Research in Wintergreen Gorge. The Bachelor of Science degree program in Science offers a broad, general education.

Science’s interdisciplinary curriculum is designed for students whose educational and career goals are not immediately met by one of the traditional majors in the sciences, and it might be the right fit for you if you’re looking for a high degree of flexibility in your studies.

Why Penn State Behrend?

As a Science major at Penn State Behrend, you’ll have the freedom to tailor your degree to your interests. You’ll do this in part by choosing one of four specialization options within the major:

The Environmental Studies option will help you to understand the natural and man-made processes that are at work on the Earth. You’ll also become grounded in the related social, economic, and political issues that dominate environmental discussions today. A core course sequence provides the fundamentals of geographic information systems, which have become the dominant research tool in many earth-based sciences. The varied geography of northwestern Pennsylvania and the campus’ proximity to Lake Erie offer outstanding settings for research and internship opportunities.

The General Science option allows you, in consultation with your faculty adviser, to frame your studies to meet diverse career goals rooted in science. Students who choose this option use their electives to broaden their career horizon: science journalism, public policy and politics, business, or technical sales are just a few possibilities.

The General Science Education Precertification option and the Earth and Space Science Education Precertification option are designed for students who want to pursue teaching certification at the secondary level. You’ll earn a four-year degree in Science and then acquire teaching skills and certification at another college or university. This generally takes one additional year of study. 

After completing foundational courses in calculus, chemistry, computer science, the life sciences, and physics, you’ll select additional science courses from designated areas. In addition, generous supporting-course and elective credits permit you to earn a minor or pursue more advanced coursework in a complimentary discipline.

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