- Department of Petroleum Engineering and Safety Management
- Course and Degree requirements can be found on the department’s Catalog.
- Phone: 1-855-NIC-ONLINE (for application, registration, and scheduling 985-448-4803 (for degree information)
Welcome to Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management (PETSM) For 40 years, Nicholls State University has been educating upstream oil and gas professionals in the unique Petroleum Services and Safety Technology degree programs. We pride ourselves in providing higher education opportunities to non-traditional working students in the oil and gas industry for the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) operations. Our graduates are now employed around the world in management and leadership positions in the upstream sector including many who have worked and now work for Bureau of Safety Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).
The PETSM degree programs are the only known programs of their kind, uniquely scheduling courses to accommodate rotational work schedules including 7-days-on, 7-days-off and the 14-days-on, 14-days-off. For students who do not follow the traditional route of pursuing a degree directly after high school, jobs in the Gulf Coast oil and gas industry are attractive options. The pay is good and employee demand is high. However, many workers find it hard to advance without a degree.
The addition of the online Associate of Science degree in Safety Technology allows students, who cannot travel to the Nicholls State University campus, an opportunity to continue their education and pursue a career as a safety professional.
*Students in the Petroleum Engineering and Safety Management major will be assessed a $150.00 PETSM Program Fee each term, in addition to Nicholls Online tuition.