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Concurrent Majors and Minors

Concurrent Majors

Students need 154 credits to complete concurrent major requirements.

Concurrent Majors in Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering

To pursue concurrent mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering majors, students must first be admitted into the ME program and then add NucE as a second major. An application to pursue concurrent majors should be submitted to the department as early as possible — no later than before your fifth semester — in order to plan a program to complete both majors in nine semesters. The application is available in the Undergraduate Programs Office or online.


A minor is an academic program that supplements your major. At Penn State, a minor requires you to take 18-21 credits of course work in a single area. Some minors offered through the College of Engineering:

Minors can also be obtained in other programs in other colleges. See the Undergraduate Bulletin for more information.

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206 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-867-2136