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4-Year Baccalaureate Majors

Majors by Campus


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Accounting (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)(Start and Finish: World Campus)

This major helps students prepare for careers in auditing and public accounting, industrial and managerial accounting, and in governmental and nonprofit accounting. It also provides a sound background for graduate studies in accounting or related fields. Graduates may also elect to pursue other professional certifications, including Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA), the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFA), and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).
(Capital College)

Campus website: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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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)

Campus website: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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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)

Campus website: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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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)

Campus website: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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Bachelor of Science in Business (Start and Finish: World Campus)

The bachelor of science in business degree program (BSBIC) is a degree completion program designed for students who are seeking general preparation for professions in business. The degree combines core business disciplines—notably management, marketing, finance, and logistics—with applied study in a practical setting.
(Intercollege Degree Programs)

Campus website: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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Criminal Justice (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg, World Campus)

The major helps provide its graduates with the communications and analytical skills critical to succeed in criminal justice and related careers. Through an interdisciplinary approach to the problems of crime and society, the program also equips students to pursue graduate study in criminal justice or related disciplines, and educates students to become effective problem solvers as professionals in the field of criminal justice. The study of criminal justice is approached as an applied interdisciplinary science, teaching both the theoretical and the practical aspects of crime control and the administration of justice. The major provides students with the opportunity and assistance to acquire knowledge of the roles of policing, courts, laws, and corrections as they relate to both the adult and juvenile justice system. Students also learn the history, concepts, and critical issues related to the role of gender and race/ethnicity in the criminal justice system, victimology, and ethics in criminal justice.
(Capital College)

Campus website: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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Digital Journalism and Media (Start and Finish: World Campus)
The Digital Journalism and Media degree, to be offered via the World Campus, will prepare students for the fast-changing field of digital journalism and other web-based communications careers, including multimedia storytelling, digital production and digital media management. This new major, as structured, requires courses on writing, law, ethics and multimedia skills in its core. There are three suggested pathways of courses which can allow students to develop expertise in certain subject areas within mass communications: Digital Journalism, Visual Media and Media Management. They will understand the industries that operate in today's societies and be prepared for jobs as writers, content producers, leaders and policy makers.
(College of Communications)

Campus website: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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Digital Multimedia Design (Start and Finish: World Campus)
The Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) in Digital Multimedia Design (DMD) is an online undergraduate degree delivered in collaboration with the Colleges of Arts & Architecture, Communications, Information Sciences and Technology, and World Campus (WD). The major helps prepare individuals to be leaders in digital media technologies and multimedia industries. This interdisciplinary degree develops students' design thinking through courses in art and design, critical thinking through courses that promote active, critical and ethical use of communications media and technologies, and systems thinking through courses in information technology and human interaction.

The DMD will help individuals build capacities to be creative leaders and change agents who engage with critical issues through interconnected projects in design, technology, and communications across a wide spectrum of industries. This discipline integration creates the conditions for working in the collaborative, adaptive environments that characterize the digital media professions. Combining methods, tools, and approaches from each discipline provides the basis for developing design literacy, visual literacy and digital literacy when responding to problems and issues of local and global importance.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

Campus website: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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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: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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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: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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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: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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Energy and Sustainability Policy(Start and Finish: World Campus)

The Online Bachelor of Arts degree in Energy and Sustainability Policy will prepare students to compete for new careers in the growing and evolving energy field. Students will master the knowledge and skills needed to gather, analyze, synthesize, and communicate diverse information about emerging global trends in energy policy, technology, and economics. Emphasizing research skills, communication skills, foreign language and international competencies.
(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences)

