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BACCALAUREATE "BACHELOR'S" DEGREES
The Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin defines types of baccalaureate degrees offered at Penn State. The Registrar's office provides a listing by college of the type of degree(s) offered by each major.
Most baccalaureate degrees are either a bachelor of arts (B.A.) or bachelor of science (B.S.). The bachelor of philosophy degree allows students to plan an individualized program of study.
B.A. degree programs require students to develop proficiency (to the 12-credit level) in a single world language. The B.A. degree provides the opportunity to develop depth or breadth in the knowldge domains of arts, humanities, natural sciences, quantification, and social and behavioral sciences. In addition, the B.A. degree requires a course about non-western cultures.
Bachelor of arts degrees are awarded by University Park colleges—Arts and Architecture, Communications, Earth and Mineral Sciences, the Liberal Arts, and the Eberly College of Science—and by colleges at other Penn State campuses (contact the appropriate advising center at University Park or the campus of interest for information).
B.A. requirements, outlined in the Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin, are uniform for all students enrolled in Penn State B.A. programs. The Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements Subcommittee of the Faculty Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs has oversight over B.A. basic requirements and approves courses that may be used to satisfy these requirements. (Current B.A. requirements were established in 2005.)
All students pursuing B.A. degrees must earn the following:
Courses that meet B.A. requirements: This list of courses is maintained by the University Faculty Senate. Authorized advisers can find more complete information on ISIS screen ARICU. After entering a course abbreviation and number on the initial screen, press "F8." If the course is on the B.A. list, a B.A. code will appear. To learn which B.A. area is satisfied by the course, tab over to the code next to "BA CRSE," and press "F1."
Contact Julia Gibboney in the University Faculty Senate office if you have questions about course approvals.
B.S. degree programs may require a more in-depth study within the major field and/or may involve additional quantification and/or natural science courses. Some B.S. degrees require students to select an option that gives a specific focus to the degree. Bachelor of science degrees are awarded by University Park colleges—Agricultural Sciences, the Smeal College of Business, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Education, Engineering, Health and Human Development, Information Sciences and Technology, the Liberal Arts, and the Eberly College of Science—and other Penn State campuses (contact the appropriate advising center at University Park or the campus of interest for information).
Requirements for a B.S. degree are unique to each major.
The University may make changes in policies,
procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. Please
consult a Penn State academic adviser for more detailed information.
This page is part of the University Undergraduate Advising Handbook, which is maintained by the Division of Undergraduate Studies, DUS@psu.edu.
Reviewed: January 2012
Last Update: October 2007