Course Schedule

To help you with your academic planning, below is a list of our anticipated course offerings for the next few semesters. If you have any questions about course availability or planning your own schedule, please consult with your academic adviser. For a complete list of semester scheduling dates, see Penn State's Academic Calendar site.

The schedule provided below is subject to change. This information was updated 10/1/2019

MPS RESS Core Courses

All students working towards their Master's degree in RESS must take these courses in order to fulfill the program requirements.

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BIOET 533 Ethical Dimensions of RESS   X X   X X E. Schienke
EME 504 Foundations in Sustainability Systems X   X X   X E. Bazilevskaya
EME 801 Energy Markets, Policy, and Regulation X X   X X   S. Blumsack
EME 802 Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems X X   X X   D. Hall, P. Soares
EME 589 Management and Design of RESS (Capstone Project) X X   X X   E. Schienke

Courses for Renewable Energy Track and Solar Energy Certificate:

All students that choose Renewable Energy focus in their Master's studies should take 12 credits of the following courses. All students pursuing Graduate Certificate in Solar Energy should take the first four courses on the list to fulfill the program requirements.

Course Name FA
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AE 868 Commercial Solar Electric Systems X X   X X   A. Chaaban
AE 878 Solar Project Development and Finance   X    X X   M. Kleinginna
EME 810 Solar Resource Assessment and Economics X X   X X   M. Fedkin
EME 812 Utility Solar Power and Concentration     X     X M. Fedkin
AERSP 886 Engineering of Wind Project Development     X     X S. Stewart
EME 897 Solar Energy Integration and Economics     X     X M. Kleinginna

Courses for Sustainability Management and Policy Track and SMP Certificate:

All students that choose Sustainability Management and Policy (SMP) focus in their Master's studies should take 12 credits of the following courses. All students pursuing Graduate Certificate in SMP should take these courses to fulfill the program requirements.

Course Name FA
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BA 850 Sustainability Driven Innovation X X   X     A. James
EME 432 Energy Policy*     X     X B. Robinson
EME 803 Applied Energy Policy X     X     E. Schienke
EME 805 Renewable Energy and Nonmarket Enterprise     X     X E. Schienke
EME 807 Technologies for Sustainability Systems    X X   X X M. Fedkin

*Students who plan taking the energy policy course over the Summer should register for EME 432, which can be substituted for EME 803 to fulfill degree requirements. 

Electives

Any RESS courses listed above can also be used to fulfill the elective requirements for the MPS degree. For scheduling elective courses offered by other Penn State programs, you will need to contact your academic advisor for approval. Some of those courses may not be available for direct enrollment, and you may need to get in touch with the host program to check on seat availability.

View the complete list of electives.