General Arts and Sciences (B.A.) Curriculum

Current Students:

See the Recommended Academic Plans and Checksheets for more detailed course recommendations and refer to the University Bulletin for course descriptions and more degree requirements.

Prospective Students:

Below is a typical course sequence for the General Arts and Sciences bachelor's degree program. Schedules will vary by student, depending on areas of interest. General Arts and Sciences majors have four options to choose from: (1) Humanities, (2) Social and Behavioral Sciences, (3) Science/Mathematics, (4) Liberal Studies, allowing them to select 24 credits from a variety of courses to meet upper division requirements.

 

SEMESTER 1

  • First-Year Seminar (1 credit)
  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Math Course (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language I (4 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits:  15.5

 

SEMESTER 2

  • Social and Behavioral Science Course (3 credits)
  • Humanities Course (3 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language II (4 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits:  17.5

 

SEMESTER 3

  • Humanities Course (3 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Science Course (3 credits)
  • Other Cultures Course (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language III (4 credits)

Total Credits:  16

 

SEMESTER 4

  • Effective Writing (3 credits)
  • Effective Speech (3 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Math Course (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course with Lab (3-4 credits)

Total Credits:  15-16

 

SEMESTERS 5, 6, 7, AND 8

A range of Penn State Behrend courses are available to you in your third and fourth years.

Your schedule will depend on your areas of focus and personal interests.

 

This is meant to be representative of a typical course sequence. Your schedule will vary depending on your interests; it is recommended that you consult your academic adviser before scheduling courses. See bulletins.psu.edu/bulletins/bluebook for specific degree requirements.