Eberly College of Science

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Eberly College of Science
Established 1859
Dean Daniel J. Larson
Location University Park, PA
Website www.science.psu.edu
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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.


Seven academic departments from the biological, mathematical, and physical sciences comprise the college, including Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics. In addition, the Eberly College of Science participates in interdisciplinary programs as well, including Premedicine, Forensic Science, and a Science BS/MBA.

Faculty and Alumni[edit]

Current Eberly faculty members include seven members of the United States National Academy of Sciences, 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); 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 a Nobel Prize winner and three U.S. astronauts. Daniel J. Larson became the school’s dean in 1998.