Dual Majors and Dual Degrees

Undergraduate students may enroll in dual (or multiple) majors or degrees. Rather than the general term “double major,” Penn College uses the distinctive terms “dual major” and “dual degree” to denote the degree of uniqueness between two curricula in which a student may enroll.

Dual majors differ from dual degrees primarily in the number of unduplicated credits required and in the manner in which the additional credentials are recorded, as seen in the following definitions:

Dual Degree: Two degree programs with significant non-duplicated, major-specific course work (15 or more credits for an associate’s degree or certificate; 30 or more for a bachelor’s degree). Two diplomas are awarded.

Dual Major: Two declared majors with a minimum amount of non-duplicated, major-specific course work (6-14 credits for an associate’s degree or certificate; 12-29 credits for a bachelor’s degree). One diploma is awarded for the first or “primary” major, with all additional or “secondary” majors recorded on permanent academic records, including the student’s transcript.

Declaring a Dual Major or Dual Degree

Current Students

Current students wishing to declare a dual major/degree can do so through the Registrar’s Office. They must do so no later than the beginning of the last semester prior to graduation. Current students should read Policy and Procedure 4.20, Dual Major/Dual Degree, for details about declaring additional majors, eligibility requirements, restrictions, and academic standards.

Incoming Students

Although additional majors are typically declared after initial enrollment, some dual major/dual degree combinations work more seamlessly together if declared prior to scheduling the first semester. Those interested in pursuing one of these combinations can indicate their interest on the Application for Admission.

Additional dual major/dual degree opportunities beyond those listed below are available for initial enrollment. Contact your Admissions Counselor for assistance.

Approved Dual Degree Options for Incoming Students

Business & Hospitality

Primary Major Secondary Major
Applied Management (BMA) Brewing & Fermentation Science (BF)
Applied Management, Online (BDM) Brewing & Fermentation Science (BF)

Construction & Design Technologies

Primary Major Secondary Major
Building Construction Technology (CB) Building Construction Technology: Masonry Emphasis (MN)
Building Construction Technology (CB) Concrete Science (SS)
Civil Engineering Technology (CT) Surveying (SU)
Civil Engineering Technology (BCT) Surveying (SU)
Civil Engineering Technology (BCT) Civil Engineering Technology (CT)
Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Design Technology (BHD) Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology (HV)
Residential Construction Technology & Management: Architectural Technology Concentration (BRA) Architectural Technology (AT)
Residential Construction Technology & Management: Building Construction Technology (BRC) Building Construction Technology (CB)
Residential Construction Technology & Management: Building Construction Technology – Masonry Concentration (BRN) Building Construction Technology: Masonry Emphasis (MN)
Building Science & Sustainable Design: Building Construction Technology Concentration (BSC) Building Construction Technology(CB)
Building Science & Sustainable Design: Architectural Technology Concentration (BSD) Architectural Technology (AT)

Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies

Primary Major Secondary Major
Metal Fabrication Technology (MF) Machine Tool Technology (MY)
Metal Fabrication Technology (MF) Automated Manufacturing Technology (AF)
Metal Fabrication Technology (MF) Welding Technology (WA)
Welding and Fabrication Engineering Technology (BWE) Metal Fabrication Technology (MF)

Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Primary Major Secondary Major
Applied Management (BMA) Brewing & Fermentation Science (BF)
Applied Management, Online (BDM) Brewing & Fermentation Science (BF)

Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Primary Major Secondary Major
Diesel Technology (DD) Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Technician Emphasis (HE)
Diesel Technology (DD) Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Caterpillar Equipment Emphasis (CH)
Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Technician Emphasis (HE) Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Operator Emphasis (HY)
Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Caterpillar Equipment Emphasis (CH) Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Operator Emphasis (HY)
On-Site Power Generation (PW) Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Caterpillar Equipment Emphasis (CH)
On-Site Power Generation (PW) Diesel Technology (DD)
On-Site Power Generation (PW) Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Technician Emphasis (HE)
Landscape/Horticulture Technology: Landscape Emphasis (LE) Landscape/Horticulture Technology: Plant Production Emphasis (LP)
Automotive Technology (AU) Collision Repair Technology (CR)
Automotive Technology (AU) Automotive Restoration Technology (RS)
Collision Repair Technology (CR) Automotive Restoration Technology (RS)
Aviation Maintenance Technology (BAV) Aviation Technology (AD)
Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Technician Emphasis (HE) Diesel Technology (DD)
Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Caterpillar Equipment Emphasis (CH) Diesel Technology (DD)
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