Energy Management

Courses

FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a list of courses offered by Western State Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the current university catalog at http://www.western.edu/catalog. To determined the courses required for your major, check the "Majors and Minors" tab for your area of study.

 BUAD 305 - APPLIED ENERGY SEMINAR (3 credits)

Introduction to the energy industry, including petroleum, minerals, wind, solar, and alternative fuels. Includes the history of the energy industry and provides basics in exploration, production, transportation and refining. Electricity generation and transmission is explored and global energy concepts are discussed. Prerequisite: admission into the PLRM program or instructor permission.

 BUAD 320 - PETROLEUM LAND MANAGEMENT (3 credits)

Introduction to the field of land management in the petroleum industry. Covers the necessary knowledge and skills of the petroleum land professional, both in the U.S. and internationally. Topics include land survey systems, mineral ownership and severance, as well as oil and gas leases. Examines other oil and gas exploration and development phases. State and federal leasing is covered. Prerequisites admission into the PLRM program, or instructor permission.

 BUAD 330 - MINING LAND MANAGEMENT (3 credits)

An examination of the impact of technology on traditional business functions including management, marketing, operations and distribution. Areas of study include the Internet, Intranets, and extranets, and their influence on business to consumer, business to business, and consumer to consumer e-commerce. Prerequisite: completion of Base Curriculum; or instructor permission.

 BUAD 410 - WATER ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (3 credits)

A comprehensive case law study of water and environmental law, addressing the historical development of the riparian, prior appropriation, Federal and Indian water rights doctrines, and the emergence of Federal and State environmental law and policy, specifically addressing how water law and environmental law interface with and impact each other. This course will develop a knowledge base fundamental to the preparation of a student in the PLRM emphasis. Prerequisite: completion of Base Curriculum; or instructor permission. BUAD 210 recommended.

 BUAD 420 - OIL AND GAS LAW CONTRACTS (3 credits)

Includes the nature and protection of oil and gas rights, conveying oil and gas rights, oil and gas leasing, as well as tax and other business matters. Case law based study of jurisprudence affecting the oil and gas industry. Emphasis is on oil and gas titles, leases, contracts, and mineral ownership. State regulation is also emphasized and international case studies are discussed. Prerequisites: admission into the PLRM program; BUAD 305; BUAD 320; or instructor permission. BUAD 330 recommended as a corequisite.

 BUAD 491 - STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT (3 credits)

The formal analysis of an organization's macro and industry environment; its mission and goals; and strategy formulation, implementation, and control. This is a capstone course which integrates the student's knowledge from the areas of accounting, finance, marketing, and management. Students are encouraged to take this course during their last semester; graduating seniors are given priority in enrollment. Prerequisites: completion of Base Curriculum; BUAD 309; BUAD 333 or 350; BUAD 360; and senior standing.

 ECON 370 - NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS (3 credits)

A study of the efficient and equitable use of society's scarce natural resources. This course discusses the application of economic theory to natural resource problems, such as externalities and resource extraction. Particular attention will be placed on Western United States issues, including water, energy, mineral extraction, forestry and public land use. Prerequisites: MATH 140, MATH 141, or MATH 151 with a minimum grade of "C-"; ECON 202 or ECON 215.

 ENVS 350 - US AND WESTERN ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS (3 credits)

An historical and contemporary investigation of U.S. environmental policies with an applied focus on the impact of national policy on the ecosystems and cultures of the American West. Reciprocally, this course traces how pubic lands agencies, social movements, historical land uses, and diverse cultures in the West shape U.S. environmental policy. Students combine analysis and discussion of major U.S. policies, prominent theories and issues, and student-led environmental service projects to better understand environmental challenges. Prerequisites: ENVS 100; ENVS 200 or COTH 202;and ECON 370.

 GEOG 340 - INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (3 credits)

An introduction to the concepts and techniques of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Topics covered include fundamentals of mapping, data formats, data acquisition, and quantitative analysis of spatial data. The laboratory component emphasizes practical applications of GIS to contemporary problems including but not limited to watershed analysis, land-use planning, environmental assessment, and market analysis. Prerequisites: GEOG 222 or GEOL 105; college-level mathematics requirement with a minimum grade of "C-"; junior standing or instructor permission.

 GEOL 101 - PHYSICAL GEOLOGY GSC2 (3 credits)

An introductory class that emphasizes the environmental aspects of geology. The course covers the basic principles of physical geology, such as minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and origin of landscapes by mass wasting, rivers, glaciers, ground water, and nearshore processes. Throughout this course, focus is on the effect of geology on human society through the study of geologic hazards, energy resources, and mineral resources.

 GEOL 105 - PHYSICAL GEOLOGY LAB (1 credits)

An introduction to identification of minerals and rocks and a discussion of their genesis followed by a study of landscapes formed by mass wasting, rivers, glaciers, ground water, and nearshore processes. Many of these principles are observed on local field trips. Prerequisite or corequisite: GEOL 101.

