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Social Sciences

Anthropology (ANTH_BS)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)
No additional requirements.
Communication Arts and Sciences (CASBK_BA)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Berks)
No additional requirements.
Communication Arts and Sciences (CASUC_BA)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Brandywine, York)
No additional requirements.
Communication Arts and Sciences B.A. (CAS_BA)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)
No additional requirements.
Communication Arts and Sciences B.S. (CASBS_BS)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park)
No additional requirements.
Criminal Justice (CRIMJ_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Harrisburg, World Campus)
No additional requirements.
Criminal Justice B.A. (CJAAB_BA)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Abington)
No additional requirements.
Criminal Justice B.A. (CJABK_BA)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Berks)
No additional requirements.
Criminal Justice B.A. (CJBA_BA)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Altoona)
No additional requirements.
Criminal Justice B.A. (CRMUC_BA)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Beaver, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre. )
No additional requirements.
Criminal Justice B.S. (CJBS_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Altoona)
No additional requirements.
Criminal Justice B.S. (CJSAB_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Abington)
No additional requirements.
Criminal Justice B.S. (CJSBK_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Berks)
No additional requirements.
Criminal Justice B.S. (CRMUC_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Beaver, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre. )
No additional requirements.
Criminology B.A. (CRMBA_BA)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park)
No additional requirements.
Criminology B.S. (CRMBS_BS)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park)
No additional requirements.
Data Sciences, Applied Data Sciences (DATSC_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: University Park) No transfer admission to University Park. Applicants who meet eligibility requirements may apply to start at a Penn State Campus and transition to University Park on completion of entrance to major requirements.
No additional requirements

Applied Data Sciences - This option focuses on the principles, methods, and tools for assembly, validation, organization, analysis, visualization, and interpretation of large and heterogeneous data, to support data-driven discovery and decision making, with emphasis on addressing pressing scientific, organizational, and societal challenges. A combination of required and elective courses provides students with the training and skills needed to develop advanced tools and domain-specific analyses that yield actionable knowledge from data. This option also provides critical analytical skills needed to assess the benefits and limitations of data analytics across a broad range of applications.

Data Sciences, Computational Data Sciences (DATSC_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: University Park)
Not available for transfer admission.

Computational Data Sciences - This option focuses on the computational foundations of the data sciences, including the design, implementation and analysis of software that manages the volume, heterogeneity and dynamic characteristics of large data sets and that leverages the computational power of multicore hardware. Students in this option will take upper-level courses in computer science and related fields to develop the skills necessary to construct efficient solutions to computational problems involving Big Data.

Data Sciences, Statistical Modeling Data Sciences (DTSCS_BS)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park)
Not Available for transfer admission.

Statistical Modeling Data Sciences - This option focuses on statistical models and methods that are needed to discover and validate patterns in Big Data. Students in this option will take upper-level statistics and mathematics courses, learning to apply the theoretical machinery of quantitative models to the solution of real-world problems involving Big Data.

Earth Science and Policy (EARSP_BS)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park)

Commonwealth Campuses: Less than or equal to 48 credits attempted, along with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50

University Park: Greater than 48 credits attempted, along with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75

Economics (ECNS_BA)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Behrend)
4 credits of financial/managerial accounting, 3 credits of microeconomics, 3 credits of English composition, 4 credits of calculus, and 4 credits of statistics are required.
Economics B.A. (ECLBA_BA)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park; Start and Finish at World Campus.)
Economics requires 3 credits in introductory macroeconomics and 3 credits in introductory microeconomics.
Economics B.S. (ECLBS_BS)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park; Start and Finish at World Campus.)
Economics requires 3 credits in introductory macroeconomics and 3 credits in introductory microeconomics.
Enterprise Technology Integration, B.S. (ETCHI_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: University Park) No transfer admission to University Park. Applicants who meet eligibility requirements may apply to start at a Penn State Campus and transition to University Park on completion of entrance to major requirements.
No additional requirements
Geography B.A. (GEOBA_BA)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park)

Commonwealth Campuses: Less than or equal to 48 credits attempted, along with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50

University Park: Greater than 48 credits attempted, along with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75

Geography B.S. (GEOBS_BS)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park)

Commonwealth Campuses: Less than or equal to 48 credits attempted, along with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50

University Park: Greater than 48 credits attempted, along with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75

Geosciences B.A. (GSCBA_BA)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park)

Commonwealth Campuses: Less than or equal to 48 credits attempted, along with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50

University Park: Greater than 48 credits attempted, along with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75

