Why Study Science?

The BS degree in Science provides a broad education in science. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed for students whose education and career goals are not immediately met by one of the traditional majors in the sciences.

After completing foundation courses in calculus, chemistry, computer science, the life sciences, and physics, students select additional science courses from designated areas. Supporting courses permit students to earn a minor in several possible complementary fields.

Why earn your science degree at Penn State Behrend?

  • The natural beauty of northwestern Pennsylvania and Lake Erie offers an outstanding setting for research and internship opportunities, particularly for students in the Environmental Studies option.
  • Renovated laboratories and new equipment provide high-quality facilities for students to get hands-on learning experiences and conduct substantive research—experiences not typically offered by colleges and universities at the undergraduate level.
  • Small class sizes foster close student-professor relationships.
  • Faculty typically have doctorates or significant experience in the physics field. Lectures and labs are taught by faculty, not graduate students.
  • Cooperative education and internship opportunities are available for academic credit.
  • Students have the opportunity to work with faculty on undergraduate research projects. Research helps students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and students often comment on how much better they understand what has been taught in the classroom now that they are actually applying their knowledge to answer questions. Students with research experience have a very competitive edge upon graduation whether the student is interested in applying for jobs or graduate or professional schools.