Academic Programs: Science, Engineering, and Technology

Baccalaureate

  • The Penn State Harrisburg School of Science, Engineering and Technology is the academic home of the four-year Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Biology. The Program draws on faculty expertise in anatomy/embryology, genetics, immunology/microbiology, neuroscience and plant genetics and offers two options in either general biology or genetics/developmental biology. 

  • The Civil Engineering program at Penn State Harrisburg is designed to provide the basic undergraduate education required for private and public service in civil engineering, and/or continue formal education. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of civil engineering principles and design techniques. The program requirements allow for flexible scheduling, enabling students to focus on one of following concentration areas: construction, environmental, structural, transportation, and general. Study through these areas may lead to opportunities as structural designers for buildings and infrastructures, project engineers for construction projects, or representatives for owners or contractors. Employers include consulting firms, contractors, industry, and governments.

  • This program is designed to prepare students for employment as computer scientists in engineering, scientific, industrial, and business environments as software developers, programmers, and systems analysts. While most students will enter the job market directly upon graduation, graduate school in computer science or related areas is also an option. Selection of electives can be tailored for students pursuing this path.

  • The Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering is designed to provide a solid background in electrical engineering sciences. It also provides an opportunity for students to pursue interests in electrical and electronic circuits, including digital circuits and VLSI and its fabrication, microprocessors and their applications, electromagnetics, communications, control systems, and digital image processing and computer vision. Through a senior capstone design project, the curriculum emphasizes written as well as verbal communication and a teamwork approach among students to attain a common goal.

  • The Bachelor of Science graduate with a major in Electrical Engineering Technology (E E T) is an engineering technologist who can bridge the gap between scientific advancement and practical electrical devices and systems. Research in all fields of electrical engineering has produced an abundance of new knowledge in recent years. Many of these advanced scientific achievements have been unused due to the shortage of engineering technologists specifically educated to convert scientific information into practical devices and systems.

  • The two options and variety of course offerings in Mathematical Sciences provide concentrations in various areas such as actuarial science, management science/operation research, statistics, teaching, and preparation for graduate studies.

  • The goal of the Mechanical Engineering program is to provide students with the necessary training and education for them to become technical leaders for various industrial, commercial, consulting, and governmental organizations. Mechanical engineers apply the principles of force, motion, energy, and thermal fluids to design tools and processes needed for the human, material, and economic benefit of society. As such, the program is firmly based on the understanding and application of scientific and engineering principles. Technical communication in oral and written form is also emphasized.

    Graduates are expected to demonstrate understanding of their social, cultural, and ethical responsibilities to a global society. Graduates learn and then demonstrate proper use of engineering materials and methods that are safe, environmentally considerate, aesthetically pleasing, and fiscally responsible. Potential work-related duties include development and construction of machines and mechanisms; development, instrumentation, and control of manufacturing processes and procedures; design of mechanical systems for heating and cooling; development of energy management procedures; and renewable energy alternatives.

  • The goal of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program is to provide students with the necessary training and education so they can provide high-level technical support to a variety of industrial, commercial, consulting, and governmental organizations. The emphasis of the program is in the application of scientific and engineering principles. Technical communication in oral and written form is also emphasized.

    Graduates are expected to appreciate the ethical and societal responsibilities of a technologist, the concepts of Continuous Quality Improvement, and the continuing impact of globalization of design, manufacturing, and marketing of technical goods and services. Graduates are trained to deal with choice of materials and methods that are safe, environmentally and aesthetically acceptable, and economically competitive.

    Typical responsibilities that may be assigned to graduates are the development and evaluation of machines and mechanisms; development, organization and supervision of manufacturing processes and procedures; the instrumentation, control and testing of a process; quality control; technical marketing and sales; design of mechanical systems for heating and cooling; and energy management.

  • The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) curriculum is designed specifically for students who have education goals relating to scientific theory and practice and who require a high degree of flexibility to obtain their educational objectives. After completing foundation courses in calculus, chemistry, physics, and the life sciences, students will select additional science courses from designated areas.

  • The program in Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology (SDCET) provides the basic education required for the structural engineer and construction profession. Students learn the basic general engineering concepts needed for this major with emphasis on the fundamentals, structural design principles, and construction techniques through required course work.

Graduate or Postbaccalaureate Certificate

  • The primary goal of this graduate certificate is to provide advanced study in the area of structural analysis and design.  The flexibility of the program allows participants to choose courses that will broaden their understanding and upgrade specific skills which are essential to their careers. The program is designed for structural and civil engineers and graduates of certain engineering technology programs who desire to keep current with design and analysis procedures.

    Degree Conferred: Certificate only

Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate

  • The Civil Engineering undergraduate and Environmental Engineering graduate program offers a limited number of academically superior Bachelor of Science candidates the opportunity to enroll in an integrated, continuous program of study leading to both the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering. The ability to coordinate as well as concurrently pursue the two degree programs enables the student to earn the two degrees in five years.

  • The Computer Science program offers a limited number of academically superior Bachelor of Science candidates the opportunity to enroll in an integrated, continuous program of study leading to both the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science in Computer Science. The ability to coordinate as well as concurrently pursue the two degree programs enables the student to earn the two degrees in five years.

