Penn State Undergraduate Admissions Penn State University

BIOLOGICAL (LIFE) SCIENCES

Biological (Life) Sciences: Baccalaureate Transfer Requirements

Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences (VB SC)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)
Requires 4 credits in Biology, and 3 credits in General Chemistry plus 1 credit of lab.
Toxicology (TOX)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)
Requires 8 credits of biology, 6 credits of general chemistry plus 2 credits of lab and 8 credits of calculus with analytic geometry.
Premedicine (P M)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)
8 credits of calculus with analytic geometry, 4 credits of basic biology concepts and biodiversity, 4 additional credits of biology and 3 credits of general chemistry are required.
Premedical-Medical (accelerated Program) (P M M)
Not available for transfer admission.
Plant Sciences (PLANT)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)
No additional requirements.
Nutritional Sciences (NUTR)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)
No additional requirements.
Microbiology (MICRB)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)
8 credits of calculus with analytic geometry, 6 credits of general chemistry plus 1 credit general chemistry lab are required.
Kinesiology (KINES)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)
University Park: 3.0 GPA. Requires 3 credits in physiology or 6 credits in anatomy and physiology, 4 credits in general chemistry with a lab, and 3 credits in college trigonometry or calculus. Penn State Campuses: 2.75 GPA.

Important dates:

Applications and complete credentials for spring semester must be received by October 1 and for summer/fall semester by March 15 for Kinesiology.

APPLIED EXERCISE AND HEALTH OPTION: This option provides applied interdisciplinary training in the foundations of the scientific understanding of exercise and health through the lifespan. Students identify one of two areas of emphasis that are certification-based and practice-oriented: (a) courses and practical experiences directed toward certification by organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), or (b) a series of courses and student teaching leading to teacher certification. In order to qualify for the teacher certification track, students must meet the requirements mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). PDE requirements can be found at http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/kines/undergraduate/physical-health-education. The completion of the Applied Exercise and Health Option will prepare students to work in the private or corporate fitness arenas, community-based fitness organizations, and university or hospital settings, or be Pennsylvania certified in health and physical education (K-12) and secure teaching positions in public or private schools.

MOVEMENT SCIENCE OPTION: This option provides interdisciplinary training that utilizes movement for diagnosis, rehabilitation, and/or theoretical study. Course work is designed to help prepare graduates for a broad range of careers in biomedical and health-related fields. The option can also prepare students for graduate studies in the health professions. Students may select supporting courses that will fulfill requirements for advanced study in scientific disciplines and a variety of professional areas such as physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, and physician's assistant.

Kinesiology (KINCA)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)
No additional requirements.

EXERCISE SCIENCE OPTION: This option is a program of study in the science of exercise. This program offers Kinesiology background and applied experience in fitness assessment, exercise physiology, exercise psychology, motor skill development, nutrition and healthy living skills. Graduates will be able to scientifically assess fitness levels of individuals. Analyzing those assessments, graduates will then be capable of designing and implementing appropriate exercise programs. Students in the Business Emphasis will select courses from a department list that will enhance their opportunity for graduate studies in Kinesiology related fields, Physical Therapy and Medical schools. The completion of the Exercise Science Option will enable graduates to compete for employment in the corporate fitness arena, private fitness clubs, cummunity-based fitness organizations, hospital and university settings or possibly to operate their own health and fitness company.

Kinesiology (KINAL_BS)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)
No additional requirements.

MOVEMENT SCIENCE OPTION: This option provides interdisciplinary scientific training in academic areas such as biomechanics, exercise physiology, movement neuroscience, psychology of physical activity, and sport history and philosophy to understand movement for prevention and diagnosis of chronic disease, rehabilitation and treatment, and/or theoretical study. Students are prepared for graduate study in many clinical fields including medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physical assistant, cardiac rehabilitation, as well as a broad range of careers in biomedical and health-related fields.

EXERCISE SCIENCE OPTION: This option is a program of study in the science of exercise. This program offers Kinesiology background and applied experience in fitness assessment, exercise physiology, exercise psychology, motor skill development, nutrition and healthy living skills. Graduates will be able to scientifically assess fitness levels of individuals. Analyzing those assessments, graduates will then be capable of designing and implementing appropriate exercise programs. Students in the Business Emphasis will select courses from a department list that will enhance their opportunity for graduate studies in Kinesiology related fields, Physical Therapy and Medical schools. The completion of the Exercise Science Option will enable graduates to compete for employment in the corporate fitness arena, private fitness clubs, cummunity-based fitness organizations, hospital and university settings or possibly to operate their own health and fitness company.

Immunology and Infectious Disease (IID)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)
Requires 8 credits of biology, 6 credits of general chemistry plus 2 credits of lab and 8 credits of calculus with analytic geometry.
Forensic Science (FRNSC)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)
8 credits of calculus with analytic geometry, 6 credits of general chemistry, 1 credit of general chemistry lab are required.
Food Science (FD SC)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)
4 credits of biology concepts and biodiversity, 6 credits of general chemistry plus 2 credits of general chemistry lab, and 4 credits of calculus.
Biotechnology (BIOTC)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)
8 credits of calculus with analytic geometry, 6 credits of general chemistry plus 1 credit general chemistry lab are required.
Biomedical Engineering (BME)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)
No transfer admission at University Park. Applicants who have less than one year (2 or less academic semesters) of attempted college coursework may apply for admission to the College of Engineering pre-major status (ENGR) at a campus other than University Park. 4 credits of college calculus are required. A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for consideration.
Biology (BIOL)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)
8 credits of calculus with analytic geometry, 4 credits of biology concepts and biodiversity, 4 additional credits of biology and 3 credits of general chemistry are required.
Biology (BIOCC)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: Beaver, Brandywine, Schuylkill, Worthington Scranton, York)
No additional requirements.
Biology (BIOCA)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)
No additional requirements.
Biology (BIOBL)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: Berks)
No additional requirements.
Biology (BIOBD)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)
4 credits of calculus with analytic geometry, 4 credits of introductory biology, and 3 credits of introductory chemistry are required.
Biology (BIOAL)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona)
No additional requirements.
Biology (BIOAB)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington)
4 credits of calculus with analytic geometry, 4 credits of general biology, and 4 credits of general chemistry are required
Biological Engineering (B E)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)
8 credits of calculus with analytic geometry, 3-4 credits of differential equations, 8 credits of calculus-based physics – mechanics and electricity and magnetism, and 3 credits of college chemistry are required. A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for consideration.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMBBL)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: Berks)
No additional requirements.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (B M B)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)
8 credits of calculus with analytic geometry, 6 credits of general chemistry plus 1 credit general chemistry lab are required.