Energy Management

Courses

Introducing Your Next Generation of Energy Management Professionals

Accredited by the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL)

Energy Management 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 twelve 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
  • 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 2013, 13 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 Energy Management Program, we invite you to take the next steps towards becoming a part of the Mountaineer family.

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  4. Start the online application process - apply online now.
  5. Find scholarships, grants, or financial aid that match your interests and situation.

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

 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

Director, Energy Management /Lecturer in Business Administration
BS California Polytechnic State University , MS Baylor University
Phone: 970.943.2563
Office Location: Borick Business Building 225
Lecturer in Business Administration
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