Types of Degrees and Majors Offered

Bachelor of Science

Penn College offers bachelor of science degrees that may parallel or build upon the two-year majors, or that may stand as their own unique majors. While the associate's degrees primarily emphasize practical applications, the bachelor's curriculums complete a larger base of education by adding advanced practical applications, broader liberal arts study, systematic problem solving, cultural diversity, senior-year projects, and interdisciplinary courses that develop appreciation for the relationships among science, technology, and society.

Associate's Degrees

Associate's degree majors help students prepare for employment or serve as the basis for additional education. Associate's degree majors require a minimum of 60 credits.

The College awards three types of associate's degrees:

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree (offered in General Studies and Studio Arts) is designed to parallel the first two years of a liberal arts education at a four-year college. Credits earned usually can be transferred as the first two years of bachelor-degree study.

The Associate of Applied Arts (A.A.A.) degree is offered in Advertising Art and Mass Media Communication. These majors offer students the opportunity to gain the technical and professional skills needed for employment and to prepare for transfer to a four-year college.

The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree offers students the opportunity to gain the technical and occupational skills needed for employment. Many four-year colleges accept all or a substantial portion of A.A.S. degree credits toward a bachelor's degree.

Certificates in Special Fields of Study

These majors are occupational in nature and heavily skills-oriented. They are not primarily for transfer, but in certain cases can be transferred to some colleges. Certificate majors vary in length, but do not exceed two years of course work.

Competency Credential

These offerings provide specialized training programs to respond to needs of individuals, business, and industry. The credential offers formal recognition for competence in an area of specialization. Each credential is equivalent to no more than one semester of full-time college work and requires 9 - 18 credits.

An Individual Competency Credential is developed to meet a student's personal goals. Advisers work with the student to develop a planned sequence of courses.

Standard Competency Credentials listed in this catalog have been developed to provide training in well-established areas for professional upgrading or retraining.

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