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Penn State Science offers sixteen majors in four disciplines: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies. Learn more about our programs, and requirements for the majors, minors, and certificates in the Eberly College of Science

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The Life Sciences: Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular BiologyBiotechnology, Microbiology

Complex, exciting, and dynamic fields of study, the life sciences include genetics, evolution, cell function, viruses, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, ecology, plants, vertebrates, and invertebrates.  These impact global issues including health, energy and the environment, and food.




The Physical Sciences: Astronomy & Astrophysics, Chemistry, Physics, Planetary Science and Astronomy

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Experimental, theoretical, and computational study of physical phenomena in our universe, involving matter and energy, the physical sciences include basic science studies ranging from atomic scale chemistry to extrasolar planets and pulsars.  These have large impact in areas such as new materials, nanotechnologies, information storage and new energy technologies.


Mathematics Instruction


The Mathematical Sciences: MathematicsStatisticsData Sciences

The mathematical sciences are organized around principles of logical reasoning and computation.  Mathematics arose from basic practices of measurement and counting, but has come to incorporate abstract ideas and constructions of considerable power.  Specific applications range from population dynamics, to the pricing of financial instruments, to data encryption, and to the modeling of a wide variety of biological and physical processes.


Interdisciplinary Programs: General ScienceForensic SciencePremedicine, Integrated Premedical-MedicalScience BS/MBANeumann-Fingerprint-Lift-Green-Light

We also offer three majors and two special admissions options that provide students with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of science. The programs offer a broad-based study including mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics.



Learn more about the requirements for our programs:

Major Requirements


Minor Requirements



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