 GEOL 240 - INTRODUCTION TO PETROLEUM AND MINING GEOLOGY (3 credits)

A survey of the physical and chemical processes responsible for the distribution of hydrocarbon and mineral resources in the Earth's crust and techniques for hydrocarbon and mineral resource exploration, assessment, and development. Includes field trips to oil and gas and mining operations in Colorado and Utah. Prerequisites: GEOL 101 and GEOL 105.

Introducing Your Next Generation of Energy Management Professionals

Accredited by the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL)

Energy Management (formerly PLRM, The Professional Land & Resource Management Program), is a relatively new program at Western State Colorado University, initiating the curriculum in January 2008.  It is housed in Western's business program, and is a multi-disciplinary emphasis that draws on some of the most interesting and challenging courses across several programs. The degree program was developed with direct cooperation of a variety of industry professionals with the shared goal of graduating the most prepared land professionals in the country.

Our added goal was that these students would be educated across the disciplines of oil, gas, and mining mineral management as well as, Native American, federal, state and privately owned real estate surface, water and environmental land management.

We believe with confidence this goal has been achieved, as evidenced by the caliber of students you will find highlighted in this site.  You, too, will leave the program with a highly respected and sought after degree by industry.

Do You Have What It Takes?

Navigating the 21st century energy landscape with CHARACTER, EFFICIENCY and VERSATILITY​

CHARACTER  We educate pioneers who do not shy from a challenge.  A career as a land professional is not for the entitled, timid or easily discouraged.  Our students choose Western because they have a drive to push themselves and have forged resilience by climbing 14-ers, skiing, working two jobs while taking a full course-load in an unforgiving climate – and loving every minute of it.

EFFICIENCY The needs of the energy industry often shift as quickly as the weather in the Rockies.  Western Energy Management students are agile and sure footed.  Whether in the field or in the office, we measure our success is by how quickly we add value.

VERSATILITY We are diplomats and explorers; we seek out opportunity and adventure.   Never limited by geography, and as resourceful as we are practical.  In Denver or Dickinson, from the boardroom to the courthouse, Western Energy Management students deliver.

How To Apply

One of nine programs in North America, Western's Energy Management program is the only one located in the Rocky Mountains.  Energy Management at Western is an intense hands-on program.  We expect nothing short of excellence from our students.

  • Energy Management applications are accepted year round, but only evaluated twice yearly on October 31st and February 1st.
  • You may apply electronically, click here to apply to Energy Management.
  • Once your application is submitted you will be asked to interview with Energy Management leadership.
  • Upon acceptance into the Energy Management program, students may only begin the Energy Management Program FALL semester.
  • The application to the Energy Management program IS NOT an application for admission to Western State Colorado University.  Applicants must be accepted to both the University and the program; for admission to Western click here.
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for program admission.  On a case by case basis, students who have a GPA of less than 3.0, may attain formal admittance through a probationary process by completing their first 12 credits of Energy Management emphasis area courses with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • A grade of “C” or above must be attained in all Energy Management emphasis area courses to remain in the Program once admitted.

What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?

The Energy Management program trains students to have successful careers in energy exploration and development.  The industry includes oil and gas as well as mining and alternative energy sources such as wind and solar.  In Western’s Energy Management program, you will take a wide variety of classes including the core business classes covering accounting, economics, management, and marketing plus specialized classes in geographic information systems, law, water and environmental issues, natural resource economics, and petroleum geology.  Graduates have a strong business administration education supplemented by specialized courses related to the land management field.

From your coursework, internships and professional networking, you will develop a broad array of skills including the ability to:  identify map areas of interest, understand metes and bounds descriptions from the research of land titles, negotiate leases, prepare curative documents, resolve disputes, and make presentations to management and investors.

Beyond the Classroom?

All students in Western’s program belong to the Western Association of Professional Landmen (WAPL) which offers professional activities.  Many of the companies that contribute financial support to the program visit campus as speakers, presenting information sessions about their companies and topics of interest in the field. In addition the professional activities include interviewing students for summer internships and post-graduation employment.

  • Western students have access to industry professionals and multiple opportunities to network allowing them to find the type of career that best suits their interests.  Classes are small enough that students get to know their professors and each other while they develop skills and knowledge that will serve them throughout their careers.
  • On campus interviews  and social gatherings with professionals, already in the energy industry, looking to network with and hire Western students for summer internships and careers after graduation
  • Field trips are a vital part of the program. Trips include visits to actual mining and oil and gas production sites and discussions with people working in the industry.  Western Energy Management students also have the opportunity to attend industry conferences such as NAPE (formerly North American Prospect Expo) in Houston, and other conferences in Denver and Houston.
  • Field Trips to operating wells and drill sites.
  • WAPL Social events.

After Graduation

In the fall of 2011, 12 companies visited campus to recruit Western Energy Management students, reflecting the incredible employment opportunities for students in the program.    Nationally, graduates are in high demand and average a starting salary in excess of $25/hour. Land management graduates work alongside geologists and geophysicists in an energy company.

