Community, Environment, and Development, B.S.

Program Code: CED_BS

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, a student must:

  1. attain at least a C (2.00) cumulative grade-point average for all courses taken at the University; and
  2. have third-semester classification.

READ SENATE POLICY 37-30: ENTRANCE TO AND CHANGES IN MAJOR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Community, Environment, and Development, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 4-6
Requirements for the Major 90-92

21 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 6 credits of GQ courses, 6 credits of GS courses, 9 credits of GWS.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
CED 275Community, Environment and Development Professional Seminar1
CED 404Community, Environment and Development Research Methods4
CED 417Power, Conflict, and Community Decision Making3
CED 475CED Integrated Capstone Experience3
ECON 104Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CED 152Community Development Concepts and Practice Keystone/General Education Course3
CED 201Introductory Environmental and Resource Economics3
CED 230Development Issues in the Global Context3
CED 309Land Economics and Policy3
CED 327Environment and Society3
STAT 200Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course4
Additional Courses
AGBM 101Economic Principles of Agribusiness Decision Making Keystone/General Education Course3
or ECON 102 Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
GEOG 160Mapping Our Changing World Keystone/General Education Course3
or GEOG 260 Geographic Information in a Changing World: Introduction to GIScience Keystone/General Education Course
RSOC 11Introductory Rural Sociology Keystone/General Education Course3
or SOC 1 Introductory Sociology Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3
American Politics: Principles, Processes and Powers Keystone/General Education Course
Comparing Politics around the Globe Keystone/General Education Course
International Relations Keystone/General Education Course
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CAS 100Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course3
or CAS 138T Rhetoric and Civic Life II Keystone/General Education Course
CMPSC 203Introduction to Spreadsheets and Databases Keystone/General Education Course3-4
or AGBM 106 Agribusiness Problem Solving Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3
Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course
Rhetoric and Civic Life I Keystone/General Education Course
Rhetoric and Civic Life I Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3
Effective Writing: Writing in the Social Sciences Keystone/General Education Course
Effective Writing: Writing in the Humanities Keystone/General Education Course
Effective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course
Effective Writing: Business Writing Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3-4
College Algebra II and Analytic Geometry Keystone/General Education Course
Techniques of Calculus I Keystone/General Education Course
Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course
Requirements for the Option
Select an option30

Requirements for the Option

Community and Economic Development Option (30 credits)
Prescribed Courses
AEE 460Foundations in Leadership Development3
CED 409Land Use Planning and Procedure3
CED 430WPrinciples of Community Economic Development3
SOC 23Population and Policy Issues Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
ERM 411Legal Aspects of Resource Management3
or BLAW 425 Business and Environmental Regulation
Select one of the following:3
Community, Local Knowledge, and Democracy
Exploring Indigenous Ways of Knowing in Great Lakes Region: Lecture Keystone/General Education Course
Community Structure, Processes and Capacity
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 12 credit in specialization12
Environmental Economics and Policy Option (30 credits)
Prescribed Courses
CED 329HIntermediate Environmental & Resource Economics (Honors)3
CED 429Natural Resource Economics3
CED 431WEconomic Analysis of Environmental and Resource Policies3
ECON 302Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
ERM 411Legal Aspects of Resource Management3
or BLAW 425 Business and Environmental Regulation
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 3 credits of Environmental Science from approved department list3
Select 12 credits in specialization12
International Development Option (30 credits)
Prescribed Courses
CED 420WGender and International Development3
CED 425International Community and Economic Development3
CED 445International Development Practice3
Additional Courses
CED 410The Global Seminar3
or SOC 23 Population and Policy Issues Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3
International Development, Renewable Resources, and the Environment
International Economics Keystone/General Education Course
International Political Economy
Globalization and Its Implications
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 3 credits of International related from approved department list3
Select 12 credit in specialization12
Social and Environmental Responsibility Option (30 credits)
Prescribed Courses
CED 360The Corporation and Social Responsibility3
CED 440Labor in the Global Economy3
CED 460WPolicy, Politics and Perspectives on Social & Environmental Responsibility3
CED 462Corporate Social and Environmental Performance3
Additional Courses
AGBM 308WStrategic Decision Making in Agribusiness3
or AGBM 460 Managing the Food System
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 3 credits of biophysical science-based sustainability or environment from approved department list3
Select 12 credits in specialization12

