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Help Preserve Natural Resources with Sustainable Bioenergy Solutions
As the bioenergy industry continues to expand, many companies have an increasing need for professionals with advanced, multidisciplinary skills in feedstock production, supply chain systems, and conversion. This program can provide you with an understanding of the applied technologies used in the production, harvesting, and handling of biomass and its various energy products.
If you have a bachelor's degree in renewable energy and sustainability systems or a related field of study, this program is an excellent way to continue your education. A background in science or engineering is advised for this program.
Why an Online Degree from Penn State?
The Master of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (iMPS-RESS) degree with an option in bioenergy draws upon a strong partnership between four Penn State colleges and eight academic departments. Offered online through Penn State World Campus, this degree gives you access to the expertise and unique perspectives of faculty with diverse backgrounds in renewable energy.
Your RESS Bioenergy Curriculum
Along with following a core curriculum focused on renewable energy and sustainability, you will refine your studies even further by taking more technically specialized courses specific to the bioenergy industry. You can learn about crop production, harvesting, storage, ecology, genetics, fermentation, engineering, value chain systems modeling, and more.
You will take 11 credits of core program courses and 12 credits in the bioenergy option. In consultation with your program adviser, you will select an additional 6 credits from an array of electives offered in conjunction with other program options, including wind energy, solar energy, and sustainability management and policy. You will then complete your studies with the 3-credit capstone experience.
Career Opportunities for Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems Graduates
This program can benefit you if you are already in the bioenergy engineering industry and looking to advance in your current position, or if you want to move into another segment of the growing bioenergy engineering industry.
A Master's in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems can prepare you for a number of careers, including biofuel project manager, bioenergy research analyst, fermentation scientist, feedstock crop analyst, and chemical process biofuels engineer.
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.
- Bioenergy (Graduate Certificate)
- Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems Base Program (Master of Professional Studies)
- Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems - Solar Energy Option (Master of Professional Studies)
- Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems - Sustainability Management and Policy Option (Master of Professional Studies)
- Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems - Wind Energy Option (Master of Professional Studies)