Energy and Sustainability Policy
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The ESP Program


ESP in Action

December, 2019 graduate and Pennsylvania resident Kelli DeThomas recently earned her BS in ESP. While a part of the program, she made great use of her time journeying with the GREEN Program to Iceland. An engaging narrative and photos reside on the blog she created for the experience.

Kelli DeThomas
Kelli DeThomas, Penn State class of 2019
image courtesy of K. DeThomas

Kelli wasn't always a gung-ho Penn Stater. She says, refering to the photo below, "My aunt bought me that outfit, and then the rest of my life I vowed never to go to Penn State. So we all had a good laugh about that... ."
Congratulations to Kelli and to all of our 2019 graduates!

K. DeThomas
Kelli DeThomas, age 3
image courtesy of K. DeThomas


Program Information

ESPBA and ESPBS are both fully online degrees are offered by the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. The program is delivered by the College’s Dutton e-Education Institute in cooperation with the University’s World Campus.

The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science in Energy and Sustainability Policy are both 120-credit programs, with the same General Education requirements and the same prescribed and additional coursework for the major. For a full listing of this common coursework, see Courses. The remaining requirements are specific to each degree, as described on the ESPBA and ESPBS pages.

All aspects of the program are carefully designed for online learners who require flexibility and are often managing full lives with career and family. Student advising is handled on a one-on-one basis, first-hand by faculty in the ESP program.

Both of the ESP programs' curriculum emphasize five competency areas:

  • Energy Industry Knowledge
  • Sustainability Ethic
  • Global Perspective
  • Analytical Skills
  • Communication Skills

In choosing which ESP program best meets your needs, students are encouraged to consider personal interests and strengths, professional aspirations, and plans you may have for graduate school. For those with prior learning experience, the applicability of earlier coursework to degree requirements may also be a consideration.