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Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Mechanization
Agriculture
Agronomy and Crop Science
Animal Sciences
Environmental Studies
Food Science
Forest Management/ Forest Resources Management
Forest Sciences and Biology
Forestry Technology/Technician
Horticultural Science
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Natural Resources/Conservation
Other Agricultural Business and Management
Other Natural Resources and Conservation
Plant Protection & Integrated Pest Management
Soil Science and Agronomy
Turf and Turfgrass Management

Arts & Humanities

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Acting
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art/Art Studies
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Comparative Literature
Conducting
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
English Language and Literature
Film, Cinema, Video, Movie Studies
French Language and Literature
General Music
German Language and Literature
History
Italian Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Jewish/ Judaic Studies
Keyboard Instruments (Piano, Organ)
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Music Performance
Music Theory and Composition
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Visual and Performing Arts

Business

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Accounting
Business Administration and Management
Business/Commerce
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance
Information Science/Studies
Labor and Industrial Relations
Management Information Systems
Marketing/Marketing Management
Organizational Behavior Studies
Other Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Other Hospitality Administration/Management
Other Human Resources Management and Services

Communication & Media

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Advertising
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Graphic Design
Journalism
Other Communication, Journalism and Related Programs
Other Design and Applied Arts
Other Journalism
Web Page, Digital Multimedia, Information Resources, and Graphic Design

Education

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Adult and Continuing Education Administration
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Art Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Music Teacher Education
Other Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
Secondary Education
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Special Education and Teaching
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Engineering

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Architectural Engineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Science
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Materials Engineering
Materials Science
Mechanical Engineering
Mining and Mineral Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Other Engineering
Petroleum Engineering

Family and Consumer Science Professions

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Human Development and Family Studies
Human Nutrition

Fitness, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Health & Medical Services

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Athletic Training/Trainer
Communication Disorders
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Dietitian Assistant
Family Practice Nurse / Nursing
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Nursing Administration
Other Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Pre-Veterinary Studies
Registered Nurse and Registered Nursing (RN)
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Biological and Physical Sciences
International/Global Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Legal Professions

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LL.M., M.C.L.)

Life Science

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Animal Physiology
Biochemistry
Biology/Biological Sciences
Biomedical Sciences
Biotechnology
Ecology
Entomology
Genetics
Immunology
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Other Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Toxicology

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Actuarial Science
Mathematics
Statistics

Natural Sciences

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Acoustics
Astronomy
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
Chemistry
Geology/Earth Science
Other Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences
Physics

Security and Protective Service Careers

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Forensic Science and Technology
Other Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, Paramilitary, and Related Protective Services

Social Sciences

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
African-American/Black Studies
Anthropology
Archeology
Asian Studies/Civilization
East Asian Studies
Economics
Educational Psychology
Geography
International Relations and Affairs
Latin American Studies
Political Science and Government
Psychology
School Psychology
Sociology
Women's Studies

Social Work

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Youth Services/Administration

Technician Careers

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Biotechnology Lab Technician

Technology

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences
Information Technology

Veterinary Medicine

Major Certificate Program Associates Bachelors Masters
Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology (Cert, MS, PhD)

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Penn State Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 13 Reviews

69% of students gave Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus 5 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Alumnus - Grad Year 2001

Academics Rating

The diversity of classes available at Penn State is terrific. Lecture classes can be big, but you make of them what you will. If you can get into the honors program the honors classes were usually very small and taught by professors, not grad students. Work load was what you made of it too.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2009

Academics Rating

Class size varies depending on the class/major/section you are in. I was in classes anywhere from 800 people (freshman year Physiology) to 12 people (400-level class in Kinesiology). Although Penn State is a pretty huge school, you aren't just a number (if you don't want to be). All it takes is a simple introduction and a handshake for a professor to know who you are.


Penn State Academic Details

Academic Calendar Semester
Retention Rate 92%
Carnegie Class Research Universities (very high research activity)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in June, August, and January.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Accelerated Study
  • Honors Program
  • Internships
  • Weekend College
  • Certificate Programs

Domestic Off-Campus Semester-Away Programs

  • Other: Washington, DC program for juniors and seniors.

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Other: all majors in the College of Science and College of Information Science and Technology

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Other: physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy

Class Sizes at Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 32%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 10%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 50%
  • 100+ Students: 8%
Fewer than 20 Students 32%
50 - 100 Students 10%
20 - 49 Students 50%
100+ Students 8%

Faculty Ethnic Diversity

  • Caucasian: 68
  • Unknown and Other: 19
  • Asian: 7
  • Latino: 3
  • African American: 2
Caucasian 68
Unknown and Other 19
Asian 7
Latino 3
African American 2

Faculty at Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus

Total Faculty 4,330
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 17
Full-Time Professors 12,160
Male Faculty 2,647
Part-Time Professors 1,957
Women Faculty 1,683

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