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Altoona College

Entrance to Major (ETM) Requirements

For students entering Penn State after Spring 2018, the entrance to major requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin

The information on this page should be used only by students who began as a first-year student at Penn State in Spring 2018 or before. 

Entrance to Major requirements for the Altoona College
Major Minimum Cumulative GPA Credits/Courses/Grades Additional Criteria
Biology (BIOAL) 2.00

Courses required with a grade of C or better:

  • BIOL 110
  • CHEM 110
  • MATH 140

At least one of the following courses with a C or better:

  • BIOL 220W
  • BIOL 230W
  • BIOL 240W
 
Business (BSBAL) 2.00

Minimum third-semester classification

Completion of MATH 22 or higher (40, 41, 110, 140)

 
Childhood and Early Adolescent Education (CEAED), Early Education PK-4 Option (PKED)* 3.00

Courses required with a grade of C or better:

  • CI 295
    EDPSY 14
    EDTHP 115
    ENGL 15 or 30
    HDFS 229
    3 credits of Literature
    3 credits of GN
    MATH 200
    3 additional credits of GQ

 

See Teacher Education Programs for additional criteria
Communications (COMAL) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification  

Criminal Justice (CJBA)

Criminal Justice (CJBS)

2.00 Minimum third-semester classification  
English (ENGAL) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification  
Environmental Studies (ENVBA) 2.00

Minimum third-semester classification

Courses required with a grade of C or better:

  • ENVST 100
 
Environmental Studies (ENVBS) 2.00

Minimum third-semester classification

Courses required with a grade of C or better:

  • ENVST 100
 
History (HISAL) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification
Human Development and Family Studies (HFSAL) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification  
Integrative Arts (IARAL) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification  
Letters, Arts, and Sciences (LASAL) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification  

Mathematics (MTAAL)

Mathematics (MTSAL)

2.00

Minimum third-semester classification

Courses required with a grade of C or better:

  • MATH 140
  • MATH 141
 
Nursing (NURN) RN to BS     See RN to BS Program.
Nursing (NURS)     See Bachelor of Science Degree.
Political Science (PLSAL) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification  

Psychology (PSCBA)

Psychology (PSCBS)

2.00 Minimum third-semester classification  
Rail Transportation Engineering (RTEAL) 2.00

Minimum third-semester classification

Courses required with a grade of C or better:

  • MATH 140
  • MATH 141
  • CHEM 110
  • PHYS 211
 
Science (SCIAL) 2.00

Minimum third-semester classification

Courses required with a grade of C or better:

  • MATH 140

At least two of the following courses with a grade of C or better:

  • BIOL 110
  • CHEM 110
  • PHYS 211 or 250
 
Security and Risk Analysis (SRAAL) 2.00*

Approximately 60 credits

Courses required with a grade of C or better:

  • IST 110
  • SRA 111
  • SRA 211
These courses must be completed by the end of the semester during which the entrance-to-major procedure is carried out
Visual Art Studies (VAST) 2.00

Minimum third-semester classification

Courses required with a grade of C or better:

  • 6 credits in ART
Portfolio review (based on a review of the student's work in ART 165 and 166, and any other work the student wishes to include)

Notes

*prior to and through the end of the semester during which the entrance-to-major procedure is carried out

** CGPA, PECT PAPA (qualifying SAT or ACT scores may be used instead, except in the case of WF ED, which requires PRAXIS scores), and 80-hours requirements must all be met by end of third semester; course requirements must be met by end of fourth semester.