Programs and Courses

The Dutton Institute supports the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences's online course and programs offerings through resident instruction, Penn State World Campus, and MOOCs.

Resident Instruction

In 2019-2020, our college provided 261 course sections of 72 EMS online courses, reaching 6,265 unique undergraduate and graduate student who generated 6,778 enrollments (21,931 student credit hours).

Penn State World Campus

The College of EMS offers 18 online certificate and degree programs through Penn State World Campus, serving more than 1,300 active online learners who study with us from around the world:

Masters Degrees

Graduate Certificate Programs

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Energy and Sustainability Policy (ESP) (Program Office)

Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Undergraduate Minors

Our Open Educational Resources (OER)

More than 130 EMS courses have been put entirely online. To maximize our exposure, including learners and teachers who cannot afford Penn State tuition, the majority of that courseware 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.