A study of the evolution of the major groups of organisms including the fundamental concepts of biology. This course orients students to all aspects of the biology program at Penn State Behrend and the requirements of the biology major. Academic and career paths in biology will also be explored.
This course will introduce you to every major in the School of Business and show you how they fit together. This course focuses on problem-solving techniques and teamwork that will aid you throughout your college career.
Chemistry & Physics
This course is intended to provide a basic introduction to the chemisty and physics programs. This course is for those students who have a strong interest in the physical sciences. Topics covered in this course are all areas of chemisty and physics including ethics and morality. Students will also be introduced to campus programs available to them such as career development program, the computer center, health and wellness and more.
This course introduces students to the pervasiveness of today’s media in everyday life and the critical thinking skills needed to be a more sophisticated consumer of media messages. In the process, this FIG will expose students to the major issues, challenges, and career options that are part of the media industry.
Computers are becoming smarter and faster with each passing year. Everything today relies on computers from your cell phone to household appliances, from car engines to microwave ovens. If artificial intelligence, computer architecture, operating systems and networks, and software applications make you “byte”, then you’ll fit right into this FIG.
System programming! Database management! Scientific visualization! Telecommunications! Today technology is ever evolving and changing the way we do things almost overnight. All of this technology requires high-tech skills to manage everything! Computer programming, discrete math, and data structures are at the heart of managing this technology. If you have a passion for solving real-world problems related to technology, this FIG, for computer science majors may be an excellent choice for you.
Is your life goal to truly make a difference in the life of a child? Does the idea of teaching a child how to read, write, do algebra, or explore past worlds through history sound like a dream job? Are you interested in working in a public or private school after graduation? Find out the issues surrounding a career in education today and get some concrete information to help you decide if you have what it takes to educate today’s children for tomorrow’s future.
Electrical Engineering Technology (EET)
Do you have a fascination with how all your electrical gadgets and gizmos work from your Ipod to your Blackberry? Electrical Engineering Technology requires you to design, test, and produce future electronic products that are introduced into society at an ever increasing pace. This FIG will help you experience being instrumental in designing and maintaining electronics, computers, and electronic/computer-controlled systems. If you want to work in the field of electrical power generation and transmission, develop efficient lighting systems or work to improve communications systems, then this FIG is just right for you! This FIG is appropriate for Electrical Engineering Technology majors.
“Save the whales!” “End air pollution now!” “Recycling starts with you!” Today’s generation of youth are growing up hearing these slogans in the media, on television, and in the classroom. But how do these various slogans translate into reality. Who actually goes and saves the whales? How do we stop air pollution from happening? How is a recycling program managed? Who makes sure that we are saving our environment today for tomorrow’s young people? This FIG will explore the numerous careers in environmental science and will give you some answers on what you can do to protect our environment.
Health Care Professional
Do you have a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and even your community? Are you interested in combining the science and art of caring for others – recognizing that today’s healthcare combines “high tech” with “high touch”? Is the ability to have the option of a variety of jobs in numerous health care settings appealing to you? Find out, for example, how preparation as a nurse enables you to have numerous “careers” all within the multi-faceted field of nursing. In this FIG you can also explore the wide variety of health care careers involving such areas as nutrition, health care policy, physical and occupational therapy.
Are you someone who likes solving both business AND technology problems? This FIG is for those who might like being a being on the business side of a technical company. You can use your math and science skills to understand the engineering, production, and technical side of products and production. You can use your business acumen to help make good decisions for the business. This is a truly interdisciplinary major in which you can learn how to develop a new product, produce it, and bring it to the customer. Come along in the FIG to learn about all sides of a busines..
This course is intended to provide a basic introduction to the mathematics and mathematics education programs at Penn State Behrend. It is designed to expose students to a wide variety of branches of mathematics, such as game theory, statistics, history of mathematics, and mathematical modeling. Furthermore, students are advised on how to navigate through course scheduling in the mathematics major. In addition, mathematical internship and career opportunities are discussed. Finally, students will be introduced to campus programs available to them such as the career development program, the computer center, and the learning resource center.
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (Engineering majors who are not technology based: Civil, Chemical, Nuclear, Architectural, Mechanical, etc.)
Are you a problem-solver that likes to make things work better? Do you like applying science, math, and common sense to make things that benefit people in many different ways? Are you a visionary that likes taking ideas and creatively turning them into reality? Then engineering may be the major for you. Come with us as we explore the fascinating engineering options available to Penn State students and learn the day-to-day activities involved in an engineering career. This FIG is for all engineering majors except computer engineering, software engineering, and engineering technology majors.
Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET)
From the smallest toy to the largest airplane in the world, mechanical engineering technologists are involved in making ideas a reality. From the development and testing of prototypes, to production planning, machinery requirements, and assembly processes, METs are working to produce a useful and effective end product. If you have an interest in all stages of the development of machinery, if designing and perfecting automotive vehicles sounds like a dream job, if reducing air and noise pollution associated with cars and trucks makes you curious, or if you have an interest in rapid transit systems, then this FIG will put you on the right track! This FIG is for those students interested in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
Do you have a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and even your community? Are you interested in combining the science and art of caring for others – recognizing that today’s healthcare combines “high tech” with “high touch”? Is the ability to have the option of a variety of jobs in numerous health care settings appealing to you? Find out, for example, how preparation as a nurse enables you to have numerous “careers” all within the multi-faceted field of nursing. This FIG is available for Nursing majors.
Plastics Engineering Technology (PLET)
Can you think of a million ways that plastic could be used to benefit society? Do you have an interest in learning product design, choosing materials, tool design, and process techniques? Do you want to create products or packaging for commercial success? This FIG will introduce you to all of the opportunities in Plastics Engineering Technology.
Do you ever wonder why so many politicians get caught in scandals? Could you stay up all night debating the merits of Supreme Court Justice nominees? Do you like learning more about politics in other countries? If you are interested in exploring the often entertaining but always important world of politics then this FIG is the right choice. You will have an opportunity to hear diverse speakers discuss the hot issues in politics. Learn the ins and outs of international politics and relations and explore top notch careers in politics and government.
Psychological insights into drugs and their influence on learning and performance: the mind/body relationship and health; learning, memory, and testing; adolescence and identity; love, attraction, and sexuality. It will also help students analyze information that claims to be scientific, increase their understanding of theory and practice relating to human behavior, and help them accept diversity among people.
Are you addicted to Halo? Is computer animation something you enjoy? Can you get lost for hours in computer or web designs? Are you constantly asking, “How did they do that” as you play video games or explore a software package? If you can easily see yourself designing the next “Halo” or think that designing software for a huge corporation is awesome, then this FIG is for you. This hands-on FIG introduces basic programming and web design skills and teaches you how to explore software to control robot hardware! If you like hands-on, you’ll want to register for this FIG! This FIG is appropriate for software engineering majors.
When you think about life after college, do you see a great big question mark? Are you confused about which direction you’ll go, or do you want to go to so many places you can’t choose which is right for you? If you have so many interests that you can’t pick just one to focus on, or if you have no idea what to do for the rest of your life, then this FIG is for you! Be introduced to the hundreds of majors a Penn State student can experience. Figure out how to be a successful student and the tools available to help you explore the places you’ll want to go.
Women in Engineering
This FIG brings together women in all the engineering and engineering technology degrees. Learn how women use their natural aptitude for math and science along with their innate ability to multi-task. Add that to the “wow factor” you get from engineering. If you have ever wanted a career that satisfies both your analytical mind and your desire to make life better, then engineering is it, and this FIG is for you. All women interested in majoring in engineering or engineering technology are strongly encouraged to register for this FIG!