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Division of Undergraduate Studies


 Advising Updates - Number 86

1998-1999 Administrative Enrollment Controls for Baccalaureate Majors (with Entrance Criteria)

1998 Entering First-Year Students
(SU98, FA98, SP99)


2000 Spring Pool

Smeal College of Business Administration


Academic Majors Number of Juniors 
to be Selected
Accounting & Accounting/International Business (combined limit) 400
Actuarial Science 50
Business Logistics & Business Logistics/International Business (combined limit) 250
Finance & Finance/International Business (combined limit) 275
Management Science & Information Systems & Management Science & Information Systems/International Business (combined limit) 175
Marketing & Marketing/International Business (combined limit) 350

Entrance Criteria: Applicants to Smeal College majors must complete: ENGL 015 or 030, MATH 110 or 140, CMPSC 203, ECON 002, ECON 004, ACCTG 211, MS&IS 200, M I S 204, B A 243.

College of Communications

Academic Majors Number of Juniors 
to be Selected
Advertising/Public Relations 120
Film/Video 60

Entrance Criteria for the Advertising/Public Relations major: Applicants must be 4th semester or higher and have received a grade of C or higher in English 015 or 030 and Economics 002.

Entrance Criteria for the Film/Video major: Applicants must be 4th semester or higher and have received a grade of C or higher in Communications 150 and a grade of B or higher in Communications 242.

College of Education


Academic Majors Number of Juniors 
to be Selected
Elementary and Kindergarten Education 300
Secondary Education 215 (Total)
    English/Communications 
    Foreign Language/Bilingual Education
    Mathematics 
    Biological Science, Chemistry, Earth and Space, 
    and Physics 
    Social Studies 
Special Education 50

Entrance Criteria for Elementary and Kindergarten Education: Completion of C I 295, EDPSY 014, EDTHP 115, PSY 002, and PSY 213 with a grade of C or higher per course and ENGL 015 or 030. No student with less than a 2.50 cumulative grade-point average will be admitted to the major.*

Entrance Criteria for Secondary Education: Four prerequisite courses (C I 295, EDPSY 014, EDTHP 115, and PSY 002) required for all options and prerequisites required in each option as listed below. Prerequisite courses common to all options and prerequisite courses unique to individual options are to be completed with a grade of C or better by the end of fall 1999. However, spring 2000 courses will be considered if fall 1999 cumulative grade-point average meets cut-off.*

  • English/Communication-ENGL 015 or 030, 202 (A or B), SPCOM 100A.
  • Foreign Language/Bilingual Education-Proficiency equivalent to 8 credits in the foreign language, demonstrated either by course work or examination.
  • Mathematics-MATH 140, 141, and CMPSC101.
  • Biological Science, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, and Physics-BIOL 110, or 011 and 012; CHEM 012, 013, 014, and 015; MATH 140; and PHYS 201/211 or 215 as determined by the certification option.
  • Social Studies-PL SC 001 and 9 credits from HIST 001, 002, 020, and 021.
  • No student with less than a 2.50 cumulative grade-point average will be admitted to the major.*
*In addition, candidates for the Elementary and Kindergarten Education major and for the Secondary Education major must present scores from the NTE Communication Skills Test and from the Penn State Mathematics Test and document at least 80 hours of volunteer or paid teaching experiences with learners of the age group they plan to teach. At least 40 of those age-appropriate 80 hours must be with learners whose cultural, social, or ethnic backgrounds differ from the candidate's own.

Entrance Criteria for Special Education: Completion of EDPSY 014, EDTHP 115, PSY 002 and 213, and HD FS 129 with a grade of C or higher per course. No student with less than a 2.50 cumulative grade-point average will be admitted to the major.

In addition, candidates must present scores from the NTE Communication Skills Test and from the Penn State Mathematics Test and document 80 hours of volunteer or paid work in two different settings with populations age-appropriate to this major, including at least 40 hours involving individuals from an underrepresented group or who are from rural or urban areas, but different from the candidate's own background, and 40 hours involving individuals with special needs.

College of Engineering


Academic Majors Number of Juniors 
to be Selected
Architectural Engineering 90
Computer Engineering/Computer Science (combined limit) 120

Entrance Criteria: Applicants to Engineering majors must have completed MATH 140, MATH 141, CHEM 012, and PHYS 201/211 with a grade of C or better. (Note: for Computer Science majors, CSE 120 would replace CHEM 012.)

Source: John Romano, Vice Provost and Dean for Enrollment Management and Administration


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