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Welcome to the Eberly College of Science, home of the biological, physical, and mathematical sciences at Penn State. We’re widely recognized and respected for high-quality education and scientific breakthroughs—and we’re firmly committed to making a positive impact on the world. If that sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, you’re in the right place.

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Astronomy & Astrophysics

Astronomers study the fundamental problems of the nature and evolution of our universe. In this major, you can explore the properties and origins of the planets, stars, and galaxies, and of the universe as a whole.

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Biochemists and molecular biologists study the molecular basis of life. In this major you can apply basic principles of chemistry and physics to the study of living cells and their components, to explain life at its molecular, genetic, and cellular levels.

Program Options:

  • Biochemistry option
  • Molecular and Cell Biology option

Biologists investigate ways to cure neurological diseases, conserve coral populations in tropical oceans, discover more-efficient ways to use plants for food and bio-energy, develop vaccines for infectious diseases, and examine many other aspects of life. In this major, you can explore the diversity and organization of organisms—from single-celled bacteria to multi-cellular plants and animals, including humans.

Program Options:

  • General Biology option
  • Genetics and Development option
  • Neuroscience option
  • Plant Biology option
  • Vertebrate Physiology option
  • Ecology option

Biotechnologists apply principles of molecular and cellular science to produce biologically important and industrially useful products. In this major, you can explore topics such as genetic engineering, pharmaceutical development, and bio-manufacturing.

Program Options:

  • General option
  • Clinical Laboratory Science option

Chemists study matter and the changes it can undergo. In this major you can seek to gain a molecular-level understanding of compounds and materials through the building, measuring, and modeling of their properties, while learning to predict and explain changes when they react to form new substances.

Program Options:

  • Analytical Concentration option
  • Physical Concentration option
  • Synthetic/Biological Concentration option
Data Sciences

Data scientists explore the methods, systems, and processes used to extract knowledge from data and turn these insights into discoveries, decisions, and actions. In this major, you can develop the knowledge and skills needed to manage and analyze large-scale, unstructured data—to address an expanding range of problems in industry, government, and academia.

Program Options:

  • Statistical Modeling Data Sciences (Eberly College of Science)
  • Applied Data Sciences (College of Information Sciences and Technology)
  • Computational Data Sciences (College of Engineering)
Forensic Science

Forensic scientists apply chemistry, molecular biology, and physics to matters of the law. In this major, you can develop a strong scientific foundation and general criminalistics education while individualizing your experience to meet your specific degree and career goals.

Program Options:

  • Biology option
  • Chemistry option

Theoretical mathematicians increase basic knowledge in “pure” fields like abstract algebra, analysis, and topology. Applied mathematicians use tools from calculus, analysis, computing, statistics, and operations research to solve problems in science, industry, government, and other areas. This major emphasizes careful analysis of problems, precision of thought and expression, and the development of mathematical skills.

Program Options:

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) option
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) option

Microbiologists study microscopic organisms and how they interact with other organisms and the environment. In this major, you could study how microbes both benefit and harm human health; the role of microbes in the environment; or how microbes can be used in medicine, agriculture, and engineering.


Physicists study natural phenomena in the universe to discover the basic principles and laws that govern the physical world. In this major, you can study the fundamental conceptual, mathematical, computational, and experimental tools that are needed to tackle these scientific and technological challenges.

Program Options:

  • General option
  • Medical option
  • Electronics option
  • Computational option
  • Materials-Nanotechnology option: Nanotechnology track
  • Materials-Nanotechnology option: Materials track
Planetary Science & Astronomy

Planetary scientists study the Earth system in the context of the solar system and the universe as a whole. In this major, you can apply knowledge and methods from mathematics, geosciences, chemistry, biology, astronomy, and physics to explore the Earth and use telescopes to obtain astronomical data.


This is an accelerated program in cooperation with the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where you have the opportunity to earn both the B.S. and M.D. degrees in seven years.


The Premedicine major integrates knowledge and practices across the fields of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and physics with additional breadth in the social sciences, ethics, and deep critical-thinking skills that are necessary for advanced study in the field of medicine.


The Science major provides a broad and interdisciplinary foundation in the natural sciences. This program uses the principles of chemistry, physics, and the life sciences to understand how these integrate over general areas including biological sciences and health professions, public policy, and science research and development.

Program Options:

  • General option
  • Legal Studies, Government Service, Public Policy option
  • Biological Science and Health Professions option
Science B.S./M.B.A.

The Science B.S./M.B.A. program is a special cooperative program with the Smeal College of Business, where you can earn an undergraduate degree and a master of business administration in an accelerated time frame.


Statisticians use critical and abstract thinking to apply mathematical principles to statistical problems and combine modeling with computational skills to analyze data. In this major, you can explore a field that combines mathematics, computing, and analysis to better organize and understand data.

Program Options:

  • Applied option
  • Actuarial option
  • Biostatistics option
  • Computing option
  • Graduate Studies option
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