Next Steps

If you're interested in Western's Professional Land Resource Management (Energy Management) Program, we invite you to take the next steps towards becoming a part of the Mountaineer family.

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Scholarships

Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309. To find scholarships based on year of study (e.g. - Freshmen Scholarships), please see the navigation to the left.

 Denver Association Of Petroleum Landmen

Denver Association Of Petroleum Landmen Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time students with at least a Junior status, enrolled in the Energy Management (formerly Professional Land and Resource Management) Program

Business Scholarship Provided by:

Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen

Amount: Award depends on funds available

Scholar Recipient Selected by:

Chair(s) of the PLRM Program

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

 Encana Oil & Gas (Usa) Inc.

Encana Oil & Gas (Usa) Inc. Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time students that have been accepted in the ENERGY MANAGEMENT (formerly PLRM) program. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Financial need will be considered.

Business Scholarship Provided by:

Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Chair(s) of the PLRM Program.

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

 Encana Oil & Gas (Usa) Inc.

Encana Oil & Gas (Usa) Inc. Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time students that have been accepted in the ENERGY MANAGEMENT (formerly PLRM) program. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Financial need will be considered.

Business Scholarship Provided by:

Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Chair(s) of the PLRM Program.

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

 Gunnison Energy Corporation

Gunnison Energy Corporation Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time students that have obtained junior or senior status and have been accepted in the PLRM program. Financial need may be considered. Students must be from Western Colorado.

Business Scholarship Provided by:

Gunnison Energy Corporation.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Chair(s) of the PLRM Program.

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

 Gunnison Energy Management (PLRM) Scholarship For Gunnison Valley

Gunnison Energy Management Scholarship Available to:

Full-time students that are graduates of Gunnison High School and have been accepted in the Energy Management (formerly PLRM) program. Financial need may be considered. Students must be a Freshman or seeking an Additional Bachelors Degree.

Business Scholarship is Provided by:

Gunnison Energy Corporation.

Amount: 2 awards of $2500 each.

Scholarship is Selected by:

Chair(s) of the PLRM Program in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

 Gunnison Valley Fidelity Exploration and Production Scholarship

Gunnison Valley Fidelity Exploration and Production Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time students that have been accepted in the Energy Management (formerly PLRM) program. Financial need may be considered.

Scholarship Provided by:

GVFEP

Amount: Award depends on funds available

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

PLRM Leadership

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

Find out more about Western's Business Program at www.western.edu/business

 Industry Partner Scholarship

Industry Partner Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time students that have been accepted in the Energy Management (formerly PLRM) program. Financial need may be considered.

Business Scholarship Provided by:

Various Energy Management associated companies

Amount: Award depends on funds available

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Energy Management Leadership

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

 Newfield Exploration Company Scholarship

Newfield Exploration Company Scholarship Available to:

Full-time students with at least a Junior status, enrolled in the Energy Management (formerly Professional Land and Resource Management) Program.

Business Scholarship Provided by:

Newfield Exploration Company

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Energy Management (formerly PLRM) Leadership

Application: Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

 Western 300 Scholarship

Western 300 Scholarship is available to:

Full-time students that have been accepted in the Energy Management (formerly PLRM) program. Financial need may be considered.

Scholarship Provided by:

Various Energy Management associated companies

Amount: Award depends on funds available

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Energy Management Leadership

Application:
Contact the Department of Business, Accounting & Economics for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-2019 - Borick Business Building 213

Find out more about Western's Business Program at www.western.edu/business

 Permian Basin Landmen’s Association

Permian Basin Landmen's Association Scholarship Available to:

Energy Management Majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0. 

Business Scholarship Provided by:

Permian Basin Landmen's Association

Amount: Award depends on funds available

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Permian Basin Landmen's Association

Application: PDF icon PLRM PBLA Scholarship Application.pdf

 North Houston Association of Professional Landmen

North Houston Association of Professional Landmen ​Available to:

Students enrolled in AAPL Accredited Program

Scholarship Provided by:

North Houston Association of Professional Landmen

Amount: Awards depend on funds available

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

North Houston Association of Professional Landmen

Application: PDF icon PLRM NHAPL Scholarship 2015.pdf

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Co-director, Energy Management (formerly Professional Land and Resource Management)/Lecturer in Business Administration
BS California Polytechnic State University , MS Baylor University
Phone: 970.943.2563
Office Location: Borick Business Building 225
Assistant Professor in Business Administration, Co-Director of Professional Land and Resource Management
BA Western State Colorado University, JD University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.
Phone: 970.943.3189
Office Location: Borick Business Building 226
Lecturer in PLRM
BA Illinois State University in Politics and Government, BA Illinois State University in History, MS University of Denver in Natural Resources & Environmental Law, JD University of Denver
Phone: 970.943.2538
Office Location: Borick Business Building 229