The Energy Business and Finance major combines training in business, economics, finance, and the physical sciences with a core of classes focusing on the energy and related industries. The major helps students prepare for careers in the energy and resource industries, as well as financial institutions, non-profit groups, and international organizations dealing with energy and environmental issues.
The Energy Engineering major prepares students to be successful leaders in advancing the technology and management of energy; innovators and entrepreneurs in the energy sector; and educators, practicing engineers, and national leaders in the energy and associated environmental health and safety, policy and economic fields. The major focuses on the fundamental engineering principles of material and energy balances, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer operations, and physical and chemical processing as applied to energy industries. In addition to these engineering principles, students enroll in required courses in renewable/sustainable energy principles.
The Environmental Systems Engineering major offers two tracts of study. The ENVSE option focuses primarily on the impact of industrial activities on the environment and the choice of cost-effective remediation strategies. The ENVHS option is concerned with the safe and healthful design of industrial systems so that workers are protected from the potentially high risk exposures associated with today's industries.
The Mining Engineering major prepares students to perform in the various steps of mineral extraction, including exploration, evaluation, development, recovery, and processing. The major integrates the fundamentals of mathematics, earth, and engineering sciences into traditional mining engineering topics. Design projects, culminating in the capstone design project, are required throughout the curriculum.
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering major provides an up-to-date understanding of all phases of the petroleum and natural gas industry built on a strong foundation of basic science and engineering theory and practice. The major is arranged in two parallel sequences: the first emphasizing reservoir engineering, and the second focusing on drilling and production. The program culminates in a course on the economic realities of engineering design and the implication of decision making.
The Online Bachelor of Arts Degree in Energy and Sustainability Policy offers a fully online degree program delivered by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' Dutton e-Education Institute in cooperation with the University’s World Campus. The curriculum emphasizes five competency areas, which include energy industry knowledge, sustainability ethics, global perspective, analytic skills, and communication skills. All aspects of the program are carefully designed for on-line learners who require flexibility and are often managing full lives with career and family.