Program Summary

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Earn an Online Undergraduate Certificate in Earth Sustainability

The Undergraduate Certificate in Earth Sustainability, developed by Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and delivered through Penn State World Campus, is designed to provide students like you — regardless of your background — with the knowledge needed to make environmentally sustainable decisions.

This certificate increases your geoscience literacy and can help add depth to your résumé and prepare you to become a steward of the green movement in education, politics, business, or law. You may also use this credential to jump-start a career in geosciences, emergency preparedness, environmental health and sustainability, land management and conservation, or natural resource management.

Why Sustainability at Penn State?

As a leading research institution and leader in geosciences, Penn State brings expertise and depth to the study of sustainability. Our online certificate program will provide you access to a Penn State education — without stepping foot on campus. Even though you may be learning from a distance, your experience will be supported by frequent interaction with faculty and other students, access to information and instructional resources, and valuable academic advising and support services.

Your Online Sustainability Courses

The courses in this 12-credit program address key sustainability issues, including the impact of climate change on Earth and its inhabitants, access to clean drinking water, sustainable energy, and the hazards posed by our overpopulated coastal regions.

This online program was made possible, in part, by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to introduce more students to the geosciences and the importance of sustainable living.

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.