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Majors by Campus


University Park

Accounting (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major helps students prepare for careers in public, industrial, or governmental accounting and also provides an appropriate background for those planning to enter law school or graduate school. Public accounting is carried on by independent practitioners, most of whom are certified public accountants. In addition to independent audits, CPAs render accounting, tax, and management advisory services. The credit requirements to sit for the CPA examination in Pennsylvania and many other states are automatically met by completing the prescribed curriculum. The industrial accountant, as an executive in a business firm, is in charge of designing and supervising the financial and managerial accounting system, including the preparation and analysis of reports. Many are now taking the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam. Governmental accountants occupy positions in federal, state, and local government and perform services similar to those of public or industrial accountants.
(Smeal College of Business)

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Acting BFA (Start and Finish at University Park)
The BFA in Acting is an intensive training program for students who intend to pursue a career in acting for stage and film. Admission is determined via an audition and interview process, in addition to admission to the University Park campus. Four years of studio training include one semester in the Theatre Academy of London for advanced training. Performance opportunities are provided for the student, but must be earned through audition. Education in theatre and the general education curriculum provides depth to the actor's intellectual and artistic development. Concurrent majors and minors are allowed only with pre-approval of the program. Like all programs in the School of Theatre, the BFA in Acting is subject to NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre) accreditation.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

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Advertising/Public Relations (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park;  Strategic Communications Option-Start and Finish at World Campus)

This major is designed to provide a balance of theory, research, and practice. The course sequence provides professional skills courses in conjunction with applied theory and critical evaluative courses. Students develop an understanding of the role and effect of advertising and public relations within the business, social, and political arenas. Students develop abilities and skills that prepare them for a wide range of professional opportunities that include media planning and relations, research, and client services. Analytical abilities are equally stressed throughout the curriculum. Critical thinking skills, creative problem solving, and the need to justify decisions are developed. Theory and practice from a wide range of disciplines, including business, behavioral sciences, and applied statistics are used to equip the students to make informed decisions in a dynamic environment.

The three program options include: the Advertising Option, the Public Relations Option, and the Strategic Communications Option (World Campus only).
(College of Communications)

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Aerospace Engineering (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major emphasizes the analysis, design, and operation of aircraft and spacecraft. Students learn the theories and practices in the fundamental subjects of aeronautics, astronautics, aerodynamics and fluid dynamics, aerospace materials and structures, dynamics and automatic control, aircraft stability and control and/or orbital and attitude dynamics and control, air-breathing and rocket propulsion, aircraft systems design and/or spacecraft systems design. The development and use of teamwork and communications skills for effective problem solving is stressed. Graduates in aerospace engineering find employment in government laboratories, large and small aerospace firms, and in nontraditional positions that also require the use of systems engineering approaches to problem solving; they can also pursue graduate study in aerospace engineering and related fields.
(College of Engineering)

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African American Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major helps students achieve a critical understanding of the forms of knowledge, culture, and social organization that African-Americans have produced, and of the social conditions that have supported and constrained this work. Using interdisciplinary approaches as well as methods drawn from the traditional disciplines, the major exposes students to the ideas, institutions, movements, and practices that African-American peoples have used to survive and shape the modern world. The African American Studies curriculum promotes the critical faculties, cultural competencies, and historical sensibilities of its students, and thereby equips them for success in graduate school, professional school, and the workplace.

(College of the Liberal Arts)

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African Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The major in African studies is a multidisciplinary program designed to offer students the opportunity to develop their understanding of various aspects of the African continent, including its socioeconomic conditions and global relations. The program utilizes historical, cultural, geographical, economic, and political approaches to equip students with skills to undertake research on issues pertinent to Africa and to prepare themselves for careers in a range of professions as well for post-graduate studies.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Agribusiness Management (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park; Start at World Campus and Finish at World Campus)

Graduates can be found working in the food production, processing, financial services, wholesaling and retailing industries, both in the United States and abroad. A substantial number are employed by agricultural supply firms. Typically, B.S. degree holders begin their careers in sales or as management trainees, and then progress to management as they develop higher levels of expertise and experience. Many graduates also are employed in banking and the investment and mutual funds industries, and others have gone to law school, graduate school, or into rural development. The quality and diversity of the program enables Agribusiness majors to undertake a variety of jobs.
(College of Agricultural Sciences, Smeal College of Business)

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Agricultural and Extension Education (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major helps students prepare for positions in education in agriculture, including schools and colleges; Cooperative Extension; business, trade, and professional associations; and government agencies. The department administers a program approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the preparation of agriculture teachers in public school systems. This includes programs in agricultural production, mechanics, supplies, resources, products, forestry, horticulture, and other agricultural areas.
(College of Agricultural Sciences)

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Agricultural Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major enables students to develop programs of study to serve their individual needs by assembling courses selected from various departments within the College of Agricultural Sciences. The student develops either a broad background in agriculture or a special program of study not currently offered within departments of the college. Students are expected to focus study on one or more disciplines of the agricultural sciences by selecting a minor offered by the College of Agricultural Sciences. The student, in consultation with an adviser, is given considerable flexibility for selecting courses to satisfy individual interests and aspirations.
(College of Agricultural Sciences)

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This major is for students interested in the College of Agricultural Sciences, but are undecided about which major they would like to select. Beginning studies with an "undecided" major allows students to explore the many different majors offered within this college and learn more about the specific disciplines that are available to them. All first year students are admitted to the College of Agricultural Sciences in pre-major status, and they request entry into a major during their second academic year. Academic advising is available to all students in the College of Agricultural Sciences to help determine which of the available majors they would like to pursue.

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Animal Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Animal science may be defined as the study and integration of all disciplines that relate to the function and care of animals for the benefit of humankind by providing companionship, food, fiber, and research. The Animal Sciences major includes references to all types of animals. The educational experiences included in this major should prepare the student for a wide range of entry-level positions in production agriculture agribusiness and allied industries, and provide preparation for the pursuit of post baccalaureate studies leading to professional or advanced degrees. The student is expected to develop a comprehensive understanding of the biological and physical sciences underlying the functioning of all types of animals.
(College of Agricultural Sciences)

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Anthropology (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Anthropology is a holistic scientific discipline with links to the humanities. Anthropologists document, describe, and explain the physical and cultural differences of societies, both past and present. Anthropology sees the individual as part of a larger social order that both impinges upon and is molded by those who belong to it. Anthropology investigates how cultures interact and relate within specific economic, political, and ecological frameworks over time. The bachelor of arts major focuses on the biological and cultural variations of human populations through archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. In addition to class work, students receive practical training in laboratory and fieldwork.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Archaeological Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This degree provides the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in research methods, quantification, field methods, and laboratory science. It offers students the skills and competencies needed to pursue careers in cultural resource management. Students planning futures in nonacademic archaeology should consider this degree or some of its recommended courses.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Architectural Engineering (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major emphasizes the application of scientific and engineering principles to the planning, design, and construction of buildings and building systems. The goal of the program is to provide engineering graduates with the best education available for careers in the building professions. Graduates will have the ability to practice as registered professional engineers in a variety of areas, both public and private, related to the planning, design, construction, and operation of buildings and to assume a place of leadership in society. Four options are available in the ten-semester major: Construction, which emphasizes building construction engineering and construction management; Lighting/Electrical, which emphasizes the design of lighting and electrical systems for buildings; Mechanical, which emphasizes the design of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems in buildings; and Structural, which emphasizes the analysis and design of building structural systems.
(College of Engineering)

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Architecture* (Start and Finish: University Park)

The five-year professional program leads to the bachelor of architecture degree and contains intensive academic studies in architectural and related subjects.

The major provides for the education of architects at the professional and preprofessional levels. This program prepares those who seek careers as practicing architects. It is also professional preparation for those entering related design fields. Graduates holding a bachelor of architecture first professional degree are eligible, after appropriate internship experience, for admission to the professional state licensing examination and subsequent registration as architects.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

*The Department of Architecture is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the Bachelor of Architecture degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

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Art (Start and Finish: University Park)

The B.A. degree in art provides a comprehensive liberal arts education coupled with professional resident instruction in art. Depending on each student’s objectives and course choices, this degree provides preparation for a professional career, a foundation for graduate studies, or a liberal arts education in art. Each student must elect an area of concentration from one of the following: ceramic arts, drawing and painting, new media, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. The bachelor of fine arts degree (University Park only) requires thorough preparation and is intended to develop a level of competence that will enable persons who wish to pursue professional careers in art to prepare themselves for specialized graduate studies, specialized professional training, and/or immediate participation in creative work.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

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Art Education (Start and Finish: University Park)

This major offers two options: Art Education for Schools, and Art Education for Museums and Cultural Institutions. A basic art studio, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics preparation; a variety of observational and participatory experiences in art learning environments; and an extensive pre-practice internship are an integral part of each option. Upon completion of the option, employment prospects and/or acceptance for advanced graduate studies depends upon individual achievement and qualifications.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

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Art History (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Art History faculty are internationally known scholars who travel extensively to conduct on-site research. Students begin with foundation survey courses and then take more specialized courses in ancient, Byzantine/medieval, Renaissance/baroque, modern/ contemporary, and African/Asian art history. The histories of painting, sculpture, architecture, and the graphic arts are examined in relation to religion, politics, society, gender, economics, philosophy, and culture. Graduates find employment in galleries, publishing, arts agencies, archaeology, historic preservation, and historic sites. The most common careers are teaching at the college level or working in a museum; these careers usually require further study and graduate degrees.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

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Asian Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This is an interdisciplinary major, with a strong disciplinary core, for students who want a basic understanding of the background and contemporary aspect of East, Southeast, or South Asia. Students are expected to focus their coursework largely on one major Asian area.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Astronomy and Astrophysics (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Astronomy involves the study of the properties, physical nature and origins of the planets, stars, galaxies and universe as a whole. It involves development of instrumentation, observations of celestial objects with ground- and space-based telescopes, and interpretation of findings using the mathematical laws of physics such as gravity, electromagnetism, and quantum mechanics. The undergraduate major provides a strong and broad foundation in mathematics, physical science, and computation as well as a detailed understanding of modern astronomy. Many research opportunities are available to complement the formal class work. Graduates proceed to advanced degrees in astronomy and other sciences, and into a wide variety of technical professions.
(Eberly College of Science)

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Athletic Training B.S. (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training provides a concentrated program of courses designed to prepare students for a career in the profession of athletic training. This major has been designed to meet the standards for national certification by the Board of Certification (BOC) and legal certification by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation and successful completion of the national BOC examination, students may seek employment in various professional settings including: professional sports, colleges and universities, secondary schools, hospitals, sports medicine clinics, industrial settings plus many more.
(College of Health and Human Development)

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Biobehavioral Health (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park; Start and Finish at World Campus)

This major provides interdisciplinary training designed to integrate biological, behavioral, and social science approaches to the study of human health and illness. Emphasis is placed on the study of physical health. The goal of this major is to help students become familiar with multiple perspectives, approaches, and methods needed to address and solve problems of human health and illness. Students may select supporting courses that will fulfill requirements for admission to graduate and professional programs. This major helps graduates prepare for entry-level jobs in a range of biomedical and health-related areas, including as research assistants, laboratory managers, biomedical product representatives, and in technical support positions in biomedical and health-related fields. This major also provides excellent preparation for advanced study in natural and social science disciplines and related professional areas such as epidemiology, public health, environmental health and safety, and human services.
(College of Health and Human Development)

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Students in this major apply basic principles of chemistry and physics to the study of living cells and their components to explain biology at molecular, genetic, and cellular levels. Students will develop a strong foundation in quantitative and analytical biological sciences, including molecular biology, biochemistry, enzymology, metabolism, cell biology, and molecular genetics. The curriculum is designed to help students prepare for advanced study leading to careers in research, medicine, and education, or to secure employment in biotechnology and health-related industries, including government, academic, and private laboratories.
(Eberly College of Science)