Health & Human Development (undecided) (HHD_PMAJ)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park)
No additional requirements.
Health Policy and Administration (HPA_BS)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park; Start at World Campus and Finish at World Campus)
No additional requirements.
Health Policy and Administration (HPACA_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Harrisburg)
No additional requirements.
Health Policy and Administration (HPAUC_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto , Schuylkill)
No additional requirements.
Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS_BS)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park)
No additional requirements
Human Development and Family Studies (HFSAL_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Altoona)
No additional requirements.
Human Development and Family Studies (HFSCA_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)
No additional requirements.
Human Development and Family Studies (HFSUC_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth Campus and Finish: Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Mont Alto, Scranton, Shenango, York)
No additional requirements.
Human-Centered Design and Development, B.S (HCDCA_BS)
(Start at Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Scranton, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre, York and Finish: Harrisburg)
No Additional requirements
Information Sciences and Technology B.S. (ISSCA_BS)
(Start at Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Scranton, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre, York and Finish: Harrisburg)
No additional requirements.
Information Sciences and Technology B.S. (ISSWC_BS)
(Start and Finish: World Campus)
2.0 GPA, No additional requirements.
Information Sciences and Technology B.S. (ISTBS_BS)
(Start at Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Scranton, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre, York and Finish: University Park)
Penn State University Park:
Not available for transfer admission
Penn State Commonwealth Campuses
Not available for transfer admission.
Information Systems (INFSY_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)
No additional requirements.
Information Technology B.S. (ITSBK_BS)
(Start at Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Scranton, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre and Finish: Berks)
No additional requirements.

This degree is a new broad based technical and theoretical degree that will prepare students to implement and use information technology to realize a variety of goals within and between all types of organizations and businesses (e.g., reliability, accessibility, efficiency, cost reduction, and revenue enhancement). The emphasis is on providing the student with the theoretical frameworks needed to use information technology to solve problems while also providing a set of applied, real-world experiences. Students will acquire a broad set of skills across many areas of information technology, including programming and systems development, networking, databases, project management, and information security. Students will consider how the implementation of information technology in organizations affects social change and the delivery of information to the consumer. Upper-level course selections allow for specific advanced options including but not limited to application development, networking, cybersecurity, and business. Project-oriented, team-based projects that include significant writing and presentation components will be integrated throughout the curriculum.

Application Development Option – This option is available at the following campuses: Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, Lehigh Valley, Schuylkill, Scranton and York. This option prepares students for the design and development of complex object-oriented programming and technical skills to succeed in a fast-paced development and operations environment.

Business Applications Option – This option is available at the following campuses: Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Scranton, and York. This option prepares students to pursue careers in Information technology solving business organizational problems with an emphasis on the systems processes and business operations integration.

Custom Information Technology Option – This option is available at the following campuses: Altoona, Berks, Brandywine, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and York. This option provides the opportunity for students to pursue an approved information technology interdisciplinary or exploratory program of study.

Cybersecurity Option – This option is available at the following campuses: Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Scranton, and York. This option will provide students with the knowledge and cyber defense skills needed to critically assess and respond to modern information security threats. They will be prepared to protect information infrastructure and data from attacks and unauthorized access.

Networking Option – This option is available at the following campuses: Abington, DuBois, and Mont Alto. This option prepares students to pursue careers in the design, development, and support of complex networks and networking infrastructure.

Security and Risk Analysis Option – This option is available at the following campuses: Altoona, Berks, Brandywine, Lehigh Valley, and Schuylkill. This option prepares students to address the current and emerging security and risk challenges that face individuals, organizations and our nation, over a variety of domains including national/homeland security, emergency and disaster management, law and crime, and enterprise risk management.

Information Technology B.S. (ITSUC_BS)
(Start at Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Scranton, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre, York and Finish: Beaver, Brandywine, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensignton, Wilkes-Barre, York )
No additional requirements

This degree is a new broad based technical and theoretical degree that will prepare students to implement and use information technology to realize a variety of goals within and between all types of organizations and businesses (e.g., reliability, accessibility, efficiency, cost reduction, and revenue enhancement). The emphasis is on providing the student with the theoretical frameworks needed to use information technology to solve problems while also providing a set of applied, real-world experiences. Students will acquire a broad set of skills across many areas of information technology, including programming and systems development, networking, databases, project management, and information security. Students will consider how the implementation of information technology in organizations affects social change and the delivery of information to the consumer. Upper-level course selections allow for specific advanced options including but not limited to application development, networking, cybersecurity, and business. Project-oriented, team-based projects that include significant writing and presentation components will be integrated throughout the curriculum.

Application Development Option – This option is available at the following campuses: Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, Lehigh Valley, Schuylkill, Scranton and York. This option prepares students for the design and development of complex object-oriented programming and technical skills to succeed in a fast-paced development and operations environment.

Business Applications Option – This option is available at the following campuses: Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Scranton, and York. This option prepares students to pursue careers in Information technology solving business organizational problems with an emphasis on the systems processes and business operations integration.

Custom Information Technology Option – This option is available at the following campuses: Altoona, Berks, Brandywine, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and York. This option provides the opportunity for students to pursue an approved information technology interdisciplinary or exploratory program of study.

