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School of Energy Resources (ERS)

1000 Level | 2000 Level | 3000 Level | 4000 Level | 5000 Level

USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 2003 USP code followed by the 2015 USP code (i.e. [QB<>Q]).

JumpLink1000. Energy and Society. 3. [O<>PN] Introduces humans' past, present, and future sources of energy and their advantages and limitations. Discusses society's current, non-sustainable pattern of energy use from a supply and environmental perspective. Investigates the technical, environmental, political, and societal problems associated with the eventual conversion to renewable energy resources. Cross listed with ENR 1000.

1101. First-Year Seminar. 3. [{none}<>FYS]

1300. Oil: Business, Culture, and Power. 3. [CS,G<>H] A multi-disciplinary approach to understanding how oil affects the international relations and commerce. The relationships between oil technology, social and political institutions, the unique cultures in oil-producing regions will be investigated in case studies. Cross listed with ECON 1300.

JumpLink2000. Ethics & Leadership. 3. This course provides an examination of the principles and practice of (1) personal, group and organizational leadership; and (2) ethics and morals as they relate to conduct in the leadership context. Prerequisite: USP WA/COM1.

2010. Introduction to Land Management. 2. Provides an introduction to land management in the petroleum industry. Covers the knowledge and skills needed by land professionals including survey systems, land descriptions, mineral ownership, title examination, leases, surface use agreements, and contracts frequently used in the industry. Prerequisites: WA/COM1 and QA/Q.

2500. Communication Across Topics in Energy. 3. [{none}<>COM2] Students will develop skills in written, oral, and digital communication as appropriate to all specializations within the School of Energy Resources, all allied disciplines, and coursework at all levels. Through repeated instruction, practice, and feedback, the communication sequence will emphasize and progressively develop transferable skills for students’ academic work and future professions within Energy Resources. ERS  will emphasize foundational oral and digital communication skills and continue to build on writing skills. Prerequisites: ERS 1300 or ECON 1300 and WA/COM1.

JumpLink3010. Air Quality Management. 3. Provides an overview of air quality management approaches. In this course an interdisciplinary approach is adopted that includes diverse information from physical, natural and socioeconomic systems. With consideration of global and local issues this class focuses upon the energy sector. Prerequisites: CHEM 1000 or CHEM 1020; WA or COM1.

3400. Energy Markets & Policy. 3. This course provides an economic analysis of recent developments in energy markets and policies. Cross listed with ECON 3400. Prerequisite: Introductory Economics or ECON/ERS 1300 are required.

JumpLink4010. Petroleum Exploration and Production. 3. The purpose of this course is to provide students with information and skills necessary to understand the oil and gas modeling process from exploration to production. Topics will include geophysical exploration, seismic acquisition, geophysical modeling, reservoir characterization, reservoir production, well planning and decision making. Prerequisites: GEOL 1100; MATH 2200 or MATH 2350.

4050. Solar Energy Conversion. 3. Provides an overview of the science behind current and future solar thermal and photovoltaic technologies. Environmental aspects, legal issues and cost associated with solar energy will also be included. Cross listed with CHEM 4050. Prerequisites: CHEM 1030 or CHEM 1060 and PHYS 1210 or PHYS 1310 and MATH 2200. (Offered spring semester)

4100. Property I. 3. Property I addresses the nature of property ownership and the rights associated with property as well as the acquisition and transfer of ownership rights in property and the sharing of ownership rights over time, including estates, future interest, and concurrent estates. Prerequisites: ERS 2500 or WB/COM2.

4105. Property II. 3. Property II covers rights inherent to the ownership of property and public limitations on those rights. Prerequisite: ERS 4100.

4110. Law of Contracts. 3. The Law of Contracts addresses the formation of a contact and the meaning of agreements and the justification of non-performance and breach. Prerequisites: MGT 1040 and WB/COM2.

4120. Federal Public Land Law. 3.  Federal Public Land Law addresses public interest as the central principal of public land natural resource management. The course examines the acquisition and disposition of the public domain, federal and state regulatory authority, and the management of hard rock, energy, and rage resources. Prerequisite: ENR 4750.

4130. Oil and Gas Law. 3. Focuses on the basis legal rules and principles governing the ownership and development of oil and gas, derived from a combination of property, contract, administrative, tort, and constitutional law. Prerequisites: ERS 2010 and WB/COM2.

4900. Energy Resource Management Capstone. 3. [WC<>COM3] Required to work within an integrated team to research and analyze data to inform an energy resource management plan. Apply the content knowledge and process skills learned throughout the program and further refine their ability to communicate with professional, academic, and public audiences through writing and oral presentation. Prerequisites: AGEC 3400, ENR 3000/4000 or GEOG/ESS 3480.

4950. Leadership in Natural Resources Management. 2. Provides Crew Leaders in the Wyoming Conservation Corps with an understanding of the complex dynamics of natural resources management while also equipping students with the tools to confidently lead groups of students on conservation-oriented service-learning projects on Wyoming's public lands during the summer months. Dual listed with ERS 5950; cross listed with ENR 4950. Prerequisites: ENR 3700 and consent of instructor.

4960. Energy Field Studies. 1 (Max. 2). Various facets of energy resource management and development are covered by visits to oil and gas wells, coal mines, power plants, wind farms, and other energy production and research sites. A trip is normally planned for 5 to 6 days. Prerequisites: WB; ERS/ENR 1000 or ECON/ERS 1300.

4965. Undergraduate Research. 1-3 (Max. 6). Research activities on an energy-related project of limited scope or as part of a laboratory project of greater scope under the advisement of a faculty member. Students will work 4 to 10 hours per week. Students will submit a written report summarizing the results of the research. Prerequisites: WA; SP or SE.

4970. Internship. 1-3 (Max. 3). A formalized internship designed to provide students with relevant practical experience in the energy  sector allowing synthesis and application of principles in energy science to energy asset management. Prerequisites: ERS/ENR 1000 or ECON/ERS 1300; QB; SP or SE.

4975. Global Experience in Energy. 2-4 (Max. 4). A 1-3 month integrative energy experience in China or Australia. Students will participate, in collaboration with partnering energy professionals, in outcomes focused  education and research programs designed to address globally relevant challenges. Students will gain a global perspective within the cultural context of the partner institution. Prerequisites: ERS/ENR 1000 or ECON/ERS 1300; QB; SP or SE.

4985. Seminar. 1-3 (Max. 3). Energy professionals, including accredited professional landmen, practicing attorneys, and other energy professionals will present a colloquium styled course to bridge conceptual content with realistic workforce focused applications. Prerequisites: ERS/ENR 1000 or ECON/ERS 1300 and WA and QB.

4990. Topics in Energy Resource Development and Management. 1-6 (Max. 6). Special topics in contemporary energy development and management will be offered in response to changing industry and academic demands. The specific subject matter is based on faculty requirements and workforce innovation. Prerequisites: QA and one of the following: SB, SP or SE course.

JumpLink5950. Leadership in Natural Resources Management. 2. Provides Crew Leaders in the Wyoming Conservation Corps with an understanding of the complex dynamics of natural resources management while also equipping students with the tools to confidently lead groups of students on conservation-oriented service-learning projects on Wyoming's public lands during the summer months. Dual listed with ERS 4950; cross listed with ENR 5950. Prerequisites: ENR 3700 and consent of instructor.


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