High School Course Requirements: 4-Year Degrees

Review the minimum high school course requirements for admission to a four-year (baccalaureate) degree program.

Requirements by Academic College

The following charts outline the minimum course requirements for Penn State's four-year majors by academic college. The charts outline units of study, which in most high school curricula is equal to one year of work.

Degree Requirements for the Following Colleges:
Subject Minimum Units Required for:

College of Agricultural Sciences
College of Arts and Architecture
College of Communications
College of Education
College of Health and Human Development
College of the Liberal Arts
College of Nursing
Undecided, Division of Undergraduate Studies
English 4 units, including 1 unit each in composition and literature
Social Studies/Art/Humanities 3 units in any combination of social studies, arts, or humanities
Science 3 units
Math 3 units, in algebra and geometry
World Language 2 units*

 

Additional Math Requirement for Specific Academic Colleges

Some academic colleges and their majors require the completion of additional math in high school in order to be eligible for admission to the program. Review the additional math requirement for those colleges below.

Degree Requirements for the Following Colleges:
Subject Minimum Units Required for:

Smeal College of Business
All other Business programs
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
College of Engineering
Engineering/Engineering Technology at Erie and Harrisburg
College of Information Sciences and Technology
Eberly College of Science
Science at Altoona, Abington, Berks, Erie, Harrisburg, and Lehigh Valley
English 4 units, including 1 unit each in composition and literature
Social Studies/Art/Humanities 3 units in any combination of social studies, arts, or humanities
Science 3 units
Math 3 units, in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, including one-half unit of trigonometry or higher-level math
World Language 2 units*

Language Notes

*Two units in a single world language other than English are required. However, a student may be admitted with fewer than two units in a world language other than English, but must correct this deficiency by the time s/he earns 60 credits or graduates from Penn State, whichever comes first. This deficiency may be corrected by passing one three- or four-credit college-level world language course or by demonstrating proficiency equivalent to two units of high school world language study.

Either a third unit in the same language or an additional unit in a second world language other than English is recommended, but not required.

Information on 2-Year Degrees

If you are interested in an associate degree, please review the minimum high school requirements for our two-year programs.