Penn State Brandywine to offer undergraduate courses at Great Valley

Beginning this fall, Penn State Brandywine, located in Media, Pa., will offer a select array of undergraduate courses at the Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Courses will be offered in the day and evening to meet the needs of undergraduate students who live or work nearby the Malvern-based graduate campus.

“In response to the growth of community college students in Chester County, Penn State Brandywine wants to offer the opportunity for transfer students to access Penn State upper division courses at a convenient Chester County location,” said Deborah Erie, Brandywine’s director of student enrollment services.

Of the six offered courses, four will satisfy general education requirements for any Penn State program and will meet the needs of all current Penn State Brandywine students. These courses include art history, astronomy, mathematics and education theory and policy. The additional two courses include management and marketing; Brandywine faculty will teach all six courses.

High school students are encouraged to consider the course on education theory and policy for dual enrollment. It will be offered in the evening and will begin after Labor Day to correspond with high school schedules.

Students planning to transfer into Penn State Brandywine’s Bachelor of Science in Business program may find the marketing and management courses particularly valuable, as will members of the public interested in taking a course on a nondegree basis for professional development.

“In addition to making Penn State coursework more convenient, we recognize that the cost of gas has continued to rise, making commuting more expensive for students,” said Brandywine’s Director of Academic Affairs Paul deGategno. “Through this collaboration between the two campuses, Penn State has an opportunity to help Chester County commuting students reduce their costs.”

Great Valley is providing a one-stop-shop for students enrolling in any of these courses, allowing them to register in its Registration Office, buy textbooks, obtain a Penn State ID, study and conduct research in the Library and use the Computer Center and other facilities at the campus, in addition to the resources available at Brandywine.

Penn State Great Valley Chancellor Craig Edelbrock noted that the collaboration between the two campuses is longstanding. “Faculty at our two campuses periodically meet to collaborate on research and the sharing of best practices,” he said. “And, each year, a number of undergraduate students who complete a baccalaureate program at Penn State Brandywine continue on in a master’s degree program at Great Valley. So offering undergraduate courses at Penn State Great Valley is a logical ‘next step.’”

Visit or call 610-892-1200 for more information or to enroll in any of these six courses. For more information on Penn State Brandywine dual enrollment opportunities, contact Jeremy Branch at 610-892-1202.

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Last Updated July 25, 2011