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Well I was recently admitted to the University of Houston and plan to major in petroleum engineering. Now the main concern(s) I have is that currently right now in my senior year I am taking Pre-AP Pre-cal and making a rough 80-82. I know that I will have to take all the way up to CalculusIII in the petroleum engineering degree plan. Based on what I am doing now will it be possible for me to grind through all the calculus classes? I have never had a strong attraction to math (English is my true love) but I have the capacity to get it and understand it. My real problem is that say when I run into a problem in calculus 1, 2, or 3, will I be forever trapped in a vortex of equations and derivatives that will eventually overwhelm me? Or is the calculus program at U of H manageable? (At least for someone like me who is not exactly a math whiz but more or less just an average joe) Also major specific classes like well dynamics, what are they like? Will those be more of a problem than calculus? What concepts can I expect to apply in the petroleum engineering major specific classes at U of H? If I really put my nose to the grindstone even with being an average joe more or less would it be possible for me to graduate U of H with a petroleum engineering degree and at least a 3.0 gpa? Will a tutor be able to adequately help me if I run into trouble in one of my calculus classes or even a well dynamics class or two? Further more as a career what can I expect to do as a petroleum engineer? Will I be enriching fuel? Looking at schematics to determine the best way to extract oil? Will I sit at a desk all day and solve equations and crunch numbers? How often will I use math and in what kind of way? I would prefer to not hear how I should not be doing this degree if I dont love math, I dont love it, but I dont hate it either. Petroleum engineering is something that from my broad overview of the occupation seems like something I would like to do, I am just not sure how much U of H would be willing to help me and cooperate with me if I ran into a few kinks here and there while earning my degree. All in all I just dont want to be thrown to the wolves in a calculus or well dynamics class in a sink or swim fashion.