Undergraduate Admissions

Majors

Alphabetic Listing of Baccalaureate (4 Year) Majors

Unless otherwise noted, programs can be started at any campus and typically completed at the campus(es) listed in parentheses.

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | R | S | T | U | V | W |

A

Accelerated Bachelor of Science/doctor of Physical Therapy (SPTAB)

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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Accounting (ACCT)

Accounting (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

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)

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Accounting (ACCTG)

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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Accounting (ACNTG)

Accounting (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

The Accounting major provides an opportunity to pursue a unique program that integrates knowledge and skill in accounting and information management. It helps students prepare for positions in public accounting firms, corporations, and government. In addition, the Accounting major provides the necessary academic training for students interested in administrative responsibilities in the area of accounting.
(The Behrend College)

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Administration of Justice B.A. (AJACC)

Administration of Justice (Start at any Campus and Finish: DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Schuylkill, Wilkes-Barre)

The bachelor of arts degree provides students with a broadly based liberal arts education focused on the understanding and analysis of justice systems. Having grappled with the many dilemmas and controversies presented by the problems of administering justice in a complex society, graduates of this program are given the background to be educated, thoughtful, and intelligent citizens.

The bachelor of science degree is intended to prepare students for careers in the administration of justice. Two emphases are provided, one for students interested in entry-level employment in justice agencies and one for students interested in academic or research positions and who may seek graduate education before beginning employment.
(University College)

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Administration of Justice B.S. (AJSCC)

Administration of Justice (Start at any Campus and Finish: Beaver, DuBois, Fayette,Greater Allegheny, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre)

The bachelor of arts degree provides students with a broadly based liberal arts education focused on the understanding and analysis of justice systems. Having grappled with the many dilemmas and controversies presented by the problems of administering justice in a complex society, graduates of this program are given the background to be educated, thoughtful, and intelligent citizens.

The bachelor of science degree is intended to prepare students for careers in the administration of justice. Two emphases are provided, one for students interested in entry-level employment in justice agencies and one for students interested in academic or research positions and who may seek graduate education before beginning employment.
(University College)

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Advertising & Public Relations (AD PR)

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 (AERSP)

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)

* 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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African American Studies (AA ST)

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 (AFRST)

Arts in African American 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 (AG BM)

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 & Extension Education (AEE)

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 (AG SC)

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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Agricultural Sciences (undecided) (AG)

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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American Studies (AMSAB)

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

This interdisciplinary major administered by the Department of English 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.
(Abington College)

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American Studies (AMSCA)

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

This interdisciplinary major administered by the Department of English 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 prepare students for careers in business, teaching, government, and a number of other areas, and for enrollment in law and other professional programs.
(Capital College)

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American Studies (AMSCC)

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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Animal Science (AN SC)

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 (ANTH)

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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Applied Behavioral Science (ABESC)

Behavioral Science, Applied (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

The Applied Behavioral Science major offers two options: Social and Human Services and Interdisciplinary Social Science. The major helps students prepare for careers that provide direct service to individuals in need of assistance. These careers are in a variety of human services, both in the public and private sectors, or in personnel-related positions, such as human resources. Graduates may also pursue advanced degrees in fields such as community psychology and counseling. The strengths of the program include: internships directly related to the student’s area of interest, flexibility in course selection that allows students to focus on particular interests, a solid foundation of knowledge on which to build skills, and skill development courses.
(Capital College)

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Archaeological Science (ARSCI)

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 (A E)

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)

* 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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Architecture (BARCH)

Architecture* (Start and Finish: University Park)

The major provides for the education of architects at the professional and preprofessional levels. The five-year professional program leads to the bachelor of architecture degree and contains intensive academic studies in architectural and related subjects. 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 (ARTAB)

Art (Start and Finish: Abington)

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.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

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Art (ARTBA)

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 (A ED)

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 (ART H)

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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Arts Administration (ARTSA)

Arts Administration (Start at any campus and Finish: Behrend)

The Penn State Erie Arts Administration program is intended for students with an interest in the arts and a desire to pursue careers in the administration or management of arts organizations such as museums, theatre companies, orchestras and choruses. The program combines a broad exposure to the arts with intensive training in management, marketing, writing, and development.

The interdisciplinary Arts Administration program answers the growing need for leaders and administrators of arts organizations that must compete, survive, and thrive in a corporate world. Recognizing that these organizations have missions that are different from business corporations, the Arts Administration program aims to produce capable arts administrators, managers, and entrepreneurs with both aesthetic sensibilities and business acumen. Successful arts administration is crucial to the continued vitality of modern cultural institutions, creative enterprises, and arts organizations. If the public is to benefit, skilled arts administrators must facilitate the work of artists to realize their artistic vision and share it with the public, by executing the necessary financial, legal, and organizational decisions. In short, talented arts administrators are partners in a collaborative artistic process.
(The Behrend College)

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Asian Studies (ASIA)

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 (ASTRO)

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 (ATHTR)

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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B

Biobehavioral Health (BB H)

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

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 (B M B)

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 (BANTH)

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 (B E)

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)

* 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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Biology (BIOAB)

Biology (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

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.
(Abington College)

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Biology (BIOAL)

Biology (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)

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.
(Altoona College)

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Biology (BIOBD)

Biology (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

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 six 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; Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; Genetics and Developmental Biology; Molecular and Cellular Biology and Biochemistry; Medical Technology; and Accelerated Health Programs.
(The Behrend College)

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Biology (BIOBL)

Biology (Start at any Campus and Finish: Berks)

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.
(Berks College)

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Biology (BIOCC)

Biology (Start at any Campus and Finish: Brandywine)

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 six 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; Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; Genetics and Developmental Biology; Molecular and Cellular Biology and Biochemistry; Medical Technology; and Accelerated Health Programs.
(The University College)

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Biology (BIOL)

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 (BME)

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 (BRS)

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 (BIOTC)

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 (BSBAB)

Business (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

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.
(Abington College)

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Business (BSBAL)

Business (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)

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.
(Altoona College)

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Business (BSBBL)

Business (Start at any Campus and Finish: Berks)

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.
(Berks College)

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Business (BSBCC)

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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Business (undecided) (B A)

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. All first year students are admitted to the Smeal College of Business 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 Smeal College of Business to help determine which of the available majors they would like to pursue.
(Smeal College of Business)

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Business (undecided) (BCBUS)

Business (undecided) (BCBUS) (Start at any campus and finish: Behrend)
This major is for students who are interested in Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, but are undecided about which business 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 Penn State Behrend (starting at any campus) in pre-major status, and they request entry into a major during their second academic year. Academic advising is available to all students at any Penn State campus to help determine which of the available majors they would like to pursue. (The Behrend College)

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Business (undecided) (CABUS)

Business (undecided) (CABUS) (Start at any campus and finish: Harrisburg)
This major is for students who are interested in Penn State Harrisburg, but are undecided about which business 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 Penn State Harrisburg (starting at any campus) in pre-major status, and they request entry into a major during their second academic year. Academic advising is available to all students at any Penn State campus to help determine which of the available majors they would like to pursue. (Capital College)

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Business B.S. (BSBIC)

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)

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Business Economics (BECON)

Business Economics (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

Business Economics is a quantitatively oriented program of study in applied economics. Leading to a B.S. degree, this major combines in-depth study of economics with a general business background, the latter including courses in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing, and quantitative business analysis. Students may choose upper-division economics courses in business and economic forecasting, econometrics, economic theory, industrial organization, international economics, labor economics, managerial economics, and urban and regional economics. Use of computers as analytical and problem-solving tools is emphasized in the program. The major also includes several non-business supporting areas of study from which students may choose courses.
(The Behrend College)

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Chemical Engineering (CH E)

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)

* 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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Chemistry (CHEM)

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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Chemistry (CHMBD)

Chemistry (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

This major provides a strong foundation in chemistry and prepares students for graduate or professional programs and for careers with companies and agencies requiring chemistry or related areas. The major has five options that allow students to choose an area of specialization to meet their career goals. These options are: General Chemistry, Biochemistry, Business, Computer Science, and Chemistry Education Precertification. Students have the opportunity to participate in research with faculty members.
(The Behrend College)

