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Energy Resource Management and Development – Professional Land Management Concentration – Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Professional Land Management concentration educates landmen. These are the diverse individuals who help sort through the complicated laws and interests necessary to produce America’s energy.

The University of Wyoming is one of only 12 schools in the country nationally accredited by the American Association of Professional Landmen. We are also located in resource-rich Wyoming, the nation’s second highest energy producer. Your courses reflect the importance of balancing Wyoming’s potential for energy production and land rights with the jaw-dropping natural beauty of the state.

What is Professional Land Management? What is a Landman?

A landman is part researcher, part negotiator and part businessperson who works with energy companies to secure access to energy resources ranging from gas to wind. This can involve delving into surface and subsurface rights, negotiating leases and purchase agreements with landowners and ensuring compliance with environmental regulations. 

This is a multi-disciplinary degree program that exposes students to classes in law, business, land management and energy, geographic information systems and communications. And it allows you to develop long-term relationships with people and communities where you can make a profound difference in their economic health.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


  • Professional Land Management (Landman)
  • Energy Land and Water

Resident Tuition: $145/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $603/credit hour

Energy Resource Management and Development – Professional Land Management Concentration – Degree Program Highlights

Through UW’s dynamic professional land management program, you will balance time in the classroom with experience in the field, learning to think for yourself, developing the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive as a professional landman.

Here are some reasons to choose UW for your landman training:

Accreditation. We are among only a dozen schools that are nationally accredited by the American Association of Professional Landmen (APPL). As a student you will join the AAPL, the Wyoming Association of Professional Landmen and the Wyoming Student Chapter of Professional Land Managers to begin building your professional network and engage with the profession.

Internships. You will have the chance to build your resume by taking part in internships with regional energy companies. These are some companies that hire UW landmen students for internships:

  • Anadarko Petroleum
  • Carbon Creek Energy
  • Encana
  • Hoover and Stacy
  • Kearns and West
  • Peabody Energy

 Scholarships. The School of Energy Resources offers a number of scholarships specifically for students interested in professional land management. Learn more here.

What Can You Do With an Energy Resource Management and Development – Professional Land Management Concentration – Bachelor’s Degree?

Your landman concentration at the University of Wyoming prepares you to sit for the Registered Landman (RL) exam. This certification enhances your employability and salary potential.

When you graduate, you will be eligible for immediate employment or can pursue graduate study in an MBA program or law.

Landmen Careers

With your background in professional land management you can qualify for positions such as:

  • Auditor
  • Contract Landman
  • Division Order Analyst
  • Independent Landman
  • Land Representative
  • Lease Buyer
  • Mediator
  • Mineral Landman
  • Realty Specialist
  • Right-of-Way Agent
  • Surface Land Negotiator
  • Surface Landman

Here are just a companies where University of Wyoming professional land management alumni are working:

  • Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • Basin Oil and Gas
  • BP Lower 48
  • General Services Administration
  • Hoover and Stacy
  • Kearns and West
  • Lonetree Energy and Associates
  • McDonald Land Services
  • NorthStar Energy
  • Pacer Energy
  • Peabody Energy
  • Royal Dutch Shell
  • Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments
  • Wyoming Department of Transportation

Amazing Stories from Professional Land Management Majors

“The internship threw me into the middle of a project and gave me the opportunity to network, work with a variety of professionals and get a lot of perspectives on different approaches to developing the economy, to business as a whole, to energy and to resolving some of the issues and challenges we face with it. I was able to apply my knowledge from school into a real-life situation and then learn from that. I think it was a big résumé booster, too.”

The recipient of the American Association of Professional Landmen Outstanding Graduate Award for 2018, Sam Mallory, B.S. ’18, completed a GIS mapping internship with the Wyoming Business Council working for Gov. Matt Mead’s ENDOW (Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming) initiative, which his professors helped him get. He is currently working as a land representative for Shell. Watch a video about Mallory here.


Examples of Professional Land Management Degree Program Courses

These are just some of the classes you take as a “landman” major at the University of Wyoming:

  • Introduction to Land Management
  • Energy Field Studies
  • Petroleum Exploration and Production
  • Property I and II
  • Law of Contracts
  • Federal Public Land Law
  • Oil and Gas Law

View the full Bachelor of Science in Energy Resource Management and Development – Professional Land Management Concentration –  degree program curriculum.

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