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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Biological Engineering (B E)

B E 001S Growing Your Future--First-Year Seminar (1) Introduce students to University life, the agricultural/biological/engineering program and profession; prepare them to succeed in academic life at Penn State.

B E 001S Growing Your Future (1)

This First Year Seminar course for the College of Engineering is offered to introduce students to "University Life" in general and more specifically to familiarize students with the discipline of Biological Engineering. In preparation for their careers at Penn State, individual learning styles and the concept that engineers utilize both research and design methodologies in their learning and professional careers are discussed. A tour and assignment acquaints them early with the University library system as a tool for their academic endeavors. Through the departmental student computer lab, students are introduced to e-mail, PowerPoint, and other software resources. Resume writing prepares students early for seeking internships and co-op opportunities throughout their undergraduate years. Acquaintance with the diverse areas of specialization in Biological Engineering is gained through presentations by respective faculty. In response, student teams make PowerPoint presentations in class that explore each area in great depth. Departmental engineering (B E) and technology (ASM) curricula are introduced and discussed. Students are also acquainted with germane professional organizations and to the unique Land Grant charter of the University. Students are evaluated through weekly assignments.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2008
Prerequisite: first-year status

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.