Campus website: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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Energy Sustainability Policy B.S. (Start and Finish: World Campus)
The Bachelor of Science degree in Energy and Sustainability Policy (ESP) is an interdisciplinary program, preparing students for careers in the evolving policy sector of the energy and sustainability fields, especially where strong science, business, and analytical skills are required. The B.S. program prescribes coursework in areas including energy sources, uses, and technologies; sustainability principles and practices; climate change; and, policy development and analysis. Students select additional courses in energy and science; analysis and technology; business and management; and, ethics, leadership and communications. ESP B.S. educational objectives emphasize five areas of student competency: (1) energy industry knowledge; (2) a sustainability ethic; (3) analytical skills; (4) communication skills; and (5) global perspective. The ESP B.S. program prepares students with knowledge and skills valued by many types of organizations, including commercial firms, government agencies, public utilities, regulatory bodies, nonprofit and advocacy groups, and energy and trade organizations.
(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences)

Campus website: World Campus (Penn State Online)

Please see the Basic Admissions Requirements page for more information about high school and transfer requirements.

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: World Campus (Penn State Online)

Please see the Basic Admissions Requirements page for more information about high school and transfer requirements.

Finance (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend; Start at World Campus and Finish at World Campus)

The Finance major provides students with a firm foundation in the principles of finance and its major areas: financial management, investments, and financial markets. The course work is designed to lead to professional certification in financial analysis. Students have job opportunities in a variety of positions with mutual funds, brokerage firms, banks, and insurance companies, as well as positions in corporate finance.
(The Behrend College)

Campus website: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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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: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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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: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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INFORMATION SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY B.S.

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Integrated Social Sciences (Start and Finish at World Campus)
The social sciences are concerned with the study of society and the relations among individuals and institutions within society. The multi-disciplinary Bachelor of Science in Integrated Social Sciences synthesizes the broad sweep of the content, theories, and methodologies of the social sciences. The program draws on core social science disciplines: Anthropology, Communication Arts and Sciences, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. A final capstone portfolio will document integration and synthesis of major themes explored in the program.

Upon completing the program of study, students should be able to articulate the varied theoretical and applied methodologies and interrelationships across the social sciences; communicate effectively using the language and constructs of the social sciences; apply critical thinking in analyzing and applying social science perspectives to society’s problems; demonstrate the ability to understand, evaluate, and critique the results of social science quantitative and qualitative research; formulate, debate, and articulate arguments about social phenomena; and recognize and solve ethical dilemmas in social contexts.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

Campus website: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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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: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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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: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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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: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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Law and Society (Start and Finish: World Campus)

The bachelor of arts major in Law and Society is an interdisciplinary program intended for adult students who want to acquire a greater understanding of law and the legal systems of this country. Students study legal principles and processes from different perspectives to gain an integrated understanding of the historical, philosophical, political, and social foundations of law. Students may enroll in this program to perform their jobs more effectively or to pursue additional educational, career, or personal goals. This program would help students prepare to work competently within the legal system in a variety of public and private settings, to understand more fully the legal environment of the workplace, and to prepare for entry to law school.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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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: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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Marketing (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg, Start and Finish: World Campus)

This major is designed for students interested in careers involving sales, promotion, services, distribution, research, and planning for business and the public sector. The major provides students with key concepts and methods of analysis in marketing. It focuses on understanding customer needs, developing products or services, creating and implementing marketing plans, monitoring customer responses, and projecting marketing activities for the future.
(Capital College)

Campus website: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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Nursing* - for licensed RNs only (Start at any Campus and Finish:Abington, Altoona, Behrend, Fayette, Harrisburg, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, Worthington Scranton, World Campus)

This major prepares registered nurse students as professional practitioners in areas of health promotion and maintenance, illness care, and rehabilitation.
(College of Nursing)

* This program is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road, NE Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000, acenursing.org; the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One DuPont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-463-6930; and approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

Campus website: World Campus (Penn State Online)