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Biological Anthropology (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The bachelor of science degree program provides the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in research methods, quantification, and laboratory science. It helps students develop the skills and competencies needed to pursue graduate study or careers in professions associated with biological anthropology. Students contemplating futures in biomedical or forensic sciences should consult with Penn State’s Premedicine Office or a specific forensic science graduate program to make certain that additional courses in organic chemistry and physics that are required for admission are completed.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Biological Engineering (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major helps students prepare for careers involving the application of engineering principles to biological and agricultural production systems, processing systems, and conservation of land and water resources. Education in mathematics, physics, and engineering sciences common to all engineering disciplines is provided along with specialized training in biological and agricultural sciences. The curriculum covers agricultural and biological engineering, including food engineering, postharvest handling and processing of commodities, power and machinery development and applications, resource management and utilization, soil and water management structures and their environmental modifications, product synthesis using microbiological organisms, and food safety. A student can select the Agricultural Engineering option or the Biological and Food Engineering option.
(College of Engineering)

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Biology (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The curriculum in Biology helps students prepare for professions requiring competence in biological science or for gaining an understanding of the world of living things. The professional group includes students who intend to pursue graduate study, students who are interested in work with various governmental agencies or industries having biological responsibilities, and students who want to prepare for careers in medicine or other health-related professions. Students with other interests may select the curriculum because its broad approach can result in an educated view of the structure and function of living things. Achievement of these goals, including a special interest in a particular area of biology, can be met by selecting one of six options: Plant Biology, Ecology, General Biology, Genetics and Developmental Biology, Neuroscience, and Vertebrate Physiology. Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in for availability.
(Eberly College of Science)

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Biomedical Engineering* (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The Biomedical engineering curriculum emphasizes the continuous integration of classical and modern engineering principles with the life sciences and health care. Bioengineers apply these skills to innovation in the health care industry, basic biological sciences, and the underpinning of medical practice. Graduates of the program are expected to assume positions in the health care industry, to pursue further studies of the biomedical and engineering sciences, or go on to study medicine.
(College of Engineering)

* Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone, 410-347-7700; www.abet.org.

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BioRenewable Systems: Bachelor of Science (Start at Any Campus and Finish at University Park.)

The BioRenewable Systems Major is an applied major that intertwines the study of engineering technology, natural resources, and agriculture with fundamentals of business, entrepreneurship, and management. Administered through the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, the BioRenewable Systems (BRS) program uniquely prepares students to solve 21st century problems and attain careers in both traditional sectors and those relating to the emerging bioeconomy. Students in this program will secure: (1) knowledge of fundamental sciences related to resources, processes, and products in biorenewable systems; (2) communication and managerial skills relevant to careers in product development, technology, sales, marketing and management; and (3) the ability to apply systems analysis skills, positioning them for effective problem solving and leadership in the agricultural and bioproducts industries.

Graduates are typically employed as sales and field representatives, financial and technical consultants, and technical service or quality assurance personnel in renewable bioproducts or related agricultural sectors such as: power and machinery systems, forest products, food production, bioprocessing, environmental systems, wood structures, bioenergy, co-product development, and agrochemicals. Graduates may continue their education in a graduate program with a science, engineering, or business orientation.
(College of Agricultural Sciences)

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Biotechnology (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Biotechnology may be broadly defined as the application of principles of molecular and cell science in the production of biologically important or industrially useful products. Therefore, students in the Biotechnology major acquire a strong foundation in the life and chemical sciences; learn how fundamental science is applied to problems through biotechnology; develop basic laboratory skills, perform standard techniques, work with state-of-the-art instrumentation, describe and evaluate analytical methodology used in biotechnology; and become familiar with societal concerns and governmental regulations regarding the biotechnology industry. Each student receives extensive laboratory experience. In the General option, students are strongly encouraged to consider Cooperative Education with industry as an integral part of their curriculum. In addition to the General option in Biotechnology, the major also offers the Clinical Laboratory Science option.
(Eberly College of Science)

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Business Undecided (Start at any campus and finish at University Park)

This major is for students interested in the Smeal College of Business, but are undecided about which major they would like to select. Beginning studies with an "undecided" major allows students to explore the many different majors offered within this college and learn more about the specific disciplines that are available to them.
(Smeal College of Business)

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Chemical Engineering (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Chemical engineers are employed in pharmaceutical and biotechnical companies, semiconductor manufacturing, start-up companies converting the latest laboratory discoveries to large-scale commercial production. Chemical engineers develop new ways to manufacture medicines and plastics; develop control systems that enable the safe production of products from semiconductors to household soap; design chemical and petroleum plants; research the effects of artificial organs on blood flow; and develop the equipment and processes necessary for advances in biotechnology. Chemical engineering emphasizes the practical application of chemistry for the development of new products and processes. This major provides students with fundamental skills in problem solving, analysis, and design, along with hands-on experience in practical applications. Students have numerous opportunities to pursue specialized areas, including formal options in Bioprocess and Biomolecular Engineering, Energy and Fuels, and Polymer Engineering.
(College of Engineering)

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Chemistry (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major provides a strong foundation in the theory and practice of chemistry. Mathematics and physics are emphasized, since these subjects are essential to the understanding of chemistry. Courses in English and a foreign language as well as electives ensure study in non-technical subjects. This arrangement broadens the student’s general education and enables the student to better relate the major to other fields of knowledge.
(Eberly College of Science)

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Bachelor of Arts Chinese (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The major in Chinese is designed to develop skills in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Chinese, along with an understanding of the diverse literatures, cultures, and traditions of the Chinese-speaking world, ranging from mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong to Chinese-speaking America. The major can help students prepare for professional careers in which a knowledge of Chinese, especially Mandarin, is useful, including teaching in public schools. The major in Chinese is intended to provide students with a good working knowledge of the language and culture of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, taught in a context that emphasizes the characteristics of the Chinese-speaking world.
(College of Liberal Arts)

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Civil Engineering (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The program in Civil and Environmental Engineering is designed to provide the basic undergraduate education required for private practice and public service in civil engineering, and/or graduate education. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of civil engineering principles and design techniques. Students utilize basic engineering science concepts in several of the different specialty areas (e.g., construction/management, environmental, materials/pavement design/geotechnical, structures, transportation, and water resources). Students choose an area of specialization for professional practice or graduate studies. Their area of specialization culminates in a capstone design experience.
(College of Engineering)

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Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major is concerned with the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean world, including the ancient Greeks, Romans, and the peoples of Egypt and the Near East. The study of these civilizations includes their languages and literatures, history and politics, religion and mythologies, philosophies, and material culture. Students follow one of three options. The Ancient Languages option requires study of Greek or Latin, one or more of the languages of the ancient Near East, or a combination of languages. The Ancient Mediterranean Archaeology option is designed for students interested in the physical evidence for ancient Mediterranean cultures. The Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies option is suitable for students interested in a broadly interdisciplinary study of the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean. This option does not require study of language, although students are encouraged to study the appropriate ancient languages. All students in the major are particularly encouraged to participate in one of the Penn State Education Abroad Programs and/or archaeological field schools in the Mediterranean area.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Communication Arts and Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

From a department that spans the humanities and social sciences, CAS majors learn to think critically, analyze public discourse, conduct empirical studies to test communication theories, argue persuasively, influence people, form and keep relationships, and participate in the civic life of a community. CAS courses prepare students to thrive in an increasingly message-rich and interconnected world. The CAS major is not designed as training programs in advertising, journalism, public relations, or mass media production. An undergraduate degree in CAS equips students for careers in public affairs, sales, social science research, advocacy, market analysis, and human resources, as well as for advanced professional or graduate study.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Communication Arts and Sciences B.S. (Start at Any Campus and Finish at University Park)
This major provides increased understanding and practice in the ways humans use symbols to influence people and the world around them. The ability to communicate effectively with others in personal, social, work and multicultural situations is essential in modern society. A student of Communication Arts and Sciences will learn to think critically, analyze and solve problems, understand and manage conflict, argue persuasively, influence people, form and keep relationships, give effective presentations, and participate in the civic and political life of a community. The flexibility of the program offers preparation for a variety of careers such as administration, law, business, health, and human services fields. A CAS degree also lends itself well to a concurrent degree program in which students prpeare themselves in several fields of study.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Communication Sciences and Disorders (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major offers a comprehensive program of study for students preparing to become speech–language pathologists or audiologists. The curriculum is designed for the sole purpose of helping undergraduate students prepare for graduate study in communication sciences and disorders or related areas. State licensure laws and professional certifications require that a speech–language pathologist or audiologist must have a master’s degree, pass a national test, and complete a clinical fellowship year.
(College of Health and Human Development)

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This major is for students interested in the College of Communications, but are undecided about which major they would like to select. Beginning studies with an "undecided" major allows students to explore the many different majors offered within this college and learn more about the specific disciplines that are available to them.

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Community, Environment, and Development (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The principal goal of the Community, Environment, and Development major is to help students develop the knowledge and skills to help local people, their communities, and institutions effectively understand, respond to, and ultimately shape economic and social changes, including those that pose risks to the environment. The major focuses on the fields of community and economic development, environment and natural resources, and the critically important interactions between these fields, both locally and globally. Building skills and knowledge to tackle important environmental and developmental issues facing communities today requires a multidisciplinary or transdisciplinary approach; the major bridges the disciplines of agricultural, environmental, and regional economics on the one hand and rural sociology on the other.
(College of Agricultural Sciences)

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Comparative Literature (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Approaching literature with a global perspective, the major in Comparative Literature crosses the boundaries of geography, time, nationalities, languages, and cultures. The literature draws upon readings from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The range includes recognized great books along with lesser-known works, texts that have received attention since ancient times and new texts by living writers, women’s literature, myths and folktales, literary humor, African drama, Jewish fiction and poetry, Japanese and Chinese writing, works by Native Americans, and hero-tales such as the Arthurian legend. Students are challenged to appreciate different literatures, to learn about genres, themes, periods, and further concepts used in critical analysis, to situate literature within its cultural context, and to relate literature to other areas of creative experience, such as film. A senior seminar clarifies the mysteries of literary theory and provides opportunities for individual projects.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Computer Engineering (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major provides students with a strong foundation in computer engineering through a combination of classroom study, design projects, and laboratory experience. Analysis and design of computer hardware and software systems are stressed. Built upon a core of science and mathematics courses, this major has the objective of educating graduates to be problem solvers. Students acquire the ability to work as members of a team toward successful attainment of a common goal, preparing them for industry or further study in graduate school. In addition, written and oral communication skills are developed, culminating in a senior design project that stresses communication as well as engineering content.
(College of Engineering)

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Computer Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Computer Science is concerned with the analysis, design, and applications of computing software and systems. It includes a core foundation in computer hardware and software with emphasis on the design of efficient, fault-free software. It includes programming languages, data structures, compilers, operating systems, databases, and artificial intelligence. The major is designed to provide fundamental training in preparing graduates for positions in schools, commerce, industry, and government. Students should consult their advisers in formulating suitable programs.
(College of Engineering)

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Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship major prepares students for challenges in the development of emerging products and new markets for demanding consumers. The ability to adapt to a rapidly changing social and business environment can yield great rewards and returns, but it requires innovative, multifunctional individuals able to adapt to and develop new technologies, innovations and businesses amid a wider environment of change, uncertainty and ambiguity. The major is conceived for students interested in starting and managing new businesses or re-inventing current business with the intent of growing the economy and providing jobs for a diverse workforce. The major will focus on developing problem solving and creative thinking skills, along with the ability to recognize opportunities, spot trends, and develop a plan to capitalize on these ideas. Emerging entrepreneurs and innovative managers of small to large businesses must be competent in various mediums of communication, have good negotiation skills, can lead with ethics and integrity, and are grounded in business aspects of planning, capital investing, goal setting, and decision making.
(Smeal College of Business)

