The development and management of energy resources is dependent upon the sustained stewardship of air, land and water. For example, reclamation and restoration of coal production areas is very sophisticated and is one of the success stories of modern energy production, Oil, gas, wind, solar, uranium and other energy asset production also require careful consideration of environmental impacts on the complex interactions between flora, fauna, and the physical environment. Effective and environmentally sound application of emerging energy technologies such as CO2 storage and in wind and solar farm placement begin with consideration of air, land and water resources.
Students take courses in communication, mathematics, statistics, business, economics and law, chemistry, biology, engineering, energy, geographic information systems, and negotiation.
Energy Air Land and Water students are encouraged to join the Restoration Outreach and Research (ROaR!) student organization. ROaR! is a venue for students with an interest in reclamation and restoration of disturbed lands to help local organizations with projects and to network and gain career skills.
Additional opportunities for belong include the Environment and Natural REsources Student Club and the Sustainability Club.
Typical employers are oil and gas companies, coal companies, environmental consulting firms, conservation districts, state and federal governments.
Students are encouraged to add a concurrent major and/or minor to provide depth to their course of study in an area of interest.