Program Learning Objectives

Students who complete an undergraduate major in Community, Environment & Development will have demonstrated the ability to:

Critical Thinking Skills and Scholarship:

  • Read, interpret and critically analyze a broad range of community, environment and development sources.
  • Use a combination of economic and sociological analytical tools to understand and explain  complex community, environment and development issues.
  • Explain community power structures, politics, social dynamics, diverse value systems, ideologies, cultures, and individual and collective human behavior.
  • Use basic economic concepts of scarcity, choice, supply, and demand to explain typical community, environment and development problems.
  • Describe important community, environment, and development policy issues occurring at community, state, national, and international levels.
  • Explain the connections between households, communities, and regions in a globalizing world.

Research Skills:

  • Think systemically and construct logical arguments in research design and research activities.
  • Use basic qualitative research skills, including interviews, focus groups, and surveys.
  • Use basic quantitative research skills, including descriptive secondary data analysis and bivariate and multivariate statistical analysis.
  • Access, download, analyze and interpret common economic and social secondary data.
  • Use basic mapping analysis skills.

Team and Community Engagement Skills:

  • Work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrate civic skills, such as openness to multiple perspectives, listening and reflection, and the ability to work across differences.
  • Use common community engagement techniques, such as facilitation, meeting management,  SWOT analysis, and brainstorming.

Communication Skills:

  • Demonstrate reflective listening and respect for differences.
  • Discuss ideas confidently and freely in an academic fashion, both with faculty and with other students.
  • Write clear and coherent research papers and essays, appropriate for the audience.
  • Competently and confidently make oral presentations in diverse professional and applied situations.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Charlene Paquette
Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator
201 Armsby Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-0467
clp27@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Community and Economic Development Option: Community, Environment, and Development, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AGBM 101 or ECON 1023ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3
RSOC 11 or SOC 13MATH 22, 110, or 140‡†3-4
AGSC 1001ECON 1043
CED 152*3GEOG 160 or 2603
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 13 15-16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CED 309*3CED 201*3
AGBM 106 or CMPSC 203‡†3-4SOC 233
CED 230*3STAT 2004
CED 2751CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C‡†3
CED 4044General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
 17-18 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D‡†3CED 375, 400N, CEDEV 452, or RSOC 400N3
ERM 411 or BLAW 4253CED 327*3
AEE 4603Specialty Area Course3
PLSC 1, 3, or 143General Education Course3
Specialty Area Course3General Education Course3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15 16.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CED 4753CED 430W3
CED 4173CED 4093
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
Elective3Specialty Area Course3
Specialty Area Course3Elective3-6
 15 13.5-16.5
Total Credits 121-126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising Notes:

  • Only 15 credits of General Education requirements may be applied toward major requirements.
  • Please consult with an academic adviser in the development of your plan as some courses are not taught every semester.
  • Students should complete CED 152 as early in their academic plan as possible.

Environmental Economics and Policy Option: Community, Environment, and Development, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AGBM 101 or ECON 1023ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3
RSOC 11 or SOC 13MATH 110 or 140‡†4
AGSC 1001ECON 1043
CED 152*3GEOG 160 or 2603
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 13 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CED 309*3CED 201*3
AGBM 106 or CMPSC 203‡†3-4STAT 2004
CED 230*3ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D‡†3
CED 2751CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C‡†3
CED 4044General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
 17-18 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PLSC 1, 3, or 143CED 4173
CED 327*3CED 329H3
ECON 3023Specialty Area Course3
Environmental Science Selection3General Education Course3
Specialty Area Course3General Education Course3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15 16.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CED 4753CED 431W3
CED 4293Elective 3-4
ERM 411 or BLAW 4253General Education Course (GHW)1.5
Specialty Area Course3Specialty Area Course3
General Education Course3Elective3-6
 15 13.5-17.5
Total Credits 122-127

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising Notes:

  • Only 15 credits of General Education requirements may be applied toward major requirements.
  • Please consult with an academic adviser in the development of your plan as some courses are not taught every semester.
  • Students should complete CED 152 as early in their academic plan as possible.
  • MATH 110 or MATH 140 is recommended for the EEP option.