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Criminology B.A. (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major provides the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in research methods, quantification, and the sciences. It offers preparation for pursuing further studies or finding employment where such knowledge is advantageous. Students contemplating futures in social science research, business, forensics, public service, and paralegal positions should consider this degree or some of its recommended courses. Either the B.A. or B.S. degree is suitable for students seeking entry level positions in the criminal justice system and for students interested in graduate and law school. Students interested in acquiring strong quantitative skills should consider the B.S. degree.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Criminology B.S. (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major provides the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in research methods, quantification, and the sciences. It offers preparation for pursuing further studies or finding employment where such knowledge is advantageous. Students contemplating futures in social science research, business, forensics, public service, and paralegal positions should consider this degree or some of its recommended courses. Either the B.A. or B.S. degree is suitable for students seeking entry level positions in the criminal justice system and for students interested in graduate and law school.
Students interested in acquiring strong quantitative skills should consider the B.S. degree.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations (Start at any campus and Finish: University Park)
The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for careers as cybersecurity professionals. It educates students on the essential concepts of cyber-defense and the analytical fundamentals of cybersecurity, with a focus on the analytical and risk management underpinnings and associated cyber-defense techniques and strategies for ensuring the safety of online information stored in large and heterogeneous networks that are embedded within and across the complex socio-technical infrastructures that are pervasive in today's business, government and military organizations. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to critically assess and respond to modern information security threats, using approaches that are grounded in a holistic understanding of adversarial strategies and effective responses. More specifically, it will offer an in-depth and domain-independent approach to the development of skills in cyberdefense technologies, tools and processes; cybersecurity analytics and visualization; and cybersecurity risk analysis and management. The major draws from concepts and skills associated with a number of disciplines, including information science, management science, statistics and data science, human behavior, and law/policy. Graduates will be prepared to join the rapidly growing cybersecurity workforce deployed across organizations of diverse sizes and missions.
(College of Information Sciences and Technology)

Campus website: University Park

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Dance (Start and Finish at University Park)
The BS in Dance degree is specially designed as a comprehensive study of all elements of Dance, focusing on elements of the artistry and sciences of the body serve to create a more well rounded performer. Students are encouraged to have a concurrent major with any other area of study. Students are encouraged to consider how their concurrent majors will result in career enhancement, for example kinesiology and dance or education and dance. Students will learn to analyze, generate, and influence creativity in their workplaces and their lives. This program will also emphasize the broadening impact of the intersection of the arts and sciences. Students are strongly encouraged to spend Maymester abroad in the dance program's international trip to Ireland.

Unlike the BFAs in Musical Theatre, Design and Technology, and Acting, this degree is designed to allow and encourage exploration by the student, working closely with their adviser. As a student's perspectives and career goals may change over the course of their four years at Penn State, this program is flexible in order to support those changes. Equally, unlike the BA in Theatre, which is a liberal arts based program, the BS focuses on courses that enhance the student's professional aspirations and encourage students to see the "theatricality of the body," the artistic applications of scientific information on the body, and the scientific aspect of artistry. Students who successfully complete the program will be prepared to use their skills in presentation, design, analysis, and critical thinking in every phase of their profession development.
College of Arts and Architecture

Campus website: University Park

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Data Sciences Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park

The inter-college Data Sciences major will educate students on the technical fundamentals of data sciences, with a focus on developing the knowledge and skills needed to manage and analyze large scale unstructured data to address an expanding range of problems in industry, government, and academia. The underlying knowledge for data sciences derives from machine learning, data mining, computer science, statistics, and visualization, and the emerging science of managing and analyzing data at scale. Students will gain breadth of knowledge through common core classes, as well as depth in one of three options. After taking common courses during the pre-major stage, students will choose among options focused on application (College of IST), computation (College of Engineering) and science (College of Science). Students in all three options will come together in their junior and senior years for two shared capstone experiences. In combination the three options position Penn State to offer highly trained professionals who understand data science’s multiple dimensions for a growing segment of the U.S. economy.

Applied Data Sciences - This option focuses on the principles, methods, and tools for assembly, validation, organization, analysis, visualization, and interpretation of large and heterogeneous data, to support data-driven discovery and decision making, with emphasis on addressing pressing scientific, organizational, and societal challenges. A combination of required and elective courses provides students with the training and skills needed to develop advanced tools and domain-specific analyses that yield actionable knowledge from data. This option also provides critical analytical skills needed to assess the benefits and limitations of data analytics across a broad range of applications.

Computational Data Sciences - This option focuses on the computational foundations of the data sciences, including the design, implementation and analysis of software that manages the volume, heterogeneity and dynamic characteristics of large data sets and that leverages the computational power of multicore hardware. Students in this option will take upper-level courses in computer science and related fields to develop the skills necessary to construct efficient solutions to computational problems involving Big Data.

Statistical Modeling Data Sciences - This option focuses on statistical models and methods that are needed to discover and validate patterns in Big Data. Students in this option will take upper-level statistics and mathematics courses, learning to apply the theoretical machinery of quantitative models to the solution of real-world problems involving Big Data.

(College of Engineering,College of Information Sciences and Technology, Eberly College of Science)

Campus website: University Park

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The Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS)

First-year students who wish to explore academic programs before choosing a specific college or major may enroll in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). DUS is a popular choice for first-year students because it provides opportunities to explore programs in several colleges simultaneously under the guidance of an academic adviser. Students enter an academic college when they are qualified and ready to do so. They may remain in DUS for no more than two semesters beyond their first year at Penn State. After they complete their DUS enrollment, they should be prepared to choose a field of study that is well suited to their interests, abilities, and aspirations.
(Division of Undergraduate Studies)

Campus website: University Park

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This major is for students interested in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, but are undecided about which major they would like to select. Beginning studies with an "undecided" major allows students to explore the many different majors offered within this college and learn more about the specific disciplines that are available to them.

Campus website: University Park

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Earth Science and Policy (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major is intended to bridge the gap between the physical, natural sciences (the earth sciences) and the social sciences, with the understanding that intelligent, effective solutions to environmental problems will require people who grasp the scientific and social dimensions of environmental problems.

Students develop a sense of community through a set of common upper level courses and they gain practical experience through a mandatory internship course. A variety of options are offered to enable greater depth of study in aspects of science and policy related to water and land use, climate change, and energy; a general option is also available.

This major will provide an excellent preparation for careers in environmental law, environmental consulting, and non-profit organizations engaged in the science and policy of environmental issues. This major will also serve as a strong basis for postgraduate studies in environmental science and policy.

(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences)

 

Campus website: University Park

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Earth Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major provides a comprehensive program in environmental sciences based on a strong emphasis in earth sciences. It is especially directed toward study of the problems that arise from the complex interaction of man’s technological and social activities with the natural environment. Graduates are in demand for positions in government, industry, and consulting. Professional activities include gathering and evaluating data on environments; management and coordination of specialized programs in environmental control and modification; and industrial and government planning. Suitable choices of courses may qualify students for graduate work in several fields.
(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences)

Campus website: University Park

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Economics (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

This major is designed for those who seek a broad understanding of the operation of the economic system and training in the methods and uses of economic analysis. Graduates are equipped for employment in many areas of business operations, labor unions, and agencies of government at all levels; and to undertake the graduate work necessary to become professional economists.
Students may choose either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science program. An honors program is also offered.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Economics (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

This major is designed for those who seek a broad understanding of the operation of the economic system and training in the methods and uses of economic analysis. Graduates are equipped for employment in many areas of business operations, labor unions, and agencies of government at all levels; and to undertake the graduate work necessary to become professional economists.
The B.S. degree program is intended for students with a strong interest in quantitative skills. An honors program is also offered.
(College of Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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This major is for students interested in the College of Education, but are undecided about which major they would like to select. Beginning studies with an "undecided" major allows students to explore the many different majors offered within this college and learn more about the specific disciplines that are available to them.

Campus website: University Park

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Education and Public Policy (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major helps students prepare to work in political and economic global systems for the betterment of a diverse and democratic society. Students become discerning research consumers and policy analysts in order to work for educational reform and social justice. The major blends core courses in educational policy with foundation courses in sociology, political science, economics, business, race and class, and research methods. Graduates typically enter professional careers in educational organizations, government, community development, public service, nonprofits, consulting, philanthropy, and interest groups.
(College of Education)

Campus website: University Park

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Electrical Engineering (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Electrical engineering is the application of electronics, electrical science and technology, and computer systems to the needs of society. The Electrical Engineering faculty is committed to providing a curriculum that educates students for professional careers in electrical engineering in diverse industries such as defense, communications, transportation, manufacturing, health care, construction, and entertainment. Graduates also go on to advanced study in electrical engineering or a related field. Students acquire a broad knowledge base in electrical circuits, digital systems, electronic devices, electromagnetics, and linear systems as well as expertise in one or more areas of specialization. Students learn electrical engineering theoretical, analytical, and design concepts through lecture-based courses. Additional problem-solving skills and practical experience are developed through design projects and laboratory assignments, which also provide opportunities for learning team building, teamwork, and technical communication skills.
(College of Engineering)

Campus website: University Park

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Elementary and Early Childhood Education (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington, Altoona, Berks, Behrend, University Park)

There are three options within this major: Early Education PK-4, English 4-8, and Social Studies 4-8. Students successfully completing this major will have met all the requirements and are eligible to apply for the PK-4, English Education 4-8, or Social Studies Education 4-8 Instructional 1 certificate issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students must apply for admission to the major.
Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in attending to determine which options are offered.
(College of Education)

Campus website: University Park

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Energy Engineering (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The Energy Engineering major is designed to address the growing impact and demand for energy in society and to equip students with the knowledge necessary to become valuable contributors in addressing society’s energy needs and demands. Along with basic engineering skills, the program integrates skill sets in the physical sciences (chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics) and social sciences (economics, policy, and management) to ensure successful career opportunities in advancing the technology and management of energy; innovators and entrepreneurs in the energy sector; and educators, practicing engineers, and national leaders in the energy and associated environmental health and safety, policy, and economic fields.
(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences)

Campus website: University Park

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Energy Business and Finance (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major, offered jointly by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the Smeal College of Business, combines training in business, economics, finance, and the physical sciences with a core of courses focusing on energy and related industries. The major helps students prepare for careers in the energy industry, as well as financial institutions, nonprofit groups, and international organizations dealing with energy issues. The curriculum also provides a strong base for further study in business, economics, law, and social sciences. The General option of the major is appropriate for students who want a broad understanding of the earth and environmental sciences in preparation for careers in industry, commerce, and government. A more specific course of study involving geographic information systems is available through the Geographic Information Systems option. The option is designed to develop competence in description, analysis, explanation, and management of problems arising from human use of natural resources and natural systems. The Energy Systems option is designed to give students a more rigorous background in engineering principles and applications together with a demanding economics and business curriculum.
(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Smeal College of Business)

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This major is for students interested in the College of Engineering, but are undecided about which major they would like to select. Beginning studies with an "undecided" major allows students to explore the many different majors offered within this college and learn more about the specific disciplines that are available to them.

Campus website: University Park

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Engineering Science* (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Engineering Science is a multidisciplinary honors program that emphasizes enhanced understanding and integrated application of engineering, scientific, and mathematical principles. The program provides a broad foundation in the sciences and associated mathematics that underlie engineering and provides students the opportunity to obtain a depth of knowledge in an area of their choice through technical electives and an honors thesis. The curriculum is designed for students who seek to link the engineering disciplines with science. Focus areas of study include, but are not limited to, electrical, mechanical, civil, bioengineering, and materials and are typically interdisciplinary. Engineering Science students achieve both depth and breadth in engineering and science, are able to function across disciplines, and graduate well prepared for advanced studies as well as professional employment.
(College of Engineering)

* Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone, 410-347-7700; www.abet.org.

