordinating Advisor


Required Coursework

  1. Required core courses (7 credits): 
    1. EARTHSC 5661: Petroleum Geology (4)
    2. EARTHSC 5189.01: Field Geology I (3) Summer term**
  2. Elective courses (6-8 credits): In addition, students will select two more courses (6-8 credits) listed below. 
    1. EARTHSC 5189.02: Field Geology II (3) Summer term
    2. EARTHSC 4560: Applied Geophysics (3)
    3. EARTHSC 5687: Borehole Geophysics (3)
    4. EARTHSC 5751: Quantitative Reservoir Modeling (4)
    5. EARTHSC 5780: Reflection Seismology (4)

**Students with prior comparable field geology coursework may substitute an additional elective in place of EARTHSC 5189.01.


View the two-year course schedule here.


Advising Information

Director of Undergraduate Studies (Earth Sciences): Professor Ann Cook, cook.1129@osu.edu

Undergraduate Academic Advisor (Earth Sciences): Dr. Karen Royce, royce.6@osu.edu, 614-292-6961

Director of Graduate Studies (Earth Sciences): Professor Mike Durand, durand.8@osu.edu