Energy and Sustainability Policy
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Courses

The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science in Energy and Sustainability Policy require the same 68 credits of prescribed and additional ESP coursework and 20 (or 17*) additional General Education credits. This common coursework is described below. The remaining requirements are specific to each degree. These requirements are described on the ESPBA and ESPBS pages.

The chart below is provided for planning purposes and illustrates when core classes in the ESP program are typically offered. It's important for you to know that not all of your classes are offered each semester, and you should work closely with your adviser to make sure your plans fit with the realities of scheduling.

NOTE: Specific scheduling dates for individual courses can be found using the World Campus Course Catalog. The schedule information provided below is subject to change.

If you have any questions about course availability or planning your schedule, please contact your academic adviser. For a complete list of semester scheduling dates, see the World Campus Academic Calendar.

ESP Prescribed Courses (62 credits) and Scheduled World Campus Offerings
COURSE Spring Summer Fall
CAS 100 Effective Speech Available Available Available
EBF 200 Intro to Energy & Earth Sciences Economics Available - Available
ECON 102 Intro to Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Available Available Available
ECON 104 Intro to Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Available Available Available
EGEE 102 Energy Conservation Available Available Available
EGEE 120 Oil: International Evolution Available - Available
EGEE 401 Energy in a Changing World
Prerequisites: EGEE 101 or EGEE 102 or CHEM 112
Available Available -
EME 444 Global Energy Enterprise
Prerequisites: EGEE 102, EGEE 120, ECON 004
Available* - Available*

EME 466 Energy and Sustainability in Society (Capstone Course)
Prerequisites: GEOG 30, METEO 469 and GEOG 432.
Complete last semester (recommended)
 

Available Available Available
EM SC 302 Orientation to ESP Available Available Available
EM SC 240 Energy and Sustainability in Contemporary Society Available - Available

ENGL 15 Rhetroic and Composition
Prerequisites: ENGL 004 or satisfactory performance on the English proficiency exam

Available Available Available

ENGL 202D Effective Writing - Business Writing
Prerequisites: ENGL 015 or ENGL 030; fourth-semester standing

Available Available Available
GEOG 30 Geographic Perspectives on Sustainability Available Available* Available

GEOG/EME 432 Energy Policy
Prerequisites: E B F 200, EGEE 120, PL SC 490

Available - -
GEOG 438 Human Dimensions of Global Warming
Prerequisites: EARTH 002, GEOG 010, or METEO 003, GEOG 030
- - Available

GEOG 469 Energy Industry Applications of GIS
Prerequisites: GEOG 030, EGEE 102, EME 444

Available* - -

METEO 469 Understanding Global Warming
Prerequisites: MATH 110 or STAT 200

Available - -
PL SC 1 Introduction to American National Government Available Available Available

PL SC 490 Policy Making and Evaluation
Prerequisites: PL SC 001, PL SC 002, or PUBPL 304W

Available - Available
STAT 200 Elementary Statistics Available Available Available

ESP Additional Courses (6 credits) and Scheduled World Campus Offerings
COURSE Spring Summer Fall

EGEE 299 Foreign Studies or EGEE 495 Internship

Available* Available* Available*

METEO 101 Understanding Weather Forecasting or METEO 3 Intro to Meteorology

Available Available Available

*Scheduling Notes:

  • EME 444 will be offered in both the spring and fall semesters in 2017. In 2018 it will only be offered in the fall semester.
  • GEOG 30: First time summer offering 2017. Future summer availability to be determined
  • GEOG 469 will be offered in spring 2017 and spring 2018.
  • While EGEE 299 and 495 are available any semester, they each require student consultation with adviser and EGEE 299/495 Instructor, Haley Sankey prior to registration.

ESP students fulfill 3 credits of either Foreign Studies or Internship. This requirement can be done at any point and there are many options available, suitable to a student's individual circumstances. To get the ball rolling, complete our Prior Learning Experience Questionnaire and contact Haley Sankey. For more detail, visit EGEE 299 Foreign Studies and EGEE 495 Internship course sites. Read an article about the experiences of previous ESP students while completing their internship and study abroad experiences on Penn State Live.

The Gilman Scholarship Program

Interested in studying/interning abroad, but worried about the cost? Scholarships can allow students who might not participate otherwise due to financial constraints to experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of studying abroad. The Gilman Scholarship Program can give students the chance to study abroad without having a large financial burden. To be considered, you must be a United States Citizen receiving Federal Pell Grants and studying abroad for at least four weeks in a single location. You can find more information by visiting global.psu.edu or gilmanscholarship.org.

 

To search for courses that meet the Gen Ed designations listed below (GN, GQ, GHA, GA, GH), visit the World Campus Course Catalogue and choose the "Find a Specific Course" tab. You can then search by the semester and the Gen Ed requirement needed.

ESP General Education Requirements (20 or 17 credits*)
Gen Education Requirements Credits
Natural Sciences (GN) 3
Quantification (GQ) 2
Health and Physical Activity (GHA) 3
Arts (GA) 3
Humanities (GH) 3
Arts or Humanities (GA or GH) 3

*With application of the 3-6-9 rule, ESP students may choose to use an additional 3 GS credits (already required for the major) in place of 3 credits of GA or GH. Please talk with your academic adviser for details.