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Energy and Sustainability Policy

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

The Bachelor of Science 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, especially where strong science, business, and analytical skills are required. The B.S. program prescribes coursework in areas including energy sources, uses, and technologies; sustainability principles and practices; climate change; and, policy development and analysis. Students select additional courses in energy and science; analysis and technology; business and management; and, ethics, leadership and communications. ESP B.S. educational objectives emphasize five areas of student competency: (1) energy industry knowledge; (2) a sustainability ethic; (3) analytical skills; (4) communication skills; and (5) global perspective. The ESP B.S. program prepares students with knowledge and skills valued by many types of organizations, including commercial firms, government agencies, public utilities, regulatory bodies, nonprofit and advocacy groups, and energy and trade organizations.

For the B.S. degree in Energy and Sustainability Policy a minimum of 120 credits is required.

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

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

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR: 1 credit
Undergraduate programs delievered through the World Campus are exempt from the FYS requirement. However, the B.S. in ESP program requires a comparable 1-credit Program Orientation course (EMSC 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.)

ELECTIVES: 11

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 89 credits
(This includes 25 credits of General Education Courses: 6 credits of GN courses, 9 credits of GWS courses, 4 credits of GQ courses, and 6 credits of GS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (62 credits)
CAS 100 GWS(3), EBF 200 GS(3)[1], ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), EGEE 102 GN(3)[1], EGEE 120 GS;US;IL(3), EGEE 401(3), EMSC 240(3), EMSC 302(1)[1] (Sem: 1)
METEO 469(3)[1], PLSC 1 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
STAT 200 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
ENGL 015 GWS(3), ENGL 202D GWS(3), GEOG 30 GS;IL(3)[1] (Sem: 5)
GEOG 469(3)[1] (Sem: 6)
PLSC 490(3)[1] (Sem: 7)
EME 444(3)[1], EME 466(3)[1] (Sem: 8)
GEOG/EME 432(3)[1], GEOG 438(3)[1] (Sem: 8)

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

SUPPORTING COURSE AND RELATED AREAS (21 credits)
Select 6 credits in ENERGY AND SCIENCE from an approved list or in consultation with adviser.
Select 6 credits in ANALYSIS AND TECHNOLOGY from an approved list or in consultation with adviser.
Select 6 credits in BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT from an approved list or in consultation with adviser.
Select 3 credits in ETHICS, LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNICATION from an approved list or in consultation with adviser.

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

Blue Sheet Iten #: 44-06-034

Review Date: 4/5/2016

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