Bachelor of Science in Energy Land Management
This major focuses on energy land management and how it relates to energy development with an emphasis on the management, coordination, and development of surface and mineral interests. This program provides a strong foundation in the key aspects of energy land management and produces trained professionals that are critically needed in the energy and regulatory sectors. Upon completion of this program, students will understand how energy lands are managed and associated energy resources can be developed and used for maximum social, economic, and environmentally responsible benefit. Students will develop a detailed knowledge related to the identification and leasing of mineral estates; be proficient in drilling site development, transportation planning, pipeline development, and route planning; will have a thorough knowledge of post-processing planning and infrastructure development; and comprehend the ethical, regulatory, and environmental framework in which they must operate.
General Education Foundations
NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.
|General Education Foundations|
|F1 - Composition & Rhetoric||3-6|
|Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric|
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
or ENGL 103
|Accelerated Academic Writing|
|F2A/F2B - Science & Technology||4-6|
|F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills||3-4|
|F4 - Society & Connections||3|
|F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past||3|
|F6 - The Arts & Creativity||3|
|F7 - Global Studies & Diversity||3|
|F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)||9|
Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.
|GEF 1, 4, 5, 6, & 7||18|
|Energy Land Track||18|
and Planet Earth Laboratory (GEF 2B)
|Earth Through Time|
and Earth Through Time Laboratory (GEF 8)
|Applied Statistical Modeling (GEF 8)|
or STAT 211
|Elementary Statistical Inference|
|Energy Resource Economics (GEF 8)|
|Algebra with Applications (GEF 3)|
|Introduction to Petroleum Geology|
|Introduction to Petroleum Engineering|
|GIS and Remote Sensing||3|
|Foundations of Applied Geographic Information Systems|
|Choose 1 of the following:|
|Renewable Resources Policy and Governance|
|Human Dimensions Natural Resource Management|
|Agriculture, Environmental and Resource Policy|
|Intro to Computer Applications|
or FOR 240
|Introduction to Computing in Natural Resources|
|Natural Resource Management||18|
|Select 6 from the following|
|Reclamation of Disturbed Soils|
|Introductory Environmental and Resource Economics|
|Current Issues In Agriculture|
|Agricultural and Natural Resources Law|
|Environmental and Resource Economics|
|Environmental Impact Assessment|
|West Virginia's Natural Resources|
|Elements of Silviculture|
|Remote Sensing of Environment|
|Harvesting Forest Products|
|Bio-based Energy Systems|
|Principles of Conservation Ecology|
|Introduction to Wildlife and Fisheries|
|Accounting - Select 1 of the following|
|Survey of Accounting|
|Law - Select 1 of the following|
|Survey of Business Law|
|Enterprise Operation Law|
|Management - Select 1 of the following|
|Survey of Management|
|Survey of Entrepreneurship|
|Marketing - Select 1 of the following:|
|Survey of Marketing|
|Creativity and Idea Generation|
|Marketing Agricultural Products|
|Marketing Forest Products|
|Finance - Select 1 of the following:|
|Survey of Finance|
|Survey of Business Planning|
|Energy Land Management|
|ENLM 150||Introduction to Energy Land Management||3|
|ENLM 200||Principles of Energy Land Management||3|
|ENLM 250||Managing Non-Technical Risks||3|
|ENLM 300||Ethics and Negotiations for Energy Land Managers||3|
|ENLM 400||Energy Land Management Contracts 1||3|
|ENLM 420||Energy Land Management Contracts 2||3|
|ENLM 441||Applied Geographic Information Systems and Energy Land Management||1|
|ENLM 450||Energy Land Management Strategic Planning (Capstone Experience and fulfills Writing and Communication Skills requirement)||3|
|ENLM 491||Professional Field Experience||3|
|Electives (may vary depending on GEF overlap)||12|
|ENGL 101 (GEF 1)||3||GEOL 103|
& GEOL 104 (GEF 8)
|MATH 124 (GEF 3)||3||ENLM 150||3|
& GEOL 102 (GEF 2B)
|ANRD 191||1||GEF 5||3|
|ARE 187 (GEF 8)||3||GEF 6||3|
|ENGL 102 (GEF 1)||3||Natural Resource Management 1||3|
|ENLM 200||3||FOR 240||3|
|STAT 201 or 211 (GEF 8)||3||PNGE 200||3|
|Business - Accounting||3||ENLM 250||3|
|Natural Resource Management 2||3||RESM 440||3||ENLM 491||3|
|Natural Resource Management 3||3||ENLM 441||1|
|ENLM 300||3||ENLM 400||3|
|Business - Marketing||3||GEOL 373||3|
|GEF 4||3||Business - Law||3|
|Natural Resource Management 4||3||Business - Finance||3|
|Natural Resource Management 5||3||ENLM 450||3|
|ENLM 420||3||Natural Resource Management 6||3|
|Business - Management||3|
|Total credit hours: 121|
Major Learning Outcomes
Energy Land Management
This new B.S. degree program and major will provide undergraduate students a knowledge-based framework that will develop skillsets essential to a successful career in Energy Land Management. Upon graduation from this degree program and major, students will be able to:
- demonstrate the role of professional energy land managers in energy development
- compare and contrast land management activities associated with multiple energy production systems
- demonstrate the impacts of energy development on local communities and be able to develop plans that minimize impacts
- explain the role of media in the energy business, the necessity of appropriate communication in crisis situations, and the concept of non-technical risks associated with energy development
- demonstrate a complete knowledge of ethics and standards of practices in association with energy development and an understanding of common negotiating strategies
- interpret the types of interests in energy resource ownership including the ability to recognize the differences between mineral and surface estates, the ability to interpret mineral and surface deeds, and the ability to understand the key elements of energy-related leases
- recognize the basic process of permitting of energy development at both the State and Federal level, and be able to manage the complexities of energy land development through the use of lease and production management software
- apply their collective experience and knowledge gained through the Energy Land Management Curriculum as a professional energy land manager upon graduation.
