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DATSC APPDS Entrance Requirements

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First-semester baccalaureate students are admitted to the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) in the pre-major (INFST). They are eligible to apply for entrance to DATSC APPDS major once they have earned 29.1 Penn State credits, earned a C or better in required Entrance to Major courses and have a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade-point average.

ENTRANCE TO PRE MAJOR, INFST

For entrance to the INFST pre-major students must have one-half unit of trigonometry or higher at the high school level or successfully complete MATH 22 or higher at the college level. A 2.00 cumulative grade-point average is also required.

Entrance to Major (ETM) requirements to the DATSC aPPLIED major

At least a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average. A grade of C or better in each of the following courses:

Computational Data Sciences Option is in the College of Engineering.

Statistical Data Sciences Option is in the Eberly College of Science.

Entrance to Major Procedure

Students who meet entrance-to-major criteria may apply using LionPATH's Update Academics function.

Requirements for Conditional Approval into an IST major

Students apply for their major of choice upon meeting the following:

  1. Complete or be currently enrolled in all Entrance to Major courses, including obtaining grades of “C” or better in specified courses.
  2. Attain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 cumulative grade point average. This cumulative GPA must also be met at the conclusion of the entrance to major process.
  3. Students may only apply for a College of IST Major upon earning a minimum of 29.1 cumulative credits earned at Penn State and have all entrance to major courses either completed or in progress.

If all of the above are met, the student will receive a conditional offer through Update Academics in LionPATH. The student must successfully complete his/her remaining entrance to major courses and achieve a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of the semester for the conditional approval to be confirmed. If entrance to major criteria is not successfully completed, the student will be changed back to their prior academic status and must explore other alternatives.

Requirements for Final, Confirmed Approval into a College of IST major

Students receive a final approval for a College of IST major upon meeting the following:

  1. Complete all Entrance to Major courses, including obtaining grades of “C” or better in specified courses.
  2. Attain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher.
  3. Students may only apply for a College of IST Major upon earning a minimum of 29.1 cumulative credits earned at Penn State and have all entrance to major courses either completed or in progress.

* If entrance to major criteria is not successfully completed, the student will be changed back to their prior academic status.

Cumulative Credits

Matriculating from pre-major status to enrollment in a major is contingent upon the timing and completion of cumulative credits at Penn State.

  • Cumulative credits are credits (courses) taken at Penn State.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) credits and credits earned at other institutions are included in Total Credits but are not included in the cumulative credit total.
  • Once a minimum of 29.1 cumulative credits are earned and entrance to major criteria is met, students apply for a major.
  • Typically the application period is during the fall or spring semester of the second year of study.

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