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Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

PENN STATE ERIE, THE BEHREND COLLEGE, located on 854 wooded acres in Erie, Pennsylvania, provides a small-university environment within the context of a major university. With its thirty-six undergraduate programs, Penn State Behrend offers an alternative within Penn State to the larger University Park campus. Classes are small and students are encouraged to interact with faculty outside the classroom. Enrolling more than 4,500 students, Penn State Behrend is a comprehensive four-year undergraduate and graduate college with a full range of supporting services, from residence halls through varsity athletics. The college offers a wide variety of co-curricular activities, including fraternities and sororities, more than 120 student clubs and organizations, intramurals, bands and choirs, and an annual speaker series.

Penn State Behrend students can earn the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the four-year level; they can earn associate degrees in selected two-year programs; or they can complete up to two years of most baccalaureate programs available within the University and then move to other Penn State locations to complete their degree program. Academic enrichment is provided through the Behrend Honors Program and the University-wide Schreyer Honors College as well as through study abroad opportunities and a very active undergraduate research program. The college’s programs capitalize on the proximity of such "natural laboratories" as the Erie urban area, Lake Erie, and other nearby resources.

For additional information write to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, 4701 College Drive, Erie, PA 16563-0101; or visit Penn State Behrend on the web (



To be certified for graduation, a student must complete the General Education, Writing Across the Curriculum, and Intercultural/International Competence requirements, the First-year Seminar requirements for the major, and the number of elective credits required in each program. The minimum number of credits for each program is listed in the description of the major. In addition to the minimum number of credits required, each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field and must have earned a minimum 2.00 grade-point average.




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FOREIGN LANGUAGE (0-12 credits)
Student must attain a 12th credit level of proficiency in one foreign language

B.A. FIELDS (9 credits)
Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arts, Foreign Languages, Natural Sciences, Quantification (may not be taken in the area of the student's primary major; foreign language credits in this category must be in a second foreign language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the first language)

OTHER CULTURES (0-3 credits)
Select 3 credits from approved list. Students may count courses in this category in order to meet other major, minor, elective, or General Education requirements, except for the General Education US/IL requirement. See approved list at



Recommended Academic Plans provide, in table form, the courses students might schedule semester by semester as they pursue a specific undergraduate degree. Each college or campus maintains Recommended Academic Plans for its own majors/degree programs. Links to these plans are on the Division of Undergraduate Studies website at: Questions concerning the Recommended Academic Plans should be directed to the college or campus involved or the Division of Undergraduate Studies.  



The Executive Vice President and Provost of the University approves administrative enrollment controls that limit the number of students who may be admitted to some majors in The Behrend College. In each case, however, academic requirements are established that guarantee a student’s admission to those majors. For information on the majors for which enrollment is currently limited and their academic guarantees of admission, contact the Academic and Career Planning Center, Reed Union Building, Room 125, 4701 College Drive, Erie, PA 16563-0904, (814-898-6164).



RALPH M. FORD, Chancellor

ROBERT W. LIGHT, Senior Associate Dean for Research and Outreach, and Chief Operating Officer

DAWN G. BLASKO, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs



Academic and Career Planning Center -- TERRI MANDO and COURTNEY STEDING, Co-Directors

Admissions and Financial Aid/Enrollment Management -- MARY-ELLEN MADIGAN, Director

Business, Sam and Irene Black School of -- BALAJI RAJAGOPALAN, Director

Center for eLearning Initiatives -- WAYNE E. ANDERSON, Instructional Designer

Community and Workforce Programs -- MICHELLE HARTMANN, Director

Center for Teaching Initiatives -- QI DUNSWORTH, Director

Computer and Information Systems -- JAMES SERAFIN and LAWRENCE KOSIN, Co-Managers

Copy and Multimedia Center -- JOHN J. FONTECCHIO, Manager

Development and Alumni Relations -- MARGARET U. TAYLOR, Director

Engineering, School of -- RUSS WARLEY, Director

Financial Officer -- TRACY CLAYBAUGH

Housing and Food Services -- J. MICHAEL LINDNER, Director

Humanities and Social Sciences, School of -- ERIC CORTY, Director

Intercollegiate Athletics -- BRIAN F. STREETER, Director

Learning Resource Center -- RUTH C. PFLUEGER, Director

Library -- RICHARD L. HART, Director

Marketing Communication -- WILLIAM V. GONDA, Director

Office of Adult Learner Services -- BIDDY A. BROOKS, Director

Operations -- J. RANDALL GEERING, Director

Registrar -- JANE D. BRADY, College Registrar

Science, School of -- MARTIN G. KOCIOLEK, Interim Director

Student Affairs -- KENNETH P. MILLER, Senior Director of Campus Planning and Student Affairs




The Sam and Irene Black School of Business offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in Accounting; Business Economics; Finance; Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies; International Business; Management Information Systems; Marketing; and Project and Supply Chain Management. The school also offers a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and an associate degree in General Business. At the graduate level, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), a Master’s in Professional Accounting (MPAcc), and a Master’s in Project Management (MPM) are offered. Minors are available in Accounting, Applied Economics, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Technical Sales.

