The online Earth Sustainability Certificate is a 12-credit program of study that you may earn as a stand-alone certificate. To acquire this certificate, you must successfully complete the following four courses:

  • EARTH 103 Earth in the Future: Predicting Climate Change and Its Impacts Over the Next Century
  • EARTH 104 Climate, Energy, and Our Future
  • EARTH 107 Coastal Processes, Hazards, and Society
  • EARTH 111 Water: Science and Society

Course List - Undergraduate Certificate in Earth Sustainability 

Required Courses (12 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Earth in the Future: Predicting Climate Change and Its Impacts Over the Next Century EARTH 103 Climate predictions for the coming century are utilized to examine potential impacts on regions, sectors of society, and natural ecosystems. 3 credits
Climate, Energy, and Our Future EARTH 104 This course presents the past, present, and possible future response of Earth's climate to human energy use. 3 credits
Coastal Processes, Hazards, and Society EARTH 107 Outcomes include the processes responsible for formation, diversity, and evolution of coastal landscapes; socioeconomic and policy responses to changes in coastal regions. 3 credits
Water: Science and Society EARTH 111 Students will investigate water behavior and occurrence, its relevance to life, human activities, politics, and society. 3 credits

General Education Requirements

If you are pursuing a bachelor's degree from Penn State, these online courses may also satisfy certain individual General Education requirements. You should consult with your adviser to determine what, if any, credits earned in this certificate may be applied toward your degree completion requirements.

Course Availability

If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.