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Baccalaureate (4 Year) Majors by College



College of Health & Human Development

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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Associate (2 Year) Degrees