Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Petrophysics

Petrophysics is the study of the physical and chemical properties of reservoirs (rocks and fluids). It is the first such program in North America, and addresses properties of subsurface rock formations and the fluids within those strata with particular application to the petroleum exploration and production industry. The course work including graduate research project is a multidisciplinary program with Geology, Physics, and Natural Gas Engineering courses

Required Coursework

The coursework for this multidisciplinary program involves courses in  Physics (PHYS), Geology (GEOL), and Natural Gas Engineering (NGEN). The coursework for this program is as follows:

Course Code    Course Name
PHYS 5382 Exploration Geophysics
PHYS 5385 Seismology
PHYS 5388 Borehole Geophysics
GEOL 5305 Graduate Research Project
GEOL 5310 Topic: Petroleum Geology
GEOL 5311 Geochemistry
GEOL 5319 Geology of Groundwater
NGEN 5303 Special Topic: Advanced Petrophysics
NGEN 5310 Petroleum Property Evaluation
NGEN 5312 Pressure Transient Analysis
NGEN 5363 Advanced Reservoir Engineering
NGEN 5387 Quantitative Well Logging Analysis

Admission Requirements

A bachelor's degree in Geoscience, Mathematics, Physics, or Chemistry (or related areas) is required. Students not having enough background may need to take additional undergraduate courses.


If you are interested in pursuing this program, contact Dr. Subbarao Yelisetti, the graduate coordinator for the MS in Petrophysics.

Graduate Minor

A graduate minor is granted under plans I-A and II for any graduate major. Under plan I-A 6 to 12 hours in the minor subject area are required. Plan II requires 12 to 15 hours in the subject area. Thus, a graduate minor in physics can be earned in two years.

In order to provide a well rounded graduate education in Physics, the following courses are offered on a two year rotation. All of the courses currently have a designation of Physics 5390 - Graduate Topics in Physics.

Fall Semester, Even Numbered Years Spring Semester, Odd Numbered Years
Classical Mechanics Electromagnetic Theory
Mathematical Methods for Physics
Fall Semester, Odd Numbered Years Spring Semester, Even Numbered Years
Quantum Mechanics Statistical Physics


Students interested in this option should contact the Physics Program at

Additional Courses

In addition, the following courses can be offered as the demand warrants:

  • Atomic Physics
  • Classical Mechanics II
  • General Relativity I
  • General Relativity II
  • Mathematical Methods for Physics II
  • Observational Astronomy
  • Quantum Field Theory I
  • Quantum Field Theory II
  • Solid State Physics
  • Theoretical Astrophysics

To earn graduate credit for any undergraduate course authorized in the graduate catalog, the student must complete an extra assignment of graduate level quality that is not required of undergraduate students. The following advanced undergraduate courses have been approved by the Graduate Council for graduate credit:

  • PHYS 4303. Mathematical Methods of Physics.
  • PHYS 4323. Optics.
  • PHYS 4343. Modern Physics II.
  • PHYS 4353. Quantum Theory.
  • PHYS 4390. Selected Topics in Modern Physics.
  • PHYS 4460. Nuclear Physics.

This page was last updated on: June 4, 2018