Undergraduate Curriculum

A new undergraduate core curriculum went into effect with the Fall 2007 entering class.  This new curriculum provides greater flexibility, while focusing on six important outcomes of a College of Science education.  We invite you to learn more about the planning process that led to the new curriculum.

How will the new curriculum affect you?

If you are already a College of Science student (entered prior to Fall 2007), you have the option of continuing with the previous curriculum or using the new one. You should speak with your advisor before making this decision.

Regardless of which major you follow in the College of Science, there are core requirements that need to be completed.  Those core requirements are determined by the time you begin (or began) your study in the College of Science.  The links below will take you to pages describing the core requirements that apply to you.

When did you enter Purdue University?

For incoming students, please read the information below about the outcomes. You may click on an outcome title for more information about it.

Outcomes for a College of Science Education

(Click on any outcome for more information.)

  1. Demonstrated depth in major

    As the principal outcome, CoS students will receive the best education possible in their major -- including a firm grounding in the fundamentals, the most recent developments, and the foundations for future innovations and change.

  2. Ability to think and function as a scientist

    CoS students will develop critical thinking and analytical abilities from their major and by completing a two-course sequence and related laboratory experiences in a science outside of their major in addition to required Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science courses. CoS students will delve into Great Issues in Science through a course that addresses the impact of Science on society and the ethical issues that arise.

  3. Ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing

    CoS students will be proficient in technical writing and technical presenting (describing technical information clearly and logically, making strong and persuasive arguments). This outcome can be satisfied by course work, research experiences, or internships and will prepare students for future class work and successful work experiences.

  4. Ability to collaborate as part of a team

    CoS students will learn the concepts involved in Teambuilding and Collaboration, such as leadership, developing shared goals, and utilizing strengths of team members. These foundations will allow students to enter collaborative situations, such as lab groups and study sections, fully prepared to maximize the value of their educational experiences as well as develop positive working relationships with their fellow students. These foundations and experiences can be satisfied by course work, lab courses, research experiences, or internships.

  5. Ability to function in a multidisciplinary setting

    CoS students will have the experience of examining and solving a problem using the tools, techniques, and practices from more than one discipline. This experience will come through a course, research project, or internship, or by graduating with a minor or double major in another discipline.

  6. Demonstrated breadth of knowledge and cultural appreciation

CoS students will have an understanding of at least one other culture in addition to their own through learning a language, taking culture courses, taking diversity courses, and/or participating in a Study Abroad experiences. This will lead to a greater appreciation for diverse experiences, thoughts, and backgrounds. Students will gain insights in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and/or Management through general education courses in those areas. The Great Issues in Science course will also contribute to this outcome by an exploration of the possibilities of Science and the ethical implications.