  • The Electrical Engineering program offers a limited number of academically superior Bachelor of Science candidates the opportunity to enroll in an integrated, continuous program of study leading to both the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. The ability to coordinate as well as concurrently pursue the two degree programs enables students to earn the two degrees in five years.

Master's

  • The Environmental Pollution Control programs are interdisciplinary, focused on all aspects of preventing and controlling air, water, and solid waste pollution and disposal. Students take a broad set of four core courses and then can tailor the program to match their interests with courses available in environmental science, environmental biology, environmental chemistry, policy, management and business.

    The program is directed toward undergraduates from various majors with appropriate backgrounds in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Courses are structured so that a degree can be earned on a part-time or full-time basis. Graduates have a wide range of employment opportunities available due to the advanced technical competence they can gain through the program.

    The Master of Environmental Pollution Control degree (M.E.P.C.) is for those with science or non-technical backgrounds and builds skills for professional practice. The related Master of Science degree (M.S.) program is for full-time students desiring to carry out extensive research and prepare a thesis.

  • The Master of Engineering degree with a major in Electrical Engineering offers an education in the advanced aspects of electrical engineering with the following areas of concentration:

    • Control systems and robotics
    • Power systems, energy conversion,  and smart grids
    • Communication systems, signal processing, and signal integrity
    • RF/microwave, high frequency electronics, and electromagnetics
    • Electronics, and electrical circuits and instrumentation
    • System engineering and computer engineering

    In addition, because of the program faculty’s relationship with the nearby Penn State College of Medicine (Penn State Hershey), there is the potential for research in medical imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and biomedical instrumentation.

  • Designed to provide a broad, advanced education in the engineering sciences, the Master of Engineering in Engineering Science program permits practicing engineers to obtain advanced studies through evening classes, with specialization in the student’s area of interest, including mechanical and civil engineering.

  • The Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering program is geared for full-time and part-time engineers who seek to advance their knowledge of environmental protection and pollution prevention and treatment, with particular focus on drinking water, wastewater and natural water resources. Core civil and environmental engineering courses are offered annually, with electives on a two or three-year rotating schedule. Specialty courses in environmental policy and management as well as other areas of study allow students to tailor their program of study.

  • According to Business Insider, 33 percent of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies earned their undergraduate degree in engineering.  Nearly 25 percent of those CEOs were engaged in finance (e.g., CFO) or general management (e.g., COO) duties prior to becoming CEO. Career engineering managers have long known that advancement is often based on a combination of education and experience.

     

    Traditionally, engineers acquired their business education by getting a master’s of business administration (MBA). More recently, however, master’s degrees in engineering management have been developed to provide engineers a more tailored educational experience by:

    • Providing the most important business courses from the MBA
    • Providing additional core courses critical to today’s engineering professional, such as project management, quantitative methods, energy and the environment
    • Providing master’s level, depth courses in an engineering field of choice
    • Providing the opportunity to work on a real-world project that is engineering related
  • Designed to prepare students for employment in industry/ government or for further study in a doctoral program, this program emphasizes practical concerns and theoretical background, providing students with the skills and knowledge to perform a variety of tasks, including the development of:

    • Scientific and engineering applications
    • Safety and/or security critical systems
    • Systems software
    • Distributed applications
    • Solutions to computationally hard problems

    While not intended as preparation for subsequent entrance to a Ph.D. program, this goal is not precluded. After specific course requirements are met, students may select appropriate electives to suit their individual interests within the program. Anticipated areas of interest include software engineering, systems programming, computer network and security, and artificial intelligence.

     

  • The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree program is designed to provide support for industrial and academic research needs. This program prepares students to pursue further industrial or academic career, as a leader and/or an advanced practitioner, in various areas of Electrical Engineering and related disciplines.

  • The Environmental Pollution Control programs are interdisciplinary, focused on all aspects of preventing and controlling air, water, and solid waste pollution and disposal. Students take a broad set of four core courses and then can tailor the program to match their interests with courses available in environmental science, environmental biology, environmental chemistry, policy, management and business. 

    The program is directed toward undergraduates from various majors with appropriate backgrounds in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Courses are structured so that a degree can be earned on a part-time or full-time basis. Graduates have a wide range of employment opportunities available due to the advanced technical competence they can gain through the program.

    The Master of Science degree (M.S.) is for full-time students desiring to carry out extensive research and prepare a thesis. The related Master of Environmental Pollution Control degree (M.E.P.C.) program is for those with science or non-technical backgrounds and builds skills for professional practice.

Minor

  • Computing has become an essential component of many disciplines, and it is driving innovation in fields far beyond computer science.  The minor in Computer Science at Penn State Harrisburg provides basic proficiency in computer science, with an emphasis on building both a theoretical framework for computer science and providing practical skills needed to apply computer science to other fields of study.  The knowledge and skills gained in the minor expands opportunities for students seeking careers in the growing number of fields that require a strong foundation in computer science

  • Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary engineering field that combines mechanical, electrical, electronics, control and computer engineering. The field deals with the design, development, control, and application of advanced electro-mechanical systems. Such systems will include sensors, actuators, microprocessors, controllers, software, computer, and mechanical hardware components.

  • Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary technical discipline that combines mechanical, electrical, electronics, control and computer engineering technology. The field deals with the design, development, control, and application of advanced electro-mechanical systems. Such systems will include sensors, actuators, microprocessors, controllers, software, computer, and mechanical hardware components.