Energy Land Management

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.

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General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

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 & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

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.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF 1, 4, 5, 6, & 718
Energy Land Track18
First-Year Seminar
Planet Earth
and Planet Earth Laboratory (GEF 2B)
Earth Through Time
and Earth Through Time Laboratory (GEF 8)
Applied Statistical Modeling (GEF 8)
Elementary Statistical Inference
Energy Resource Economics (GEF 8)
Algebra with Applications (GEF 3)
Introduction to Petroleum Geology
Petroleum Engineering3
Introduction to Petroleum Engineering
GIS and Remote Sensing3
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
Computer 3
Intro to Computer Applications
Introduction to Computing in Natural Resources
Natural Resource Management18
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
Watershed Management
Forest Ecology
Forest Mensuration
West Virginia's Natural Resources
Elements of Silviculture
Remote Sensing of Environment
Environmental Regulation
Harvesting Forest Products
Bio-based Energy Systems
Principles of Conservation Ecology
Introduction to Wildlife and Fisheries
Restoration Ecology
Accounting - Select 1 of the following
Survey of Accounting
Agribusiness 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
Agribusiness Management
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
Agribusiness Finance
Energy Land Management
ENLM 150Introduction to Energy Land Management3
ENLM 200Principles of Energy Land Management3
ENLM 250Managing Non-Technical Risks3
ENLM 300Ethics and Negotiations for Energy Land Managers3
ENLM 400Energy Land Management Contracts 13
ENLM 420Energy Land Management Contracts 23
ENLM 441Applied Geographic Information Systems and Energy Land Management1
ENLM 450Energy Land Management Strategic Planning (Capstone Experience and fulfills Writing and Communication Skills requirement)3
ENLM 491Professional Field Experience3
Electives (may vary depending on GEF overlap)12
Total Hours121

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3GEOL 103
GEOL 104 (GEF 8)
MATH 124 (GEF 3)3ENLM 1503 
GEOL 101
GEOL 102 (GEF 2B)
ANRD 1911GEF 53 
ARE 187 (GEF 8)3GEF 63 
 14 16
Second Year
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3Natural Resource Management 13 
ENLM 2003FOR 2403 
STAT 201 or 211 (GEF 8)3PNGE 2003 
Business - Accounting3ENLM 2503 
GEF 73Elective3 
 15 15
Third Year
Natural Resource Management 23RESM 4403ENLM 4913
Natural Resource Management 3 3ENLM 4411 
ENLM 3003ENLM 4003 
Business - Marketing3GEOL 3733 
GEF 43Business - Law3 
 15 16 3
Fourth Year
Natural Resource Management 43Business - Finance3 
Natural Resource Management 53ENLM 4503 
Policy 3Elective3 
ENLM 4203Natural Resource Management 63 
Business - Management3  
 15 12
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 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 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.

PR: Consent.

ENLM 497. Research. 1-6 Hours.