Balance affordable energy with environmental stewardship. By studying in Pittsburgh, you’ll be at an epicenter of one of the biggest energy revolutions of the 21st century: the shale gas boom.
From policy to research to advocacy, you’ll experience what it’s like to pursue a career in the energy and environmental sectors. Prior to graduation, you’ll also complete a 300-hour internship at an approved site.
Take your desire to protect the environment, create renewable energy sources, or advocate for responsible business practices, and turn it into a rewarding career that advances global sustainability.
As an energy and environment major, you’ll choose from a range of core major courses tailored to your interests, as well as taking a set of required degree courses. To understand the different requirements for the MPA and MID degrees with this major, compare their plans of study.View MPA plan of study View MID plan of study
Examine energy policy choices facing U.S. policymakers. The choices involve issues like subsidizing renewable fuels and allowing drilling on public lands. The challenges raise broader questions like what is the “right” price of energy and how to evaluate arguments regarding subsidies and tax credits.
This course takes a global view of natural resource management and the rules that govern resource ownership. You’ll examine the political and administrative institutions that are responsible for managing resources like land, water, energy, and mineral resources, as well as protecting ecosystems and species.
Explore methods to estimate the benefits, costs, and risks (economic, environmental, health, political) from various energy sources. Together we’ll discuss the growing recognition that investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy can mitigate national security concerns that stem from fossil fuel dependency.
Work with faculty whose academic backgrounds, fieldwork, and research are at the nexus of environmental policy and practice.View All Faculty
Weber’s research delves into the governance of oil and gas extraction, economic sustainability, and agricultural policy.Learn More
Trained in economics, environmental management and law, Gamper-Rabindran examines the role of markets, corporate social responsibility, information disclosure, regulatory and other policy tools in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy in the U.S., Europe and emerging economies.Learn More
A specialist in political economy, Murtazashvili studies economic and political institutions closely associated with wealth creation and sustainable use of natural resources.Learn More
Gain experience in research, teaching, and public service dedicated to the environmental and human impacts of the energy industry.Explore all