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Childhood and Early Adolescent Education (CEAED)

Childhood and Early Adolescent Education (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington, Altoona, Berks, Behrend,  Lehigh Valley, 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)

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Chinese (CHNS)

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 (C E)

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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Civil Engineering (CE CA)

Civil Engineering (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

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.
(Capital College)

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Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS)

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 (COMBA)

Communication (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

The B.A. major in Communication offers a liberal arts background with emphasis in mass media studies and corporate communication. It helps students prepare for careers in corporate communication, print and broadcast journalism, multimedia and video production, and advertising/public relations by providing an interdisciplinary study of spoken, written, visual, and technically mediated messages.
(The Behrend College)

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Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Communication Arts and Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: 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 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.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Communication Arts and Sciences (CASBL)

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

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.
(Berks College)

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Communication Arts and Sciences (CASCC)

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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Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD)

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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Communications (COMAL)

Communications (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)

The major provides a general grounding in traditional media forms along with work in the area of media convergence. Students do course work at both the practical and theoretical level. On the theory side, course work will be offered in the areas of media criticism and theory, visual communications, and media history at the introductory and advanced levels. On the applied side, course work will be offered in video and audio production, news writing and photojournalism, radio and television studio production, and public relations and advertising at the introductory and advanced levels. Students will be strongly encouraged to do an internship sometime during their junior or senior years. Finally, the capstone Convergent Media Seminar will bring seniors together to consider the larger, theoretical issues related to the fast-paced changes in communications today and into the future. Graduates are well positioned to go right into industry, where they will be able to compete in a number of different job markets, or to graduate school for advanced training.
(Altoona College)

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Communications (COMCC)

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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Communications (COMCL)

Communications (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

Communications is an interdisciplinary program that combines practical, professional instruction with critical and cultural examinations of mass media. The program’s interdisciplinary and theoretical approach enables students to understand the contextual relationships between contemporary media and ethics, history, drama, and art, as well as the mechanics of emerging information technologies. The program features small classes, a multidisciplinary faculty with real-world professional experience, high-technology laboratories, and an excellent location for media internships. This major helps students prepare for careers in areas such as public relations, journalism, graphic design, photography, new media, advertising, media production, and telecommunications. Because of the analytical approach, students can use the major to prepare for postgraduate studies.
(Capital College)

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Communications (COMM)

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

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Community, Environment and Development (CED)

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 (CMLIT)

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 (CENBD)

Computer Engineering* (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

The mission of the faculty of the undergraduate Computer Engineering program is to provide students with the knowledge and experience needed to pursue a productive lifelong career in industry or to engage in further study at the graduate level. Students participate in a balanced program of instruction covering the basic principles of the design and application of computer systems. The program includes coverage in breadth and depth in basic science, engineering, and abstract concepts of information handling. Students will specialize in and be prepared for careers in the design, analysis, and use of hardware, software, and systems. The program is structured to ensure that graduates have a clear understanding of the design and applications of computers as well as the ability to apply this knowledge throughout their professional careers.
(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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Computer Engineering (CMPEN)

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)

* 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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Computer Science (CMPBD)

Computer Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

This major builds on a firm foundation of computer science, mathematics, and natural science courses. The major stresses the fundamentals of computer science—programming, discrete math, data structures, graphics, analysis and design of algorithms— and their practical applications in system programming, database management, scientific visualization, and telecommunications. Graduates of this program will be prepared for a wide variety of computer-oriented careers in business, industry, and government, particularly in areas that require the practical application of computer science concepts and techniques to solving problems in the natural sciences. In addition, graduates will be prepared to pursue graduate study in computer science or in computationally intensive subdisciplines of the natural sciences, such as bioinformatics, computational biology, computational physics, or computational chemistry.
(The Behrend College)

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Computer Science (CMPSC)

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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Computer Science (COMP)

Computer Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

This program is designed to help students prepare for employment as computer scientists in engineering, scientific, industrial, and business environments as software developers, programmers, and systems analysts. While most students will enter the job market directly upon graduation, graduate school in computer science or related areas is also an option. Selection of electives can be tailored for students pursuing this path. The Computer Science major provides a solid foundation in the areas of systems programming, algorithm design, artificial intelligence, and engineering large software systems using state-of-the-art methodologies and programming languages. Students may expect to: develop a solid foundation in mathematical studies relevant to computer science; master skills in computer science; enjoy possibilities for internships and part-time employment with local companies; and become problem solvers. These goals are consistent with the goals outlined by the Association of Computing Machinery.
(Capital College)

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Corporate Communication (CCBA)

Corporate Communication (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

Building on the interdisciplinary strengths of Penn State Abington, the Corporate Communication B.A. program helps students prepare for public information and media relations positions in profit and nonprofit organizations. The program is distinguished by its cross-disciplinary course work in business, information systems, human behavior, and oral, written, and visual communication. In addition, there is a required field experience. The program provides a broad foundation in business principles, including team projects and problem solving; ethics; oral, written and visual communication skills; and psychology. The major is designed to prepare students for a variety of career fields, including human resources, public relations, training and development, and public information.
(Abington College)

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Corporate Communication (CCCC)

Corporate Communication (Start at any Campus and Finish: Lehigh Valley)

The Corporate Communication B.A. program helps students prepare for public information and media relations positions in profit and nonprofit organizations. The program is distinguished by its cross-disciplinary course work in business, information systems, human behavior, and oral, written, and visual communication. In addition, there is a required field experience. The program provides a broad foundation in business principles, including team projects and problem solving; ethics; oral, written and visual communication skills; and psychology. The major is designed to prepare students for a variety of career fields, including human resources, public relations, training and development, and public information.
(University College)

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Creative Writing (CWRIT)

Writing, Creative (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

This major allows students to develop their writing skills through craft classes, literature classes, and writing workshops, in preparation for a variety of postgraduation options, from continuing on to M.F.A. degree programs to various positions in the publishing or editing fields. The program recognizes students must understand the relationship between tradition and individual talent, and provides a required sequence of literature courses designed to give students an overview of the historical literary traditions as well as the traditions of both modern and contemporary prose and poetry, options for additional literature courses (to broaden and/or deepen the nature of that relationship), and a course in creative writing theory. The program culminates in a capstone experience, the senior thesis, a collection of poetry or prose of publishable quality, with a critical preface to the collection demonstrating the students’ ability to discuss the nature of their own writing and to place it in a literary context.
(The Behrend College)

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Criminal Justice (CRIMJ)

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)

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Criminal Justice B.A. (CJAAB)

Criminal Justice: Bachelor of Arts (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

Students receiving a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice should understand each of the three main components of the criminal justice system and their interrelationships, be able to evaluate critically both current and future crime control policy proposals and criminal justice research, and understand the complexity of the crime phenomenon and its relationship to individual, social, and cultural factors. This major includes study in law enforcement, courts, and corrections—individually and as components of a system; theories of crime causation; and crime control policy. Students should expect reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to be rigorously applied and developed throughout the degree program. The bachelor of arts degree in Criminal Justice provides a broadly based liberal arts background for the study of crime, justice, and the criminal justice system. The bachelor of science degree offers an opportunity for educational enrichment in fields not traditionally considered part of the liberal arts. Either degree is excellent preparation for a career in criminal justice, graduate, or professional study, or informed citizenship.
(Abington College)

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Criminal Justice B.A. (CJABL)

Criminal Justice (Start at any Campus and Finish: Berks)

Students receiving a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice should understand each of the three main components of the criminal justice system and their interrelationships, be able to evaluate critically both current and future crime control policy proposals and criminal justice research, and understand the complexity of the crime phenomenon and its relationship to individual, social, and cultural factors. This major includes study in law enforcement, courts, and corrections—individually and as components of a system; theories of crime causation; and crime control policy. Students should expect reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to be rigorously applied and developed throughout the degree program. The bachelor of arts degree in Criminal Justice provides a broadly based liberal arts background for the study of crime, justice, and the criminal justice system. The bachelor of science degree offers an opportunity for educational enrichment in fields not traditionally considered part of the liberal arts. Either degree is excellent preparation for a career in criminal justice, graduate, or professional study, or informed citizenship.
(Berks College)

