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Brandywine

American Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: Brandywine)

This interdisciplinary major is designed to provide students with an integrated and critical knowledge of American culture, drawing on courses in American Studies and in the traditional disciplines and culminating in two senior seminars. A number of interests may be pursued within the major, including popular culture, art, technology, business, law, archives, museology, and conservation. The major helps students prepare for careers in business, teaching, government, and a number of other areas, and for enrollment in law and other professional programs.
(University College)

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Biology (Start at any Campus and Finish: Beaver, Brandywine, Schuylkill, Worthington Scranton, York)

The curriculum in Biology is designed to provide students with a strong background in the biological sciences. It provides preparation for students who intend to secure advanced degrees through graduate study, students who intend to prepare for careers in medicine or health-related fields, and students preparing for careers with companies or agencies requiring employees with biological backgrounds. The curriculum has three options, allowing students to choose an area of specialization that will best meet their career goals. In addition to selecting an option, students are strongly encouraged to participate in faculty-supervised research. The options are: General Biology;  Genetics and Developmental Biology; and Vertebrate Physiology.
(The University College)

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Business (Start at any Campus and Finish: Beaver, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre, Worthington Scranton, York)

The bachelor of science degree in Business is an upperdivision, professionally oriented business degree program for individuals who are seeking general preparation in business. The degree combines the theoretical underpinnings of core business disciplines, notably management, marketing, finance, and logistics, with applied study in a practical setting, especially small businesses. Through the choice of an 18-credit option, students develop a specialty related to a key business sector. Students also develop written and oral communication skills throughout the program, acquire contemporary computer skills, and engage in active and collaborative learning. The degree allows students to become familiar with the unique business environments of their local communities, a design that sets the degree apart from other business degrees offered both within the University and throughout the Commonwealth.
(University College)

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Communication Arts and Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: Brandywine, York)

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 degree in Communication Arts and Sciences also lends itself well to a concurrent degree program in which students prepare themselves in several fields of study.
(University College)

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Communications (Start at any Campus and Finish: Beaver, Brandywine, Greater Allegheny, New Kensington)

With the rapid development of digital technologies over the last decade, the field of communications has seen unprecedented growth and convergence of medium in media both technologically and structurally. The Communications degree program addresses strongly articulated employer requirements for the workplace through an integrated program model. The degree provides the basic theoretical foundations of the discipline, allows for appropriate branching outside the traditional curriculum, and permits a drawing from appropriate courses in the disciplines of information sciences and technology, communications, and arts and sciences, English and business. The degree in Communications provides two options, Corporate Communications and Journalism, for students who wish to develop their written and verbal skills in an effort to gain professional employment in fields such as public relations, publishing, speech writing, video and multimedia, production, and/or journalism. Options vary by campus.
(University College)

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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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English (Start at any Campus and Finish: Brandywine, Greater Allegheny, Wilkes-Barre, Worthington Scranton, York)

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.
(University College)

Campus website: Brandywine

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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: Brandywine

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General Engineering (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington, Brandywine, Dubois, Hazleton)

The bachelor of science degree program in General Engineering provides students with a broad foundation in engineering and the opportunity to choose a topical engineering track of study based on their interests. In this way, the degree program presents a fundamental general engineering degree with specialization in a technically and professionally relevant topic.

From this degree program, students will acquire the ability to work as members of a team toward successful attainment of a common goal, thus preparing them to work in for-profit or nonprofit organizations, or to further their studies in graduate school. Typical employment for General Engineering graduates includes positions such as engineer, product engineer, process engineer, manufacturing engineer, development engineer, and materials engineer.

Graduates of the General Engineering program will be prepared to identify, analyze, and solve engineering technical problems; apply advanced mathematical concepts appropriately to the design and analysis of processes and systems; display effective communication skills; and demonstrate the ability to work as professionals on a team and in a project environment.

Students may choose between the Applied Materials track at Penn State Dubois,  the Alternate Energy and Power Generation track at Penn State Hazleton or the Multidisciplinary Engineering Design Option at Penn State Abington or Penn State Brandywine.
(College of Engineering)

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Human Development and Family Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette,, Mont Alto, Shenango, Worthington Scranton, York)

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.
(University College)

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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 and Finish: Beaver, Brandywine, Greater Allegheny, Hazelton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensignton, Schuylkill, Wilkes Barre, Worthington Scranton, York )

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.
(University College)

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Letters, Arts, and Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: Brandywine, DuBois, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Mont Alto, Shenango, Worthington Scranton)

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.
(University College)

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Psychology (Start at any Campus and Finish: Beaver, Brandywine, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Worthington Scranton, York)

The Psychology major will combine the knowledge, skills, and values of psychology with a liberal arts foundation. Students should develop a knowledge base consisting of concepts, theory, empirical findings, and trends within psychology; understand and apply basic research methods in psychology; use critical thinking and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes; apply psychological principles to personal and social issues; and be able to understand the gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture, and class issues in psychological theory, research, and practice. Students should also develop information and computer competence, communication skills, and develop realistic ideas about how to implement their psychology education in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.

The major may lead to either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. The B.A. degree incorporates a broad exposure to the many facets of the field of psychology, in addition to the B.A. requirements. The B.S. degree provides the same exposure to the field of psychology and adds options in Science and Business to prepare students for more specific career directions. Students in both degree programs may also prepare for graduate school; research experience with faculty members is encouraged for such students.
(University College)

Campus website: Brandywine

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

Psychology (Start at any Campus and Finish: Beaver, Brandywine, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Worthington Scranton, Schuylkill, York)

The Psychology major will combine the knowledge, skills, and values of psychology with a liberal arts foundation. Students should develop a knowledge base consisting of concepts, theory, empirical findings, and trends within psychology; understand and apply basic research methods in psychology; use critical thinking and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes; apply psychological principles to personal and social issues; and be able to understand the gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture, and class issues in psychological theory, research, and practice. Students should also develop information and computer competence, communication skills, and develop realistic ideas about how to implement their psychology education in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings. The major may lead to either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.

The B.A. degree incorporates a broad exposure to the many facets of the field of psychology, in addition to the B.A. requirements.

The B.S. degree provides the same exposure to the field of psychology and adds options in Science and Business to prepare students for more specific career directions. Students in both degree programs may also prepare for graduate school; research experience with faculty members is encouraged for such students.
(University College)

Campus website: Brandywine

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: Brandywine

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