Course Requirements

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.

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 is offered during fall semesters only.


Upon registering for the first semester of coursework, each student will select an area of concentration as defined by the following modules. Students will 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.

Current modules:

  • Business, Finance, and Management
  • Policy and Law
  • Resource Economics and Econometrics
  • Resource Science and Engineering

Module Courses

This is a sample list. Because course offerings change and 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.

Business, Finance, Management

  • EER 396/PGE 383 International Petroleum Concessions
  • FIN 397 Financial Risk Management
  • FIN 394 Financial Management
  • FIN 394 Advanced Corporate Finance
  • 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
  • PA 682 Cross-Border Water Management
  • EER 396 Current Issues in International Energy and Environmental Policy
  • EER 396 Energy Technology and Policy

Resource Economics and Econometrics

  • ECO 384N Environmental Economics
  • ECO 392 Resource Systems Modeling or Math Programming
  • 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
  • GEO 386E Economic Geology
  • GEO 382 Physical Hydrology
  • CE 390L Environmental Analysis
  • PGE 388 Advanced Reservoir Engineering
  • EE 394 Power Systems Engineering


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 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.

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 field of interest to allow investigation of potential research 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.