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Criminal Justice B.A. (CJBA)

Criminal Justice (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)

Students receiving a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice should understand each of the three main components of the criminal justice system and their interrelationships, be able to evaluate critically both current and future crime control policy proposals and criminal justice research, and understand the complexity of the crime phenomenon and its relationship to individual, social, and cultural factors. This major includes study in law enforcement, courts, and corrections—individually and as components of a system; theories of crime causation; and crime control policy. Students should expect reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to be rigorously applied and developed throughout the degree program. The bachelor of arts degree in Criminal Justice provides a broadly based liberal arts background for the study of crime, justice, and the criminal justice system. The bachelor of science degree offers an opportunity for educational enrichment in fields not traditionally considered part of the liberal arts. Either degree is excellent preparation for a career in criminal justice, graduate, or professional study, or informed citizenship.
(Altoona College)

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Criminal Justice B.S. (CJBS)

Criminal Justice: Bachelor of Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)

Students receiving a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice should understand each of the three main components of the criminal justice system and their interrelationships, be able to evaluate critically both current and future crime control policy proposals and criminal justice research, and understand the complexity of the crime phenomenon and its relationship to individual, social, and cultural factors. This major includes study in law enforcement, courts, and corrections—individually and as components of a system; theories of crime causation; and crime control policy. Students should expect reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to be rigorously applied and developed throughout the degree program. The bachelor of arts degree in Criminal Justice provides a broadly based liberal arts background for the study of crime, justice, and the criminal justice system. The bachelor of science degree offers an opportunity for educational enrichment in fields not traditionally considered part of the liberal arts. Either degree is excellent preparation for a career in criminal justice, graduate, or professional study, or informed citizenship.
(Altoona College)

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Criminal Justice B.S. (CJSAB)

Criminal Justice: Bachelor of Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

Students receiving a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice should understand each of the three main components of the criminal justice system and their interrelationships, be able to evaluate critically both current and future crime control policy proposals and criminal justice research, and understand the complexity of the crime phenomenon and its relationship to individual, social, and cultural factors. This major includes study in law enforcement, courts, and corrections—individually and as components of a system; theories of crime causation; and crime control policy. Students should expect reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to be rigorously applied and developed throughout the degree program. The bachelor of arts degree in Criminal Justice provides a broadly based liberal arts background for the study of crime, justice, and the criminal justice system. The bachelor of science degree offers an opportunity for educational enrichment in fields not traditionally considered part of the liberal arts. Either degree is excellent preparation for a career in criminal justice, graduate, or professional study, or informed citizenship.
(Abington College)

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Criminal Justice B.S. (CJSBL)

Criminal Justice: Bachelor of Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: Berks)

Students receiving a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice should understand each of the three main components of the criminal justice system and their interrelationships, be able to evaluate critically both current and future crime control policy proposals and criminal justice research, and understand the complexity of the crime phenomenon and its relationship to individual, social, and cultural factors. This major includes study in law enforcement, courts, and corrections—individually and as components of a system; theories of crime causation; and crime control policy. Students should expect reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to be rigorously applied and developed throughout the degree program. The bachelor of arts degree in Criminal Justice provides a broadly based liberal arts background for the study of crime, justice, and the criminal justice system. The bachelor of science degree offers an opportunity for educational enrichment in fields not traditionally considered part of the liberal arts. Either degree is excellent preparation for a career in criminal justice, graduate, or professional study, or informed citizenship.
(Berks College)

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Criminology B.A. (CRMBA)

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)

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Criminology B.S. (CRMBS)

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)

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Division of Undergraduate Studies (D U S)

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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E

Earth & Mineral Sciences (undecided) (EM SC)

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. All first year students are admitted to the College of Earth and Mineral 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 Earth and Mineral Sciences to help determine which of the available majors they would like to pursue.

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

Earth Science and Policy (EARSP)

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)

 

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Earth Sciences (EARTH)

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

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)

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Economics (ECNS)

Economics(Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

The Economics major is a program of study with a liberal arts orientation. The broad liberal arts background serves as a foundation for advanced study in the methods and techniques of economic analysis. Use of mainframe and microcomputers as analytical and problem-solving tools is emphasized in the program's upper-division courses. Students may choose upper-division courses in several areas of specialization, including business cycles and forecasting, economic theory, industrial organization, international economics, labor economics, managerial economics, and regional economics.
(The Behrend College)

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Economics B.A. (ECLBA)

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)

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Economics B.S. (ECLBS)

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)

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Education (undecided) (ED)

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

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Education and Public Policy (EPP)

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)

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Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET)

Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (Start and Finish: Behrend)

In this major, graduates prepare for careers in electronics, microprocessors, computer hardware and software, communications, instrumentation and control, and power. The major consists of two options: Electrical Engineering Technology and Computer Engineering Technology. Both options provide education in applied mathematics, physics, electrical and electronic circuit analysis and design, microprocessors, instrumentation, and quality control. The Electrical Engineering Technology option provides specialty education in control theory, communication systems, and power systems. The Computer Engineering Technology option provides specialty education in software development, embedded computer systems, and networking. Both options culminate with a capstone design project involving an actual design or manufacturing problem, often sponsored by industry. Graduates may qualify as engineering technologists working side-by-side with engineers, scientists, and other skilled workers. Occupations include electrical and electronic systems design, microprocessor applications, instrumentation and control computer programming, electrical testing, plant engineering, quality control, management, and technical sales and service.
(The Behrend College)

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Electrical Engineering (E E)

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)

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

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Electrical Engineering (E ENG)

Electrical Engineering* (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

The bachelor of science degree program in Electrical Engineering provides a solid background in electrical engineering sciences. It also provides an opportunity for students to pursue interests in electrical and electronic circuits, including digital circuits and VLSI and its fabrication, microprocessors and their applications, electromagnetics, communications, control systems, and digital image processing and computer vision. Through a senior capstone design project, the curriculum emphasizes written as well as verbal communication and teamwork approach among the students to attain a common goal. This program helps its graduates develop capabilities to analyze and design a variety of electrical and electronic systems found in many industrial and government settings as well as provide a foundation for further graduate studies.
(Capital College)

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

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Electrical Engineering (EE BD)

Electrical Engineering* (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

This major provides students with a strong foundation in electrical engineering through a combination of classroom study, projects, and laboratory experience. Analysis and design of electrical and computer 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 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)

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

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Electrical Engineering Technology (E E T)

Electrical Engineering Technology* (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre)

The bachelor of science graduate with a major in Electrical Engineering Technology (E E T) is an engineering technologist who can bridge the gap between scientific advancement and practical electrical devices and systems. The E E T major helps equip students with the various skills necessary to adapt new scientific knowledge to new products. Technical selections are offered in the senior year to provide some degree of specialization, but all graduates receive a well-rounded basic education in electrical and electronic design principles. The strengths of the program include: applied hands-on curriculum; extensive laboratory experience; promising job placement; and accreditation by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. (Capital College)

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

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Electro - Mechanical Engineering Technology (EMET)

Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology* (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona, Berks, New Kensington, York)

The bachelor of science in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology degree program provides the basic undergraduate education required for a career as an electro-mechanical engineering technologist. The program emphasizes a breadth of knowledge in all fields of engineering technology related to typical, highly automated manufacturing, production, or assembly plant processes. Courses cover all major areas of technology involved in the operation and control of manufacturing and production processes, including instrumentation and monitoring methods, principles of machine design, automated control techniques, thermal and fluid sciences, computerized manufacturing systems, principles of electrical and electronic circuit operation, computer-aided drafting and design, economics of production, and statistical analysis and quality control. The primary aim is to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply current methods and technology to the development, design, operation, and management of electro-mechanical systems, particularly in those industries where automated systems are prevalent.
(College of Engineering)

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

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Elementary Education (ELEM)

Elementary Education (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

The Elementary Education program at Penn State Harrisburg embodies the four tenets of our conceptual framework: constructivism, authenticity, reflectivity, and standards-based curriculum. Constructivism entails a student-centered approach in which teachers help learners build their own understandings. Authenticity refers to developing professional and pedagogical skills in authentic classroom settings; for example, in the junior and senior years prior to student teaching, the program offers extensive field experiences in a variety of settings that enroll students with diverse backgrounds and needs. Reflectivity relates to consciously analyzing course content and one’s own learning for the purpose of deeper understanding and self-improvement. Standards-based curriculum means that our candidates are steeped in Pennsylvania Academic Standards as well as the standards of relevant professional organizations. Taken together, these tenets enable our candidates to become lifelong reflective professionals committed to the learning of all students.
(Capital College)

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Energy and Sustainability Policy (ESPBA)

Energy and Sustainability Policy(Start at any Campus 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)

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Energy Engineering (ENENG)

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)

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Energy, Business and Finance (EBF)

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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Engineering (undecided) (BCEGN)

This major is for students interested in the Behrend College, School 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. All first year students are admitted to the Behrend College, School of Engineering 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 Behrend College, School of Engineering to help determine which of the available majors they would like to pursue.

