Multiple Majors

As a College of Engineering student, you may participate in programs that result in earning degrees in more than one major (with some exceptions). The majors may be in the same college or in different colleges. Diplomas are awarded for each major.

A concurrent majors program is one in which the requirements for at least two majors are completed concurrently or simultaneously, before graduation. Therefore, the diplomas for each of the majors are awarded at the same graduate time. A sequential majors program is one in which a student graduates and then re-enrolls for at least one more baccalaureate major.

Students must meet all degree and entrance requirements for each of the majors. If one of the concurrent majors being sought is under enrollment control, the student must be enrolled in the college of the major under enrollment control and participate in the regular entrance-to-major process during the pool semester. If more than one of the majors is in the College of Engineering and one is under enrollment control, the student must request the major that is under enrollment control during the major. Forms for requesting a concurrent degrees program are available and must be completed and submitted in a timely manner. Requests for a concurrent major or majors can be made, at the earliest, during the entrance-to-major pool semester, after notification of admission to major. Students should begin the process by consulting with their adviser.

Students who wish to re-enroll for a sequential majors program must meet all entrance and re-enrollment requirements and approvals for the sequential major. A major that is under enrollment control is not available as a sequential major.

Established Concurrent Degree Programs

The College of Engineering has pre-approved, established concurrent degree programs. Students must still register for these programs by completing the appropriate concurrent majors form. Due to the complexity of the timing of declaring your Engineering major in combination with your concurrent major, we strongly suggest that you consult with your adviser if you are considering concurrent majors.

Other combinations of majors are available but students will need to work with their advisers to determine which of the major requirements may be commonly used for the majors.

Combinations of Majors That Are Not Available

The following combinations are not available as part of a concurrent majors program:

  • More than one major under enrollment control, with two exceptions:
    • Students in Biomedical Engineering with Mechanical Engineering Option
    • Students in Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering and General Science
  • Neither Computer Science nor Computer Engineering can be combined with the Mathematics Major Computational Option
 
 

About

The Engineering Advising Center (EAC) serves as the academic advising resource for students in pre-major status (ENGR) at University Park. Once students have been admitted to a College of Engineering major, they will be assigned to a faculty adviser in that major.

Engineering Advising Center

208 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-863-1033