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Organizational and Professional Communication (Start and Finish: World Campus)
A Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Professional Communication provides increased understanding and practice in how people communicate to influence others and shape the world around them. Modern society requires effective communication in professional, personal, social, and multicultural settings. The flexibility of the program offers preparation for a variety of careers, such as law, business, communication, health, administration, social services, and human relations. The bachelor of arts program will facilitate students' learning of effective oral and written communication, specifically helping students to understand and generate professional texts in a variety of genres. Upon completion of the Organizational and Professional Communication program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the significance of communication in everyday experience and as a distinctive intellectual paradigm;
  • Apply, critique, and extend communication concepts, principles, theories, and perspectives to a variety of organizational contexts;
  • Plan communication inquiry, including humanistic or social scientific approaches;
  • Apply qualitative research methods to organizational and professional contexts;
  • Demonstrate logical, critical, creative, and ethical thinking about communication for decision-making and problem-solving;
  • Generate and perform messages appropriate to their audience, purpose, and context;
  • Locate, synthesize, and assimilate new information from a variety of sources and use it to inform communication analysis and practice within organizations;
  • Engage diverse communities, both local and global, and function as a member of a deliberative society;
  • Write professional texts in a variety of genres using appropriate conventions;
  • Reflect on professional experience and situate that experience within college-level learning.

(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Organizational and Professional Communication (Start and Finish: World Campus)
A Bachelor of Science in Organizational and Professional Communication provides increased understanding and practice in how people communicate to influence others and shape the world around them. Modern society requires effective communication in professional, personal, social, and multicultural settings. The flexibility of the program offers preparation for a variety of careers, such as law, business, communication, health, administration, social services, and human relations. The Bachelor of Science degree will allow exploration of the group communication context and the principles of leadership. Upon completion of the Organizational and Professional Communication program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the significance of communication in everyday experience and as a distinctive intellectual paradigm;
  • Apply, critique, and extend communication concepts, principles, theories, and perspectives to a variety of organizational contexts;
  • Plan communication inquiry, including humanistic or social scientific approaches;
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative research methods to organizational and professional contexts;
  • Demonstrate logical, critical, creative, and ethical thinking about communication for decision-making and problem-solving;
  • Generate and perform messages appropriate to their audience, purpose, and context;
  • Locate, synthesize, and assimilate new information from a variety of sources and use it to inform communication analysis and practice within organizations;
  • Engage diverse communities, both local and global, and function as a member of a deliberative society;
  • Facilitate groups communication and functions in and out of organizations;
  • Apply principles of leadership to interpersonal and group situations;
  • Demonstrate critical and ethical understanding of conflict in interpersonal, group, and organizational settings;
  • Reflect on professional experience and situate that experience within college-level learning.

(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Organizational Leadership (Start and Finish: World Campus) 

The program draws on many liberal arts disciplines to illuminate the issues that all leaders face regarding work and employment issues. Students select courses in English; crime, law, and justice; economics; political science; sociology; labor and industrial relations; communication arts and sciences; and psychology. The goal is to provide a broad education that introduces methods of analysis used in the disciplines of the liberal arts and prepares students to understand the complex social, cultural, and organizational issues that they will confront in leadership positions. This program requires that students develop competency in four critical areas and then apply those skills: research methodology, critical analysis, communication skills, and the application of theory. Students can expect to focus on understanding how organizations function both formally and informally and how individuals function within organizations.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

 

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Organizational Leadership (Start at any Campus and Finish: Berks, World Campus)

The program draws on many liberal arts disciplines to illuminate the issues that all leaders face regarding work and employment issues. Students select courses in English; crime, law, and justice; economics; political science; sociology; labor and industrial relations; communication arts and sciences; and psychology. The goal is to provide a broad education that introduces methods of analysis used in the disciplines of the liberal arts and prepares students to understand the complex social, cultural, and organizational issues that they will confront in leadership positions. This program requires that students develop competency in four critical areas and then apply those skills: research methodology, critical analysis, communication skills, and the application of theory. Students can expect to focus on understanding how organizations function both formally and informally and how individuals function within organizations.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Security and Risk Analysis (Start and Finish at World Campus)

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)

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Software Engineering (Start any campus and Finish at Behrend; Start and Finish at World Campus)

This major provides students with a strong foundation in software engineering through combination of classroom study, software development experience, and design projects. Design, analysis, verification, and maintenance of 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, preparing them for work in 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.
(The Behrend College)

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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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