The certificate in digital oilfield techniques is designed for practicing engineers and scientists who enter petroleum engineering related fields and/or who wish to obtain training in the specific smart oilfields area. The applicants may enroll at USC as limited status students. They must apply and be admitted to the program before they complete 9 units of the required course work. The certificate program is open to applicants with an undergraduate degree in engineering or sciences who meet the admission criteria as limited students. Students without a BS in Petroleum Engineering will normally be required to complete prerequisite courses before beginning the certificate program. Specific prerequisite courses are decided upon consultation with the department adviser. Units from these courses cannot be applied toward the certificate.
The required courses consist of the following 12 units:
These classes will be available through the USC Distance Education Network (DEN@Viterbi). The credit for classes may be applied toward the MS or PhD in petroleum engineering should the student decide later to pursue an advanced degree. In order to be admitted to the MS program, the student should maintain a B average or higher in courses for the certificate program and must satisfy all normal admission requirements. All courses for the certificate must be taken at USC.