Energy Management courses 2016-17

BUAD 202   EM Professional Development I   1 credits
Designed specifically for Energy Management students. It is intended to provide students with hands on, real world professional awareness. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. ​

BUAD 210   Legal Environment of Business   3credits
Provides students an ability to sense the occasions when a lawyer should be consulted for guidance in avoiding legal mistakes. A study is made of the ordinary legal aspects of common business transactions, including the topics of social forces, contracts, personal property, and agency. 

BUAD 230   Evolution of the Oil and Gas Economy   3 credits
Studies the evolution of global oil and gas development and its economic and geopolitical effects. The relationships between oil technology, economics, social and political institutions, and the unique cultures in oil-producing regions are investigated. Additionally students study a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding how oil affects economic development and commerce. ​

BUAD 240   Strategic Negotiations   3 credits
Merges theory with practice, offering students a hands-on opportunity to learn negotiation and communication skills. Students study how to develop personal negotiation plans and preparation methods, analyze other parties’ interests, identify and implement solutions for mutual gain, communicate effectively, and successfully draft agreements. Students practice and refine both their personal and professional negotiation and communication skills using realistic mock scenarios to negotiate, compose, and evaluate agreements. Prerequisite: COM 202 with a minimum grade of “C-“.

BUAD 270   Principles of Marketing   3 credits
An introduction to the fundamental concepts of marketing, including consumer demand and behavior, segmentation, advertising, marketing research, product development, distribution, pricing, the internet as a marketing agent, and global marketing issues. The student is exposed to the most basic tools, factors, and marketing principles administered by management in establishing policy, planning, and complex problem solving. Prerequisites: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of “C-” and completion of at least 24 credits; or instructor permission. 

BUAD 302   EM Professional Development II   1 credits
Designed specifically for Energy Management students. It is intended to provide students with hands on, real world professional awareness. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. 

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 and global energy concepts are explored. Prerequisite: admission into the Energy Management Program; or instructor permission. ​

BUAD 309   Business Communications   3 credits
A study of the fundamentals, principles, and practices of effective written communication, including concepts of appearance, language, and psychology of tone and persuasiveness as applied to the business letter, memorandum, and report. Presentation skills are also discussed. Prerequisites: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of “C-”; sophomore standing

​BUAD 311   Essential Excel Skills for the Workplace   1 credits
This course prepares the student for Microsoft Excel Office Specialist certification. This covers all of the topics tested by the certifying examination including managing worksheets and workbooks, applying formulas and functions, analyzing and organizing data, visual presentation of data, and sharing worksheet data with others. Prerequisites: university-level mathematics requirement with a minimum grade of “C-” or instructor permission.

BUAD 312   Advanced Excel Applications   2 credits
This course emphasizes the use of computer spreadsheets to organize, analyze and present quantitative information to aid managerial decision-making. The course exercises include examples from several disciplines including business, energy and environmental impact analysis, natural sciences, and social sciences. Specific topics include business planning and budgeting, capital budgeting and net present value analysis, time value of money, cost/benefit analysis, goal seeking, scenario planning, and pivot tables. Prerequisites: BUAD 311, Excel Office Specialist certification, 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 321   Oil and Gas Agreements   3 credits
Introduces the preparation, negotiation, and drafting of contracts and agreements used in land management and the petroleum industry. This course covers the knowledge and skills a petroleum land professional is expected to exhibit in drafting and negotiating commonly used contracts with a focus on upstream agreements including but not limited to: oil and gas leases, surface use agreements, farmout agreements, AMI’s, joint operating agreements, master service agreements, seismic agreements, pooling agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and exchange agreements. Prerequisites: BUAD 320; or instructor permission. 

BUAD 333   Organizational Behavior   3 credits
Provides students an understanding of human behavior in organizations today. Students will become familiar with the basic dimensions of organizational behavior covering topics such as leadership, motivation, management of people, and group dynamics. The course stresses an experimental approach as well as the personal nature of the material and how this relates to the complexities of behavior in and of organizations. Prerequisite: BUAD 309 or COM 202; or instructor permission. 

BUAD 360   Managerial Finance   3 credits
An introductory course to the field of managed finance, covering such topics as financial analysis, time value of money, risk/return analysis, capital budgeting, working capital management, cost of capital, optimal capital structure. Prerequisites: Completion of Business Administration Base Curriculum; or Energy Management Base Curriculum; or instructor permission. ​

BUAD 370   Introduction to Exploration and Production Processes   3 credits
Provides students with an introduction to engineering in exploration and production, focusing on oil and gas upstream and midstream engineering processes and their interface with land functions. Concepts discussed in this course include: seismic, exploration, well-site selection and preparation, drilling, wellbore integrity, completions, hydraulic fracturing, facilities, separating, treating, processing, transportation, pipelines, and well-site reclamation. Prerequisites: BUAD 305. Prerequisite or corequisite GEOL 101 and GEOL 105; or instructor permission.  

