2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog w/ June Addendum 
    Jul 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog w/ June Addendum [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The University


The University was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on December 12, 2001, making it the first science- and technology-focused, non-profit, comprehensive university to be established in Pennsylvania in more than 100 years. Founded to address the Capital Region’s need for increased educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, Harrisburg University represents a major step to attract, educate, and retain Pennsylvania’s diverse 21st century knowledge-based workforce. A grand concept that was championed by business leaders, government officials, and the regional news media, Harrisburg University was built from concept to reality in less than a decade. The Pennsylvania Department of Education granted the University its charter in 2005.

An independent institution, the University offers academic and research programs designed to meet the needs of the region’s youth, workforce and businesses. The University serves as a catalyst for creating, attracting an expanding economic development and opportunities in Central Pennsylvania by aligning traditional undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate degrees with science and technology-based experiential learning.

Mission Statement

The Harrisburg University of Science and Technology offers innovative academic and research programs in science and technology that respond to local and global needs. The institution fosters a diverse community of learners, provides access and support to students who want to pursue a career in science and technology, and supports business creation and economic development.

Approved by the Board of Trustees on September 17, 2015.


Founded to address the need of Pennsylvania’s Capital Region for increased educational opportunities in applied science and technology-related fields, the vision of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is to provide academic programs at undergraduate and graduate levels for a diversity of learners, using student-centered, technologically advanced, and experiential learning designs that emphasize student success, with a sharp focus on specific interdisciplinary competencies and strong linkages to career development. The desired outcome is the emergence of well-qualified, technically expert graduates whose understanding of applied science and technology-related fields is honed by direct industry experience and rounded by a sound, cross-disciplinary liberal education.

Accreditation and Approvals

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology was re-accredited on March 3, 2016 by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Doctor’s Research Scholarship degree program (Ph.D. in Data Sciences) was granted by Middle States on January 4, 2017.

Program offerings are authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Higher and Career Education, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126.

Approved to participate in the federal Title IV, HEA student assistance programs by the U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202.

Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for veterans and eligible dependents to obtain education benefits through the Veteran’s Administration (VA).

Authorized under federal law by the Department of Homeland Security - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS-USCIS-SEVP) as an eligible institution for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to enroll non-immigrant students.

The Master of Science in Project Management program is accredited by the Global Accreditation Center from the Project Management Institute, 14 Campus Boulevard, Newton Square, PA (855-746-4849). The M.S. program in Project Management is one of only 110 programs around the world to achieve this accreditation. The Global Accreditation Center (GAC) for Project Management Education Programs is an independent academic accreditation body with policies, procedures, and standards for project, program, portfolio management and related programs. 

The Computer and Information Sciences undergraduate program has been awarded ABET accreditation, a prestigious standard that guarantees HU CISC graduates are prepared to excel and lead in their field. ABET, a nonprofit organization, accredits college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology at the associate, bachelor, and master-degree levels. ABET-accredited programs meet the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master’s degree program in nursing at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

An articulation agreement with another institution of higher education permits students enrolled in certain associate degree programs to transfer credits into specific degree programs at the University.

Institutions of higher education the University has an articulation agreement with can be found at the University website at https://www.harrisburgu.edu/admissions/transferring-credits/.

Secondary schools the University has an educational agreement with can be found at the University website at https://www.harrisburgu.edu/academics/non-degree/dual-enrollment/college-in-the-high-school/.

A consortium agreement with another institution of higher education allows a student to remain enrolled at the University while also taking credits at the visiting institution. Institutions of higher education the University has a consortium agreement with can be found on the University website at https://www.harrisburgu.edu/about/accreditation/.

Diversity Statement

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and university policies, does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, medical status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or status as a veteran. The university also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, operation of university programs and activities, and employment. This policy is in accordance with the following laws, as amended, and their implementing regulations, to the extent and in the circumstances that they are applicable to the university: Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Student Responsibility Statement

A student has the responsibility to engage fully in assigned work, to be interactive in academic discussion, and to develop professional competencies both in the classroom and at internship sites. The University is new in both thought and ideas. The student should be a partner in this endeavor, now and in the future. 

It is the student’s responsibility to be engaged in the University’s community of learners and to develop a strong professional and ethical foundation as a community member. Failure to uphold HU’s rules and policies, as well as federal, state, or local laws and/or regulations, may result in disciplinary action by HU pursuant to its Code of Student Conduct (Code).

Statement of Community Values

Underlying HU’s mission are basic behavioral standards that must be respected and adhered to by all HU employees as a basic tenant of their employment. These standards include, but are not limited to:

  • the importance of personal integrity, honesty, and ethical decision-making; 
  • the right of every individual to be treated with respect and dignity as members of a learning organization;
  • the freedom of intellectual inquiry in the pursuit of truth, even if it defies commonly understood theories;
  • the acceptance and appreciation of diversity regarding race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, ethnicity, and political views;
  • the freedom from violence aimed at limiting, interfering with, or disrupting HU activities; and
  • a recognition that civic engagement is a component of the intellectual development of students and provides a path for knowledge in the service of the community