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Engineering (undecided) (ENGR)

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

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Engineering Science (E SC)

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.

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English (ELISH)

English (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

This major offers courses in literary and cultural studies, and in various forms of writing. Students may select the Literature or the Professional Writing option. Both options share a common core of 13 credits and provide a sound foundation in the liberal arts and opportunities to develop creative and analytical skills. Students in the Literature option select courses from three separate areas—The Canon and Its Critics, Cultural Studies, and Globality and Literature—and develop a broad understanding of the ways in which literature works in various critical and cultural contexts. Students in the Professional Writing option follow a sequence of courses designed to develop and enhance writing skills in areas directly relevant to business and technical applications.
(The Behrend College)

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English (ENGAB)

English (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

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)

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English (ENGAL)

English (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)

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)

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English (ENGCC)

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)

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English (ENGCL)

English (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

This English major, with its two options, offers students the unique opportunity to study literature in an interdisciplinary context where the relationships among literature and art, history, music, philosophy, media, and American studies can be investigated. The major offers courses in American, British, and world literatures, emphasizing their cultural and historical contexts as well as teaching students to interpret them from a variety of critical perspectives. Small classes in both creative and expository writing encourage students to develop their writing skills by working closely with faculty.
(Capital College)

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English (ENGL)

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 (E R M)

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)

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Environmental Studies B.A. (ENVBA)

Environmental Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)

This interdisciplinary major is designed to provide students with an integrated and critical knowledge of the natural environment and human interactions with it. Students receive a strong foundation in the natural sciences but extend their studies across several disciplines, emphasizing both public policy issues and the role of the natural environment in history and culture. The goal of the program is “ecological literacy,” which means that students will develop a broadbased understanding and awareness of environments and environmental issues, as well as the problem-solving skills to address those issues.
(Altoona College)

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Environmental Studies B.S. (ENVBS)

Environmental Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)

This interdisciplinary major is designed to provide students with an integrated and critical knowledge of the natural environment and human interactions with it. Students receive a strong foundation in the natural sciences but extend their studies across several disciplines, emphasizing both public policy issues and the role of the natural environment in history and culture. The goal of the program is “ecological literacy,” which means that students will develop a broadbased understanding and awareness of environments and environmental issues, as well as the problem-solving skills to address those issues.
(Altoona College)

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Environmental Systems Engineering (ENVSE)

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.

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Exploratory (division of Undergraduate Studies) (D U S)

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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F

Film and Video (FILM)

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)

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Finance (FIN)

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)

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Finance (FINCE)

Finance (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

This major is designed for students seeking careers in corporate finance, investment and portfolio management, banking, public finance, and international finance, as well as for those who intend to pursue graduate study in finance. Graduates may then be prepared to seek certificates in financial analysis (CFA) and financial planning (CFP). Each student’s background is complemented with basic business instruction in accounting, management, marketing, and information systems. With business and non-business electives, the program is designed to develop necessary skills to be an effective financial manager.
Capital College)

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Finance (FNC)

Finance (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

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)

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Food Science (FD SC)

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)

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Forensic Science (FRNSC)

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)

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Forest Ecosystem Management (FOREM)

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 B.A. (FR BA)

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)

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French and Francophone Studies B.S. (FR BS)

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)

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G

General Arts & Sciences (GAS)

General Arts and Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

In this interdisciplinary major, students may pursue broad interests and develop their own specialized programs when their interests are not congruent with established programs. The bachelor of arts degree in General Arts and Sciences can be a terminal degree, or students can prepare for graduate school, professional school, or employment in business, government, or industry. The Liberal Studies option provides the most flexible undergraduate degree program in the University except for the bachelor of philosophy degree. Students can use the Liberal Studies option to structure a program around their individual interests and career plans and can develop background in areas where Penn State Behrend does not currently offer majors.
(The Behrend College)

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General Engineering (G E)

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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Geobiology (GEOBI)

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 B.A. (GEOBA)

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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Geography B.S. (GEOBS)

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 B.A. (GSCBA)

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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Geosciences B.S. (GSCBS)

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 B.A. (GERBA)

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 B.S. (GERBS)

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 Studies (GLBST)

Global Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: Berks)

This major is designed for students who are interested in a liberal arts degree with a concentration in global studies. Featuring both active and collaborative classroom experiences in addition to intensive study abroad/internship experiences, the program is designed for students who wish to develop a set of analytical and interpersonal skills that will prepare them for entry level employment in a wide range of government and nonprofit organizations and agencies and in businesses and industry. Because of the flexible and broad nature of the degree, students might also use this major as preparation for graduate or professional school in business, law, or the social sciences. This program requires core courses in world literature and intercultural communication, while retaining the traditional foreign language, history, and political science emphasis of most other programs. Study abroad and an internship with an international organization are also important features of this degree program.
(Berks College)

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Golf Management (GHHD)

Recreational, 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)

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Graphic Design (GD)

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)

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H

Health & Human Development (undecided) (H H D)

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.

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Health Policy and Administration (H P A)

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

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)

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History (HISAL)

History (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)

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.
(Altoona College)

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History (HIST)

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)

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History (HSTAB)

History (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

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.
(Abington College)

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History (HSTBA)

History (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

The bachelor of arts program in History focuses on the study of the evolution of American and European institutions. This program enables students to pursue history in the traditional mode as a study of written records.
(The Behrend College)

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Hospitality Management (HM)

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)

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Human Development and Family Studies (HD FS)

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)

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Human Development and Family Studies (HFSAL)

Human Development and Family Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)

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.
(Altoona College,)

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Human Development and Family Studies (HFSCA)

Human Development and Family Studies(Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

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.
(Capital College)

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Human Development and Family Studies (HFSCC)

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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I

Immunology and Infectious Disease (IID)

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)

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Industrial Engineering (I E)

Industrial Engineering* (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)

* 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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Industrial Engineering (IESBD)

Industrial Engineering*  (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

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.
(Behrend College)

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

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Information Sciences and Technology B.A. (ISTBA)

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: University Park, World Campus)

The Bachelor of Arts in Information Sciences and Technology provides new avenues of study to students who are inherently independent and creative. This degree is suitable for students who wish to be entrepreneurs, seek to go on to law or medical school or want to acquire an advanced degree in another field. The B.A. in IST is highly interdisciplinary and the core of the B.A. program parallels that of the B.S. degree, so the B.A. student will be equipped with the same core expertise and skill set to navigate through the increasingly complex technology landscape. 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)

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Information Sciences and Technology B.S. (ISSAB)

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: Abington)

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.
(Abington College)

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Information Sciences and Technology B.S. (ISSBL)

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: Berks)

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.
(Berks College)

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Information Sciences and Technology B.S. (ISSCA)

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: Harrisburg)

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.
(Capital College)

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Information Sciences and Technology B.S. (ISSCC)

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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Information Sciences and Technology B.S. (ISTBS)

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: 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)

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Information Systems (INFSY)

