Energy Management

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 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 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

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Profiles

Western senior Austin Ekeler stands next to Taylor Hall on campus in April 2018
“Cannot say enough about my time at Western. Mountaineer for life.”
Jessica Laramie smiles for a portrait-style photo
Jessica Laramie, J.D., came to Western as Energy Management professor following a decade of work in the oil and gas industry.

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

Menon Billingsley headshot
Director, Energy Management Program; Lecturer in Business Administration
B.S., California Polytechnic State University , M.S., Baylor University
Phone: (970) 943.2563
Office Location: Borick Business Building 225
Dr. Jessica Laramie headshot
Lecturer in Business Administration
B.A. Illinois State University in Politics and Government, B.A. Illinois State University in History, M.S. University of Denver in Natural Resources & Environmental Law, JD University of Denver
Phone: (970) 943.2538
Office Location: Borick Business Building 229

Courses

FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a sample of courses offered by Western Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the university course search.

 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 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: completion of the College Mathematics Course Requirement with 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-volume-profit 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".

 BUAD 202 - Energy Management Professional Development (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 (3 credits)

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 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 partiesÕ 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 ÒC-Ò.

 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 - Energy Management 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 and instructor permission.

 BUAD 305 - Applied Energy Seminar (3 credits)

Introduction to the energy industry, including fossil fuel and renewable energy use and development. Explores topics including global energy production and consumption, energy efficiency, infrastructure, grid systems and transmission, and environmental and social impacts of energy development with an emphasis on regulation, policy, and the oil and gas industry. Prerequisite: COM 202.

 BUAD 309 - Business Communication (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 ÒC-Ó; sophomore standing.

 BUAD 311 - Essentials Excel Skills for the Workplace (1 credits)

This course prepares the student for Microsoft Excel Office Specialist certification. This course 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: college-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 will 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, AMIÕs, 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 - 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.

 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 500 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.

 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 500 or above; pass MATH 099; or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test score of 85 or higher, or college-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 ÒC-.Ó

 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 ÒC-Ó; ECON 202 or ECON 215.

 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 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 COM 202; and ECON 370.

 GEOG 340 - Introduction of 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 (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 Laboratory (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. Additional course fee applies. 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 EarthÀs 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.

 MATH 232 - Applied Calculus for the Managerial and Social Science (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 560 or above; MATH 140 with a minimum grade of C-; or Accuplacer university- level mathematics test with a score of 65 or above.