Students exploring majors

2022 Engineering Major Exploration Activities

Every semester, the Penn State College of Engineering hosts various activities to provide pre-major students with more information about their academic options and help them to make informed major-selection decisions. Review the digital resources on this page, and check back for spring semester events. 

Additional resources for first-year student engagement can be found here.

College of Engineering Exploration Activities

Aerospace Engineering

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Architectural Engineering

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Biological Engineering 

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Biomedical Engineering

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Chemical Engineering

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Civil Engineering

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Pre-recorded Open House
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Computer Engineering

What is computer engineering? Video »

Computer Science

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CSE Major Exploration Presentation

Students can view a pre-recorded presentation by a faculty and studentsStudents can view a pre-recorded presentation by a faculty and students  

For more information, contact John Hannan at

Data Sciences

What is data science? Video »

Electrical Engineering

What is electrical engineering? Video »

Engineering, B.S.

Alternative Energy and Power Generation: Virtual Program Research Showcase (Penn State Hazelton) 
View event recording.

Applied Materials: Brief Major Overview with a Lab and Facilities Tour (Penn State DuBois)
View video. 

Multidisciplinary Engineering Design: Program Overview and Virtual Tour of MDE Facilities (Penn State Abington, Penn State Brandywine, and Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies)

Engineering Science

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Industrial Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering

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Nuclear Engineering

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School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) Minors 

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Earth and Mineral Sciences Exposition (EMEX)
March 25, 2023 | 8:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
14 Deike Building

EMEX is the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ annual student-run Open House. All high school students, current Penn State students, and transfer students who are considering an EMS major are invited to attend.

EMEX provides an opportunity to meet faculty, staff, students, and alumni. All EMS facilities will be open for tours. EMS offers several engineering degrees that are accredited by ABET.

For more information, contact Stacy Davidson at

Energy and Mineral Engineering

Environmental Systems Engineering

Mining Engineering

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering