Introduction

Beginning December 2013, the Master of Science in Energy and Earth Resources (EER) will be granted 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.

Required Core Course

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 GEO 386R/EER 396 Geology of Earth Resources. All EER students will take the core course, GEO 386R/EER 396 Geology of Earth Resources, except as noted or with the approval of the Graduate Advisor for exceptions based on previous work or course experience.

Suggested substitute for students with undergraduate geosciences degree wishing to take advanced geology coursework: GEO 383 Reservoir Geology.

Recommended Courses

  • P A 188S Energy Symposium (3 semesters – 3 credit hours)
  • EER 396 Energy Technology and Policy

Modules

Upon registering for the first semester of coursework, each student may select an area of concentration as defined by the following modules. Students may take 9 hours within the chosen module and 6 hours of elective coursework chosen from other module course lists or from within the module he/she has chosen to focus on. Elective courses outside those in the overall module list can be taken with the permission of the student’s thesis supervisor or the EER Graduate Advisor. Prior to registration for the upcoming semester the Graduate Advisor will issue a list of courses being offered that are approved as module courses. With the consent of the Graduate Advisor, other areas of concentration can be considered in addition to the modules shown below.

Current modules:

  • Business, Finance, and Management
  • Policy and Law
  • Resource Economics and Econometrics
  • Resource Science and Engineering
  • Combination of courses in Natural Resource Management and Engineering

Module Courses

This is a sample list. Because course offerings and titles  vary from semester to semester, a current list of approved module 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. Some of the courses may be cross-listed with multiple departments.

Business, Finance, Management

  • EER 396/PGE 383 International Petroleum Concessions
  • FIN 394 Financial Management
  • FIN 394 Global Finance
  • CE 385D Water Resources Planning and Management

Policy and Law

  • LEB 380 Energy Law
  • LAW 390 Oil and Gas Law
  • LAW 279M International Petroleum Transactions
  • LAW 241 Environmental Law

Resource Economics and Econometrics

  • ECO 359M* Environment and Natural Resource Economics
  • ECO 384N Environmental Economics
  • ECO 341* or 350* Econometrics (upper division undergraduate course)
  • ECO 392M Probability and Statistics (prereq. for Econometrics I)
  • ECO 392M Econometrics I

Resource Science and Engineering

  • GEO 383R Reservoir Geology and Advanced Recovery
  • CE 390L Environmental Analysis
  • PGE 388 Advanced Reservoir Engineering
  • EE 394 Power Systems Engineering

Thesis

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 will be 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. Potential thesis supervisors include members of the EER Graduate Studies Commitee (GSC) listed under EER Faculty. Other appropriate members of the university research community may serve as a co-supervisor of EER thesis research with an EER GSC member. The work carried out in Thesis A should either be research in preparation for finalizing a thesis topic or work on the thesis itself. Thesis B may not be taken until a student has identified the thesis topic and two readers for the thesis.

The usual sequence for an EER thesis is as follows. Students can begin thesis work earlier than the third semester if they have selected a supervisor, topic, and readers.

Thesis Sequence
First Semester: Taking coursework in fields of interest to allow investigation of potential thesis topics.
Second Semester: Identify general or specific thesis topic and thesis supervisor. Have thesis supervisor approved by EER Graduate Advisor.
Third Semester: Thesis A: research on general material in area of interest to determine thesis topic or on specific thesis topic if it was identified in second semester (recommended). Identify and gain Graduate Advisor approval of thesis readers.
Fourth Semester: Thesis B: complete thesis.

 

Differences between Master of Arts vs. Master of Science

The Master of Arts degree in Energy and Earth Resources (EER) is intended for those that seek to build critical knowledge and skills with qualitative underpinnings for their graduate work and who desire to take courses and conduct a thesis project along the lines of the types carried out in policy, law, business, humanities, liberal arts, and some technical fields.

Admission Requirements Specific to the M.A. Degree

Bachelor of Arts or Science or subsequent graduate degree that included successful completion of a course in or advance credit for economics or calculus. The Graduate Advisor will determine the eligibility of international students whose previous degrees and course requirements do not conform directly with the U.S. model.

Students who enter the EER program seeking the Master of Arts degree and decide they would prefer to seek the Master of Science degree, but do not meet these admission requirements for that degree, may petition the Graduate Advisor to complete them as additional credit hours. These credit hours may not count towards the Master of Science Degree. Students who enter as Master of Science degree candidates may switch to the Master of Arts degree during the course of their studies with permission of the Graduate Advisor.

Program Requirements

24 hours of graduate-level coursework, three of which may be at the upper level undergraduate level if approved by the Graduate Advisor. No more than three of these 24 hours may be for credit/no credit. Of the 24 hours:

Three will be for Geology of Earth Resources unless the student has had
course work in the geological sciences that included the origin of energy,
mineral, and water resources

The remainder may be chosen from business, law, policy, science, engineering, liberal arts and other fields from a list of approved courses provided each semester.

Six hours of thesis credit. The thesis topic for the M.A. degree must be research-based and involve the analysis of information collected as part of the thesis research process.
The thesis supervisor must be a member of the EER Graduate Studies Committee.

 

The Master of Science degree in Energy and Earth Resources (EER) is intended for those that seek a quantitative underpinning for their graduate work and who desire to conduct a thesis project that is research based along the lines of those prepared in science and engineering. It is the preferred degree with some employers in the energy, mineral, and water resources fields.

Admission Requirements Specific to the M.S. Degree

Bachelor of Science degree or Bachelor of Arts or subsequent graduate degree that included successful completion of a course in or advance credit for calculus and at least 24 hours of credit in science, engineering, economics, mathematics, computer science or statistics. The Graduate Advisor will determine the eligibility of international students whose previous degrees and course requirements do not conform directly with the U.S. model.

Students who enter the EER program seeking the Master of Arts degree and decide they would prefer to seek the Master of Science degree, but do not meet these admission requirements, may petition the Graduate Advisor to complete them as additional credit hours. These credit hours may not count towards the Master of Science Degree. Students who enter as Master of Science degree candidates may switch to the Master of Arts degree during the course of their studies with permission of the Graduate Advisor.

Program Requirements

24 hours of graduate-level coursework, three of which may be at the upper level undergraduate level if approved by the Graduate Advisor. No more than three of these 24 hours may be for credit/no credit. Of the 24 hours:

Three will be for Geology of Earth Resources unless the student has had
course work in the geological sciences that included the origin of energy,
mineral, and water resources

Nine credit hours from courses of a quantitative or analytical nature. These courses will include quantitative and/or analytical methods and approaches applicable to understanding energy and earth resources and technologies and must be approved by the student’s thesis supervisor and the Graduate Advisor.

Six hours of thesis credit. The thesis topic for the M.S. degree must be research-based and involve the analysis of data and information collected as part of the thesis research process or the application of models to energy and earth resources systems.The thesis supervisor must be a faculty member in an M.S. degree granting department or an EER Graduate Studies Committee member from a research organization conducting research
appropriate for this M.S. degree.