Marietta's Land & Energy Management major is distinctive among small liberal arts colleges and large state universities alike. Industry expansion in two geographic regions (Wyoming/North Dakota and Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia) makes this an attractive major for students wishing to remain in the area or take their talents elsewhere. The major readies students to enter professions involved in land and mineral rights acquisition for fossil fuel and renewable energy resource development. Complementary minors to this major include Energy Systems Studies and Energy Systems Engineering.

Our curriculum is accredited by the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), the premier organization that represents and certifies landmen and land-related professionals. AAPL accreditation enables successful graduates to earn three ‘credit years’ toward the five-year work experience necessary to sit for the Registered Professional Landman certification exam. Furthermore, AAPL accreditation allows our students to be eligible for scholarships made available to accredited programs.

The major's curriculum builds on the strength of a rigorous business core, then includes disciplines such as geology, environmental science, communications and writing, and mathematics and computing to create a balanced program designed to meet the field's diverse needs. The capstone experience, an internship, integrates academic studies with needed practical skills and competencies. A student landmen's association provides network opportunities with area professionals.

A degree in Land & Energy Management prepares graduates for careers with organizations such as:

• Oil & gas exploration and extraction companies
• State and federal government agencies (e.g. Department of Energy)
• Utility company development and conservation programs
• Financial institutions
• Law firms
• Consulting engineering firms
• Land services firms
• Solar energy power purchase agreement enterprises