Information Systems (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

This major prepares students to enter rapidly expanding fields associated with technology. This includes programming, systems analysis and design, database administration, network management, support services and training, and management of information resources. Students obtain competence both in information technology and in business theory. Each student’s background is complemented with basic business instruction in accounting, marketing, management, and finance. With business and non-business electives, the program is designed to develop necessary skills to be an effective information systems employee.
(Capital College)

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Integrative Arts (IARAB)

Integrative Arts (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

Integrative Arts is an interdisciplinary major for 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 36 credits and an elective component of 19 credits. The two components combined must clearly illustrate that the plan has clarity, purpose, and cohesion.
(Abington College)

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Integrative Arts (IARAL)

Integrative Arts (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)

Integrative Arts is an interdisciplinary major for 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 36 credits and an elective component of 19 credits. The two components combined must clearly illustrate that the plan has clarity, purpose, and cohesion.
(Altoona College)

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Integrative Arts (INART)

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

Integrative Arts is an interdisciplinary major for 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 36 credits and an elective component of 19 credits. The two components combined must clearly illustrate that the plan has clarity, purpose, and cohesion.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

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Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies (IBE)

Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

This major provides students with an interdisciplinary program containing both business and engineering course content. The major includes a set of core courses that may enable a graduate to function effectively in a technical business environment. Student can choose, from a selection of modules, a set of courses designed to enable a student to function in a specific business or technical area. The modules provide an entry-level set of skills in the areas of accounting and finance, supply chain management, quality control, technical sales, or product design and manufacture.
(The Behrend College)

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Interdisciplinary Digital Studio (IDS)

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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Interdisciplinary Humanities (I HUM)

Humanities, Interdisciplinary (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg, Schuylkill)

This major helps students appreciate, understand, and interpret relationships among the arts, ideas, media, and values that have shaped Western and world cultures. Students are expected to be active learners who can synthesize, interpret, and communicate knowledge and experience through writing, speaking, and creative expression in a variety of media. The School of Humanities helps students meet these goals by offering a range of interdisciplinary and discipline-based courses in the arts, art history, communication studies, English, history, literature, music, philosophy, theatre, and writing.
(Capital College)

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International Business (INT B)

International Business (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

The International Business major is designed to help students prepare for the increasingly international nature of business. Compared with other business majors, this one provides greater emphasis on knowledge and skills that are needed to conduct business in an international setting. This includes issues concerned with accomplishing organizational objectives through the coordination of human, material, information, and financial resources across national boundaries. In addition to the core business courses, students in this major will receive a broad exposure to the complexity of international business through required course work in international business, international culture, a foreign language, and a study abroad experience. In addition to preparation for an international business environment, the major aims to provide students with knowledge of a specific business discipline by requiring the completion of all the requirements for a second business major. As a result, students meet the University requirements for a concurrent major. Graduates of the major should be better prepared to function effectively as employees of small businesses with developing international operations or as members of larger business organizations with extensive global operations.
(The Behrend College)

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International Politics (INTPL)

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

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)

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Italian B.A. (IT BA)

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)

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Italian B.S. (IT BS)

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)

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Japanese (JAPNS)

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)

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Jewish Studies (J ST)

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 (JOURN)

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 (KINBL)

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. Three options are offered: Movement Science; Physical and Health Education Teacher Education; and Exercise Science(offered only at Penn State Berks).
(Berks College)

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Kinesiology (KINES)

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. Three options are offered: Movement Science; Physical and Health Education Teacher Education; and Exercise Science(offered only at Penn State Berks).
(College of Health and Human Development)

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Labor Studies & Employment Relations B.A. (LERBA)

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)

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Labor Studies & Employment Relations B.S. (LERBS)

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)

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Landscape Architecture (LARCH)

Landscape Architecture (Started and Finish: University Park)

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. For those selected to major in this field, the program is a five-year curriculum leading to a professionally accredited bachelor of landscape architecture degree.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

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Landscape Contracting (LSCPE)

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)

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Latin American Studies (LATAM)

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)

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Law and Society (LAWSC)

Law and Society (Start at any Campus 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, & Sciences (LAS)

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)

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Letters, Arts, & Sciences (LASAB)

Letters, Arts, and Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

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.
(Abington College)

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Letters, Arts, & Sciences (LASAL)

Letters, Arts, and Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)

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.
(Altoona College)

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Letters, Arts, & Sciences (LASCC)

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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Letters, Arts, and Sciences (LASCA)

Letters, Arts, and Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

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.
(Capital College)

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Liberal Arts (undecided) (BCHSS)

This major is for students interested in the Behrend College, 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 Behrend College 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 Behrend College to help determine which of the available majors they would like to pursue.

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Liberal Arts (undecided) (L A)

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. All first year students are admitted to the College of the Liberal Arts 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 the Liberal Arts to help determine which of the available majors they would like to pursue.

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Management (MGMT)

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)

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Management (MNGMT)

Management (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

This major provides students with the knowledge and skills managers need in today’s dynamic business environments. Core management courses provide a general overview of key management competencies including effective leadership, team building, managing and motivating human resources, facilitating organizational change and learning, and fostering and applying organizational knowledge for competitive advantage. Students complement this general management foundation with a human resource management, entrepreneurship, supply chain management, or individualized concentration.
(Capital College)

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Management Information Systems (M I S)

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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Management Information Systems (MISBD)

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

This major prepares students for typical IT-related jobs such as programmer/ analyst, systems analyst, data analyst, database administrator, team leader, project manager, consultant, and MIS manager. Since the focus of such jobs is on the application of information technology to business problems and opportunities, the MIS curriculum integrates three main areas of study: core business courses, computer science courses, and MIS courses in the areas of database management systems, systems analysis, and systems design and development. Students may also choose to pursue SAP certification. An internship is required for the major.
(The Behrend College)

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Marketing (MKTG)

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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Marketing (MRKT)

Marketing (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

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)

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Marketing (MRKTG)

Marketing (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

The objective of the Marketing major is to provide professional education to students leading to careers in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. Typically, graduates are employed in marketing management, sales management, retailing, marketing research, and brand management. The major provides a solid foundation in marketing practice, such as analyzing and understanding the needs and wants of present and potential customers, designing appropriate product offerings, establishing pricing policies, developing communication strategies, devising efficient distribution strategies, researching marketing data for the above functions, and coordinating marketing programs with other functional areas of business. The major also emphasizes the marketing of services. Marketing majors may also choose from additional business courses that allow greater specialization on quantitative (marketing research) or management perspectives while the non-business supporting courses allow for additional study in written and oral communication, psychology, foreign language, quantitative methods, or international studies.
(The Behrend College)

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Materials Science & Engineering (MATSE)

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 B.A. (MTAAL)

Mathematics (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)

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.
(Altoona College)

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Mathematics B.A. (MTHBA)

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 B.S. (MA SC)

Mathematical Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

The two options and the variety of the course offerings provide concentrations in various areas such as actuarial science, management science/operations research, statistics, and preparation for graduate studies. Small classes, excellent faculty, opportunities to work with faculty on projects, and strong employment prospects are just some of the strengths of the program. Students will be helped to develop: a solid foundation in mathematical studies; an awareness of the utility of mathematics, statistics, and computers; skills in translating practical problems into mathematical terms; a competency in the use of modern mathematical tools; problem-solving skills; and an awareness of the importance of mathematics in society. The program is designed to help students prepare for employment in business, industry, and government immediately after graduation, but graduate study in mathematics or related disciplines is also a viable alternative. Mathematical modeling is emphasized, and all students are required to take courses in statistics and computer science.
(Capital College)

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Mathematics B.S. (MTHBD)

Mathematics (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

This major builds a foundation in mathematics with emphasis on the applications of mathematics and the development of problem-solving skills. The major has five options that share a common core of mathematics courses for the first two years: Applied Mathematics, Business, Computer Science, General Mathematics, and Mathematics Education Precertification. They allow students to concentrate on developing mathematical skills suitable either for entry-level positions in areas including applied mathematics, actuarial sciences, statistics, computer programming, and education, or for graduate studies in mathematics and related fields. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, should select an option in their sophomore year.
(The Behrend College)

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Mathematics B.S. (MTHBS)

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 B.S. (MTSAL)