Cybersecurity Option> – This option is available at the following campuses: Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Scranton, and York. This option will provide students with the knowledge and cyber defense skills needed to critically assess and respond to modern information security threats. They will be prepared to protect information infrastructure and data from attacks and unauthorized access.

Networking Option> – This option is available at the following campuses: Abington, DuBois, and Mont Alto. This option prepares students to pursue careers in the design, development, and support of complex networks and networking infrastructure.

Security and Risk Analysis Option> – This option is available at the following campuses: Altoona, Berks, Brandywine, Lehigh Valley, and Schuylkill. This option prepares students to address the current and emerging security and risk challenges that face individuals, organizations and our nation, over a variety of domains including national/homeland security, emergency and disaster management, law and crime, and enterprise risk management.

International Politics (INTPL_BS)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, Start at World Campus and Finish at World Campus)
No additional requirements.
Labor and Human Resources B.A. (LHRBA_BA)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park) (Start and Finish at World Campus):
No additional requirements.
Law and Society (LAWSC_BA)
(Start and Finish: World Campus)
No additional requirements.
Liberal Arts (undecided) (BCHSS_PMAJ)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Behrend)
No additional requirements.
Liberal Arts (undecided) (LA_PMAJ)
(Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)
No additional requirements.
Political Science B.A. (PLSAL_BA)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Altoona)
No additional requirements.
Political Science B.A. (PLSC_BA)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park; Start and Finish at World Campus.)
No additional requirements.
Political Science B.A. (PLSCA_BA)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Harrisburg)
No additional requirements.
Political Science B.A. (POLSC_BA)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Behrend)
No additional requirements.
Political Science B.S. (PLSBS_BS)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park or Start and Finish at World Campus)
No additional requirements.
Psychological and Social Sciences B.A. (PSSBA_BA)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Abington)
No additional requirements.
Psychological and Social Sciences B.S. (PSSBS_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Abington)
No additional requirements.
Psychology B.A. (PSCBA_BA)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Altoona)
No additional requirements.
Psychology B.A. (PSHBA_BA)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Behrend)
No additional requirements.
Psychology B.A. (PSYBA_BA)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park) (Start and Finish at World Campus)
Psychology requires 3 credits in introductory psychology, 3 credits in social or behavioral science, 3 credits in college level math, and 4 credits in statistics or statistics for psychology.
Psychology B.A. (PYAUC_BA)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Beaver, Brandywine, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Scranton, York)
No additional requirements.
Psychology B.S. (PSCBS_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Altoona)
No additional requirements.
Psychology B.S. (PSHBS_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Behrend)
No additional requirements.
Psychology B.S. (PSYBS_BS)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park) (Start and Finish at World Campus)
Psychology requires 3 credits in introductory psychology, 3 credits in social or behavioral science, 3 credits in college level math, and 4 credits in statistics or statistics for psychology.
Psychology B.S. (PSYC_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Harrisburg)
No additional requirements.
Psychology B.S. (PYSBK_BA)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Berks)
No additional Requirements.
Psychology B.S. (PYSBK_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Berks)
No additional Requirements.
Psychology B.S. (PYSUC_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Beaver, Brandywine, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Scranton, York)
No additional Requirements.
Public Policy (PUBPL_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Harrisburg)
No additional requirements.
Rehabilitation and Human Services (RHS_BS)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park)
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 is required. Applicants who will have completed two-years of college course work are expected to have met the entrance to major requirements for their intended major.

College of Education: Entrance Criteria Table

Rehabilitation and Human Services (RHSAB_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Abington)
No additional requirements.
Rehabilitation and Human Services (RHSBK_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Berks)
No additional requirements.
Rehabilitation and Human Services (RHSUC_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Hazleton,Lehigh Valley, Wilkes-Barre)
No additional Requirements.
Security and Risk Analysis (SRA_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: University Park) No transfer admission to University Park. Applicants who meet eligibility requirements may apply to start at a Penn State Campus and transition to University Park on completion of entrance to major requirements.
No additional requirements
Security and Risk Analysis (SRAAL_BS)
(Start at Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Scranton, Shenango, York and Finish: Altoona)
No additional requirements.
Security and Risk Analysis (SRABK_BS)
(Start at Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Scranton, Shenango, York and Finish: Berks)
No additional requirements.
Security and Risk Analysis (SRACA_BS)
(Start at Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Scranton, Shenango, York and Finish: Harrisburg):
No additional requirements.
Social Data Analytics (SODA_BS)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park)
No additional requirements.
Sociology B.A. (SOCBA_BA)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park)
No additional requirements.
Sociology B.S. (SOCBS_BS)
(Start at any campus and Finish: University Park)
No additional requirements.
Sociology B.S. (SOCIO_BS)
(Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Harrisburg)
No additional requirements.