Programs and Courses

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences offers 19 online programs through Penn State World Campus:

Masters Degrees

Intercollege Master of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems

Master of Education in Earth Sciences

Master of Geographic Information Systems

Master of Homeland Security, Geospatial Intelligence Option

Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate Program in Earth Science Education

Graduate Certificate Programs in Geospatial Intelligence

    Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Programming and Web Map Development

    Graduate Certificate Program in Remote Sensing and Earth Observation

    Graduate Certificate Program In Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (RESS)

    Graduate Certificate Program in Weather and Climate Analytics

    Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program in Geographic Information Systems

    Undergraduate Degrees

    Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Energy and Sustainability Policy

    Undergraduate Certificate Programs

    Undergraduate Minors

    Our Open Educational Resources (OER)

    More than 100 EMS courses are available on the web. To maximize our exposure, including learners and teachers who cannot afford Penn State tuition, the majority of the courseware we create together is openly available through the College's Open Educational Resources initiative. Engagement with our faculty and acquisition of Penn State credit is, however, limited to registered students.

    Our MOOCs

    In 2013, Penn State joined Coursera in February 2013, with an agreement to offer five MOOCs. The College of EMS and the Dutton Institute are developing two of those five:

    Why MOOCs? As a University, we desire to:

    • increase Penn State’s visibility and global brand,
    • showcase key academic strengths and outstanding faculty,
    • test the Coursera course platform capability to engage large audiences of learners and apply our learning to our online and hybrid course designs,
    • reinforce Penn State’s leadership in online education,
    • evaluate capability in providing access to high demand courses,
    • extend Penn State content and expertise to internal and external audiences to address key societal issues,
    • address Penn State student needs, such as college preparation or remediation,
    • meet the engagement requirement for federal agency funding,
    • increase visibility of World Campus courses and programs, and drive enrollments to specific programs, and
    • consider new revenue models.