The EER Course of Study
The EER program has offered the Master of Science in Energy and Earth Resources since December 2013 to eligible candidates.
The Master of Arts in Energy and Earth Resources (EER) and the Master of Science in Energy and Earth Resources (EER) requires 30 hours of graduate course credit of which 6 hours are thesis. Three hours of upper division undergraduate course work may be counted toward the 24 hour course requirement with the approval of the Graduate Advisor.
Students entering the program without a geology course that includes the origin and distribution of energy, mineral, and water resources will be required to take a geology course, GEO 386R/EER 396 Geology of Earth Resources. This course should be taken during the first semester of the program.
Effective for the incoming class in the fall of 2018, four core courses will be required of every EER graduate. These build generic foundation knowledge and skills. Our belief is that every EER student, regardless of concentration, needs to be able to:
- understand Earth and its controls on resource distribution
- gather and analyze large data sets and derive useful information
- make energy / earth resource decisions in the context of commercial viability
- make energy / earth resource decisions in the context of risk and uncertainty
The courses that address these requirements are:
- Geology of Earth Resources (GEO 386R/EER 396), Dr. J. Richard Kyle
- Data Informatics (EER 396), Dr. Suzanne Pierce or Statistical Analysis and Learning (EER396), Dr. Varun Rai
- Energy Finance (EER396), Dr. John C. Butler
- Decision Analysis I or II (ORI390), Dr. Eric Bickel
- Resource Economics and Finance
- Technology (Resource Science and Engineering)
Following is a highly abbreviated sample list of some of the courses for each concentration. Because course offerings change and vary from semester to semester, a current list of approved courses is issued by the Graduate Advisor prior to the registration period for the upcoming semester. Students may request approval for relevant courses not on the current semester list.
Resource Economics and Finance Track
ACC 380 Petroleum Accounting
FIN 394 Energy Finance Practicum
FIN 397 Valuation
MAN 385 Global Management
ME 350 Engineering Management
ECO 395 Environmental/Natural Resource Economics
PA 393 Advanced Policy Economics
EER 396 Energy Technology and Policy
EER 396 Regulating Energy Markets
CRP 383 Environmental Impact Assessment
PA 682AB Policy Research Project (year-long course)
LAW 390 Oil and Gas Law
LAW 379 Water Law
Technology (Resource Science and Engineering) Track
CE 397 Renewable Energy/Environmental Sustainability
CE 397 Urban Systems Engineering
EE 394 Power Systems Engineering
EER 396 Groundwater Resource Evaluation
GEO 382 Physical Hydrology
GEO 380 Sequence Stratigraphy
PGE 387 Enhanced Oil Recovery
PGE 388 Advanced Reservoir Engineering
Students will be required to take at least one course in each track and at least two (preferably three) courses in a single track to develop a concentration. The thesis (see below) is designed to supplement the coursework in the concentration.
Each EER student is required to take Thesis A and Thesis B to provide 6 credit hours of thesis. Thesis A must be taken before Thesis B and is normally taken in the third full semester in the EER program.
Before approval is given by the Graduate Advisor to take Thesis A, the student must have identified his/her thesis supervisor and have reported this to the Graduate Advisor or Graduate Coordinator at a specified date before the end of the second semester of the program. Potential thesis supervisors include members of the EER Graduate Studies Committee listed under EER faculty. Other appropriate members of the university research community may serve as readers or co-supervisors of EER thesis research with an EER GSC member.
- Prepare research / thesis proposal and identify supervisor and committee before the end of the first week of April of the second semester. Must be approved by Graduate Adviser.
- Thesis A: Gather and analyze data.
- Thesis B: Synthesize results, draw conclusions and write the thesis. Submit for Committee review no later than April 1.
Students can begin thesis work earlier than the third semester if they have selected a supervisor, topic, and readers.
Summary of the Course of Study (effective fall, 2018)
The following graphic (click to enlarge) describes the EER course of study, effective for the incoming class in the fall of 2018: