Why Major in Science?
Penn State Altoona’s Science major is a flexible but rigorous program. Its greatest strength is that it enables you to shape a science curriculum for your specific career goals. The curriculum is designed specifically for students who have educational goals relating to scientific theory and practice, and who require a high degree of flexibility to obtain their educational objectives. A large number of supporting credits permit you to include significant breadth or specialization into your undergraduate curricula, such as incorporating minors in business, computer and information science, education, kinesiology, and other fields. The major can help prepare you for various careers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnical, chemical, medical, and agricultural industries. In addition, the degree can also be tailored to meet the specific requirements of professional programs such as medical, dental, or pharmacy schools.
At Penn State Altoona, the Science major provides a strong foundation in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Students completing the foundation courses then select upper-level courses in the sciences, especially in biology, as well as advanced courses in related areas. You will have access to a rich array of opportunities for undergraduate research with faculty in both the life sciences and the physical sciences. The Science degree program offers its students a Penn State degree with the benefits of the special characteristics of Penn State Altoona including small class sizes, direct involvement of senior faculty in introductory courses and student projects, and use of innovative teaching techniques and materials.