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Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) Concentration for persons interested in Sustainable Energy Management


The production and consumption of energy, especially energy based on fossil fuels, is a major source of environmental and social problems in the US and the world, including global warming, air pollution, ecosystem destruction, and economic instability. Continuing growth in conventional energy consumption is not sustainable in the future and transition to an economy based on renewable energy technologies such as hydroelectric, solar, and wind energy is inevitable. Sustainable Energy Management is the study of this transition through the perspectives of the natural and the social sciences. The concentration in Sustainable Energy Management prepares individuals to work as energy policy specialists in government, industry, and education. 

  • Introduces the emerging field of sustainable energy studies
  • Prepares students for post-graduate employment involving energy-related policy
  • Insures understanding of the social and economic implications of energy technology
  • Insures understanding of technological and scientific basis of energy policy
  • Prepares future educators to teach about energy science and energy policy             


Major Concentration Requirements (30 credits)
Core Requirements (9 Credits)
Subj Crse Title
EES 204 Global Climate Change - satisfies Tier I Natural Sciences
EES 205 Sustainable Energy - satisfies Tier II Natural Sciences
EES 305 Energy Resources and Conservation
Advanced Courses (minimum 6 credits). Choose at least two to four courses.
EES 306 Renewable Energy - satisfies Tier III Natural Science
EES 402 Energy Issues in Geoscience - satisfies Writing Intensive requirement for major
EES 405 Sustainable Energy Analysis
EES 460 Special Topics in Earth Science - or EES 423* or other approved substitution
Electives Courses  (Choose 9-15 credits.)
BIO 200 Ecology and the Environment
BUS 363 Six Sigma for Continuous Improvement
ECO 210 Economics and the Environment
ECO 322 Environmental Economics
EES 222 Water and Society
EES 300 Basics of GIS
EES 323 Drinking Water Management
EES 392 Environmental Earth Science Practicum
EES 423 Health and Safety at Hazardous Waste Sites*
EES 480 Independent Study
EES 491 Internship in Environmental Earth Science
GEO 337 Economic Geography
PSC 350 Public Policy and Decision Making
PSC 351 Environmental Politics and Policy
PHY 204 Physics I
PHY 205 Physics II
PHY 208 Physics with Calculus I
PHY 209 Physics with Calculus II

Note: a 15-credit Minor Concentration is required in a different subject.



1. Eastern’s  LIBERAL ARTS CORE (LAC) REQUIREMENTS                                                       up to 46 credits

  LAC Tier I requirement is waived for those transferring a minimum of 27 credits of liberal arts and sciences course work that includes a math course above College Algebra and English composition.

At least two Tier II LAC courses and the Tier III LAC course must be taken through Easte


2. Your ACADEMIC MAJOR OR MAJOR/MINOR CONCENTRATIONS for the BGS degree      up to 45 credits. See here for available options or design your own BGS degree or Individualized Major. Call the School of Continuing Education for information.

 A minimum of 15-24 credits of your Major or Major Concentration must be earned through Eastern and 15 credits must be 300-level or higher.

One of the two required BGS concentrations must be from a subject in the School of Arts and Sciences at Eastern.


3. ELECTIVES                                                                                                                                       as needed
Utilize previous credits here – no matter how long ago you took them, or apply for Credit for Lifelong Learning.


                                                                                                                                        Degree  Minimum 120 credits


Note:  Within the total 120 credits required for the bachelor’s degree, a minimum of 30 credits must be earned through Eastern coursework.  Students must complete 30 credits of coursework numbered 200-level or higher and 30 credits must be 300-level or higher. 

Students who transfer fewer than 75 credits must also meet Eastern’s University Writing Competency Requirements.