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Penn State Berks


Penn State Berks was founded in 1958.


2,784 full-and part-time students


216 Full-time and Adjunct


Penn State Berks is located in suburban Reading, Pennsylvania.

On-Campus Housing

Housing capacity for 805 students. 192 Single-person rooms.

Campus Life

Students can get involved with more than thirty special-interest clubs and organizations; intramural, club, and varsity athletics; a range of theatre, arts and entertainment options. Penn State Berks combines the advantages of an intimate campus setting with small classes and individualized attention with the vast resources that only a major research university can provide.


students in procession to graduation

Baccalaureate Degrees offered at Penn State Berks

B.S. in Accounting

B.A. in Applied Psychology

B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

B.S. in Biology 

B.S. in Business

B.S. in Childhood and Early Adolescent Education - Elementary Education Teaching Option (PK-4)

B.A. in Communication Arts & Sciences

B.A./B.S. in Criminal Justice 

B.S. in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology

B.A. in Global Studies

B.S. in Hospitality Management

B.S. in Information Sciences & Technology

B.S. in Kinesiology

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

B.S. in Organizational Leadership

B.A. in Professional Writing

B.S. in Rehabilitation and Human Services

B.S. in Science

B.S. in Security and Risk Analysis

B.A. in Theatre 

All Penn State Degrees

View list of all degree programs at Penn State University » 

Begin study in over 160 degree programs that can be completed at another Penn State location.

What courses must I take for my major at Penn State Berks?

To see the sequence of courses for your major, look for the Recommended Academic Plan for your degree program.

What are the requirements to enter a particular major?

View the list of entrance to major requirements by college.


Associate Degrees offered at Penn State Berks

Business Administration

Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management

Information Sciences & Technology

Letters, Arts & Sciences

Occupational Therapy


Minors that can be completed at Penn State Berks




Communication Arts & Sciences 

Civic and Community Engagement Minor

Criminal Justice

Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Global Studies


Information Sciences & Technology


Natural Science


Political Science 

Professional Writing


Security and Risk Analysis


Special Education


Women's Studies

Requirements for a minor can be completed at any campus location that offers courses specified for the minor.  A minor is an academic program that supplements a major. Minors require a minimum of 18 credits and typically no more than 21 credits with at least 6 but ordinarily not more than half of the credits at the 400 level. A minor program may consist of course work in a single area or from several disciplines. A student may complete more than one minor if he/she is interested in developing an emphasis in additional disciplines. However, a student may not change from a campus that offers his/her major to a campus that does not offer the major in order to complete a minor.

To declare a minor:

Use the eLion Minor Declaration application.

Time Frame:

A minor can be declared any time after you have been accepted into a major and are at least fifth semester standing.To graduate with a minor, you must be accepted in the minor before the late drop deadline of your last semester; however, if the minor has an entry fee, you must be accepted before the end of the drop/add period of that semester.

A student who has applied for a minor but does not complete it is not required to take any action to withdraw from the minor. If a minor is not completed, it is not recorded.

Information on all minors at all Penn State campuses is available in the Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin.  The academic home for the minor must approve academic exceptions to the minor requirements.


The First Two Years

Penn State Berks also offers the first two years of most baccalaureate degrees that may be completed at University Park, other Penn State locations, or at other institutions.

Agricultural Sciences

Arts and Architecture

Business (Smeal)


Earth and Mineral Sciences



Health & Human Development

Information Sciences & Technology

Liberal Arts

Science (Eberly)

Security & Risk Analysis

MBA Degree

Learn more about our MBA degree offered here at Berks through the AACSB-accredited Master of Business Administration program at Penn State Great Valley.


For more information about Penn State Berks:

  • Admissions:
    Teri Sabatelli, 610-396-6061
    e-mail: tcs5@psu.edu
  • Transfer Admissions: 
    Natalie Bartush, 610-396-6118
    e-mail: njb107@psu.edu  
  • Financial Aid: 
    Judith Rile, 610-396-6070
    e-mail: jar38@psu.edu
  • Academic Advising: 
    Paula Plageman, 610-396-6280
    e-mail: pmp5@psu.edu