Campus website: University Park

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English (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Students explore the imaginative and practical uses of English through courses in literature, writing, rhetoric, and language. They develop perspectives on human nature and cultural values through American, British, and other English literatures; they learn how to gather, analyze, synthesize, and communicate information; they gain mastery over their language. These skills help English majors find careers in publishing, business, industry, government, and teaching. English majors often go on to postgraduate study not only in English but also in such areas as law, business, education, or other liberal disciplines. Majors can emphasize writing, literature, or rhetoric, or a mix of literature, writing, and rhetoric. All provide a liberal arts education and all develop analytic and writing skills. At University Park, qualified students may participate in the career internship and the English honors program.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Environmental Resource Management (University Park)
Environmental Resource Management (ERM) is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental program in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Students may major or minor in ERM. The major is a science-based curriculum designed to prepare students for environment-oriented careers in the public and private sectors and for graduate school.
(College of Agricultural Sciences)

Campus website: University Park

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Environmental Systems Engineering* (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Environmental Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary program concerned with the impact of industrial activities on the environment and the choice of cost-effective remediation strategies. The program is designed to address critical environmental problems of basic industries, such as those involved in the extraction, conversion, and utilization of energy and mineral resources. Students acquire an appropriate blend of theory, applications, and design as well as the fundamentals necessary to maintain lifelong professional growth. Graduates are prepared to enter both the private and public sectors as environmental systems engineers or to pursue further education at the graduate level.
(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences)

* Accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone 410-347-7700; www.abet.org.

Campus website: University Park

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The Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS)

First-year students who wish to explore academic programs before choosing a specific college or major may enroll in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). DUS is a popular choice for first-year students because it provides opportunities to explore programs in several colleges simultaneously under the guidance of an academic adviser. Students enter an academic college when they are qualified and ready to do so. They may remain in DUS for no more than two semesters beyond their first year at Penn State. After they complete their DUS enrollment, they should be prepared to choose a field of study that is well suited to their interests, abilities, and aspirations.
(Division of Undergraduate Studies)

Campus website: University Park

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Film-Video (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The Film-Video major is designed to serve students whose primary interest is the art of film and video. It offers an integrated curriculum in which historical, critical, and theoretical studies parallel the teaching of production and aesthetics. The major serves students who wish to pursue careers in film, television, or related industries, as well as students planning to continue work in film and video at the graduate level.
(College of Communications)

Campus website: University Park

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Finance(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major provides students with an opportunity to study investment analysis, management of banks and other financial institutions, and financial management of corporations and other businesses. Course coverage includes business finance, security markets, commercial bank management, investment valuations, portfolio management, futures and options markets, and capital budgeting.
(Smeal College of Business)

Campus website: University Park

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Food Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Food science involves the application of science and technology to food product manufacture, storage, and distribution to consumers. Food scientists are especially concerned with food safety, nutrition, food quality, food processing management, and new product and process development. Graduates are employed by food manufacturing and food ingredient companies and other industries that supply goods and services to the food industry; by universities; and by government agencies concerned with food regulations and the health and well-being of the general public.
(College of Agricultural Sciences)

Campus website: University Park

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Forensic Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Forensic Science is the application of scientific principles and methods to assist criminal and civil investigations and litigation. This major is an intercollege collaboration among academic units and provides students with a strong foundation in the biological, physical, and mathematical sciences. It introduces them to relevant topics in forensic chemistry, forensic anthropology, forensic biology, forensic entomology, and appropriate social sciences. Students are educated about the role of forensic scientists in the criminal justice system, the collection and analysis of scientific evidence, and the manner in which evidence is presented in court. Graduates of this major could pursue employment as a scientist in a federal, state, or private forensic laboratory or with insurance companies, homeland security agencies, or the judicial community. Graduates could also choose to pursue graduate study in forensics.
(Eberly College of Science)

Campus website: University Park

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Forest Ecosystem Management: Bachelor of Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The mission of the B.S. program in Forest Ecosystem Management is to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and professional ethics for understanding and managing forest ecosystems and living as responsible members of society.

The Forest Ecosystem Management major provides for the education necessary for students to pursue professional careers in one of the following options: (1) Forest Biology, (2) Forest Management, (3) Community and Urban Forest Management, and (4) Watershed Management. These options also will prepare students for graduate studies in continuing professional education.
(College of Agricultural Sciences)

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French and Francophone Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The B.A. major in French and Francophone Studies encourages students to develop fluency in the language as well as an appreciation of Francophone literature and culture. The major can also help students prepare for interdisciplinary professional careers in which knowledge of a foreign language is useful. The B.S. degree is designed to allow students to combine fluency in French with other academic disciplines. The Business option develops basic skills in French (speaking, understanding, reading, writing) and acquaints students with a number of fields essential to business, especially in the international area. The Engineering option has a required overseas study or work component. The Applied French option develops basic skills in French (speaking, understanding, reading, writing) as well as a basic knowledge of French literature and culture. It also provides a concentration in a professional area in which a command of French can be particularly relevant or useful.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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French and Francophone Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The B.A. major in French and Francophone Studies encourages students to develop fluency in the language as well as an appreciation of Francophone literature and culture. The major can also help students prepare for interdisciplinary professional careers in which knowledge of a foreign language is useful. The B.S. degree is designed to allow students to combine fluency in French with other academic disciplines. The Business option develops basic skills in French (speaking, understanding, reading, writing) and acquaints students with a number of fields essential to business, especially in the international area. The Engineering option has a required overseas study or work component. The Applied French option develops basic skills in French (speaking, understanding, reading, writing) as well as a basic knowledge of French literature and culture. It also provides a concentration in a professional area in which a command of French can be particularly relevant or useful.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Geobiology (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Geobiology is the interdisciplinary study of the Earth and its biosphere. It embraces the history of life and its interactions with the Earth over geologic time; it also includes study of interactions between living organisms and physical and chemical processes in the modern environment on Earth, and possibly elsewhere in the universe. Geobiology encompasses the fields of paleobiology and paleontology, biogeochemistry, geomicrobiology, and astrobiology. Students gain practical field experience in the study of the physical environment and ecological properties. Students will be well prepared for advanced studies in this emerging discipline, and for careers in the environmental sciences. Geobiology is critical to the study of environmental quality, global change and environmental-human health interactions, all of which have profound importance in legal, economic, and policy arenas.
(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences)

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Geography (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Geography is both a socialbehavioral and an environmental science. Geographers describe, analyze, and explain the arrangement of the human and physical features on the Earth’s surface. The Liberal Arts major stresses the social and behavioral aspects of geography; the Earth and Mineral Sciences major stresses the discipline’s environmental perspectives. Both majors provide training in descriptive and analytical skills such as map reading, cartography, and statistics. Graduates may find employment in federal, state, and local administrative and planning agencies or in private firms that specialize in marketing and environmental research. The major can provide preparation for a career in business, industry, or government. Geographers with bachelor’s degrees are currently being placed in federal, state, and local administrative and planning agencies and in private firms that specialize in planning and development or in environmental and socioeconomic analysis.
(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences)

Campus website: University Park

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Geography (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Geography is both a socialbehavioral and an environmental science. Geographers describe, analyze, and explain the arrangement of the human and physical features on the Earth’s surface. The Liberal Arts major stresses the social and behavioral aspects of geography; the Earth and Mineral Sciences major stresses the discipline’s environmental perspectives. Both majors provide training in descriptive and analytical skills such as map reading, cartography, and statistics. Graduates may find employment in federal, state, and local administrative and planning agencies or in private firms that specialize in marketing and environmental research. The major can provide preparation for a career in business, industry, or government. Geographers with bachelor’s degrees are currently being placed in federal, state, and local administrative and planning agencies and in private firms that specialize in planning and development or in environmental and socioeconomic analysis.
(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences)

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Geosciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The geosciences are concerned with understanding earth processes and the evolutionary history of the Earth. Geoscientists work to discover and develop natural resources such as groundwater, metals, and energy sources; to solve technology-generated environmental problems such as acid mine drainage and waste disposal; to predict geological events, such as the occurrence of earthquakes and volcanism; and to solve fundamental questions concerning the origin and evolution of Earth and life. Our degree programs stress data collection; investigation, analysis, and synthesis of information related to complex natural problems; and rigor of thought and clarity of oral and written expression.
(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences)

Campus website: University Park

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Geosciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The geosciences are concerned with understanding earth processes and the evolutionary history of the Earth. Geoscientists work to discover and develop natural resources such as groundwater, metals, and energy sources; to solve technology-generated environmental problems such as acid mine drainage and waste disposal; to predict geological events, such as the occurrence of earthquakes and volcanism; and to solve fundamental questions concerning the origin and evolution of Earth and life. Our degree programs stress data collection; investigation, analysis, and synthesis of information related to complex natural problems; and rigor of thought and clarity of oral and written expression.
(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences)

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German (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major allows students to combine fluency in the German language and culture with other academic disciplines in both the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science programs. In the B.S. program, the German–Business option develops basic German business–communication skills as well as fundamental knowledge of German economics. The German–Engineering option has a required overseas study and internship component. Students in the German–Business option are encouraged to participate in the University’s study abroad programs in Germany.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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German (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major allows students to combine fluency in the German language and culture with other academic disciplines in both the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science programs. In the B.S. program, the German–Business option develops basic German business–communication skills as well as fundamental knowledge of German economics. The German–Engineering option has a required overseas study and internship component. Students in the German–Business option are encouraged to participate in the University’s study abroad programs in Germany.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Global and International Studies B.A.  (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)
The interdisciplinary B.A. degree in Global and International Studies is intended to prepare students for lives and careers in a world that is increasingly interdependent. It reflects a “One World” concept that emphasizes the importance of global perspectives, international communication, and study or working experience abroad. The major combines the expertise of multiple disciplines, including the Social Sciences and the Humanities, to suggest a variety of methods for understanding the dynamic issues facing human beings across the globe. The structure of the major also recognizes the fact that the vast majority of the world's people live in regions other than the European and North American spheres, and that a knowledge of non-Anglophone cultures is an important form of preparation for global citizenship.

The major develops transnational and trans-regional literacy, drawing on coursework both in the Humanities and the Social Sciences to focus on questions of globalization, ethical imagination, and ways to engage peoples and cultures in local terms. Students learn to situate global trends, both macro and micro in nature, in relation to other historical processes. Most courses for the GLIS major will demonstrate a global or regional (rather than national) perspective and address a central topic in one of five designated Pathways: Human rights, Culture and Identity, Global Conflict, Wealth and Inequality, and Health and Environment.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Global and International Studies B.S. (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)
The interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree in Global and International Studies is intended to prepare students for lives and careers in a world that is increasingly interdependent. It reflects a “One World” concept that emphasizes the importance of global perspectives, international communication, and study or working experience abroad. The major combines the expertise of multiple disciplines, including the Social Sciences and the Humanities, to suggest a variety of methods for understanding the dynamic issues facing human beings across the globe. The structure of the major also recognizes the fact that the vast majority of the world's people live in regions other than the European and North American spheres, and that a knowledge of non-Anglophone cultures is an important form of preparation for global citizenship.

The major develops transnational and trans-regional literacy, drawing on coursework both in the Humanities and the Social Sciences to focus on questions of globalization, ethical imagination, and ways to engage peoples and cultures in local terms. Students learn to situate global trends, both macro and micro in nature, in relation to other historical processes. Most courses for the GLIS major will demonstrate a global or regional (rather than national) perspective and address a central topic in one of five designated Pathways: Human rights, Culture and Identity, Global Conflict, Wealth and Inequality, and Health and Environment.

The B.S. degree requires six credits in quantitative competencies appropriate to the social sciences. The B.S. degree may include a significant engaged scholarship experience (such as undertaking an internship, job, volunteer position, or period of study) located either abroad or in a majority non-English-speaking part of the United States.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Recreation, Park and Tourism Management: Golf Management Option (Start and Finish: University Park)

This option helps prepare students to manage golf facilities within the municipal, military, public, and private sectors. In addition to the core curriculum in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, this option includes a strong basic education in business coupled with course work in turf management and hospitality. Each student completes sixteen months of Co-op education under the supervision of a Class A member of the Professional Golfers' Association of America.

First-year students are admitted directly into the Golf Management option at the University Park campus only. In addition to the University's academic requirements, each student admitted to the Golf Management option must have a playing proficiency represented by a minimum golf handicap of 12 or lower.
(College of Health and Human Development)

Campus website: University Park

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Graphic Design (Start and Finish: University Park)

This degree is intended to help students prepare for careers in graphic design. The program includes the technical skills and the creative and intellectual capacity essential to the practices of graphic design and is intended to help students prepare for employment in design studios, advertising agencies, packaging, publications and corporate design, film and television graphics, and Web and interactive design.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

Campus website: University Park

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This major is for students interested in the College of Health and Human Development, but are undecided about which major they would like to select. Beginning studies with an "undecided" major allows students to explore the many different majors offered within this college and learn more about the specific disciplines that are available to them.

