Fossil Fuels Concentration
The Fossil Fuels concentration is designed to position graduates for long-term competitive success in the oil, natural gas, and coal sectors related to exploration, production, and energy asset management. There are excellent career opportunities with private energy companies, government agencies, foundations, and as independent consultants.
Curriculum and Degree Requirements
Curriculum and degree requirements can be downloaded here.
Wyoming is a Leader in Fossil Fuels Production
Historically, and to this day, Wyoming has been a leader in the U.S. production of fossil fuels. Until the mid-1990's, oil and gas production were almost exclusively from conventional reservoirs, developed with vertical wells and produced through typical primary, secondary, and tertiary recovery stages. Many of these mature fields still produce today and remain economically productive due to improved recovery technologies. However, significant new world-class reserves - first natural gas and then oil - have been discovered in and produced from unconventional reservoirs that only flow when stimulated by hydraulic fracturing in long-reach horizontal wells. As a result, the discipline traditionally referred to as reservoir engineering has evolved into reservoir manufacturing, and field development has become significantly more complex. Similar technological advances also have transformed the production of coal and uranium.
Looking forward, these new technologies for economic energy production hold significant promise of additional reserves for Wyoming, the U.S. and globally. Changes catalyzed by these new technologies also require a highly skilled workforce with advanced training even during a time of accelerating retirement in the energy sector by baby boomers. The Fossil Fuels program was designed to address this demand and graduates will be positioned for long-term success in conventional and unconventional fossil fuel exploration and production.
Why chose the University of Wyoming's Fossil Fuels program?
- Wyoming is a center of U.S. energy production and a perfect location to obtain hands-on energy development experience.
- Gain comparative advantage specifically in Western region energy issues.
- Integrate classroom learning with multiple opportunities for practical field application. Our program constantly connects students with practicing professionals and provides internship, field trip, study abroad, undergraduate research, and capstone experiences.
- Dedicated advising, mentoring and career placement.
- Low student-teacher ratios and committed faculty experts.
- Many scholarships, fellowships, and financial aid options.
- State-of-the-art Energy Innovation Center and energy facilities.
- In addition to excellent workforce training, the fossil fuels program also prepares students for law school, MBA programs, and graduate school.
- Opportunities for concurrent minors in Geology, Geographic Information Systems, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management, Business and others.