Undergraduate Admissions

Majors

Baccalaureate (4 Year) Majors by College



College of Engineering

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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)

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

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.

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

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)

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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)

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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


Associate (2 Year) Degrees