BUAD 410   Water and 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   3 credits
A comprehensive study of oil and gas law & regulations. The course addresses the historical development of the law as it relates to the conservation of oil and gas, the rights and duties of operators and landowners, implied covenants, titles and conveyances, contracts, pooling and unitization, and other oil and gas development issues. Students also learn about the oil and gas regulatory scheme at the federal, state, and local levels. This course analyzes laws and regulations in light of recent technologic advances, such as the emergence of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Prerequisites: Admission into The Energy Management Program; BUAD 210, BUAD 305, BUAD 320; or instructor permission. 

BUAD 495   Prospect Economics and Evaluation   3 credits
Synthesizes previous coursework, focusing on the application of advanced concepts in finance, economics, law, regulatory schemes, mergers and acquisitions, negotiations, contract drafting, geology, engineering, title, leasing and environmental, social, and political issues. Prerequisites: BUAD 305, BUAD 320, BUAD 321, BUAD 360, GEOL 240 prerequisite or corequisite; or instructor permission. 

ACC 201   Introduction to Financial Accounting  3 credits
An introduction to the field of accounting with emphasis on corporate financial statements. Financial statements are viewed as a communication device conveying the financial health of a business to interested parties. The objective of this first course is to teach 30 students to read, analyze, and interpret these financial statements. The emphasis is on developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills using accounting concepts. Students are exposed to the steps used by accountants to record, measure, and process financial information. Cash flow analysis is contrasted with the accrual basis of accounting; the concepts of asset valuation and income measurement are discussed. Accounting majors must pass this class with a minimum grade of “C”. Prerequisites: university-level mathematics requirement with a minimum grade of “C-”, or instructor permission.

ACC 202   Introduction to Managerial Accounting   3 credits
An introduction to the preparation, uses, and analysis of common management accounting information. Topics include cost-volumeprofit analysis, capital budgeting and present value applications, cash budgets, financial statement analysis, taxes, and management decisions, plus a brief introduction to modern cost accounting, with emphasis on activity-based costing systems. The development of problem-solving and analytical abilities is given primary importance throughout the course. Accounting majors must pass this class with a minimum grade of “C”. Prerequisites: MATH 140, MATH 141, or MATH 151 with a minimum grade of “C-”; and ACC 201 with a minimum grade of “C”. 

COM 274   Public Relations Communication   3 credits
A study of the use of communication to establish credibility, trust, and confidence between and among communities, employees, public agencies, civic organizations and business institutions. 

COM 372  Issues Management  3 credits
An exploration of the communication practices and strategies used by organizations to react to current events, publicity, and society. Emphasis is placed upon persuasion, media relations, and information campaigns. Prerequisite: Junior standing. ​

ECON 201  Macroeconomics  3 credits
An introduction to the methods, models, and approaches used by economists to analyze and interpret events and policies related to the overall operation of the economy. The course endeavors to make sense of unemployment, inflation, recessions, debt and deficits, economic growth, the expanding role of the Federal Reserve, and policies to provide stability to the economy. Additional attention is given to the making of economic policy in an era of globalization. Finally, students are exposed to multiple schools of thought regarding macroeconomic reasoning. Prerequisite: ACT math score of 19 or above; SAT math score of 460 or above; pass MATH 099; or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test score of 85 or higher, or university-level math requirement with a minimum grade of “C-.” Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 102. GT-SS1 

ECON 202   Microeconomics   3 credits
The theory of microeconomics makes use of the tools of marginal cost-benefit analysis to provide a framework for the economic analysis of decision-making. The focus is on the choices of individual firms and consumers, and the resultant outcomes in individual markets. The social implications of the functioning of competitive markets are examined, as well as the causes of market failure and the potential roles of government in correcting them. Prerequisite: ACT math score of 19 or above; SAT math score of 460 or above; pass MATH 099; or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test score of 85 or higher, or university-level math requirement with a minimum grade of “C-.”

ECON 216   Statistics for Business and Economics   3 credits
An introduction to descriptive statistics and statistical inference, with application in business, including hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, and simple regression analysis. Prerequisite: MATH 140, MATH 141, or MATH 151 with a minimum grade of “C-.” 

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: ECON 202 or ECON 215; MATH 140, MATH 141, or MATH 151 with a minimum grade of “C-.”

ENVS 350   U.S. 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 public 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 COM 202, ECON 370. ​

GEOL 101   Physical Geology   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. GT-SC2 

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. GT-SC1 

GEOL 240   Introduction to Petroleum and Mining Geology   3 credits
A survey of the physical and chemical processes responsible for the distribution of hydro-carbon 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

​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 98 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; university-level mathematics requirement with a minimum grade of “C-”; junior standing or instructor permission.

MATH 232   Applied Calculus for the Managerial and Social Sciences   3 credits
An introduction to differential and integral calculus for students majoring in business, accounting or the social sciences. The calculus is presented using a variety of real-world business and economic applications, stressing marginality, elasticity, and accumulation. Prerequisite: ACT math score of 23 or above; SAT math score of 530 or above; MATH 140 with a minimum grade of “C-”; or Accuplacer university- level mathematics test with a score of 65 or above. ​