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Requirements For All SRA Options

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Natural Science with a lab (4 credits). Lab and lecture series.

For student's that declared the SRA major FA16, SP17 or have yet to declare the SRA major the 4 credit General Education/Natural Science (GN) with lab requirement has been changed to 3 credit lecture only GN, no lab is required. Students will still need a total of 9 credits of GN coursework.

The following courses can be taken to satisfy this SRA major requirement, BIOL 110 (4 credits), BIOL 129 (4 credits), BIOL 141 (3 credits) and BIOL 142 (1 credits) , MICRB 106 (3 credits) and MICRB 107 (1 credit), ASTRO 001 (3 credits) and ASTRO 011 (1 credit), CHEM 110 (3 credits) and CHEM 111 (1 credit), and PHYS 211 (4 credits). Be sure to check with your academic adviser if you had additional questions about satisfying this major requirement.

World (Foreign) Language Requirement

The College of IST requires all students to be proficient to the 12th credit level in one language. Courses taken in high school can be used to place you in the appropriate level of study if you choose to continue with the same language, or you can begin a new language. High school courses DO NOT satisfy the graduation requirement for the IST or SRA majors, but assist in the placement of where to begin your college level of study. Please read the policy on World Language placement and languages offered.

International Courses (6 credits)

  • International courses focus on a cultural aspect (e.g., history, literature, political systems, art, etc.) of other countries or geographic regions outside the borders of the United States. This requirement is separate from the college requirement for World (Foreign) Language proficiency.
  • You should choose International courses on the basis of your interest in learning more about a particular country or region of the world. An International Culture (IL) course must strive to increase student knowledge of the variety of international societies and may deal to some extent with U.S. culture in its international connections. See your assigned academic adviser for more information.
  • Any IL course can be used to meet the SRA International Course requirement. When searching for courses in LionPATH, use the Additional Search Criteria function to narrow the choices of all IL courses offered for that semester.
  • Six (6) credits of International courses is required for students in the SRA major and is separate from the United States Cultures (US) and International Cultures (IL) General Education requirement for all Penn State students. A course that fulfills the General Education International Cultures requirement will be accepted as satisfying 3 credits of the SRA International Courses requirement.
  • Three (3) credits of International courses that are also designated as GH can be in used General Education-Humanities.

Special Topic Course

Special Topic courses are not required for the ISTBS major, but could cover topics that students are interested in outside of prescribed coursework. Students are encouarged to review the list of Special Topic courses each semester, there could be courses offered that are approved substitutions for major or option requirements. For example, SRA 397E is an approved substitution for ECON 302 in SRA/IAM.