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Baccalaureate (4 Year) Majors by College



Eberly College of Science

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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