Mathematics (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)

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.
(Altoona College)

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Mechanical Engineering (M E)

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)

* 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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Mechanical Engineering (ME BD)

Mechanical Engineering* (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

Built upon a broad foundation in physics, chemistry, and mathematics, this major has the objective of educating graduates to be problem solvers. Graduates of this program will have had opportunities to learn about applying scientific principles, engineering analysis, and engineering design to solve unstructured problems that are typical of those found in mechanical engineering. The major helps graduates prepare for a lifelong productive career, whether in professional practice, graduate school, or some other career path. Graduates will have had opportunities to learn how to work with others toward a common goal, to clearly express their ideas in written and verbal form, and to be independent and capable of adapting to the continuously changing technology of the work environment.
(The Behrend College)

* 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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Mechanical Engineering (ME BL)

Mechanical Engineering* (Start at any Campus and Finish: Berks)

Built upon a broad foundation in physics, chemistry, and mathematics, this major has the objective of educating graduates to be problem solvers. Graduates of this program will have had opportunities to learn about applying scientific principles, engineering analysis, and engineering design to solve unstructured problems that are typical of those found in mechanical engineering. The major helps graduates prepare for a lifelong productive career, whether in professional practice, graduate school, or some other career path. Graduates will have had opportunities to learn how to work with others toward a common goal, to clearly express their ideas in written and verbal form, and to be independent and capable of adapting to the continuously changing technology of the work environment.
(Berks College)

 

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Mechanical Engineering (ME CA)

Mechanical Engineering* (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

Built upon a broad foundation in physics, chemistry, and mathematics, this major has the objective of educating graduates to be problem solvers. Graduates of this program will have had opportunities to learn about applying scientific principles, engineering analysis, and engineering design to solve unstructured problems that are typical of those found in mechanical engineering. The major helps graduates prepare for a lifelong productive career, whether in professional practice, graduate school, or some other career path. Graduates will have had opportunities to learn how to work with others toward a common goal, to clearly express their ideas in written and verbal form, and to be independent and capable of adapting to the continuously changing technology of the work environment.
(Capital College)

* 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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Mechanical Engineering Technology (M E T)

Mechanical Engineering Technology* (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

The major provides students with the necessary training and education to provide high-level technical support to a variety of industrial, commercial, consulting, and governmental organizations. The emphasis is in the application of scientific and engineering principles as well as technical communication in oral and written form. graduates are expected to appreciate the ethical and societal responsibilities of a technologist, the concepts of continuous quality improvement (CQI) and the continuing impact of globalization of design, manufacturing, and marketing of technical goods and services. They are trained to choose materials and methods that are safe, environmentally and aesthetically acceptable, and economically competitive. Job responsibilities may include the development and evaluation of machines and mechanisms; development, organization and supervision of manufacturing processes and procedures; the instrumentation, control, and testing of a process; quality control; technical marketing and sales; and design of mechanical systems for heating and cooling and energy management. Program strengths include: hands-on training; extensive laboratory experience; state-of-the-art computer methods, and excellent job placement.
(Capital College)
* Accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone, 410-347-7700; www.abet.org.

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Mechanical Engineering Technology (METBD)

Mechanical Engineering Technology* (Start and Finish: Behrend)

This major may be taken either as a four-year baccalaureate program or in a “2+2” degree format. The latter allows graduates of associate degree programs in mechanical engineering technology or related areas to gain greater breadth and depth of knowledge in mechanical engineering technology. The baccalaureate program emphasizes applied design and analysis, complementing a hands-on manufacturing and materials focus. The graduate gains valuable knowledge of total manufacturing processes ranging from applied design to manufacture.
(The Behrend College)

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

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Media Studies (MEDIA)

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 (MEDVL)

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 (METEO)

Meteorology (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 (MICRB)

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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Mining Engineering (MNG E)

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)

strong>* 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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Music B.A. (MUSBA)

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 B.M. (MUSBM)

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 (MU ED)

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 (MUBMA)

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 (THRMT)

Musical Theatre (Started 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 (NUC E)

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)

* 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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Nursing (NURS)

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)

 

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Nursing (for Rn's Only) (NURN)

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.

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Nursing (second Degree Option) (NRSD)

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.

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Nutritional Sciences (NUTR)

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)

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Organizational Leadership B.A. (OL BA)

Organizational Leadership (Start and Finish: World Campus) 

(Adult learners only)
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 B.S. (OL BS)

Organizational Leadership (Start and Finish: University Park);
Organizational Leadership (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona, Berks, New Kensington, World Campus)

(Adult learners only)
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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Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNG E)

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)

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

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Philosophy (PHIL)

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)

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Physics (PHYBD)

Physics (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

The major provides education in the fundamentals of physics and selected advanced topics to help graduates prepare for graduate education or for careers in industry. Students have opportunities to participate in research with faculty. In addition to the traditional physics education offered in the General Physics option, the option in applied physics, Computational Physics, provides preparation for careers in technological fields.
(The Behrend College)

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Physics (PHYS)

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)

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Planetary Science and Astronomy (PASTR)

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)

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Plant Sciences (PLANT)

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)

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Plastics Engineering Technology (PLTBD)

Plastics Engineering Technology* (Started and Finish: Behrend)

This major helps prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to provide high level engineering technology support to a wide variety of industrial, developmental, commercial, consulting, and sales organizations dealing with the development, manufacture and/or distribution of plastics related products, materials and technologies. The program emphasizes the integration of engineering and scientific principles, practical hands-on experience, application of state-of-the-art computer technologies, and management methods. Graduates are qualified for positions in product development, part design, tooling design, R&D, processing, plant engineering, production control, technical sales and marketing in the plastics industry, and are provided a path to a wide variety of graduate degrees in engineering, science, or business.
(The Behrend College)

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

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Political Science (PL SC)

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 (PLSAL)

Political Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)

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.
(Altoona College)

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Political Science (PLSCA)

Political Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

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.
(Capital College)

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Political Science (POLSC)

Political Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

The discipline of political science consists of different related subfields, such as American government, international relations, public policy and administration, the study of how governments accomplish objectives, and comparative politics—the study of foreign government. The major offers students the opportunity to take course work in most subfields as well as seek practical experience through an internship. All students are encouraged to develop research and writing and statistical skills. Many students have continued their education in law or graduate school.
(The Behrend College)

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Premedical-Medical (accelerated Program) (P M M)

Premedical-Medical (Start and Finish: University Park)

This is a special accelerated program in cooperation with the College of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia whereby exceptional students have the opportunity to earn both the B.S. and M.D. degrees in six years. Students are selected while they are seniors in high school and must begin their undergraduate studies the summer immediately following their graduation. The first two years of the program are completed at University Park and the next four at Jefferson. The Penn State B.S. degree in Science is awarded after completion of 82 Penn State credits and the first two years of the standard curriculum at Jefferson Medical College.
(Eberly College of Science)

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Premedicine (P M)

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)

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Professional Writing (PWRIT)

Writing, Professional (Start at any Campus and Finish: Berks)

This major is intended to help students prepare to write effectively in a variety of workplace and academic settings. Methods of instruction draw upon the strategies and techniques of practicing writers outside of the University, including workshops, peer conferencing, collaborative writing, portfolio preparation, and internships. At the same time, theory courses provide the necessary background to help students understand and appreciate the larger issues surrounding the writing and reading of texts. As a liberal arts degree program, the Professional Writing major is appropriate for students who wish to develop a set of applied communication skills to prepare for a wide range of professional positions or for graduate or professional schools.
(Berks College)

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Project and Supply Chain Management (PSCM)

Project and Supply Chain Management: Bachelor of Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

The Project and Supply Chain Management major concentrates on developing knowledge, skills, and abilities in project management, a dynamic and important discipline in modern corporations. These project management skills include the development of new projects, and coordinating procurement and project delivery systems. The major also emphasizes the integration of manufacturing and service operations, logistics, purchasing, and distribution that enable organizations to develop value-creating supply chain networks. The major provides students with an opportunity to develop the quantitative and people skills necessary to design and operate today's complex management systems. Students learn how to manage critical components in organizational supply chains, and apply business analytic methods for organizing and fully integrating supply chain practices throughout the organization.

