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Professional Land Management Skills

Certificate

Degree Type

Certificate

Department

School of Business

The landscape of the energy industry is ever evolving. Skilled land professionals are in high demand as jobs within the energy sector are projected to increase for the foreseeable future, in both the traditional and renewable energy sectors. This 15-credit certificate will enhance your business degree and equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the energy industry.

Program Overview

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Gain a well-rounded understanding of land management.

The Professional Land Management Skills Certificate will help you develop in-depth comprehension and a core set of technical skills in professional land management. The Professional Land Management Skills Certificate complements any course of study at Western and is particularly valuable for students seeking employment in resource production, energy development, utilities, mining, infrastructure, construction, land management, conservation, reclamation, or similar fields.

Students who complete the Professional Land Management Skills Certificate will develop a core set of professional competencies including a basic understanding of contract and real property law, the skills needed to negotiate and draft effective and sustainable contracts, the ability to read and write legal property descriptions and more.

Sustainable solutions

This certificate will help you understand land and energy management from both a traditional and sustainable viewpoint.

Program Requirements

At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

A minimum of 15 credits is required.

Course List
Code Title Credits
Required Core for the Professional Land Management Certificate
BUAD 320Property and Contracts3
GEOG 340INTRO GEOGRAPHIC INFO SYSTEMS3
Select nine credits of the following:9
BUAD 240
Strategic Negotiations
BUAD 420
Energy Law and Regulation
BUAD 421
Energy Contracts
BUAD 492
Independent Study
BUAD 499
Internship in Business Administration
ENVS 260
Introduction to Public Lands Management
GEOG 222
Our Digital Earth
GEOG 375
Web GIS
Total Credits15

Careers


Top Skills

  • Data Analytics
  • Energy Efficiency Optimization
  • Energy Policy Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Renewable Energy Integration
  • Sustainability Assessment



Career Pathways

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Land Acquisition Manager
  • Land Appraiser
  • Land Development Project Manager
  • Resource Manager
  • Renewable Energy Developer

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Fostering your intellectual development is the primary focus of every academic program at Western. Our professors and Office of Career Services will help you identify your strengths, hone your skills, define your goals, and prepare for a fulfilling and enriched life after graduation. Wondering how you can apply your program of choice to your intellectual and personal journey? Check out our “What Can I Do With This Major?” tool to explore the diverse opportunities and pathways within any degree program.

Scholarships

Western’s Scholarship Application portal allows you to search for, apply to and manage your scholarship opportunities. This platform houses over 300+ departmental and privately funded scholarship opportunities available to both new and returning students. Through the scholarship portal, students may identify scholarship opportunities based on academic program, campus involvement, academic standing, specific keywords and more. Students may click below to begin learning about what scholarship opportunities are available to them.

Please check individual scholarship opportunity start dates and deadlines as there are exceptions.

Find your scholarships!

Western’s Scholarship Application portal allows you to search for, apply to and manage your scholarship opportunities. This platform houses over 300+ departmental and privately funded scholarship opportunities available to both new and returning students. Through the scholarship portal, students may identify scholarship opportunities based on academic program, campus involvement, academic standing, specific keywords and more. Students may click below to begin learning about what scholarship opportunities are available to them.

Please check individual scholarship opportunity start dates and deadlines as there are exceptions.

Find your scholarships!

Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 30 for 2024. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Council, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.

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Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming first-year student or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found below. Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.

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Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

Western Professional Land & Resource Management Students tour WPX Energy operations near Parachute.

Make your time at Western a transformative experience.

  • Program Specific Career Fairs: Throughout the academic year, companies in the Energy Industry are brought to campus to interview and network with students.
  • Networking Events: students get the opportunity to participate in program funded trips to Houston and Denver to interact with industry professionals.
  • Internships: Students have found internships with more than 50 companies across the United States with hourly wages averaging $25 or more

Applied experience

With opportunities for field experiences, this certificate program provides hands-on learning to ensure classroom concepts are understood on a deeper level.

Department Information

School of Business

Associate Dean

Paula Mann, CPA

Associate Dean of the School of Business, Assistant Professor of Accounting

Contact Information

970.943.2231

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Borick Business Building 223
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231

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