Campus website: University Park

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Health Policy and Administration (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park; Start at World Campus and Finish at World Campus)

This major helps students prepare for management and policy positions or graduate study in the field of health care. Students in the major develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand the complex societal problem of providing access to quality health care at reasonable cost. All HPA students complete an internship in a health care-related setting, giving them valuable experience and contacts in the industry. HPA students study a multidisciplinary curriculum that prepares them to work in many health care organizations including: health care providers; health insurers; health care consultants; health care supply companies; health services research and policy organizations; and local, state, and federal health agencies. HPA students have also used the degree to prepare for graduate study in business, law, medicine or allied health fields, health administration health services research or policy, and public health.
(College of Health and Human Development)

Campus website: University Park

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History (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major provides a broad introduction to the history of the great civilizations of the world and specific areas of historical inquiry. Centered in one of the basic, traditional disciplines, the History major offers invaluable preparation for students interested in a career in government, international relations, law, or librarianship, as well as essential training for those interested in a professional career as an academic or public historian, archivist, or secondary school teacher. Along with the perspective on the present that a study of the past engenders, the program develops skills in research, analysis, and synthesis that have proved useful in commerce and industry. The History major permits easy combination with minors, area studies, or even a concurrent major, providing flexibility in students’ academic plans and career choices.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Hospitality Management (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management helps provide preparation for management positions in hotels, restaurants, institutions, and other hospitality organizations. The program is designed to give the student a broad general education and a strong management and problem-solving orientation balanced with the requisite technical skills, all of them essential for career progression to upper-management positions in the hospitality professions. The program also helps students prepare for graduate study.
(College of Health and Human Development)

Campus website: University Park

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Human Development and Family Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, Start and Finish at World Campus)

This major is a multidisciplinary program that examines the development of individuals and families across the life span. It enables students to prepare for professional, managerial, or scientific roles in health and human services professions, in public and nonprofit agencies, and in business and industry, as well as for advanced professional or graduate study. Courses emphasize biological, psychological, social/cultural, and economic aspects of development. Through course work and undergraduate internships or research projects, students develop skills relevant to career objectives, such as counseling, human assessment, program planning and evaluation, and research. Two options are available within the major: Life Span Human Services and Life Span Developmental Science.
(College of Health and Human Development)

Campus website: University Park

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Immunology and Infectious Disease (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Immunology is the study of how animals and humans protect themselves from pathogens. Understanding basic mechanisms of immunity provides insights into how blood cells develop and how pathogens are recognized and attacked. Furthermore, understanding the concepts behind immunology is necessary for drug and vaccine design. Immunology covers a broad range of disciplines, including but not limited to microbiology, virology, animal health, genetics, biochemistry, and molecular and cell biology. Students will develop an understanding of normal immune responses to bacterial, fungal, and viral agents and the potential pathological outcomes of these responses. Students will learn about events that shape the immune response, the general biology of pathogens, and the mechanisms by which they cause disease. In addition, basic skills in microbiology, molecular biology, and biochemistry will be acquired.
(College of Agricultural Sciences)

Campus website: University Park

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Industrial Engineering (Start at any campus and finish: University Park)
The undergraduate program in Industrial Engineering, being the first established in the world, has a long tradition of providing a strong, technical, hands-on education in design, control, and operation of manufacturing and service processes and systems. The curriculum provides a broad-based education in manufacturing, operations research, and ergonomics through a base of mathematics, physical and engineering sciences, and laboratory and industrial experiences. It builds a strong foundation for the development of a professionally competent and versatile industrial engineer, able to function in a traditional manufacturing environment as well as in a much broader economy, including careers in financial services, communication, information technology,transportation, health care, consulting, or academia.
(College of Engineering)

Campus website: University Park

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Information Sciences and Technology (Start at Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, University Park, Wilkes-Barre, World Campus, Worthington Scranton, York and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

This major is structured to provide students with the theoretical frameworks and skill sets necessary to compete and be productive in the information technology-intensive global context that defines the new "Information Age." Specifically, the degree program focuses on building an understanding of core information technologies and related areas of study; helps students prepare for the practical application of various information sciences and related technologies; and engages students in sharpening their abilities to think critically and work in teams. All this is done with considerable interdisciplinary integration in order to expose students to the cognitive, social, institutional, and global environments of IST. Team projects in most courses, a required internship, and a senior capstone experience provide additional, focused venues for involving students in the cutting-edge issues and technologies of the field. Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in for availability.
(College of Information Sciences and Technology)

Campus website: University Park

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Integrative Arts (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Integrative Arts is an interdisciplinary major available to students who desire a curriculum that crosses over traditional single discipline lines. The Integrative Arts student initially establishes an academic plan with the assistance of an approved adviser. The plan must contain a core component of 42 credits and an elective component of 15 credits. The two components combined must clearly illustrate that the plan has clarity, purpose, and cohesion. All Integrative Arts students must complete 6 credits of history of the arts. These credits may be counted as a part of the major or, if outside the major, may be counted under General Education and/or Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

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Interdisciplinary Digital Studio (Started and Finish: University Park)

This degree represents an interdisciplinary approach to the use of emerging technologies in the arts and design disciplines of the College of Arts and Architecture. The program incorporates architecture, landscape architecture, graphic design, music, photography, theatre design, and visual arts. Students enter the School of Visual Arts foundation program their first year, and after completing the sequence of 2- and 3-D art and drawing, move into Interdisciplinary Digital Studio curriculum. The program builds on this foundation with selected courses from across the College of Arts and Architecture, ranging from digital fabrication to sound design and composition in music, theatre, and art, to digitally based art explorationsto digital photography to the exploration of virtual architectural and built environment spaces to digital art and design theory and criticism to Internet exhibitions and publishing. Concurrently, students progress through the series of digital studio courses in which they learn how to work within collaborative professional environments.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

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International Politics (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park; Start at World Campus and Finish at World Campus)

This major, administered within the Department of Political Science, is designed to provide students with a broad, comprehensive education in international politics with options in International Relations, International Political Economy, and National Security. While most of the required courses are in the areas of international and comparative politics, the curriculum includes courses in economics, geography, risk analysis, and history. The major provides an opportunity to study in detail a variety of crucial contemporary issues as well as analysis of foreign and economic policy making and security issues in the United States and other nations. The major prepares students for career opportunities with U.S. government executive agencies dealing with foreign affairs, international and homeland security, and the international economy; relevant committees of the U.S. Congress; multinational corporations, banks, and consulting firms; and international organizations. The major also provides preparation for law, business, and graduate schools.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Italian (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The major offers training in the skills required for fluency in Italian and knowledge in Italian culture, civilization, and literature, although it is not designed to be directly vocational. Nevertheless, rigorous training in either of the two Italian major options can help students prepare for rewarding and unique careers in business, travel, ministry, banking, and education. In addition, the federal government employs liberal arts graduates with foreign-language skills in organizations including the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Information Agency, and the Department of Labor. The Italian major is also preparatory for graduate work directed to the Ph.D. degree required for teaching and research in colleges and universities, as well as further study in law and medicine.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Italian (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The major offers training in the skills required for fluency in Italian and knowledge in Italian culture, civilization, and literature, although it is not designed to be directly vocational. Nevertheless, rigorous training in either of the two Italian major options can help students prepare for rewarding and unique careers in business, travel, ministry, banking, and education. In addition, the federal government employs liberal arts graduates with foreign-language skills in organizations including the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Information Agency, and the Department of Labor. The Italian major is also preparatory for graduate work directed to the Ph.D. degree required for teaching and research in colleges and universities, as well as further study in law and medicine.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Japanese (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Japan is both a culturally important nation and a major international presence in the contemporary world. The major in Japanese is designed to develop skills in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Japanese, along with an understanding of the grammatical structure of the Japanese language and a general acquaintance with Japanese culture, literature, and civilization. The major can also help students prepare for professional careers in which a knowledge of this language is useful. Twelve credits of study in Japan, in a Penn State Education Abroad Program or another program subject to departmental approval, are included in the major.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Jewish Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The Jewish Studies major addresses the culture, history, literature, philosophy, language, and religious beliefs of the Jewish people from biblical times to the present. Students select one of two options. The Culture and Language option is intended to provide the opportunity for an integrated course of study leading to a second baccalaureate major. This option is recommended for students planning further academic work in Jewish Studies or professional study in a related field. It requires study of Hebrew at the 400 level, and additional language study is encouraged. The Interdisciplinary option is for students who have enrolled in Jewish Studies as a secondary major. This option is recommended for students planning careers within such fields as communications, social service, politics, medicine, education, or law where knowledge of Jewish history, traditions, and institutions would be important. All students are particularly encouraged to participate in a relevant internship, education abroad program, or archaeological fieldwork. Students also may enroll to study abroad at a university in Israel.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Journalism (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The primary goal of this major is to educate students for careers as reporters, editors, producers, and photographers with newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and online and in the publications and public information departments of government and industry. Courses in the major are about evenly divided between those emphasizing professional skills and procedures used by journalists and those emphasizing an understanding of journalism and mass communications as they relate to society. Course sequences include print, broadcast, and journalism. Journalism students must choose a minor from outside the College of Communications.
(College of Communications)

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Kinesiology (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Kinesiology offers a comprehensive program of study in the science of human movement and is designed for students who want to prepare for professions involving physical activity and for graduate study in related areas. 

MOVEMENT SCIENCE OPTION: This option provides interdisciplinary training that utilizes movement for diagnosis, rehabilitation, and/or theoretical study. Course work is designed to help prepare graduates for a broad range of careers in biomedical and health-related fields. The option can also prepare students for graduate studies in the health professions. Students may select supporting courses that will fulfill requirements for advanced study in scientific disciplines and a variety of professional areas such as physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, and physician's assistant.

The Applied Exercise and Health Option: This option provides applied interdisciplinary training in the foundations of the scientific understanding of exercise and health through the lifespan. Students identify one of two areas of emphasis that are certification- based and practice-oriented: (a) courses and practical experiences directed toward certification by organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), or (b) a series of courses and student teaching leading to teacher certification Health and Physical Education. In order to qualify for the teacher certification track, students must meet the requirements mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). The completion of the Applied Exercise and Health Option will prepare students to work in the private or corporate fitness arenas, community-based fitness organizations, and university or hospital settings, or be Pennsylvania certified in health and physical education (K-12) and secure teaching positions in public or private schools.
(College of Health and Human Development)

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Labor and Employment Relations (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

This major permits students to undertake a study of work and the employment relationship in the context of a liberal arts education. A broad foundation of theoretical and professional knowledge is provided through a multidisciplinary approach. The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees draw on the perspectives of industrial relations, economics, history, law, sociology, and psychology. This focus includes the nature and functions of the institutions involved in the employment relationship. The Bachelor of Science degree requires more course work in quantification than the Bachelor of Arts degree.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Labor Studies and Employment Relations (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

This major permits students to undertake a study of work and the employment relationship in the context of a liberal arts education. A broad foundation of theoretical and professional knowledge is provided through a multidisciplinary approach. The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees draw on the perspectives of industrial relations, economics, history, law, sociology, and psychology. This focus includes the nature and functions of the institutions involved in the employment relationship. The Bachelor of Science degree requires more course work in quantification than the Bachelor of Arts degree.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Landscape Architecture (Started and Finish: University Park)

The five-year Landscape Architecture program leads to a professionally accredited bachelor of landscape architecture degree.