Graduates are uniquely well-prepared for careers in some of the highest in-demand professions in the modern business and government environments, managing the supply chain and projects initiative in world-class business firms, public sector organizations, construction, IT organizations, third-party logistics providers, and goods and services distribution operations.
(The Behrend College)

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Psychological and Social Sciences B.A. (PSSBA)

Psychological and Social Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

Building on the interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary strengths of Penn State Abington, the Psychological and Social Sciences B.A. is designed to emphasize the social and behavioral sciences leading to an understanding of human behavior and its influence upon society, as well as the influence of social forces on individuals. The program is distinguished by its interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary course work and required field experience. The major is designed to help students prepare for a variety of career fields including human resources, business administration, mental health, and social work as well as for continued study in graduate or professional school.
(Abington College)

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Psychological and Social Sciences B.S. (PSSBS)

Psychological and Social Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

Building on the interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary strengths of Penn State Abington, the Psychological and Social Sciences B.S. is designed to respond to the demand for a program emphasizing the social and behavioral sciences leading to an understanding of human behavior and its influence upon society, as well as the influence of social forces on individuals. The program is distinguished by its interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary course work and required field experience. The degree program offers students a choice of course clusters focused on specialized areas such as social psychology, developmental studies, organizational behavior and leadership, bio-behavior and diversity, and counseling.

The B.S. provides a broad theoretical foundation in social and psychological theory as well as the opportunity to engage in supervised field experience. In addition, the B.S. degree emphasizes quantitative research skills and requires the completion of a senior thesis. The major is designed to prepare students for a variety of career fields including human resources, business administration, mental health, and social work, as well as for continued study in graduate or professional school.
(Abington College)

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Psychology B.A. (PSCBA)

Psychology (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)

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.
(Altoona College)

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Psychology B.A. (PSHBA)

Psychology (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

Psychology is both a scientific discipline and a profession. Its overall focus is the study of behavior, cognition, and affect, and their associated physiological processes. Research is vital to the discipline of psychology. Investigators collect, quantify, analyze, and interpret data in order to understand the principles and theories of human thought and behavior. As a profession, psychology involves the application of knowledge, skills, and techniques for the solution and prevention of individual and social problems. Bachelor-level graduates in psychology are equipped for various positions in human service agencies, industrial settings, and laboratories. However, many students continue study toward a master’s or a doctoral degree in psychology, while others go on to school in other disciplines, e.g., medical school or law school.

Students may select either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science program. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires more credits in the arts, humanities, and social sciences and proficiency in a second language. The Bachelor of Science program, in turn, offers two options. The General option is intended for students with a strong interest in science and requires more course work in the biological, physical, and mathematical sciences than does the Bachelor of Arts program. The Business option is designed for students who wish to combine their interests in business and psychology.
(The Behrend College)

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Psychology B.A. (PSYBA)

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 B.A. (PYACC)

Psychology (Start at any Campus and Finish: Beaver, Brandywine, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, New Kensington)

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)

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Psychology B.S. (PSCBS)

Psychology (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)

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.
(Altoona College)

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Psychology B.S. (PSHBS)

Psychology (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

Psychology is both a scientific discipline and a profession. Its overall focus is the study of behavior, cognition, and affect, and their associated physiological processes. Research is vital to the discipline of psychology. Investigators collect, quantify, analyze, and interpret data in order to understand the principles and theories of human thought and behavior. As a profession, psychology involves the application of knowledge, skills, and techniques for the solution and prevention of individual and social problems. Bachelor-level graduates in psychology are equipped for various positions in human service agencies, industrial settings, and laboratories. However, many students continue study toward a master’s or a doctoral degree in psychology, while others go on to school in other disciplines, e.g., medical school or law school.

Students may select either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science program. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires more credits in the arts, humanities, and social sciences and proficiency in a second language. The Bachelor of Science program, in turn, offers two options. The General option is intended for students with a strong interest in science and requires more course work in the biological, physical, and mathematical sciences than does the Bachelor of Arts program. The Business option is designed for students who wish to combine their interests in business and psychology.
(The Behrend College)

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Psychology B.S. (PSYBS)

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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Psychology B.S. (PSYC)

Psychology (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg, Schuylkill)

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 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.
(Capital College)

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Psychology B.S. (PYSCC)

Psychology (Start at any Campus and Finish: Beaver, Brandywine, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, New Kensington)

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)

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Psychology, Applied B.A. (APSYC)

Psychology, Applied (Start at any Campus and Finish: Berks)

This major is designed for students who are interested in a liberal arts degree with a concentration in applied psychology. The program features both active and collaborative classroom experiences in addition to intensive internship experiences, and is most appropriate for students who wish to develop a set of applied scientific and human relations skills that will prepare them for entry-level employment in a wide range of government and private human service organizations and agencies, and in business and industry. Because of the flexible and broad nature of the degree, students might also use this major as a preparation for graduate or professional school in business, human services, law, or the social sciences. This program differs most notably from traditional majors in psychology in three ways: it is intended for students who may not be planning to pursue a doctoral degree in psychology that would prepare them for a career as a psychologist; it requires that students learn and apply skills during 12 credits of internship experiences; and it requires that students demonstrate skill proficiency in a comprehensive assessment in order to graduate.
(Berks College)

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Public Policy (PUBPL)

Public Policy (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

The Public Policy major is designed for students interested in policy issues, politics, public administration, and related areas like policy analysis and policy advocacy. The program explores critical issues facing our communities, the nation, and the world. Students receive the educational foundation for careers in the public sector, in government-related businesses, and in nonprofit organizations, as well as for graduate work in the fields of law, public administration, criminal justice, public policy, political science, and health care administration. Students may wish but are not required to pursue a concentration within the Public Policy major. The following concentrations are available: U.S. Public Policy; Law and Justice; and International Policy.
(Capital College)

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Rail Transportation Engineering (RTEAL)

Rail Transportation Engineering ( Start at any campus and Finish: Altoona)

This major provides disciplinary knowledge in engineering design and focuses on maintenance and management skills required by the rail industry. The program provides study in the major areas associated with the design, operation, and maintenance of rail systems, including the engineering of rail and track structures, basic rail operating practices and safety, wheel/track dynamics, construction and maintenance of railroad infrastructure, and basic railroad communications signals.
(Altoona College)

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Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM)

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)

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Rehabilitation and Human Services (RHS)

Rehabilitation and Human Services (Start at any Campus and Finish: Lehigh Valley, 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)

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Rehabilitation and Human Services (RHSCC)

Rehabilitation and Human Services (Start at any Campus and Finish: Lehigh Valley, 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)

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Risk Management (R M)

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.

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Russian (RUS)

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)

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Russian Translation (RUS T)

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

This major is designed to offer, within the context of a liberal education, specialized skills in translation from the Russian language. The curriculum is career-oriented and requires competence in a field or fields in addition to the language skill. Students will select such a field or fields in accordance with their special interests and in consultation both with the adviser and with persons directly involved with the field chosen.
(College of the Liberal Arts)

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Science (undecided) (BCSCN)

This major is for students interested in the Behrend College, 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 Behrend College 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 Behrend College to help determine which of the available majors they would like to pursue.

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Science (undecided) (SCIEN)

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. All first year students are admitted to the Eberly College of Science 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 Eberly College of Science to help determine which of the available majors they would like to pursue.

