- Department of Petroleum Engineering and Safety Management
- Course and Degree information can be found on the latest 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). Nicholls
State University has been educating upstream oil and gas professionals for over 40 years, in
unique Petroleum Services and Safety Technology degree programs. We pride ourselves in
providing quality higher education opportunities to both traditional and non-traditional working
students. This particularly benefits non-traditional students in the oil and gas industry of the Gulf
of Mexico (GoM) operations, national oil and gas entities and potential for international students
resident in the United States. Our graduates are now employed around the world in management
and leadership positions in the upstream sector including many who have worked and continue to
work for major oil and gas companies.
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 Petroleum Services
allows students, who cannot travel to the Nicholls State University campus, an opportunity to
continue their education and pursue a career as a drilling or production 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, beginning in Fall