LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The University of Wyoming is offering a new undergraduate program in professional land management.
UW's program is one of just seven in North America accredited by the American Association of Professional Landmen.
Don Roth of the UW School of Energy Resources says graduates of the program will be nationally certified professional landmen, prepared for long-term competitive success in the oil, gas and mining industries.
Roth says there's a tremendous demand for landmen, particularly in the West.
Landmen determine land ownership and availability for mineral leasing; negotiate agreements with landowners for drilling and production rights; draft and administer contracts with the assistance of corporate counsel; coordinate workflow with geologists and engineers; and ensure compliance with government regulations.