ENLM 150. Introduction to Energy Land Management. 3 Hours.
Comprehensive review of the field of energy land management and how it relates to the natural gas and petroleum extraction processes with an emphasis on shale gas development. Examples of property transfers, mineral ownership, and leasing and the distinction between surface and mineral rights.
ENLM 191. First-Year Seminar. 1-3 Hours.
Engages students in active learning strategies that enable effective transition to college life at WVU. Students will explore school, college and university programs, policies and services relevant to academic success. Provides active learning activities that enable effective transition to the academic environment. Students examine school, college and university programs, policies and services.
ENLM 200. Principles of Energy Land Management. 3 Hours.
The science of energy land management with an emphasis on petroleum, natural gas, coal, solar, wind, hydropower, and biomass energy production. Complexities of energy systems and how surface and mineral management techniques compare and/or contrast to those found in traditional energy systems.
ENLM 250. Managing Non-Technical Risks. 3 Hours.
Identification, management, and communication of social risks in energy management. Exploration of media relations, crisis communication, advocacy, community education, and government relations as they relate to the energy industry. Risk management and communication skills development through case studies, presentations, and experiential exercises.
ENLM 293. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.
ENLM 300. Ethics and Negotiations for Energy Land Managers. 3 Hours.
PR: ENLM 250 with a grade of C or higher. Basic negotiation components including negotiating positions, techniques, and styles, and how they are used in energy land management. Emphasis placed on the legal and ethical aspects of negotiation and include a complete review of the AAPL code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
ENLM 393. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.
Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.
ENLM 400. Energy Land Management Contracts 1. 3 Hours.
PR: ENLM 300 with a grade of C or higher. Introduction to mineral and environmental law with specific emphasis on titles, deeds, and leasing instruments commonly used in an exploration effort. Examination of land ownership, estates, land measurement, and leasing including a broad overview of the role of the energy land manager during the exploration and development of energy resources.
ENLM 420. Energy Land Management Contracts 2. 3 Hours.
PR: ENLM 400 with a grade of C or better. Continuation of oil and gas contracts with emphasis on lease examination, execution, payment, and development. Complexities of lease management and permitting including an overview of federal, state, and local regulations and how they pertain to oil and gas development.
ENLM 441. Applied Geographic Information Systems and Energy Land Management. 1 Hour.
PR or CONC: RESM 440. Use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) foundations to solve problems related directly to Energy Land Management. Incorporation of GIS skills in a holistic manner to develop spatial solutions to a real-world challenge in the planning, acquisition, and development of a petroleum/natural gas resource play.
ENLM 450. Energy Land Management Strategic Planning. 3 Hours.
PR: ENLM 420 with a grade of C or higher. Preparation for the challenges faced when developing energy properties from initial definition to production, including answering targeted questions, writing concise reports, and relaying findings and opinion. Strategic planning includes initial geologic concept, prospect economics, lease acquisition, drilling initial discovery well, reservoir analysis, drilling of devolopment wells, gas marketing, and prospect divestment.
ENLM 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.
PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.
ENLM 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.
PR: Consent. (May be repeated for a maximum of 18 Hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.
ENLM 493. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.
ENLM 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.
Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.
ENLM 496. . 1-3 Hours.
ENLM 497. Research. 1-6 Hours.