Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Sustainability Policy

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Official Sloan-C Award WinnerThe Bachelor of Arts degree in Energy and Sustainability Policy can prepare you for success in energy careers related to foreign and domestic policy analysis, legislative or regulatory affairs, sales engineering and post-sales account management, permitting and compliance, purchasing, and public relations in energy-related government agencies and nongovernmental organizations, public utilities, regulatory bodies, energy trade organizations, and businesses. You can gain the knowledge and skills you need to gather, analyze, synthesize, and communicate diverse information about emerging global trends in energy policy, technologies, and economics.

Why an Energy and Sustainability Degree Online at Penn State

Innovative Course Work — This degree was designed by an advisory board of energy industry experts and Penn State faculty. Enhance your research and communication skills and foreign language and international competencies with our instructor-led online classes and internship and/or field experiences.

The energy and sustainability policy curriculum was designed to help you achieve five overarching educational objectives:

  • energy industry knowledge
  • a sustainability ethic
  • analytical skills
  • communication skills
  • global perspective

The Sloan Consortium recognized the Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Sustainability Policy as the Outstanding Online Program in 2012.

Who Should Apply?

The energy and sustainability policy program is designed to provide a unique, interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates areas of study in energy security, sustainability management, foreign and domestic energy and sustainability policy analysis. If you already work or aspire to work in areas of sustainability management and policy — some of the fastest-growing job markets in the country and the world — this could be an excellent program for you.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

The online energy and sustainability policy degree program can prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career in energy-related government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, public utilities, regulatory bodies, energy trade organizations, and energy businesses. You can also pursue advanced study leading to careers in education, law, or business administration.

Some of the many occupations in which energy and sustainability policy graduates may work include:

  • sustainability specialist
  • legislative or regulatory affairs coordinator
  • foreign or domestic policy analyst
  • permitting and compliance specialist
  • public relations representative

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about the Penn State World Campus.