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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State World Campus

Energy and Sustainability Policy

University Park, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences offered via the World Campus

VERA COLE, Program Officer

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Energy and Sustainability Policy (ESP) is an interdisciplinary program, preparing students for careers in the evolving policy sector of the energy and sustainability fields. ESP will help students achieve five broad educational objectives: (1) energy industry knowledge; (2) a sustainability ethic; (3) analytical skills; (4) communication skills; and (5) global perspective. Graduates will be prepared to act as agents for stakeholders, facilitating communication, design, and planning between the executive wing and operations wing of organizations, including commercial firms, NGOs, and governmental bodies. The BA in ESP is designed for students having completed two years of a bachelor's degree or an associate's degree. The online program serves a national market of adult learners who need to participate part-time and at a distance.

For the B.A. degree in Energy and Sustainability Policy a minimum of 121 credits is required.

Scheduling recommendation by semester standing given as (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(30 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR). (See description of General Education in this bulletin)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR: 1 credit
Undergraduate programs delivered through the World Campus are exempt from the FYS requirement. However, the B.A. in ESP program will require a comparable 1-credit Program Orientation course (EM SC 302) that introduces students to program objectives and advising resources.

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES: (Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selections or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR.)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM: (Included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR.)

BACHELOR OF ARTS REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 0-9

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 82 credits
(This includes 30 credits of General Education Courses: 9 credits of GN courses, 9 credits of GWS courses, 6 credits of GQ courses, and 6 credits of GS courses.

PRESCRIBED COURSES: 76 credits
CAS 100 GWS(3), CHEM 101 GN(3)[1], ECON 102 GS(3), ENGL 015 GWS(3), PL SC 001 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
ACCTG 211(4), ECON 104 GS(3), ENGL 202D GWS(3), MATH 110 GQ(4)[1], STAT 200 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
E B F 200 GS(3)[1], EGEE 102 GN(3)[1], EM SC 302(1), GEOG 030 GS;IL(3)[1] (Sem: 5)
EGEE 120 GS;IL;US(3), METEO 469(3)[1], EME 444(3)[1], GEOG 469(3)[1] (Sem: 6)
B A 250(3), EGEE 401(3), GEOG 432(3)[1], PL SC 490(3)[1] (Sem: 7)
EME 466(3)[1], ENGR 312(3)[1], GEOG 438W(3) (Sem: 8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES: 6 credits
METEO 003 GN(3) or METEO 101 GN(3) (Sem: 5)
EGEE 299 IL(3) or EGEE 495(3) ( Sem: 8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2010

Blue Sheet Item #: 38-05-029

Review Date: 02/23/2010