Undergraduate Admissions

Majors

Baccalaureate (4 Year) Majors by College



College of Agricultural Sciences

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Associate (2 Year) Degrees