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Academic Colleges

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:

No Requirements

NameDescriptionLink
College of Arts and ArchitectureRefines 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

Math 140 & Chem 110

NameDescriptionLink
College of Agricultrual SciencesApplies life sciences and business principles to managing the environment and its resources.agsci.psu.edu
College of Earth and Mineral SciencesFocuses on the earth, the environment, and energy resources through study of the earth sciences.www.ems.psu.edu
College of EngineeringFocuses on the application of mathematical and physical science principles to solving technical and societal problems.www.engr.psu.edu
Eberly College of ScienceDevelops 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.

Math 110 & World/Foreign Language

NameDescriptionLink
Smeal College of BusinessFocuses on gathering, analyzing, and processing information for decision making in the business world.www.smeal.psu.edu
College of Information Sciences and TechnologyApplies 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.

World/Foreign Languages

NameDescriptionLink
College of CommunicationsFocuses on mass media’s functions, responsibilities, changes, and impact on society.comm.psu.edu
College of the Liberal ArtsDevelops 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.

Chem 110

NameDescriptionLink
College of Health and Human DevelopmentSeeks to improve human health and well-being through study of science, business, and social and psychological sciences.www.hhdev.psu.edu
College of NursingDevelops 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.
For additional information,  the Undergraduate Admissions  offers details on the colleges and the majors each one offers to students and about the other Penn State Campuses.

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