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)
Applied Innovation (BAI) Brewing & Fermentation Science (BF)

Construction & Design Technologies

Primary Major Secondary Major
Building Construction Technology (CB) Concrete Science Technology (SS)
Civil Engineering Technology (CT) Surveying Technology (SU)
Civil Engineering Technology (BCT) Surveying Technology (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: Architecture (BRX) Architecture (AX)
Residential Construction Technology & Management: Building Construction Technology (BRC) Building Construction Technology (CB)
Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD) Architecture (AX)

Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies

Primary Major Secondary Major
Building Automation Technology (BBT) Electrical Technology (EL)
Building Automation Technology (BBT) Mechatronics Technology (MX)
Building Automation Technology (BBT) Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology (HV)
Building Automation Technology (BBT) Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology: Robotics and Automation Emphasis (RO)
Building Automation Technology (BBT) Information Technology: Technical Support Technology Emphasis (TU)
Building Automation Technology (BBT) Electrical Construction (EB)

Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

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