Landscape architecture is the art of design, planning, or management of the land and of the natural and built elements upon it. As an academic discipline, it embodies creative, cultural, philosophical, and scientific knowledge bases. As a professional discipline, the practice of landscape architecture includes site design, urban design, master planning, community planning, regional planning, resource conservation, and stewardship.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

Campus website: University Park

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Landscape Contracting (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Landscape contracting involves constructing, establishing, and maintaining landscapes from small residential projects to large commercial and industrial projects, as well as producing plans for small-scale residential and commercial sites. Students develop skills in construction, site design, plant material usage, plant establishment, and landscape maintenance. Students are also educated in areas such as graphics, surveying, soils, turfgrass management, weed and pest management, and business operations.
(College of Agricultural Sciences)

Campus website: University Park

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Latin American Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This interdisciplinary major is designed for students who want a basic understanding of Latin America. The program is organized so that it may be combined with a second major or a minor subject.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Letters, Arts, and Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

Letters, Arts, and Sciences is a multidisciplinary, theme-oriented, and student-designed major leading to a bachelor of arts degree. The major consists of 36 credits, divided into two sections: the core and the option. The core (12 credits) consists of 3 credits each in the following: research methods/ projects; communication skills; theory/application; and critical analysis. Courses for the option (24 credits) are directed toward the student’s theme, 15 credits of which must be at the 400 level. The student chooses one of six options: Arts; Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Science and Mathematics; Science, Technology, and Society; or Liberal Studies.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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This major is for students interested in the College of the Liberal Arts, but are undecided about which major they would like to select. Beginning studies with an "undecided" major allows students to explore the many different majors offered within this college and learn more about the specific disciplines that are available to them.

Campus website: University Park

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Management (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major provides students with knowledge and skills managers need to deal with contemporary management challenges, such as leading and motivating people of different ages and backgrounds, developing strategies for competing in the global economy, and balancing the interest of multiple stakeholders in a complex legal, political, and ethical environment. Career opportunities are in management trainee positions, human resources, customer service, consulting, family business, and entrepreneurship.
(Smeal College of Business)

Campus website: University Park

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Management Information Systems (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Students in this major learn about managing business information systems within organizations and spanning supply chain networks. The courses provide students with the depth and breadth to become effective managers of information systems that support core business processes. After receiving a thorough grounding in the core elements of business, students develop knowledge, skills, and abilities in programming, information resource management, managing the IT portfolio, business process re-engineering, and use of telecommunication and Internet technologies to manage core business processes. Examples of career opportunities include IT manager, business process re-engineering specialist, business systems analyst, and business application developer.
(Smeal College of Business)

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Marketing (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major provides professional education leading to positions in business, government, and other organizations, and helps students prepare for advanced study at the graduate level. Career opportunities are in marketing management, sales management, advertising, marketing research, retailing, public policy, and consumer affairs. In addition to following a planned course sequence in general marketing management, the students may elect course work that focuses on their interests in consumer or business-to-business marketing, physical goods or services marketing, and for-profit or not-for-profit marketing. The Marketing major is designed to be integrated with the college’s professional education in business and builds on that program and on education in the social sciences.
(Smeal College of Business)

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Materials Science and Engineering (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

In addition to the traditional engineering applications of metals, ceramics, semiconductors, and polymers, new materials and composites must be developed by materials scientists to aid progress in communications, computing, electronics, biomedicine, transportation, aerospace, defense, and the production and efficient use of energy. Materials Science and Engineering provides students with a well-rounded engineering education, with specific emphasis on materials science and engineering in order to meet the needs of industry, academia, and government; conduct research at the frontiers of the field; and provide an integrating and leadership role to the broad multidisciplinary materials community.
(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences)

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Mathematics (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Two degrees are offered in mathematics: the bachelor of arts and the bachelor of science. Both programs have a common core of mathematics courses; both programs prepare students for graduate work in mathematics. In addition, the B.A. degree program is oriented toward applications of mathematics in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The B.S. degree program has a number of options, which are oriented toward actuarial science, applied analysis, computational mathematics, graduate study, systems analysis, and teaching. Many of the options are designed for students who want to use mathematics in industry, commerce, or government. In short, the degree requirements have the flexibility to fit many individual interests. The student, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, should select an option by the end of the sophomore year.
(Eberly College of Science)

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Mathematics (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Two degrees are offered in mathematics: the bachelor of arts and the bachelor of science. Both programs have a common core of mathematics courses; both programs prepare students for graduate work in mathematics. In addition, the B.A. degree program is oriented toward applications of mathematics in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The B.S. degree program has a number of options, which are oriented toward actuarial science, applied analysis, computational mathematics, graduate study, systems analysis, and teaching. Many of the options are designed for students who want to use mathematics in industry, commerce, or government. In short, the degree requirements have the flexibility to fit many individual interests. The student, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, should select an option by the end of the sophomore year.
(Eberly College of Science)

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Mechanical Engineering (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines and is central in many new technological developments. Mechanical engineers create things that help improve the health, happiness and safety of our everyday lives such as biomedical devices, aircraft propulsion, and ways to store renewable energies. Mechanical engineering is divided into two broad areas: mechanical systems and thermal systems. Mechanical systems include the design of mechanisms and the analysis of the strength and wear of materials. Thermal systems include methods of energy conversions, heat transfer and fluid flow.
(College of Engineering)

Campus website: University Park

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Media Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major is designed for students who want to pursue an academic rather than professional program of media studies. Students are exposed first to the breadth of approaches to understanding the mass media (e.g., aesthetic, humanistic, social–behavioral, legal policy) and then, by selecting one of five options, go into depth in a specialized area of media studies. All options within the major are closely intertwined with the
liberal arts and sciences. Therefore, students who successfully complete this major must have a strong foundation in the liberal arts and well-developed language and analytical skills.
(College of Communications)

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Medieval Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This is an interdisciplinary program of study designed to give students an integrated knowledge of medieval civilization. While the main area of study is the fifth to sixteenth centuries in Europe, a global perspective is offered with particular attention to the Near East and the Pacific Rim.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Meteorology and Atmospheric Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Meteorology is a rigorous scientific discipline devoted to an increased understanding of the atmosphere and the development of methods for applying that knowledge to practical problems. Although this field is usually associated with weather prediction, it also has significance in environmental, energy, agricultural, oceanic, and hydrological sciences. The department offers several options within the major. The major requires a solid foundation in mathematics and the physical sciences, and it provides a comprehensive survey of the fundamentals of atmospheric science. It has sufficient flexibility to permit intensive advanced study in such related areas as mathematics, earth sciences, or engineering. The department has particular strengths in weather analysis and prediction, including forecast uncertainty and severe weather; physical meteorology, including radar meteorology, instrumentation, and atmospheric measurements; and applied areas, including atmospheric diffusion, air pollution chemistry, dynamic meteorology, tropical meteorology, climate, and remote sensing.
(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences)

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Microbiology (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Microbiology is the science of the “simple” forms of life and of the response of more complex life forms to their presence and activities. Students in the Microbiology major complete a comprehensive study of life processes at the molecular and cellular level, with particular emphasis on prokaryotes, and perform basic and advanced techniques in laboratory methodology. Through advanced course study, the many subdisciplines of microbiology such as molecular genetics, immunology, and virology may be explored more fully. Ample opportunities exist for participation in faculty-initiated research projects. Extensive laboratory experience is a particular strength of the major. Courses in such applied areas as industrial, medical, and food microbiology help students prepare for careers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnical, and agricultural industries.
(Eberly College of Science)

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Middle Level Education (Start at Any Campus and Finish: University Park)
The Middle Level Education major prepares graduates to teach all subjects in grades 4-6 and English, Mathematics, or Social Studies in grades 7-8. The Middle Level Education major supports candidates’ understanding of subject-specific content as well as methods of teaching appropriate for early adolescents in grades 4-8. Upon graduation, students will have met all coursework and field experience requirements for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) 4-8 English, 4-8 Mathematics, or 4-8 Social Studies Instructional I Certificate. In addition, they will have been prepared for the appropriate teacher certification exams as required by PDE for initial certification.

This program undergoes accrediation by the Council for Accrediation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) with a Specialized Professional Association (SPA) review conducted by the American Middle Level Association (AMLE).

(College of Education)

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Mining Engineering (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major has been designed to enable students to apply the fundamentals necessary to achieve lifelong professional growth. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to pursue employment opportunities in both the private and public sectors as mining engineers, or will be able to pursue advanced education. Graduates of the program will be prepared to perform in the various steps of mineral extraction, including exploration, evaluation, development, recovery, and processing. The mining engineering faculty is committed to an interactive teaching and learning environment to ensure that the student plays an active role in the learning process. The General Education opportunities are sufficiently broad and diverse in nature and scope to enable the student to tailor the educational experience to particular interests, backgrounds, and expected roles in society.
(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences)

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Music and Integrated Programs (Start and Finish: University Park)

The bachelor of arts degree in Music combines a broad liberal arts education with a selection of courses in Music. The degree is designed to develop basic musicianship, the ability to perform, and a set of principles that leads to a fuller intellectual grasp of the art. Students are required to pass a piano proficiency examination, enroll in a core ensemble for two semesters, and complete a senior project.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

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Music (Start and Finish: University Park)

The bachelor of music degree program is intended to help students prepare for careers in composition or performance. Completion of this program requires that the student achieve a high level of competence in order to begin professional work or pursue further studies at the graduate level. All students must pass a piano proficiency examination.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

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Music Education (Started and Finish: University Park)

The bachelor of music education (B.M.E.) degree is a professional degree program that helps students prepare for teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Students are expected to meet all requirements for Entrance to Teacher Certification Program in Music, must pass the piano proficiency exam, and complete all music courses and SPLED 400 prior to student teaching. Graduates of this program are prepared to receive the Pennsylvania Instructional I certificate for teaching music K–12. (See also Teacher Education Programs)
(College of Arts and Architecture)

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Musical Arts (Started and Finish: University Park)

The bachelor of musical arts degree is a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary program that is intended to help students prepare for careers in performance, while developing a secondary area of emphasis outside of music, as determined for each student through an advising process. Completion of this program requires that the student achieve a high level of competence in order to begin professional work or pursue further studies at the graduate level. All students are required to pass a piano proficiency examination.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

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Musical Theatre (Start and Finish: University Park)

The major is intended to provide students with specialized training leading to a high level of competence in musical theatre. Graduates should be able to begin professional work or pursue further training at the graduate level. This major is intended for those students who wish to pursue a career as a musical theatre professional.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

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Nuclear Engineering (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The overall educational objective of the Nuclear Engineering program is to help our graduates prepare to function effectively in a wide range of career paths in nuclear engineering. The technical part of the curriculum emphasizes power engineering, which refers to complex systems used to generate electricity. Because our emphasis in power engineering is strong, and because a shortage for this expertise exists in the industry, generally the industry values our graduates highly.

We recognize that nuclear science is an important growth area. We constantly assess and review the needs of our undergraduate students and their most frequent employers and use this feedback to consider revisions to our curriculum so that it is responsive to the needs of our constituents.
(College of Engineering)

Campus website: University Park

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Nursing* General Nursing Option (Start and Finish at: Altoona, Behrend, Fayette, Mont Alto, Worthington Scranton or University Park)

This major helps students prepare to become professional practitioners in areas of health promotion and maintenance, illness care, and rehabilitation. After earning a bachelor of science degree in Nursing, students are qualified to take the registered nurse examination for licensure by the State Board of Nursing.

The General (Four-year) B.S. program in Nursing is open to incoming first-year Students at the Altoona, Behrend (Erie), Fayette, Mont Alto, Worthington Scranton, and University Park Campuses. Penn State University Park students will spend one academic year at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Students must start and remain all four years at the campus to which they are admitted.

