The Subsurface (Energy) Geoscience program is geared for students who would like to become proficient in applying geological knowledge and geophysical methods to find and develop reserves of oil and natural gas, acquire skills needed in the energy transition and/or hone their skills in manipulating and managing energy-related data.
The core requirements for the degree are strong technical courses, management and policy courses, with communication skills training, and include an industrial internship or work experience. Students select a group of elective courses from a focus area (see below), or from a variety of other courses related to their interest.
- The Energy Data Management focus area prepares students to understand exploration and production as a data-driven business, to become data enabled geoscientists to match demands in the energy industry.
- The Geology focus area prepares students with strong skills in using seismic and other geophysical methods along with geological principles to find oil and natural gas, including topics addressing the ongoing energy industry transition
- The Geophysics focus area prepares students to become technical experts in aspects of seismology, including topics addressing the ongoing energy industry transition.
- The Energy Transition and Sustainability area is being developed at this time. It will prepare students to get the skill set needed to be successful in the changing energy industry. (2022)