Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and Sciences (CASCC)
This program provides an increased understanding and practice in the ways that humans accomplish their goals by means of oral communication. The ability to communicate effectively with others in personal, social, and work situations is basic in modern society. The flexibility of the program allows preparation for a variety of careers such as law, education, business, agriculture, administration, and the health-related fields. Speech Communication lends itself readily to a simultaneous degree or a multiple major degree program in which students prepare themselves in several fields of study.
Bachelor of Arts in English (ENGCC)
The ENGCC program teaches students to explore the imaginative and practical uses of English through courses in literature, writing, rhetoric, and language. Students develop perspectives on human nature and cultural values through American, British, and other English literatures; they learn how to gather, analyze, synthesize, and communicate information; they gain mastery over their language. Graduates of this program may find careers in such fields as publishing, business, industry, government, and teaching. English majors often go on to postgraduate study not only in English but in such areas as law, business, education, and other liberal disciplines.
Bachelor of Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences (LASCC)
No new students are being admitted into this program.
The LASCC is a multidisciplinary, theme-oriented, student-designed major. The program provides an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural education that will lead to intellectual development in the areas of science, communications, the arts, literature and the humanities, and intercultural affairs. Students in this program will learn to think critically, problem solve, develop competence in computer technology and communication, develop skills in conducting research, be able to communicate effectively, be life-long learners, be active participants in contemporary society, and will have the communications and thinking skills valued by potential employers. They will also be good candidates for entry into graduate schools, medical schools, and law schools.
Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB)
The Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) is an upper-division, professionally oriented business degree for individuals who are seeking general preparation in business. The degree combines the theoretical underpinnings of core business disciplines, notably management, marketing, finance, and logistics, with applied study in a practical setting, especially the small-business climates across most of the Commonwealth. Through the choice of an 18-credit option, students develop a specialty related to a key business sector. Students also develop written and oral communication skills throughout the program, acquire contemporary computer skills, and engage in active and collaborative learning. The degree allows students throughout the Commonwealth to become familiar with the unique business environments of their local communities, a design that sets the degree apart from other business degrees offered both within the University and throughout the Commonwealth.
The associate degree in business administration at Penn State articulates with the degree. Advanced-standing students from other accredited colleges or universities will be admitted only with specified grade-point averages established annually in accordance with University policy.
Bachelor of Science in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology (EMET)
The EMET 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 manufacturing, production, and assembly plant processes, instrumentation, monitoring methods, 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.
Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies (HFSCC)
This major is a multidisciplinary program that examines the development of individuals and families across the life span. It enables students to prepare for professional, managerial, or scientific roles in health and human services professions, in public and nonprofit agencies, and in business and industry, as well as for advanced professional or graduate study. Students obtain a broad background in individual and family development across the life span. Courses emphasize biological, psychological, social/cultural, and economic aspects of development. Through course work and undergraduate internships or research projects, students develop skills relevant to career objectives, such as counseling, human assessment, program planning and evaluation, and research.
Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences and Technology (IST)
The IST program is structured to provide students with the theoretical framework and skills necessary to compete and be productive in the information technology-intensive global context that defines the new "Information Age." The program focuses on building an understanding of core information technologies and related areas of study; preparing students for the practical application of various information sciences and related technologies; and engaging students in sharpening their abilities to think critically and to work in teams. All this will be done with considerable interdisciplinary integration in order to expose students to the cognitive, social, institutional, and global environments of IST. Through the choice of various options, students will be able to learn the skills necessary to develop advanced information technology systems using state-of-the-art tools and techniques, and to prepare students to use information technology to realize a variety of system-based goals.
Bachelor of Science in Science (SCICC)
The SCICC degree program provides a multi-disciplinary science education that can lead to specialization in either in the Life Sciences or General Science and also to the development of expertise in a wide variety of specialized foci. After completing foundation courses in calculus, chemistry, physics, and the life sciences, students will select additional courses that will give them a focus in areas such as General Life Sciences, Environmental Life Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Chemistry, Applied Math, Applied Physics, or General Science. Students can also choose from a variety of non-science supporting courses that will give them additional background in such areas as IST, Business, Communications, or Liberal Arts. The SCICC program prepares students for a variety of careers in the sciences, as well as for entry into graduate school and professional school. It also provides the necessary broad scientific education which, when combined with specific electives, produces graduates who are prime candidates for jobs in non-traditional science-related areas, such as business, lab management, patent and intellectual property law, IST, and liberal arts-related work (communications, publishing, science writing, illustrations, etc.).