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The Eberly College of Science is the science college of Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1859 by Jacob S. Whitman, professor of natural science. The College offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree programs in the basic sciences. It was named after Robert E. Eberly.

Eberly College of Science
DeanDouglas R. Cavener
Students4,245 (Fall 2016)[1]
Undergraduates3,566 (Fall 2016)[1]
Postgraduates679 (Fall 2016)[1]
University Park
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Eberly College of Science offers sixteen majors in four disciplines: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies[2].

  • The Life Sciences: Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology
  • The Physical Sciences: Astronomy & Astrophysics, Chemistry, Physics, Planetary Science and Astronomy
  • The Mathematical Sciences: Mathematics, Statistics, Data Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Programs: General Science, Forensic Science, Premedicine, Integrated Premedical-Medical, Science BS/MBA

Faculty and AlumniEdit

Current Eberly faculty members include fourteen members of the United States National Academy of Sciences[3], considered one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a U.S. scientist, and three members of the British Royal Society. Eberly faculty members were the first to: "see" an atom (physicist Erwin Mueller); formulate covariant quantum gravity (physicist Abhay Ashtekar); discover practical synthesis of the pregnancy hormone progesterone (chemist Russell Marker)[4]; and discover planets outside the Solar System (astronomer Alex Wolszczan). University researchers also designed the world's largest optical telescope, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope.

College graduates include Nobel Prize winner Paul Berg and three U.S. astronauts. Cavener was appointed the dean of the Eberly College of Science on July 18, 2015.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Undergraduate and Graduate/First Professional Fall Enrollment 2016 and 2015". PennState University Budget Office. Penn State University. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  2. ^ "Academic Programs at Eberly College of Science". Eberly College of Science. Penn State University. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "Eberly College of Science Fact Sheet 2016". Penn State University. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "Russell Marker Creation of the Mexican Steroid Hormone Industry - Landmark - American Chemical Society". American Chemical Society. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  5. ^ About the College, Meet the Dean

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