Admissions, Advising, and Transfers

1.    I am interested in the PETSM program, where do I begin?

The first step to becoming a student is to apply for Admission to the University.

2.     How do I schedule my courses?

If you are a first time freshman, it is mandatory for you to attend freshman orientation where you will create your schedule.  Please see admissions for dates.  If you are a transfer student, you will meet with Lacey Melancon  in University College to create a schedule of classes.  To schedule an appointment, please call 985-448-4117.

3.     I am currently at another University and am looking to transfer to the PETSM program and NSU. Where do I start?

The first step is to apply as a transfer student to the University.  You will need to send an official transcript from your previous institute to Nicholls. Once you have been admitted, contact Mary Delaune at 985-448-4462 or mary.delaune@nicholls.edu regarding any questions you may have about transfer credits.

Career Opportunities and Internships

1.     What job opportunities are available after graduation?

While the PETSM Program does not ensure you a job, students are able to work with Career Services to explore jobs in their chosen field. Some students find themselves becoming:

–        Rig superintendent

–        Offshore Installation Manager

–        Safety supervisor

–        Field foreman

Many students also complete internships with companies during their time in the program.

2.     Do I have to have a job or be working to do this program?

No, you do not. The program works with students currently working, but it is not a requirement that you work while in the program.

 Class Schedule

1.     What kind of schedule does the PETSM program work with?

The program is designed to work with students who work a 7/7 or 14/14 schedule. Classes are taught on campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays and through online instruction.

2.     What is best day to schedule a shift change to accommodate classes?

Wednesdays are the preferred days to have a shift change, seeing as there are seldom classes on this day.

3.     What other schedules can I work?

Students can work 28/28 schedules while taking general education courses and online classes, but they would have to set a schedule with the instructor to make up missed presentations, projects, and lab work while not on campus.

4.     What can I expect if I work something other than 14/14?

These students will be responsible for working ahead of time and working closely with their instructors. They need to be self-disciplined, excellent with time management, and must be somewhat of an independent learner.

 Degree Programs

1.     What majors/ areas of study does the PETSM program offer?

In the PETSM program, students can gain either an Associate’s Degree (60 hours), or a Bachelor’s degree (120 hours) in the following areas:

Associate in Safety Technology
Associate in Petroleum Engineering Technology
Bachelor in Safety Technology
Bachelor in Petroleum Engineering Technology

2.     About how long will it take me to finish each program?

Typically, the Associate’s Degree takes about 2 years to complete, while the Bachelor’s Degree takes about 4 years.

3.     What classes will I have to take for each degree program?

Classes vary with each program. The requirements for each are listed here:

Click for the Associates of Safety Technology Degree Program Goals and Competencies

Click for the Associates of Safety Technology Degree Curriculum


Click for the Associates of Petroleum Services Degree Program Goals and Competencies

Click for the Associates of Petroleum Services Degree Curriculum



Students may choose a concentration in Safety Technology (PSST) or Exploration and Production (PSEP) or both by completing the 21 hours of specified concentration courses.

Financial Aid, Scholarships, Tuition and Fees

1.     How do I pay for school?

Information regarding Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Tuition and Fees can be found on the following websites:

–       https://www.nicholls.edu/financial-aid/

–       https://www.nicholls.edu/fees/

Online Courses

1.     Can I complete all of my classes online?

No – while many classes are offered online, a student cannot complete a degree program entirely online at this time. Starting in the Spring 2014 semester, 100% of the Safety Technology Associate’s degree will be available online.

2.     What classes are offered online?

100% of the general education classes are offered online, and about 80% of the associates program can be completed online. The classes will vary from semester to semester, depending on instructor availability.

3.     What is the difference between online and hybrid classes?

Online classes are completely online, while hybrid classes only have select class meeting on campus. Students complete tests, quizzes, assignments, and forums on the online system Moodle.