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Students in the Eberly College of Science prepare for diverse careers by majoring in the physical, mathematical, and/or life sciences.  In support of their successful career development, our goals for students across all majors in the Eberly College of Science are:

  • Penn State Science students will develop the analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills required in their discipline.
    A rigorous problem‐based education provides students with the ability to succeed in real‐world employment or further professional training, and prepares them for a life‐long career of learning.


  • Penn State Science students will develop the technical skills required to be successful in their discipline.
    Depending on the field of study, a student’s portfolio might include modern laboratory, mathematical, statistical, data analysis, simulation, and scientific visualization skills.


  • Penn State Science students will develop the ability to communicate scientific information in multiple ways, including oral and written communication.
    From collaborative discussions as part of a scientific team to communicating science to non-scientists, ECoS graduates must be able to explain their work to a diverse set of audiences, and in multiple formats.


  • Penn State Science students will gain career-related experience related to their chosen profession.
    Participation in research, internships, externships, cooperative education, teaching and tutoring, study abroad, volunteer work, and many other opportunities contribute to the pursuit of a complete and well rounded educational experience.


  • Penn State Science students will learn professional behavior in all aspects of their profession, including acting in an ethical manner.
    Understanding the responsible conduct of scientific research, the ethical treatment of human and animal subjects, publication practices, and intellectual property issues as relevant to a student’s discipline are important components of a student’s education.


The Eberly College of Science is committed to helping students achieve the above goals by ensuring career and academic advising is available throughout their college careers; integrating these objectives in all academic course work; and serving as appropriate role models.

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