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Energy and Sustainability Policy - B.A. / B.S.

If you want to know more about the future of energy and the policies that influence the development of sustainable energy, consider enrolling in the online Bachelor of Arts degree in Energy and Sustainability Policy (ESP). In this program, you can gain the knowledge and skills you need to gather, analyze, synthesize, and communicate diverse information about emerging global trends in energy policy, technologies, and economics. 

The ESP program at Penn State is one of the few online programs in the country that focuses specifically on policy within the realm of energy and sustainability. Our program is all-inclusive, covering all forms of energy with policy serving as the program's nexus. In addition to instilling a strong sustainability ethic, we integrate an international perspective into the program, so you can gain knowledge of international, social, cultural, and political dimensions of energy and sustainability considerations on a global scale.

Two Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in ESP you can gain the knowledge and skills to research, analyze, and communicate diverse information about emerging global trends in energy policy, technologies, and economics.  In the B.A. program, the focus is expanded to allow students to select a foreign language and take supporting coursework in global culture and humanities.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science degree in ESP can prepare you for careers in the rapidly evolving energy and sustainability policy sector, especially where strong science, business, and analytical skills are required.  In the B.S. program, students select additional coursework in areas closely related to the major. 

Careers

The program can prepare you for success in energy careers related to policy analysis, sales and account management, permitting and compliance, and public relations in energy-related organizations -  including government agencies and nongovernmental organizations, public utilities, regulatory bodies, energy trade organizations, and businesses. 

Where Our Graduates Find Jobs

  • Commercial firms
  • Government agencies
  • Energy trade groups
  • Government agencies