International Development Option: Community, Environment, and Development, B.S. at  University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AGBM 101 or ECON 1023ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3
RSOC 11 or SOC 13MATH 22, 110, or 140‡†3-4
AGSC 1001ECON 1043
CED 152*3GEOG 160 or 2603
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 13 15-16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AGBM 106 or CMPSC 203‡†3-4CED 201*3
CED 309*3STAT 2004
CED 230*3ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D‡†3
CED 2751Specialty Area Course3
CED 4044General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
 17-18 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PLSC 1, 3, or 143Specialty Area Course3
CED 327*3CED 410 or SOC 233
CED 4453International Science course3
CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C‡†3General Education Course3
Specialty Area Course3General Education Course3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15 16.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AFR 440, CED 450, ECON 333, IB 440, PLSC 412, or PLSC 4403CED 420W3
CED 4753CED 4253
CED 4173Elective 3-5
Specialty Area Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course3Specialty Area Course3
 15 13.5-15.5
Total Credits 121-125

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising Notes:

  • Only 15 credits of General Education requirements may be applied toward major requirements.
  • Please consult with an academic adviser in the development of your plan as some courses are not taught every semester.
  • Students should complete CED 152 as early in their academic plan as possible.

Social and Environmental Responsibility Option: Community, Environment, and Development, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CED 152*3CED 230*3
ENGL 15 or 30H‡†3ECON 1043
RSOC 11 or SOC 13GEOG 160 or 2603
AGBM 101 or ECON 1023MATH 22, 110, or 140‡†3-4
CED 275 (Fall Only)1General Education Requirement (GN, GA, GH)3
AGSC 1001 
 14 15-16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CED 309*3CED 201*3
General Education Requirement (GN, GA, GH)3CED 327*3
STAT 200‡†4CED 4044
CAS 100A, 100B, or 100C‡†3AGBM 106 or CMPSC 2033-4
General Education Requirement (GN, GA, GH)3General Education Requirement (GN, GA, GH)3
 16 16-17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AGBM 308W or 4603CED 4173
CED 360 (Fall Only)3Biophysical Science-based Sustainability or Environment-related course3
PLSC 1, 3, or 143CED 440 (Spring Only)3
General Education Requirement (GN, GA, GH)3General Education Requirement (GN, GA, GH)3
ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D‡†3Specialization Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CED 462 (Fall Only)3CED 460W (Spring Only)3
CED 475 (Senior Capstone)3Specialization Course3
Specialization Course3Specialization Course3
General Education - Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5General Education - Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
General Education Requirement (GN, GA, GH)3Elective3-6
 13.5 13.5-16.5
Total Credits 118-123

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising Notes:

  • 22-23 credits of General Education requirements may be applied toward major requirements.
  • Students should take CED 152 as early in their academic plan as possible.
  • Please consult with an academic adviser in the development of your plan as some courses are not taught every semester.

Community and Economic Development Option: Community, Environment, and Development, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 22, 110, or 140‡†3-4ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3
AGBM 101 or ECON 1023ECON 1043
RSOC 11 or SOC 13STAT 2004
First Year Seminar1-3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 13-16 14.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AGBM 106 or CMPSC 203‡†3-4ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D‡†3
PLSC 1, 3, or 143SOC 233
CAS 100‡†3GEOG 160 or 2603
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 15-16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CED 152*3CED 201*3
CED 230*3CED 327*3
CED 2751Specialty Area Course3
ERM 411 or BLAW 4253Elective3
Specialty Area Course3General Education Course3
Elective3 
 16 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AEE 4603CED 375, 400N, CEDEV 452, or RSOC 400N3
CED 309*3CED 4093
CED 4044CED 430W3
CED 4173Specialty Area Course3
CED 4753Elective3
Specialty Area Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 19 16.5
Total Credits 124-128

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

  • Only 15 credits of General Education requirements may be applied toward major requirements.
  • Please consult with an academic adviser in the development of your plan as some courses are not taught every semester.
  • Students should complete CED 152 as early in their academic plan as possible.

