Earth and Environmental Science Department (EES)

Majors and Minors

Programs at Penn related to environmental sustainability

Academic mapping chart The academic mapping chart linked here shows all sustainability-related majors, minors, concentrations, and academic centers at Penn. For more information on some of the specific academic programming offered, see below.
majors and minors The Undergraduate Major in Earth Science is for students who want an understanding of the various physical, chemical, and geologic processes that work within our planet and on its surface. Students gain the skills needed to scientifically study and reconstruct Earth's history from the beginning of the solar system to historic times. Students gain hands-on experience in analyzing fossils, rocks, minerals, maps, aerial photographs, and satellite images in the laboratory and on field trips. Students concentrate in Environmental Science, Geology, or Paleobiology.
majors and minors The Undergraduate Major in Environmental Studies is designed to provide students with the skills to understand and address contemporary environmental issues. The major integrates studies in the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, policy and management in order to study complex issues of the environment and humans’ interaction with it. Students concentrate in Environmental History and Regional Studies, Environmental Policy and Application, Global Environmental System, or Sustainability and Environmental Management.
Undergraduate Minor The Undergraduate Minor in Sustainability and Environmental Management allows students to learn the nature of environmental constraints which face organizations and individuals in the modern world, and to understand how these constraints can be effectively considered as part of the decision-making process in for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Students in any of the four undergraduate schools may elect to take the minor.
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The Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER) enrolls talented, prepared, and motivated students who are interested in energy science and engineering. A joint program of Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) and the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), VIPER leads to dual Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degrees by combining majors from each school.

Masters of Environmental Studies Program Master of Environmental Studies, offered by the School of Arts and Sciences in addition to its Department of Earth and Environmental Science, draws together courses across the University in the natural, social, and biomedical sciences, as well as in humanities, engineering, law, and business.
majors and minors The Master in Environmental Building Design in the School of Design is a specialized, post-professional degree developed to train architects in the new skills and knowledge required for environmental design. The three-semester course of study, established in 2010, includes coursework on building performance simulation, integrated building design, building envelopes and systems, lighting, daylighting, and the theory and practice of environmental design. Coursework is complemented and extended by a Performance Design Workshop and then explored in depth in an intensive Environmental Design Studio in the summer.
Environmental Management at Wharton The MBA Major in Business, Energy, Environment and Sustainability (“BEES”) is designed to provide in-depth foundations for those interested in the complex relationships between business and the natural environment, management of environmental risks, and the business and economics of energy.
Program on Law, the Environment, and the Economy

Law and Environmental Studies: The University of Pennsylvania Law School offers a program of study in the Specialty Area of Environmental Law, and a joint program conferring a JD/MES in Environmental Studies. In addition, students may earn a Certificate of Study in one of several disciplines as part of their three-year JD degree, such as Environmental Policy (regulation) or Environmental Science (hard science).

Organizational Dynamics Sustainable Development Concentration

Organizational Dynamics Sustainable Development Concentration
In collaboration with other Penn departments and external partners, Organizational Dynamics has created a series of courses designed to help leaders implement sustainability initiatives today.

This program is funded through Dow Chemical Company and is a Master's Degree in Organizational Dynamics focused on applying sustainability principals broadly across an organization.

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Academic Centers

Several academic centers at Penn are engaged in research or instruction related to environmental sustainability, or perform outreach related to issues of climate change. These are non-degree granting educational units of the university grown out of a desire to integrate sustainability into existing areas of study or practice.