(College of Nursing)

 

Campus website: University Park

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Nutritional Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The study of nutrition incorporates human biology and biochemistry to understand how the body utilizes nutrients and related substances for optimal health. Students also gain an understanding of how nutrition and lifestyle relate to public health issues and the development of chronic and acute diseases. The Applied Sciences option integrates knowledge of social and behavioral sciences with physiology and nutrition to improve the health and well-being of individuals, preparing students for public health and policy, community agencies, and graduate school. The Basic Sciences option emphasizes the laboratory aspects of nutrition and is recommended for students preparing for laboratory-based research, graduate study, and medicine and related health careers such as dentistry, optometry, physician assistant, physical therapy, and chiropractic. In the Dietetics option, students apply knowledge of nutrition and human behavior to improve the nutritional status of individuals and communities or apply nutrition principles and counseling skills to medical problems in clinical dietetics.
(College of Health and Human Development)

Campus website: University Park

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Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major has been designed to equip students with the fundamentals necessary to achieve lifelong professional growth. Graduates are prepared to enter both the private and public sectors as petroleum and natural gas engineers, or to pursue further education at the graduate level.
(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences)

Campus website: University Park

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Philosophy (Start at any Campus and Finish:University Park)

This major provides in-depth study of fundamental issues. Topics include ethics, social and political philosophy, and aesthetics—study of the good life, justice, and beauty; metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion—study of the nature of reality, mind, body, and the meaning of life and death; epistemology, philosophy of science, and logic—study of the nature of knowledge, truth, objectivity, and principles of sound reasoning; and subjects such as comparative philosophies and world cultures, feminist theory, and philosophical issues in technology, language, education, and the professions of law, business, medicine, communications, engineering, and agriculture. These studies enhance imaginative, interpretive, analytical, critical, and communicative capacities. Students thus may acquire intellectual abilities crucial for self-fulfillment, responsible participation in public life, and success in a wide range of careers, including law, business, education, journalism, medicine, and public service.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Physics (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major provides a sound program of technical and general education for students planning a career in physics and related fields. In addition to the traditional physics education offered in the General Physics option, three other options, Acoustics, Electronics, and Medical Physics, provide opportunities for students in special related areas of a more applied nature, while a fifth option, Teaching, provides opportunities for teaching physics in secondary schools.
(Eberly College of Science)

Campus website: University Park

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Planetary Science and Astronomy: Bachelor of Science (Start at Any Campus and Finish at University Park.)

Planetary Science and Astronomy majors will study the Earth system in the context of the Solar System and the universe as a whole.  Students will apply methods and knowledge from mathematics, geosciences, chemistry, biology, astronomy and physics, and through laboratory experiences and coursework they will both learn to explore the Earth and to use telescopes to obtain astronomical data.  They will study planetary systems around other stars and explore the possibility of their harboring life.   Communication of these topics, both oral and written, to the public and to their peers will be emphasized, as will logic and general problem-solving skills.  Upon graduation students will be prepared to enter a graduate program in education to obtain teaching certification, to work in an informal science venue or planetarium, or to enter a variety of industry, environmental, or defense professions.
(Eberly College of Science)

Campus website: University Park

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Plant Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The Plant Sciences Major is an applied biological science program designed for students seeking careers in agronomic and horticultural crop production systems and enterprise management, agroecology, sustainable and organic managed and natural ecosystems, crop protection, applied plant physiology, plant science research, and plant biotechnology. Students will secure: (1) a working knowledge of basic plant biology, soils, pests, and pathogens with emphasis on growth, development, and physiology in an ecological and agricultural context, (2) the scientific, technical, and computational approaches to problem solving in an ecological and agricultural context, individually and in teams, (3) the ability to analyze ethical issues regarding ecosystem sustainability, business practices and plant science, and critically evaluate and respect different viewpoints in making management decisions, and (4) a high level of proficiency in written and oral communication, particularly with regard to critical evaluation of scientific issues.

There are four options in the major, providing flexibility for concentrations in areas including production and management systems related to agronomic and horticultural crops, plant biotechnology and breeding, crop physiology, ecology, agroecology, and other aspects of general plant science. Students can choose from diverse course offerings in designing a program of study suited to their needs and professional goals.
(The College of Agricultural Sciences)

Campus website: University Park

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Political Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

The Political Science major offers the student an opportunity to understand not only American federal, state, and local governments, but also the political systems of other nations and their underlying philosophies. Courses are offered in American, comparative, and international politics, and in political theory and methodology. Internship opportunities are available.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Political Science B.S. (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science emphasizes the technical aspects of political science knowledge development and application. In addition to broad coursework in political science, students will complete courses in statistics and research design, advanced classes in social science methods and upper level political science courses that employ quantitative research skills in exploring substantive themes. Students have the opportunity to complete either a research practicum within the Political Science Department, an internship or a TA-ship. This degree will serve students who are interested in political science from the point of view of the practitioner, as well as those who are interested in acquiring practical skills relevant to a variety of careers in politics, government and business.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Premedical-Medical (Start and Finish: University Park)

This is a special accelerated program in cooperation with the Sydney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC) at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia whereby exceptional students have the opportunity to earn both the B.S. and M.D. degrees in seven years. Students are selected for this program while they are seniors in high school and must begin their undergraduate studies the fall immediately following their graduation. The first three years of the program are completed at University Park and the next four at SKMC Jefferson. The Penn State B.S. degree in Premedical-Medical is awarded after completion of 96 Penn State credits and successful completion of the first year of the standard curriculum at SKMC Jefferson Medical College.
(Eberly College of Science)

Campus website: University Park

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Premedicine (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major provides a broad foundation necessary to the understanding of the basic subjects of modern medical studies. The curriculum, which offers a good balance between science and nonscience courses, constitutes an excellent preparation for admission to medical school. It also gives students the freedom to tailor the program to meet their individual needs by permitting a generous number of supporting courses. Specific admission requirements or recommendations of a particular medical school, not already in the required courses of the major, may be included among the supporting courses. Many students also use their supporting courses to pursue a minor.
(Eberly College of Science)

Campus website: University Park

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Psychology (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

This major is designed for students who want to learn about behavior, both normal and abnormal, how it is studied, and its relation to applied areas. Students are encouraged to conduct research with members of the faculty and/or take a practicum in an applied setting. Graduates are equipped for various positions in human service agencies, industrial settings, or laboratories. Others go on to professional school, e.g., medical school, law school, or continue working toward a master’s or a doctoral degree. Majors may elect either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science program.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Psychology (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

This major is designed for students who want to learn about behavior, normal and abnormal, how it is studied, and its relation to applied areas. Students are encouraged to conduct research with members of the faculty and/or take a practicum in an applied setting. Graduates are equipped for various positions in human service agencies, industrial settings, or laboratories. Others go on to professional school, e.g., medical school, law school, or to continue their training in psychology working toward a master's or a doctoral degree. Majors may elect either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science program.

The B.S. degree program requires more course work in the sciences than the B.A. program, and students may select courses from one of four areas--mathematics/computer science, statistics, business, or biology--which may be taken instead of a foreign language.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Through this program, students can prepare for supervisory and administrative positions in public or private agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. These include, but are not limited to, park systems, environmental centers, resorts, university intramural and sport club programs, event management businesses, and recreation services for the armed forces. Three options are offered: Commercial and Community Recreation Management, Golf Management, and Outdoor Recreation.
(College of Health and Human Development)

Campus website: University Park

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Rehabilitation and Human Services (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major helps students prepare for entry-level positions in a variety of human service settings, especially those dealing with persons with physical, emotional, or mental disabilities. Graduates work in a variety of settings, including rehabilitation centers, sheltered workshops, drug and alcohol programs, senior citizens centers, community mental health and mental retardation programs, corrections systems, and hospitals. Increasing opportunities are available in private for-profit insurance programs for the industrially injured, and in rapidly emerging employee assistance programs within business and industry. Well-planned use of electives and internships allows for specialization. The program also helps students prepare for graduate study in many human service professional disciplines.
(College of Education)

Campus website: University Park

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Risk Management (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The Risk Management major prepares students for careers in a wide range of private industries and public service agencies involving such areas as operations, property development, financial strategy, and government. The major is integrative in nature by crossing traditional business boundaries while offering specific areas of study in actuarial science, enterprise risk management, and real estate. High profile risks are faced by leaders and managers up and down the corporate ladder and require specialized skills, knowledge and preparation. The Risk Management major prepares students for this along with a chance to study risk from three different perspectives by offering specialty courses along with a common pool of risk management courses. This structure assures that the students in the risk management major are equipped with the common tools of risk analysis while at the same time permitting the students to tailor the specifics of their training through the selection of a particular option.
(Smeal College of Business)

ACTUARIAL SCIENCE OPTION: The courses in the Actuarial Science option stress the application of mathematical and statistical concepts to the measurement of life and other contingencies, while at the same time giving the student a broad understanding of the business environment. Students in the Actuarial Science option are encouraged to begin the series of professional examinations leading to Associateship and Fellowship in either the Society of Actuaries (A.S.A./F.S.A.) or the Casualty Actuarial Society (A.C.A.S./F.C.A.S.). 

ENTERPRISE RISK MANAGEMENT OPTION: The Enterprise Risk Management Option prepares students to identify, quantify and qualify the regulatory, legal, financial and contractual aspects of enterprise risk; the management of such risks; and the application of risk financing techniques to control risk exposures in organizations. Emphasis is also placed on the understanding of the principles and risks underlying complex business contracts.

REAL ESTATE OPTION: This option is designed to prepare the student for a wide range of professional opportunities in corporate real estate management, real estate brokerage, appraisal, property management, mortgage lending and banking, development, and governmental service.

Campus website: University Park

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Russian (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The bachelor of arts degree in Russian provides the student with a command of spoken and written Russian and a general knowledge of the literature and culture of the Russian people. No previous study of Russian is required for admission to the major. Study in Russia under the University’s Education Abroad Program is available for qualified students. Students are advised to combine their study of Russian with another foreign language, English, history, political science, the Russian Area Studies minor, the Business/Liberal Arts minor, or the Linguistics minor. Graduates of this program have found employment in international business, the U.S. government, in the educational and publishing fields, and in the travel industry.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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This major is for students interested in the Eberly College of Science, but are undecided about which major they would like to select. Beginning studies with an "undecided" major allows students to explore the many different majors offered within this college and learn more about the specific disciplines that are available to them.

Campus website: University Park

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Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The Science major is an interdisciplinary degree that aims to provide a broad, general education in science. The bachelor of science curriculum is designed specifically for students who have education goals relating to scientific theory and practice and who require a high degree of flexibility to obtain their educational objectives. After completing foundation courses in calculus, chemistry, physics, and the life sciences, students will select additional science courses from designated areas. A large number of supporting credits permit students to readily include the B.S. requirement and significant breadth or specialization into their undergraduate curriculum. Some examples include minors in business, computer and information science, education, kinesiology, or other fields. The program can help students prepare for various careers in pharmaceutical, biotechnical, chemical, medical, and agricultural industries. It can also be tailored to meet the specific requirements of professional programs such as medical, dental, or pharmacy schools.
(Eberly College of Science)

Campus website: University Park

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Science B.S./M.B.A. (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

An accelerated five year B.S./M.B.A. program offered in cooperation with Penn State’s Smeal College of Business is available for select students who wish to combine science with a graduate degree in Business Administration. Highly motivated students who enter the University with a sufficient number and proper distribution of AP credits will have the opportunity to complete the requirements for both programs within five years.
(Eberly College of Science)

Campus website: University Park

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Secondary Education (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The following teaching options are available for majors in Secondary Education: Biological Science, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English/ Communication, Environmental Education, General Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Social Studies. The Secondary Education major helps students prepare for middle school and/or high school teaching positions and for other employment in fields related to their content specialties.
(College of Education)

Campus website: University Park

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Security and Risk Analysis (Start at Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, University Park, Wilkes-Barre, Worthington Scranton, York and Finish: University Park)

The bachelor of science degree program in Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) is intended to familiarize students with the general frameworks and multidisciplinary theories that define the area of security and related risk analyses. Courses in the major will engage students in the challenges and problems associated with assuring information confidentiality and integrity (e.g., social, economic, technology-related, and policy issues), as well as the strengths and weaknesses of various methods for assessing and mitigating associated risk. The major provides grounding in the analysis and modeling efforts used in information search, visualization, and creative problem solving. This knowledge is supplemented through an examination of the legal, ethical, and regulatory issues related to security that includes analyzing privacy laws, internal control, and regulatory policies, as well as basic investigative processes and principles. Such understanding is applied to venues that include transnational terrorism, cyber crimes, financial fraud, risk mitigation, and security and crisis management. It also includes overviews of the information technology that plays a critical role in identifying, preventing, and responding to security-related events.
(College of Information Sciences and Technology)

Campus website: University Park

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Social Data Analytics (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Social Data Analytics is an interdisciplinary major that prepares students to participate in both a research environment where “big data” is a major source of insight into social and political processes, and an economy increasingly organized around data analytics. Students completing the major will have the technical skills to handle, analyze, apply and present big data, and the disciplinary knowledge to draw valid inferences from such information to address real world problems. The program integrates coursework in the social sciences with courses in statistics, mathematics, information science and computer science to develop the unique skill set necessary to conceptualize data sources in relation to the social conditions from which they arise; to think critically about big data in relation to specific problems; and to derive and test hypotheses through application of data tools and techniques. Students will gain valuable practical experience working with data through a capstone experience and participation in faculty research.

