The University of Wyoming's Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering has been accredited by ABET, the national organization that oversees engineering program quality.
UW dropped its petroleum engineering BS in 1996 because of low enrollment. The program was reinstated in 2005 and currently has 220 undergraduate students and 31 graduate students, according to David Bagley, head of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.
The review that led to the accreditation is strenuous, Bagley said. It started with a 500-page report in the summer of 2009, included a visit by evaluators in the fall of 2009, and then finished with three follow-up reports in 2010, 2011 and 2012 to fully demonstrate that the program met the standards required for accreditation, he said.