Course List - Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Sustainability Policy

Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Sustainability Policy (121 credits)


Requirements for the Major: 82 credits
ACCTG 211 Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
Introduction to the role of accounting numbers in the process of managing a business and in investor decision making.

Prerequisites: MATH 021 or 1.5 units of high school algebra
4 credits
B A 250 Small Business Management
Analysis of problems of the small firm, particularly for the student who wishes to venture into business.

Prerequisites: 3 credits in economics
3 credits
CAS 100 Effective Speech
Introduction to speech communication: formal speaking, group discussion, analysis and evaluation of messages.
3 credits
CHEM 101* Introductory Chemistry
Selected principles and applications of chemistry. Prior study of chemistry is not assumed.

Prerequisites: MATH 021 or satisfactory performance on the MATH FTCAP exam
2–3 credits
E B F 200* Introduction to Energy and Earth Sciences Economics
Resource use decisions and their effect on local, national, and global development.
3 credits
ECON 102
(formerly ECON 002)
Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy
Methods of economic analysis and their use; price determination; theory of the firm; distribution.
3 credits
ECON 104
(formerly ECON 004)
Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy
National income measurement; aggregate economic models; money and income; policy problems.
3 credits
EGEE 102* Energy Conservation for Environmental Protection
Exposure to energy efficiency in day-to-day life to save money and energy, and thereby protect the environment.
3 credits
EGEE 120 Oil: International Evolution
Survey of the commercial development of the world petroleum industry from various international, historical, business, and cultural perspectives.
3 credits

EGEE 299




EGEE 495



Foreign Studies
An international study experience. Courses must include international travel/experience and are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Instructor approval is needed to register for this course.


Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.

Note: You will work with an ESP faculty member to determine the most flexible and appropriate option for your personal and professional responsibilities.
3 credits
EGEE 401 Energy in a Changing World
Energy is in transition, with increased international energy demand and increasing environmental pressures. Energy transitions, approaches, and outcomes are addressed.

Prerequisites: EGEE 101 or EGEE 102 or CHEM 112
3 credits
EME 444* Global Energy Enterprise
Industry perspective on the resources, technologies, engineering approaches and externalities involved in satisfying worldwide energy demand profitably and sustainably.

Prerequisites: EGEE 102, EGEE 120, ECON 004
3 credits
EME 466* Energy and Sustainability in Society
Capstone course in energy technology and policy options for reduced-carbon communities. Covering agent/stakeholder relations, sustainability, communication, and public engagement.

Prerequisites: To be taken only after all other courses have been successfully completed
3 credits
EM SC 302 Orientation to Energy and Sustainability Policy
Orientation to goals of the Energy and Sustainability Policy program and resources available to help students succeed.
1 credit
ENGL 015 Rhetoric and Composition
Instruction and practice in writing expository prose that shows sensitivity to audience and purpose.

Prerequisites: ENGL 004 or satisfactory performance on the English proficiency exam
3 credits
ENGL 202D Effective Writing: Business Writing
Writing reports and other common forms of business communication.

Prerequisites: ENGL 015 or ENGL 030; fourth-semester standing
3 credits
ENGR 312* Sustainable Energy Entrepreneurship
Three interrelated modules guide students through technical, global/business, and entrepreneurial aspects of sustainable energy.
3 credits
GEOG 030* Geographic Perspectives on Sustainability and Human-Environment Systems
Introduction to theory, methods, history and contemporary issues in global and regional relationships between human activity and the physical environment.
3 credits
GEOG/EME 432* Energy Policy
Analysis, formulation, implementation, and impacts of energy-related policies, regulations, and initiatives.

Prerequisites: E B F 200, EGEE 120, PL SC 490
3 credits
GEOG 438W* Human Dimensions of Global Warming
Human dimensions of global environmental change: human causes; human adaptations; and policy implications of global warming.

Prerequisites: EARTH 002, GEOG 010, or METEO 003, GEOG 030
3 credits
GEOG 469* Energy Industry Applications of GIS
Roles of geographic information systems in energy-siting decisions focusing on electric energy transmission networks.

Prerequisites: GEOG 030, EGEE 102, EME 444
3 credits
MATH 110* Techniques of Calculus I
Functions, graphs, derivatives, integrals, techniques of differentiation and integration, exponentials, improper integrals, applications.

Prerequisites: MATH 022 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics FTCAP exam
4 credits


Introductory Meteorology
Nontechnical treatment of fundamentals of modern meteorology and the effects of weather and climate. A student who has taken METEO 002 may take the laboratory part of this course for 1 credit only.


Understanding Weather Forecasting
Fundamental principles of synoptic and physical meteorology, satellite and radar imagery, and data analysis in the setting of mid-latitude weather forecasting.
3 credits
METEO 469* From Meteorology to Mitigation: Understanding Global Warming
Introduction to global warming and climate change: the basic science, projected impacts, and approaches to mitigation.

Prerequisites: MATH 110
3 credits
PL SC 001 Introduction to American National Government
Introduction to development and nature of American political culture, constitutional/structural arrangements, electoral/policy processes; sources of conflict and consensus.
3 credits
PL SC 490* Policy Making and Evaluation
Advanced analysis of public policy, emphasizing policy evaluation and the factors that determine policy success and failure.

Prerequisites: PL SC 001, PL SC 002, or PUBPL 304W
3 credits
STAT 200* Elementary Statistics
Descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, probability, binomial and normal distributions, statistical inference, linear regression, and correlation.
4 credits

*Indicates courses requiring a C or higher letter grade.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements: 24 credits
Foreign Language 12 credits
Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arts, Natural Sciences, Quantification 9 credits
Other Cultures 3 credits


General Education Requirements: 45 credits
(30 credits are included in the requirements for the major)
Arts – GA 6 credits
Health and Physical Activity – GHA 3 credits
Humanities – GH 6 credits
Natural Sciences – GN 9 credits
Quantification – GQ 6 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences – GS 6 credits
Writing and Speaking – GWS 9 credits

Please note: The above course list includes only courses offered by World Campus. An official degree audit or the recommended academic plan for this program may include additional course options and detailed requirements. All students are expected to complete at least 36 credits at Penn State to earn this degree. Please consult an academic adviser for details.