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Science B.S. (SC BS)

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 or arts 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. or B.A. 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)

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Science B.S. (SCIAB)

Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)

The Science major is an integrated undergraduate–graduate (IUG) degree program 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 significant breadth or specialization into their undergraduate curriculum. Some examples include minors in business, computer and information science, education, kinesiology, or other fields. The degree can help students prepare for careers in pharmaceutical, biotechnical, chemical, medical, and agricultural industries. The degree can also be tailored to meet the specific requirements of professional programs such as medical, dental, or pharmacy schools.
(Abington College)

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Science B.S. (SCIAL)

Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)

The Science major is an integrated undergraduate–graduate (IUG) degree program 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 significant breadth or specialization into their undergraduate curriculum. Some examples include minors in business, computer and information science, education, kinesiology, or other fields. The degree can help students prepare for careers in pharmaceutical, biotechnical, chemical, medical, and agricultural industries. The degree can also be tailored to meet the specific requirements of professional programs such as medical, dental, or pharmacy schools.
(Altoona College)

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Science B.S. (SCIBL)

Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: Berks)

The Science major is an integrated undergraduate–graduate (IUG) degree program 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 significant breadth or specialization into their undergraduate curriculum. Some examples include minors in business, computer and information science, education, kinesiology, or other fields. The degree can help students prepare for careers in pharmaceutical, biotechnical, chemical, medical, and agricultural industries. The degree can also be tailored to meet the specific requirements of professional programs such as medical, dental, or pharmacy schools.
(Berks College)

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Science B.S. (SCICA)

Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

The Science major is an integrated undergraduate–graduate (IUG) degree program 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 significant breadth or specialization into their undergraduate curriculum. Some examples include minors in business, computer and information science, education, kinesiology, or other fields. The degree can help students prepare for careers in pharmaceutical, biotechnical, chemical, medical, and agricultural industries. The degree can also be tailored to meet the specific requirements of professional programs such as medical, dental, or pharmacy schools.
(Capital College)

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Science B.S. (SCICC)

Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: Worthington-Scranton, York)
The Science major is an integrated undergraduate-graduate (IUG) degree program 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 significant breadth or specialization into their undergraduate curriculum. Some examples include minors in business, computer and information science, education, kinesiology, or other fields. The degree can help students prepare for careers in pharmaceutical, biotechnical, chemical, medical, and agricultural industries. The degree can also be tailored to meet the specific requirements of professional programs such as medical, dental, or pharmacy schools.
(University College)

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Science B.S. (SCNBD)

Science (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

This interdisciplinary major provides a broad, general education in science. The bachelor of science degree major includes options in General Science and Environmental Studies, and in Earth and Space Science Precertification and General Science Precertification for teaching. The curriculum is designed for students who have educational goals not readily met by one of the other science majors or for those who require a high degree of flexibility to attain their educational objectives. After completing foundation courses in calculus, chemistry, computer science, the life sciences, and physics, students select additional science courses from designated areas. A large number of supporting credits will permit students to include a minor or course sequences in business, education, technical writing, or other fields.
(The Behrend College)

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Science Business / M B A (SCBUS)

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)

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Secondary Education (SECED)

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)

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Secondary Education, Mathematics (SECBC)

Secondary Education (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

This program prepares students for careers as mathematics teachers in secondary schools by providing both a strong foundation in mathematics content and hands-on experience in the classroom. The program stresses the teaching philosophies of the National Council of the Teachers of Mathematics, which students then put into practice in internships supervised by experienced teachers. The degree is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teaching Education and graduates meet all the academic requirements for the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Instruction I certificate.
(The Behrend College)

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Secondary Education, Social Studies (SESST)

Secondary Education, Social Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

The art and science of teaching in secondary schools is undergoing significant transformation as new technologies, time allocation for instruction, and new instructional strategies are impacting the delivery of social studies instruction. This major prepares students to teach history, government, economics, geography, psychology, sociology, and anthropology in this dynamic environment. The Secondary Education Social Studies major helps students prepare to meet the requirements to be certified for the Social Studies Instructional I Certificate as established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students are challenged to prepare for teaching assignments at the middle and high school level, and in diverse settings characterized as rural, urban, and suburban.
(Capital College)

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Security and Risk Analysis (SRA)

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 and Finish: University Park, 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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Security and Risk Analysis (SRAAL)

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 Scrantons and Finish: Altoona)

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.
(Altoona College)

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Security and Risk Analysis (SRABL)

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 and Finish: Berks)

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.
(Berks College)

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Security and Risk Analysis (SRACA)

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 Scrantons and Finish: Harrisburg)

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.
(Capital College)

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Sociology B.A. (SOCBA)

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)

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Sociology B.S. (SOCBS)

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)

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Sociology B.S. (SOCIO)

Sociology (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

This major is intended for students who want a strong sociology background in preparation for work in government or social agencies or who are interested in graduate work in sociology. In addition to developing analytical and critical thinking skills, students will gain an understanding of various substantive areas of the field including social structure and institutions, social change, social class, gender, and race and ethnicity. Sociologists are employed in such diverse fields as social and human service agencies, nonprofit and advocacy organizations, research and policy work, telecommunications, human resource management, and college teaching. This major is appropriate for work in any environment where an understanding of social structures and social dynamics is required.
(Capital College)

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Software Engineering (SE BD)

Software Engineering* (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

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)

* 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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Spanish B.A. (SPNBA)

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)

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Spanish B.S. (SPNBS)

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)

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Special Education (SPLED)

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)

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Statistics (STAT)

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)

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Structural Design and Construction Engr Technology (SDCET)

Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology* (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

The program in Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology provides the basic education required for the structural engineer and construction profession. Students learn the basic general engineering concepts with emphasis on the fundamentals, structural design principles, and construction techniques through required course work. They are given the opportunity to focus on a discipline of construction management or structural design through a selected option or choose a broad general option. Courses in communication skills, arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and other engineering-related areas broaden the program. Students gain experience in working as members of a team and in using interdisciplinary approaches to solve problems. These experiences as well as those related to design and construction principles are taught through exercises in the classroom, laboratory, and field. The program culminates with a capstone project course in which the students’ knowledge and skills are applied to specific problems.
(Capital College)

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

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Supply Chain and Information Systems (SC&IS)

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)

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Surveying Engineering (SUR E)

Surveying Engineering* (Start at any Campus and Finish: Wilkes-Barre)

The Surveying Engineering major provides a basic undergraduate education required for private and public service in the profession of surveying. Particular emphasis is placed on fundamental surveying principles. Instruction is provided in the main divisions of surveying, including land surveying, mapping, photogrammetry, data analysis and adjustment, geodesy and map projection coordinate systems, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and land development. Students study various data collection techniques using surveying tools including total stations, levels, softcopy photogrammetry, satellite imagery, and the global positioning system (GPS). They also study legal principles related to land surveying, professional ethics, applications for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in surveying, and data management techniques. Through elective courses, students can specialize in the areas of GIS, photogrammetry, remote sensing, land surveying, and geodesy. In projects and capstone courses, students will design measurement systems, alignments, land information systems, and land development.
(College of Engineering)

* The baccalaureate program in Surveying is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: 410-347-7700, or www.abet.org

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Telecommunications (TELCM)

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 B.A. (THABL)

Theatre, bachelor of arts (Start at any Campus and Finish: Berks)

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.
(Berks College)

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Theatre B.A. (THRBA)

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.Starting this program at campuses other than University Park may require more than four years to complete the program.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

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Theatre B.F.A. (THRFA)

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. Starting this program at campuses other than University Park may require more than four years to complete the program.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

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Toxicology (TOX)

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 (TURF)

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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Undecided (division of Undergraduate Studies) (D U S)

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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V

Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences (VB SC)

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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Visual Arts Studies (VAST)

Visual Art Studies (Start and Finish: Altoona)

The bachelor of arts degree in Visual Art Studies offers students the opportunity to explore studio work in Art within the context of a broader liberal arts education. Students can learn fundamental techniques and concepts common to the visual arts. Emphasis is also put on creative problem solving through advanced investigations of artistic themes and issues. Course work includes requirements (classes) related to the portfolio preparation necessary for employment in creative fields or for education at the graduate level.
(Altoona College)

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W

Wildlife and Fisheries Science (W F S)

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 B.A. (WS BA)

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 B.S. (WS BS)

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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Workforce Education and Development (WF ED)

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

Continuing Education Locations: Lewistown and State College. (Industrial Education Option)

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 (www.ed.psu.edu/educ/adult-education),
Instructional Systems (www.ed.psu.edu/educ/in-sys),
Workforce Education and Development (www.ed.psu.edu/educ/workforce-ed).

(College of Education)

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World Languages Education (WL ED)

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)

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Associate (2 Year) Degrees