Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin
We know your goal is to graduate from Penn State with a degree
designed to help you develop a breadth of skills through General
Education courses, as well as depth of knowledge in a content
area acquired through major courses. The Undergraduate
Degree Programs Bulletin will provide you more details about
your degree, General Education requirements, academic
planning, academic integrity, and other important details.
As a Penn State student, you will be held to high standards.
Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic
activity at Penn State, and all members of the University
community are expected to act in accordance with this
principle. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited
to, cheating, plagiarism, fabrication of information or
citations, facilitation of acts of academic dishonesty by others,
unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting the
work of another person or work previously used without
informing the instructor, and tampering with the academic
work of other students. The University takes violations of
academic integrity seriously.
Division of Undergraduate Studies
If you are unsure of the degree you wish to pursue, the
Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) can help you in your
exploration and selection of a major/college by making sure you
meet eligibility requirements. The change-of-major process in
LionPATH allows you to enter your major as soon as you meet
Not all courses are taught in a physical classroom on campus.
Some Penn State courses are taught completely online.
They are referred to as “web courses.” Some courses have a
significant online component and are referred to as “blended
learning” or “hybrid courses.” In addition, many courses are
web, or computer, enhanced and use technology classrooms,
components of Canvas, or have online elements.
For more information and to check your readiness for online
learning go to: handbook/ psu.edu/content/web-online-course-work.
Academic Advising Portal
Use the Academic Advising Portal to access important academic
information, tools, and resources. Here you can find helpful
academic policies and procedures, as well as an events calendar
and contact information for key University Offices.
RELATED OFFICES & INFORMATION:
Division of Undergraduate
Academic Advising Portal advising.psu.edu
We care about your success as a student at Penn State and
have many resources in place to help you academically.
Many of these resources were introduced to you at New
Student Orientation and are included in this guide to serve
as a reminder. For them to be helpful, you must take
initiative to seek out these resources and utilize them. One
of your most important resources is your academic adviser.
Academic advising will play a key role in your pursuits
at Penn State. As a Penn State student, you will receive
academic advising from professional and/or faculty advisers.
You can find your assigned adviser’s contact information in
Starfish by visiting sites.psu.edu/starfishinfo. You will initiate
the academic advising assistance you need at Penn State.
Ideally you will contact your assigned adviser at least once
a semester and as often as needed to successfully plan and
manage your goals. Seek a partnership with your adviser
and be intentional about the educational opopportunities
available at Penn State.
Advisers are Prepared to:
• Help you identify and achieve your academic goals
• Help you understand academic policies and procedures
• Promote intellectual discovery
• Encourage you to take advantage of both in- and out-of-class educational opportunities
• Encourage you to become a self-directed learner and
My Academic Adviser Information
Campus Address: ______________________________________