Energy & Earth Resources Graduate Program

Educating Leaders in Energy, Minerals, Water & the Environment

The EER Course of Study

Course Requirements

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.

Core Courses

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:

  1. understand Earth and its controls on resource distribution
  2. gather and analyze large data sets and derive useful information
  3. make energy / earth resource decisions in the context of commercial viability
  4. make energy / earth resource decisions in the context of risk and uncertainty

The courses that address these requirements are:

  1. Geology of Earth Resources (GEO 386R/EER 396), Dr. J. Richard Kyle
  2. Data Informatics (EER 396), Dr. Suzanne Pierce or Statistical Analysis and Learning (EER396), Dr. Varun Rai
  3. Energy Finance (EER396), Dr. John C. Butler
  4. Decision Analysis I or II (ORI390), Dr. Eric Bickel


  • Resource Economics and Finance
  • Policy/Law
  • 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

Policy/Law Track

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.

Thesis Sequence

Second Semester:

  • 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.

Third semester:

  • Thesis A: Gather and analyze data.

Fourth semester:

  • 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:

EER Core Curriculum