Undergraduate Concentration

BEES: Business, Energy, Environment and Sustainability

The Undergraduate Concentration in Business, Energy, Environment and Sustainability (BEES, formerly Environmental Policy & Management) 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. As global energy markets grow and change rapidly and environmental challenges rise, there is a strong need for a new generation of expert business leaders who understand the rapidly evolving trends in business models, technology, regulation, and financing. Students choosing this Concentration are therefore ideally suited for the ever-expanding set of careers in energy companies, clean-tech investing, energy banking, consulting, the non-profit world, and the government. Students will gain insight into these challenges through an inter-disciplinary approach.

This concentration, which is housed in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department, includes relevant course offerings by departments including Business Economics and Public Policy, Finance, Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Management, Marketing, and Operations Information and Decisions. Additional courses on business, energy, and the environment can be credited toward the Undergraduate Concentration in BEES from the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of Design, among other programs, as specified below.

Professor Arthur van Benthem and Professor Sarah E Light serve as the Advisors for the Undergraduate Concentration. Any questions regarding this program may be directed to enviro.curriculum@wharton.upenn.edu.


Note: Acronyms on the following list of courses refer to the following departments: Business Economics and Public Policy (BEPP), Finance (FNCE), Legal Studies and Business Ethics (LGST), Management (MGMT), Marketing (MKTG), and Operations, Information and Decisions Department (OIDD).

Students must take four credit units from the following list of courses:

  • BEPP 201/770 – Public Finance and Policy
  • BEPP/OIDD 263 – Environmental & Energy Economics and Policy
  • FNCE 254 – Impact Investing
  • LGST 215 – Environmental Management: Law & Policy
  • MGMT 209 – Political and Social Environment of the Multinational Firm
  • MKTG 266 – Marketing for Social Impact
  • OIDD / BEPP 261 – Risk Analysis and Environmental Management
  • OIDD 525X: Thinking with Models 

Students may replace up to one credit of coursework from the above-listed courses with a course from this pre-approved list of courses outside of Wharton that bear a clear relationship to the core of the Concentration, with advance approval of the Director of the BEES Concentration.

Note: Acronyms on the following list of courses refer to the following departments and/or schools:  School of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS), Environmental Studies (ENVS), Penn Law School (LAW).

  • EAS 301/501: Climate Policy and Technology
  • EAS 306/506: Electricity Systems and Markets
  • EAS 402/502: Renewable Energy and its Impacts
  • ENVS 669-660: Corporate Sustainability Strategies
  • ENVS 673-660: The Future of Water
  • ENVS 674-660: Life Cycle Analysis
  • LAW 919: Energy Law and Climate Change
  • CBE 505: Carbon Capture

If a student believes that a course is missing from this list, they may petition the Director of the Concentration to add the course to the list prior to the start of the semester in which the course will be taken, or at the latest, within the first two weeks of the semester. Requests after a course has been completed will not be granted. The request should include a copy of the syllabus for the course and a brief statement as to why the course should be added. Course that are likely to be approved are non-Wharton courses in which the primary focus is on topics relating to energy, environment, and sustainability, such as those listed here: https://kleinmanenergy.upenn.edu/energy-courses. Because this concentration is housed in the LGST Department, courses offered by LGST cannot be used toward the Business Breadth requirement.

Additional Information

For more information about resources at Wharton and the University of Pennsylvania more broadly on climate, energy, environment, and sustainability, please click here.

The Sustainability and Environmental Management Minor – This 6 cu University Interschool Minor is designed to give students broad exposure to an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the environment.  Wharton students concentrating in Environmental Policy and Management may not also take this University minor.

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