Environmental Economics and Policy Option: Community, Environment, and Development, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 110 or 140‡†4ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3
AGBM 101 or ECON 1023ECON 1043
RSOC 11 or SOC 13STAT 2004
First Year Seminar1-3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 14-16 14.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AGBM 106 or CMPSC 203‡†3-4ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D‡†3
PLSC 1, 3, or 143GEOG 160 or 2603
CAS 100‡†3Environmental Science Selection 3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 15-16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CED 152*3CED 201*3
CED 230*3CED 327*3
CED 2751Specialty Area Course3
ECON 3023Elective3
CED 4044General Education Course3
Specialty Area Course3 
 17 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CED 309*3CED 329H3
CED 4293CED 4173
ERM 411 or BLAW 4253CED 431W3
Elective3Specialty Area Course3
CED 4753Elective3
Specialty Area Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 18 16.5
Total Credits 125-128

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

  • Only 15 credits of General Education requirements may be applied toward major requirements.
  • Please consult with an academic adviser in the development of your plan as some courses are not taught every semester.
  • Students should complete CED 152 as early in their academic plan as possible.
  • MATH 110 or MATH 140 is recommended for the EEP option.

International Development Option: Community, Environment, and Development, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 22, 110, or 140‡†3-4ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3
AGBM 101 or ECON 1023ECON 1043
RSOC 11 or SOC 13STAT 2004
First Year Seminar1-3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 13-16 14.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AGBM 106 or CMPSC 203‡†3-4ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D‡†3
PLSC 1, 3, or 143GEOG 160 or 2603
CAS 100‡†3Specialty Area Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 15-16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CED 152*3CED 201*3
CED 230*3CED 309*3
CED 2751CED 327*3
CED 4044CED 420W3
Specialty Area Course3General Education Course3
Elective3 
 17 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AFR 440, CED 450, ECON 333, IB 440, PLSC 412, or PLSC 4403CED 410 or SOC 233
CED 4453CED 4253
CED 4753CED 4173
International Science course3Specialty Area Course3
Specialty Area Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 General Education Course3
 15 16.5
Total Credits 121-125

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

  • Only 15 credits of General Education requirements may be applied toward major requirements.
  • Please consult with an academic adviser in the development of your plan as some courses are not taught every semester.
  • Students should complete CED 152 as early in their academic plan as possible.

Social and Environmental Responsibility Option: Community, Environment, and Development, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
General Education Requirement (GN, GA, GH)3General Education Course - Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
RSOC 11 or SOC 13PLSC 1, 3, or 143
AGBM 101 or ECON 1023ECON 1043
ENGL 15 or 30H‡†3MATH 22, 110, or 140‡†3-4
First-Year Seminar1-3General Education Requirement (GN, GA, GH)3
 CAS 100‡†3
 13-15 16.5-17.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
General Education Course - Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D‡†3
GEOG 160 or 2603STAT 200‡†4
General Education Requirement (GN, GA, GH)3General Education Requirement (GN, GA, GH) 3
AGBM 106 or CMPSC 2033-4Specialization Course3
General Education Requirement (GN, GA, GH)3General Education Requirement (GN, GA, GH) 3
 13.5-14.5 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CED 152*3CED 201*3
CED 230*3CED 327*3
CED 275 (Fall Only)1Specialization Course3
Specialization Course3CED 4044
Biophysical Science-based Sustainability or Environment-related course3General Education Requirement (GN, GA, GH) 3
Elective3 
 16 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CED 309*3CED 460W (Spring Only)3
CED 360 (Fall Only)3CED 440 (Spring Only)3
Specialization Course3CED 4173
AGBM 308W or 4603CED 475 (Senior Capstone)3
CED 462 (Fall Only)3Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 121-125

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

  • 22-23 credits of General Education requirements may be applied toward major requirements.
  • Students should take CED 152 as early in their academic plan as possible.
  • Please consult with an academic adviser in the development of your plan as some courses are not taught every semester.

Career Paths

Community, Environment, and Development graduates have the skills and knowledge necessary to choose from a variety of fulfilling career paths in domestic or international development, environment analysis, or sustainability. Your career depends on the experience you make for yourself as a student. Faculty and professional academic advisers in the Community, Environment, and Development program support and serve students in career development and preparation, including career decision-making, tailoring the CED major to fit career goals, internship and job search strategies, interview preparation, and preparing for employment or graduate school.

Careers

With a Community, Environment, and Development degree, you may be prepared for a career working on community-level issues, such as economic and community development, sustainability, the environment and natural resources, and international development. Many graduates choose careers in environment/sustainability, corporate social responsibility, economic development, local government, community-based nonprofits, or local foods.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE COMMUNITY, ENVIRONMENT, AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

About 40 percent of CED graduates go to law school or pursue graduate studies.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS, SOCIOLOGY, AND EDUCATION
201 Armsby Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-0467
ced@psu.edu

http://aese.psu.edu/majors/ced