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I notice that SharePoint 2013 only opens PDF files within the browser window itself, whereas, PowerPoint and Word open up the application that created it. Can the SharePoint Administrator add a function to allow PDF files to be opened with a PDF reader, or is this not allowed since SharePoint is a Microsoft product and Adobe Acrobat is not?

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The integration of PDF-Files into SharePoint is actually pretty good

The SharePoint integration feature allows you to check in or check out PDF files from within Acrobat X or Reader X. When your administrator has enabled SharePoint integration, you click a PDF link in the SharePoint browser user interface to open it in Reader or Acrobat
(from SharePoint configuration | Acrobat X, Reader X)

For the configuration on the SharePoint-Server, please take a look at http://www.adobe.com/devnet-docs/acrobatetk/tools/AdminGuide/planning.html?highlight=sharepoint

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