This major is intended to produce graduates who are big picture thinkers with the knowledge to formulate good questions and leverage vast stores of unstructured data in answering them. Students will be prepared for careers in government, business, healthcare, and industry. The major also provides a strong foundation for advanced study in social science, law, business and public policy.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Sociology (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The major provides graduates with a sociological perspective on human behavior informed by exposure to different substantive areas of the field; an understanding of the structure of American society, its internal diversity, and its international context; an understanding of basic principles of the scientific method, statistics, research design, computer use, logic and critical thinking, and how these apply to the study of human behavior; and experience in posing sociological questions and collecting and analyzing data to bear on those questions. Graduates of this program have found positions in social research, social service agencies, government and business research and planning offices, other business positions (especially sales and marketing), or have entered graduate school in sociology, social work, policy analysis or law school. Students may choose either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree program.
(College ofthe Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Sociology (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The major provides graduates with a sociological perspective on human behavior informed by exposure to different substantive areas of the field; an understanding of the structure of American society, its internal diversity, and its international context; an understanding of basic principles of the scientific method, statistics, research design, computer use, logic and critical thinking, and how these apply to the study of human behavior; and experience in posing sociological questions and collecting and analyzing data to bear on those questions. Graduates of this program have found positions in social research, social service agencies, government and business research and planning offices, other business positions (especially sales and marketing), or have entered graduate school in sociology, social work, policy analysis or law school. Students may choose either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree program.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Spanish (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major is designed to develop basic skills in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Spanish. In addition, the program aims to acquaint students with the literature and civilization of the Hispanic world and introduce them to the study of Hispanic linguistics. Enough flexibility is provided to permit a degree of concentration in either Hispanic literature or linguistics. Specialized courses are offered in translation techniques and in the use of Spanish for social services. Courses taken in the University’s Education Abroad Program in Spain and Mexico may be applied to the major. In conjunction with the College of Education, students may take work leading to certification as Spanish teachers in the secondary or elementary schools.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Spanish (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major is designed to develop basic skills in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Spanish. In addition, the program aims to acquaint students with the literature and civilization of the Hispanic world and introduce them to the study of Hispanic linguistics. Enough flexibility is provided to permit a degree of concentration in either Hispanic literature or linguistics. Specialized courses are offered in translation techniques and in the use of Spanish for social services. Courses taken in the University’s Education Abroad Program in Spain and Mexico may be applied to the major. In conjunction with the College of Education, students may take work leading to certification as Spanish teachers in the secondary or elementary schools.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Special Education (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The emphasis throughout the Special Education program is upon a broad clinical teaching model. Course work and practicum experiences focus upon the diagnosis and management of a wide range and degree of educational and behavioral problems of students with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21. A core of Special Education courses aimed at general skill development in the areas of diagnosis, prescription, development of materials and teaching strategies, implementation, and evaluation is required of all students. Upon successful completion of the major, students become eligible for the Pennsylvania Level I Certificate in Teaching the Mentally and/or Physically Handicapped.
(College of Education)

Campus website: University Park

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Statistics (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major helps students with interests in mathematics, computation, and the quantitative aspects of science prepare for careers in industry and government as statistical analysts, or for further graduate training in statistics. The major includes five options: Actuarial Statistics, for students interested in working as actuaries in the insurance or business fields; Applied Statistics, for students interested in a cross-disciplinary program, such as econometrics, or psychometrics; Biostatistics, for students interested in pursuing careers with pharmaceutical companies, research hospitals or other fields in which biological data is analyzed; Graduate Study, for students planning to go to graduate school in a statistics-related field; and Statistics and Computing, for students wishing to combine statistical expertise with programming skills.
(Eberly College of Science)

Campus website: University Park

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Supply Chain and Information Systems (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major concentrates on the management of value creating supply chain networks that modern business enterprises use to acquire, produce, and deliver goods and services all over the world and on information technology as the key enabler of supply chain integration. Students learn how to analyze and design supply chains and manage core business processes including sourcing and procuring raw materials, manufacturing and service operations, and planning and fulfilling customer demand. Students also develop knowledge, skills, and abilities in the information systems area, including information processing, databases, information systems design and analysis, and supply chain technologies. Graduates are well-prepared for careers in the supply chain and information systems area in both industry and government.
(Smeal College of Business)

Campus website: University Park

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Telecommunications (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The telecommunications program seeks to prepare informed, responsible professionals for leadership roles in the electronic information industries. The program stresses the societal, cultural, and economic impact of electronic media. This major is designed for students interested in all electronic media, including the broadcasting, cable, satellite, Internet, and telephone industries. The Telecommunications curriculum explores the structure and operation of these industries as well as the laws and policies that regulate their use. Graduates go on to careers at local radio and television stations; broadcast, cable, and satellite networks; Internet service providers; wired and wireless telephone companies; and other related industries.
(College of Communications)

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Theatre, bachelor of arts (Start and Finish: University Park)

This program offers the theatre student a general background in the various facets of theatre. A broad liberal arts education is provided and complemented with advanced courses to best serve student interests, talents, and career objectives. Though a strong emphasis is given to the areas of production and performance, students may also wish to emphasize an area of special interest such as literature, design, or acting. Many students choose to spend a semester in study abroad. Students learn to research, analyze, and synthesize information. Students develop strong oral and written skills and many go on to postgraduate study not only in theatre but also in areas such as law, business, and education.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

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Theatre, bachelor of fine arts (Start and Finish: University Park)

The bachelor of fine arts in Theatre offers two options: Design and Technology, and Stage Management. The Design and Technology option is intended to develop a level of competence that will enable students who wish to pursue professional careers in theatre design, theatre technology, and related entertainment fields to prepare for specialized graduate studies, specialized professional training and/or immediate participation in creative work. The prescribed core curriculum introduces students to each of the theatre design areas and provides them with a basic skill level in technology. The curriculum also features acting, directing, script analysis, theatre history, and criticism. Students choose an emphasis area after their third semester.

The Stage Management option is intended to provide specialized training leading to a high level of competence in the theatre stage management field. Graduates should be able to begin professional work or pursue further training at the graduate level.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

Campus website: University Park

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Toxicology (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Toxicology addresses adverse effects of chemicals on animals and humans and includes exposure assessment, hazard identification, dose-response analysis, and risk characterization. This discipline relies on cutting-edge biotechnological approaches to gain insight into drug and toxicant action at the molecular level. Students will develop an understanding of the principles by which chemicals affect the health of humans and animals either adversely, as toxic agents, or beneficially, as therapeutic agents. Through a combination of laboratory and lecture experiences, students will learn about: mechanisms of action of drugs and toxicants on organ systems of the body; general principles for assessing the safety of chemicals and therapeutic efficacy of drugs; and state-of the- art molecular, biological, and genetic approaches to understanding drugs, toxicants, and disease.
(College of Agricultural Sciences)

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Turfgrass Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, World Campus)

This major provides an integrated program of study that includes basic and applied sciences, business management courses, and an internship to help students prepare for careers in turfgrass management and related areas. By selecting supporting courses and electives, students can adapt the program to meet a variety of professional interests and educational needs.
(College of Agricultural Sciences)

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The Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS)

First-year students who wish to explore academic programs before choosing a specific college or major may enroll in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). DUS is a popular choice for first-year students because it provides opportunities to explore programs in several colleges simultaneously under the guidance of an academic adviser. Students enter an academic college when they are qualified and ready to do so. They may remain in DUS for no more than two semesters beyond their first year at Penn State. After they complete their DUS enrollment, they should be prepared to choose a field of study that is well suited to their interests, abilities, and aspirations.
(Division of Undergraduate Studies)

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Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major provides a strong background in those biological and physical sciences underlying contemporary animal agriculture and establishes a sound foundation for graduate-level study in animal and related sciences. The student is expected to focus on one or more disciplines of the biological sciences related to animal agriculture during the senior year. Such disciplines may include animal behavior, genetics, nutrition, and physiology.
(College of Agricultural Sciences)

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Wildlife and Fisheries Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The purpose of the Wildlife and Fisheries Science major is to develop the knowledge, skills, and professional ethics of undergraduates interested in the conservation and management of fish and wildlife and their environments. The curriculum is designed to provide a broad-based science background incorporating natural resource management principles that prepare students for a diverse array of opportunities such as graduate school, natural resource management agencies, consulting firms, nonprofits, etc.
(College of Agricultural Sciences)

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Women’s Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This interdisciplinary major is designed to develop a broad understanding of the study of women and women’s perspectives in all areas of academic scholarship. The focus is on feminist analyses of women’s lives, women’s social, cultural, and scientific contributions, and the structure of sex/gender systems. Women’s Studies analyzes the unequal distribution of power and resources by gender. The interdisciplinary and inclusive nature of the field is reflected in a curriculum that includes courses from a wide variety of departments, courses that deal with aspects of women’s lives throughout history, and courses that recognize the diversities of culture, race, religion, ethnicity, age, disability, and sexual orientation. Students may choose either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science program. The B.A. degree is a traditional Women’s Studies degree. The B.S. degree is intended for students with strong interest in quantitative skills, women’s health and sexuality, and/or women and science, or who wish to pursue a multiple major program with other B.S. degree programs.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Women’s Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This interdisciplinary major is designed to develop a broad understanding of the study of women and women’s perspectives in all areas of academic scholarship. The focus is on feminist analyses of women’s lives, women’s social, cultural, and scientific contributions, and the structure of sex/gender systems. Women’s Studies analyzes the unequal distribution of power and resources by gender. The interdisciplinary and inclusive nature of the field is reflected in a curriculum that includes courses from a wide variety of departments, courses that deal with aspects of women’s lives throughout history, and courses that recognize the diversities of culture, race, religion, ethnicity, age, disability, and sexual orientation. Students may choose either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science program. The B.A. degree is a traditional Women’s Studies degree. The B.S. degree is intended for students with strong interest in quantitative skills, women’s health and sexuality, and/or women and science, or who wish to pursue a multiple major program with other B.S. degree programs.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: University Park

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Workforce Education and Development (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major leads to the B.S. degree and may also lead to certification as a career and technical education teacher, and/or a coordinator of cooperative education, provided other requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education are met. The Industrial Training option does not lead to teacher certification. To be certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a career and technical education teacher, a person must have sufficient employment experience beyond the learning period to establish competency in the occupation to be taught.

Further interpretation of this requirement is available by contacting the program offices of :
Adult Education (ed.psu.edu/lps/adult-education),
Curriculum & Instruction (http://ed.psu.edu/c-and-is),
Workforce Education and Development (ed.psu.edu/lps/workforce-ed).

(College of Education)

Campus website: University Park

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World Languages (K–12) Education (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The World Languages Education major helps prepare students for kindergarten through high school teaching positions and for other employment in fields related to their content language areas. The following teaching options are available for majors in World Languages Education: Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language, French, German, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Pennsylvania does not issue a teacher certificate in Bilingual Education; many other states do. Students who complete the English as a Second Language (ESL) option may qualify for the Pennsylvania Program Specialist: ESL credential if they hold a Pennsylvania teacher certificate.
(College of Education)

Campus website: University Park

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