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Penn State Academics

Penn State - University Park requires a minimum of 120 credits to graduate with a bachelor's degree. Students can choose the accelarated degree program if they would like to finish all the credits for graduation in less time than normal.

Penn State does accept transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Additionally, Penn State has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.

Around 86% of students who started college at Penn State complete all the credits required within six years.

Penn State offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

Which Courses Do I Have To Take at Penn State?

Penn State has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.

Students are required to fulfill a lanuage requirement as well as a math and science requirement. Students are required to take a computer class to fufill the graduation requirements for Penn State.

Majors at Penn State

When choosing a major, Penn State students have several choices to make. Scroll down to see a full list of majors offered at Penn State below.

Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major. Double majoring may mean taking more courses, but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to grad school.

If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, they can design their own major. Penn State does not require a senior project for all students.

Does Penn State Offer Learning Disability Services?

Penn State offers services for students with disabilities. Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.

Does Penn State Have An Online Program?

Penn State has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.

Does Penn State Give Credit for AP Classes?

Penn State offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does Penn State Have An Honors Program?

Penn State offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, and offers a Freshman Honors College. The Freshman Honors college provides a rich curriculum for highly-motivated first-year students.

Does Penn State Require Internships?

Penn State does not require an internship for all students, but does require an internship for students in some majors. Students can look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.


The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.

Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every college. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.

Penn State has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.

Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Penn State include: - an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus - a Navy ROTC branch unit on campus - an Air Force branch unit on campus

Dual Degree Programs at Penn State

A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.

Penn State offers these dual degree programs: - 3-2 dual degree program in engineering - Geoscience

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Penn State Majors & Subject Areas

Agriculture, General
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Business and Management, Other
Agricultural Mechanization, General
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Turf and Turfgrass Management
Agricultural and Extension Education Services
Animal Sciences, General
Food Science
Plant Sciences, General
Agronomy and Crop Science
Horticultural Science
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management
Plant Sciences, Other
Soil Science and Agronomy, General
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Environmental Studies
Natural Resource Economics
Forest Sciences and Biology
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management
Forest Technology/Technician
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management
Natural Resources and Conservation, Other
Landscape Architecture
African Studies
Asian Studies/Civilization
East Asian Studies
Latin American Studies
African-American/Black Studies
Women's Studies
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Journalism, Other
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
Information Science/Studies
Computer Science
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Adult and Continuing Education Administration
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Educational/Instructional Technology
Educational Evaluation and Research
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Art Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Teaching French as a Second or Foreign Language
Engineering, General
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
Agricultural Engineering
Architectural Engineering
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Computer Engineering, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Science
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Mining and Mineral Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Surveying Engineering
Engineering, Other
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
Comparative Literature
Chinese Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Russian Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
French Language and Literature
Italian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Human Nutrition
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Child Development
Legal Studies, General
Programs for Foreign Lawyers
English Language and Literature, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
Plant Physiology
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Animal Physiology
Genetics, General
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Molecular Toxicology
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General
Statistics, Other
Biological and Physical Sciences
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Science, Technology and Society
Nutrition Sciences
International/Global Studies
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Religion/Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Physics, General
Materials Science
Physical Sciences, Other
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
Psychology, General
Counseling Psychology
School Psychology
Educational Psychology
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Forensic Science and Technology
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other
Community Organization and Advocacy
Public Administration
Youth Services/Administration
Economics, General
Development Economics and International Development
Geography, Other
International Relations and Affairs
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Graphic Design
Design and Applied Arts, Other
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Music, General
Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Keyboard Instruments
Voice and Opera
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Athletic Training/Trainer
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Pre-Veterinary Studies
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
Public Health, General
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology
Dietitian Assistant
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Nursing Administration
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other
Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Accounting and Business/Management
Business/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other
Finance, General
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Labor and Industrial Relations
Organizational Behavior Studies
Labor Studies
Human Resources Management and Services, Other
Management Information Systems, General
Actuarial Science
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
History, General

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