Students in the Black School of Business learn in a multidisciplinary setting, taught in small classes by faculty members who have significant business experience in addition to their academic credentials. The school offers students a high-tech academic environment in the Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center and unique learning opportunities made possible by a $20 million endowment from the late insurance executive Samuel P. Black Jr. and his wife, Irene, for whom the school is named.

For more information, visit the school website at

Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, 777 South Harbour Island Blvd., Suite 750, Tampa, FL 33602; 813-769-6500




The School of Engineering offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in Computer Engineering,1 Computer Science, Electrical Engineering,1 Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology,2 Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering,1 Mechanical Engineering Technology,2 Plastics Engineering Technology,2 and Software Engineering. In addition, associate degree programs are offered in Electrical Engineering Technology2 and Mechanical Engineering Technology.2 Minors are available in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Game Development.

The school gives students the opportunity to learn in the state-of-the art facilities of the Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center, to conduct research with award-winning faculty, and to be recruited by companies from around the world. Under the guidance of faculty members, engineering students engage in basic and applied research in more than fifteen focus area. More than 95 percent of graduates of the school are employed in their field within a year of graduation.

For more information, visit the school website at

1Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Engineering Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202; 410-347-7700.
2Accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Engineering Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202; 410-347-7700.




The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers r Bachelor of Arts degree programs in Arts Administration, Childhood and Early Adolescent Education, Communication, English, General Arts and Sciences, History, Political Science, and Psychology. The school also offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. In addition, a two-year associate degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences is available. Minors are available in American Studies, Civic and Community Engagement, Communication Arts and Mass Media, English, Game Development, History, Politics and Government, Psychological Science, Spanish, Transnational Perspectives, and Women’s Studies/Gender Studies. This school also houses prelaw advising and a 4+1 teacher certification program.

In the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, students are taught by accomplished faculty: scholars with international reputation for research, award-winning writers, and skilled teachers with extensive professional experience. The school gives students the chance to study abroad, publish in creative and professional journals, research human behavior in laboratory settings, and work on the production of films, television and radio shows, a literary journal, and a campus newspaper.

For more information, visit the school website at



DR. MARTIN G. KOCIOLEK, Interim Director

The School of Science offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in Biology, Chemistry,1 Environmental Science, Mathematics, Nursing,2 Physics, Science, and Secondary Education in Mathematics.3 Minors are available in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics. The school also works with partnered schools to offer 3+4 accelerated programs in dentistry, optometry, osteopathic medicine, and pharmacy and also participates in an early assurance program with Penn State Hershey College of Medicine.

Students in the School of Science learn through hands-on practical experiences and close interaction with knowledgeable faculty in small class and laboratory settings. The school’s programs provide a broad-based education with an emphasis on the scientific and mathematical skills needed for careers in business and industry or for further studies in graduate and professional programs.

For more information, visit the school website at:

1Major has American Chemical Society approval.
2Major has National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accreditation.
3Major has National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education accreditation.




The Academic and Career Planning Center is an academic unit of Penn State Behrend that offers all undergraduate students University programs and services relating to (1) precollege testing, counseling, and advising for entering freshmen; (2) enrollment and registration for students who want to explore several areas of study before identifying a specific area of academic study and for students who encounter changes in interest and career objectives; (3) professional advising, counseling, and referral services coordinated through the services of the college and faculty; and (4) an undergraduate academic information center that provides students and faculty with current information on the many academic programs offered throughout the University.



BRIAN F. STREETER, Director of Athletics

Penn State Behrend offers twenty-two sports for men and women and is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and a founding member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Penn State Behrend is also affiliated with the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). The college subscribes to the Division III philosophy of competition and embraces the concepts of fair play and equity in all programs. Men’s varsity sports are baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor track and field, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo. Women’s varsity sports are basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor track and field, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo.





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