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Penn State BEHREND

Educating problem-solvers and innovators ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING The School of Engineering at Penn State Behrend gives students the opportunity to learn in state-of-the-art facilities, conduct research with award-winning faculty, and be recruited by companies around the world. Ranked among the top undergraduate engineering programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the school offers both engineering and engineering technology programs to accommodate diverse learning styles and career goals. Small class sizes allow students to work closely with faculty, while design and research projects, internships, and co-ops provide practical engineering experience. Graduates are recruited by companies around the country and the world.


The following programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Software Engineering.

The following programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET: Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Plastics Engineering Technology, and Electrical Engineering Technology (A.ENGT.). Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Undergraduate Research

Penn State Behrend annually awards undergraduate research grants to fund hands-on learning opportunities for its students. Every Behrend student is eligible for a grant after completing an application process that includes selecting a faculty mentor, developing a research project, and writing a formal proposal. Each spring the college hosts a regional undergraduate research conference where university students publicly present their research and creative work.

All School of Engineering students complete and present a Senior Design Project, most of which have an external industry sponsor.

DEGREE PROGRAMS Computer Engineering, B.S.

Immerse yourself in the creative processes used to design and produce the platforms that our digital world rests upon. You’ll examine the operation and application of computing equipment, from the smallest transistor to the latest architectures, and apply what you’ve learned in self-directed research projects.

Computer Science, B.S.

Computer Science students study the fundamentals—discrete math, data structures, and analysis and design of algorithms— before delving into developing software systems that use rapidly evolving technologies in artificial intelligence, data science, information security, computer graphics, and cloud computing to solve complex problems.

Electrical Engineering, B.S.

Electrical engineers are problem-solvers well-versed in the design, analysis, and operation of electrical systems. Electrical engineering encompasses a large number of disciplines; electrical engineers specialize in areas such as microelectronics, communications, signal processing, control systems, computers, neural networks, and robotics.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, B.S. Computer Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology Unique to Penn State Behrend, this major offers a strong foundation in electrical and electronic systems design, microprocessor applications, automation, instrumentation and control, computer programming, electrical testing, plant engineering, quality control management, and technical sales and service.

Industrial Engineering, B.S.

Industrial Engineering teaches students how to optimize complex systems and processes in manufacturing and service industries such as automotive, aerospace, computer, healthcare, logistics, energy, and retail. The goal of the industrial engineer is to integrate people, machines, materials, information, and facilities to improve performance and safety while reducing costs and waste.

Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies, B.S. One of only a handful of similar programs nationwide, IBE prepares students to work on the business side of a technical company in a variety of functions, including product development, management, technical sales, purchasing, and operations management. The program is administered and delivered jointly with the Black School of Business and is accredited by AACSB International.

Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

Mechanical engineering is one of the largest engineering disciplines. Studies begin in mathematics, mechanics, and thermodynamics and progress to courses in machine design, heat transfer, and system dynamics. Mechanical engineers work in research and development, product design, manufacturing, procurement, technical sales, and management.

Mechanical Engineering Technology, B.S.

Mechanical Engineering Technology students are taught the application of mechanical theory in areas of computer-aided design and engineering, manufacturing processes, thermal and fluid sciences, materials, and mechanical design.

Plastics Engineering Technology, B.S.

This plastics-specific major is one of only five accredited programs in the United States. Our program is a world leader in undergraduate applied research and development in plastics. Students learn about the design of plastics’ components and products, processing methods, and materials. They also study technical and management issues.

Software Engineering, B.S.

Penn State Behrend has the only undergraduate Software Engineering program within Penn State. Software engineers are programmers who analyze, design, implement, and maintain software systems; Money magazine has consistently listed software engineer as a Best Job in America in recent years.

Master of Manufacturing Management, M.M.M.

Designed to meet the needs of industry leadership, the M.M.M. approaches manufacturing as a global enterprise requiring a unique set of engineering, business, quality, and communication skills. This 32-credit program typically can be completed in two years of part-time study.

Two-Year Associate Degrees

Electrical Engineering Technology, A.ENGT. Mechanical Engineering Technology, A.ENGT.


Software Engineering, B.S. (Penn State World Campus)


Penn State Behrend offers more than twenty minors from which students in the School of Engineering can choose to complement their major field of study. Two business minors are offered as part of the unique collaboration between the School of Engineering and the Black School of Business: Operations and Supply Chain Management and Technical Sales.


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At Penn State Behrend, students benefit from the resources and opportunities of a major research university provided in a welcoming environment. Students can choose from more than forty degree programs and enjoy campus life enriched by 120 student clubs and organizations, twenty-four NCAA Division III men’s and women’s sports, and a thriving intramural program. Penn State Behrend is consistently among the top public colleges in Pennsylvania on a number of academic measures and is part of the University ranked Number 1 in a Wall Street Journal survey of corporate recruiters that asked who best prepares students to succeed in the workplace.


The School of Engineering is co-located with the college’s Black School of Business in the Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center. Penn State Behrend was one of the first educational institutions in the country to bring its schools of business and engineering together under a single roof to create multidisciplinary learning experiences for students. Engineering also shares the 60,000 square-foot Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center with industry partners, offering our students access to research opportunities and internships. A first-of-its-kind, $21.7 million gift from software supplier Autodesk gives School of Engineering students full access to the leading 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software packages. This publication is available in alternative media on request. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. U.Ed. EBO 18-144


If you’re ready to explore your options in the School of Engineering at Penn State Behrend, visit To arrange a campus visit, contact: Office of Admissions and Financial Aid Penn State Erie, The Behrend College 4701 College Drive Erie, PA 16563 866-374-3378 (toll-free) 814-898-6100

Penn State Behrend - School of Engineering Brochure  
Penn State Behrend - School of Engineering Brochure  

A brochure providing information on Penn State Behrend's School of Engineering.