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General and Life Science options

The Division of Science at Penn State Berks offers baccalaureate degree programs in both Science and Kinesiology. The Science program is designed for students who want a broad education in either General or Life Science. This major is intended to prepare students for positions in industry and government and to provide a foundation for graduate and professional study. The Kinesiology program offers students an academic background in the science of human movement and applied, practical experience in health assessment, exercise physiology, motor skill development, stress management, nutrition, and healthy living skills.

Students in the Science program have direct access to a range of career development opportunities, including collaborative design of undergraduate research projects with the science faculty, or placement within the Cooperative Educational Program that is administered by the Eberly College of Science at Penn State University Park campus.

At Penn State Berks, students can earn one of two degrees within the Science major: a baccalaureate degree in Science with a General Science option, or a baccalaureate degree in Science with a Life Science option. These options are intended for students who want a high degree of flexibility in their curriculum.

General Science Option

Prepares students for technical and sales positions in industries such as the chemical field and for technical positions in university or governmental research laboratories.

Life Science Option

Prepares students for technical and sales positions in life science-related industries such as the agricultural, biotechnological/pharmaceutical, or the healthcare field, or for technical positions in university or governmental research laboratories. The Life Science Option also prepares students for professional schools such as medical, dental, chiropractic, or veterinary.

For the BS degree in science, a minimum of 124 credits is required with at least 15 credits at the 400-level. After completing foundation courses in calculus, chemistry, physics, and the life sciences, students
select additional science courses from designated areas. A large number of supporting credits permit students to readily include a minor in business, computer and information science, education, kinesiology, or other fields.

To find out more about the science programs offered by Penn State's Eberly College of Science, visit http://www.science.psu.edu/sciencebs/.

View the complete Science Major Program List at the University website.

To request information about our Science programs at Penn State Berks, please complete our online Request Information Form.

You may also contact us by phone or email. Contact the program coordinator, Dr. Ike Shibley, at 610-396-6185 or e-mail him at ias1@ psu.edu.

For admissions information, contact the Berks Admissions Office at 610-396-6060.