Penn State grants degrees in majors housed within academic colleges. University Park campus is home to twelve of Penn State’s seventeen academic colleges. You should consider both the overall perspective of the academic college as well as the particular major when making decisions about academic direction. All first-year students are enrolled in an academic college or in the Division of Undergraduate Studies.
Students graduate from majors housed in one of the following Academic Colleges:
|College of Arts and Architecture||Refines students’ creative talents and commitment to performance, design, and the visual arts.||artsandarchitecture.psu.edu|
|College of Education||Focuses on learning processes and challenges and develops knowledge and skills in a content area in order to teach and counsel others.||ed.psu.edu|
|College of Agricultrual Sciences||Applies life sciences and business principles to managing the environment and its resources.||agsci.psu.edu|
|College of Earth and Mineral Sciences||Focuses on the earth, the environment, and energy resources through study of the earth sciences.||www.ems.psu.edu|
|College of Engineering||Focuses on the application of mathematical and physical science principles to solving technical and societal problems.||www.engr.psu.edu|
|Eberly College of Science||Develops knowledge in the mathematical, physical, and life sciences as well as skills in scientific research.||science.psu.edu|
|* Majors that require Math 140 and Chem 110 have a strong focus on applying scientific principles using calculus and other scientific disciplines.|
|Smeal College of Business||Focuses on gathering, analyzing, and processing information for decision making in the business world.||www.smeal.psu.edu|
|College of Information Sciences and Technology||Applies technology and teamwork principles to solving problems.||ist.psu.edu|
|** Majors that require Math 110 focus on analytical problem solving, often in a business setting.
† Majors that require world/foreign language proficiency have either an intercultural focus or a liberal arts foundation indicative of breadth of knowledge.
|College of Communications||Focuses on mass media’s functions, responsibilities, changes, and impact on society.||comm.psu.edu|
|College of the Liberal Arts||Develops knowledge in the social sciences, humanities, and languages and builds critical thinking, complex reasoning, communication, and writing skills.||www.la.psu.edu|
|† Majors that require world/foreign language proficiency have either an intercultural focus or a liberal arts foundation indicative of breadth of knowledge.|
|College of Health and Human Development||Seeks to improve human health and well-being through study of science, business, and social and psychological sciences.||www.hhdev.psu.edu|
|College of Nursing||Develops professional and technical skills in health care.||www.nursing.psu.edu|
|* Majors that require Chem 110 have a strong focus on applying scientific principles using calculus and other scientific disciplines.|