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4-Year Baccalaureate Majors

Majors by Area of Interest


HEALTH PROFESSIONS & RECREATIONAL SERVICES

Physical Therapy, Accelerated Bachelor of Science/Doctorate (Start and Finish: Abington)

Penn State and the Jefferson College of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia jointly offer an accelerated B.S. in Science/Doctorate in Physical Therapy program. Students complete their first three years at Penn State Abington and their final three years at Thomas Jefferson University. The B.S. in Science with the Life Science option from Penn State Abington will be awarded after successful completion of the first year at the Jefferson College of Health Professions. The Doctorate in Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) from Thomas Jefferson University will be awarded after successful completion of the third year at Jefferson College of Health Professions. See http://www.jefferson.edu/health_professions/physical_therapy/admissions/partnerships.cfm for information about the Jefferson program.
(Abington College/Thomas Jefferson University)

 

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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)

College of Health & Human Development

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Biobehavioral Health (Start at any Campus and Finish: Greater Allegheny, Lehigh Valley, New Kensington.)

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.
(University College)

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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)

College of Health & Human Development

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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)

Eberly College of Science

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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)

College of Health & Human Development

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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)

College of Health & Human Development

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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. All first year students are admitted to the College of Health and Human Development 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 Health and Human Development to help determine which of the available majors they would like to pursue.

College of Health & Human Development

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Health Policy and Administration (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

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.
(Capital College)

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Health Policy and Administration (Start at any Campus and Finish:Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto)

 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 Health Policy and Administration students complete an internship in a health care-related setting, giving them valuable experience and contacts in the industry. Health Policy and Administration 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. Health Policy and Administration 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.

(University College)

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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)

College of Health & Human Development

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Hospitality Management (Start at any Campus and Finish: Berks)

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.
(Berks College)

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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)

College of Health & Human Development

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Kinesiology (Start at any Campus and Finish:Harrisburg)

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. 

EXERCISE SCIENCE OPTION:  This option is a program of study in the science of exercise. This program offers Kinesiology background and applied experience in fitness assessment, exercise physiology, exercise psychology, motor skill development, nutrition and healthy living skills. Graduates will be able to scientifically assess fitness levels of individuals. Analyzing those assessments, graduates will then be capable of designing and implementing appropriate exercise programs. Students in the Business Emphasis will select courses from a department list that will enhance their opportunity for graduate studies in Kinesiology related fields, Physical Therapy and Medical schools. The completion of the Exercise Science Option will enable graduates to compete for employment in the corporate fitness arena, private fitness clubs, community-based fitness organizations, hospital and university settings or possibly to operate their own health and fitness company.
(Capital College)

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Kinesiology (Start at any Campus and Finish: Berks)

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. 

EXERCISE SCIENCE OPTION:  This option is a program of study in the science of exercise. This program offers Kinesiology background and applied experience in fitness assessment, exercise physiology, exercise psychology, motor skill development, nutrition and healthy living skills. Graduates will be able to scientifically assess fitness levels of individuals. Analyzing those assessments, graduates will then be capable of designing and implementing appropriate exercise programs. Students in the Business Emphasis will select courses from a department list that will enhance their opportunity for graduate studies in Kinesiology related fields, Physical Therapy and Medical schools. The completion of the Exercise Science Option will enable graduates to compete for employment in the corporate fitness arena, private fitness clubs, community-based fitness organizations, hospital and university settings or possibly to operate their own health and fitness company.
(Berks College)

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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.
(College of Health and Human Development)

College of Health & Human Development

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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)

 

College of Nursing

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Nursing* - for licensed RN's only(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, 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.

College of Nursing

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Nursing* Second Degree Option (Start and Finish: Altoona, Harrisburg)

This intensive sixteen-month program is for students who already have a baccalaureate degree and wish to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Students who meet the academic prerequisites of the program complete 60 credits in nursing, earn a second degree, and are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Through this program, students will gain experience in diverse settings and be prepared to start a new career in nursing.

(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.

College of Nursing

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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)

College of Health & Human Development

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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)

Eberly College of Science

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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)

Eberly College of Science

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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)

College of Health & Human Development

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Rehabilitation and Human Services (Start at any Campus and Finish: Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Wilkes-Barre)

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.
(University College)

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

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.
(Abington College)

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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)

College of Education

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