Kopchick College Highlights

The Kopchick College of Sciences currently enrolls about 1500 undergraduate and graduate students in six different departments offering more than 50 programs along with opportunities to earn a variety of professional certificates and minors.  If you love science, we’ve got a program for you.

 

You will EXPERIENCE research and learning

The Kopchick College of Sciences offers exceptional research and internship opportunities. In the college, the education you receive transcends the traditional classroom and laboratory experiences and allows you to experience what it is like to be a practicing scientist in the lab and the field. These activities give you a unique and rewarding experience. Our students are well prepared and have been selected to participate in Research Experience for Undergraduates programs (REUs) across the country in biochemistry, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Natural Sciences and Mathematics students have won all of IUP’s four prestigious Goldwater Scholarships, placing them among the top science students in the country.

Last year our faculty received more than $3.5M in grant funding to work with students on a wide-range of projects from cybersecurity, to understanding human motion and repetitive stress injuries, to wildlife conservation along the Appalachians and throughout central Americas to unearthing the site of WWII American plane crash in Germany.

 

Accredited Programs

Kopchick College offers degree programs with ABET (Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited programs in Safety Sciences and Computer Science.  The Languages and Systems B.S. degree in Computer Sciences prepares students for technical work with operating systems, integrated development environments and other systems software.  The Safety Sciences B.S. program meets the Board of Certified Safety Professionals standards as a Qualified Academic Program. As a QAP, graduates of the BS degree are awarded the Graduate Safety Practitioner designation from the BCSP. Graduates with this designation receive a waiver of the Safety Fundamentals Examination and the recognition they are proceeding toward the CSP safety certification.  Our B.S. in Regional Planning offers PAB (Planning Accreditation Board) accredited coursework to prepare students for leadership as professional planners. 

 

Instruction by highly qualified Professors

All our faculty have doctoral degrees related to their expertise and instruct all classes offered in our programs.  The average level of classroom teaching experience for faculty in the Kopchick college is more than 15 years so you’ll be taught by experienced, professional instructors in all your classes. 

 

Award-winning Programs

The Cyber Security program has been designated by the National Security Agency as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education continuously for more than 20 years.  This designation indicates that or cybersecurity curriculum meets the most stringent requirements set forth by the NSA, preparing students for jobs as network administrators, and information security analysts.  U.S. News and World Report selected the Master’s in Mathematics Education as one of the “2022 Best Online Programs”.  In 2021, the Safety, Health and Environmental Applied Sciences program was ranked 3rd in the nation for excellence by Universities.com.  Editors rated them as excellent in categories of career preparation, students and culture, facilities, and activities and groups.