Programs and Courses

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences offers 15 online programs through Penn State World Campus:

Masters Degrees

Master of Education in Earth Sciences

Master of Geographic Information Systems

Intercollege Master of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems

Geospatial Intelligence Option in the Master of Homeland Security

Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate Program in Earth Science Education

Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program in Geographic Information Systems

Graduate Certificate Programs in Geospatial Intelligence

Graduate Certificate Program in Remote Sensing and Earth Observation

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

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.


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.