College of Science
The Department of Biological Sciences is a popular launching point to jobs and post-graduate studies. In 2011, Biological Sciences had the highest percentage of female students in the College of Science at 57 percent.
Chemistry is a rapidly changing science. The strong commitment to research excellence at Purdue results in a faculty who are at the leading edge of this change and constantly revise their courses to keep up with the latest advances in our understanding of chemistry.
Celebrating its 50th year, Computer Science at Purdue is one of the oldest and best CS programs in the nation. Despite its longevity, CS is centered in the new, state of the art Lawson Computer Science Building.
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary
In the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, students research and explore why weather happens and how to predict it. This diverse major also includes paleontology and the study of earthquakes and plate tectonics. Natural disasters are explained and fossils are put under the microscope.
The Department of Mathematics has different specializations - from Business Math to Applied Mathematics, Operations Research to Core Mathematics - led by stellar faculty whose numbers help keep class sizes low, allowing for a great deal of personal attention. Purdue Math graduates have gone on to careers in programming, actuarial work, software engineering, insurance and finance.
- Math Prof. Johnny E. Brown wins Best Professor in The Exponent's 2013 Readers' Choice Awards.
- Purdue showed well at the 2012 Conference for African-American Mathematicians.
The recent discovery of the Higgs boson had some major assistance from the Department of Physics at Purdue. This major discovery has brought momentum to the field as well as the Department of Physics at Purdue, where students can make their own discoveries in astrophysics, high energy physics, geophysics, nanophysics, nuclear physics, sensor technology, biophysics and more.
Purdue's Department of Statistics ranks as one of the largest statistics programs in the nation. In the past five years, the department's student population more than doubled.
News & Events
- May 31, 2013 "Privacy Through Uncertainty in Location-Based Services," Shawn Merrill, Purdue, noon, LWSN 2150
- May 24, 2013 CS Prof. Gene Spafford is CNN's go-to expert on cybersecurity
- May 21, 2013 "Adventures in Computer Science" to bring cyber-savvy kids to campus
- May 19, 2013 Math alumnus achieves huge breakthrough with prime numbers
- May 16, 2013 Bio Prof. Nancy Pelaez looks at national science education
- May 16, 2013 EAPS students and faculty aim for better severe weather forecasting
- May 7, 2013 Ask Spaf: CS Prof. Gene Spafford answers cyber security questions on CNN
- April 25, 2013 Chemistry Prof. Graham Cooks wins Dreyfus Prize for Chemical Sciences, $250K
- April 24, 2013 Several College of Science graduate students win teaching awards
- April 23, 2013 Play this fantastic Purdue Chemistry-inspired crossword puzzle
- April 20, 2013 VIDEO: Chem department head Dr. Paul Shepson flies over the Arctic with Climate Research Equipment
- April 19, 2013 Bio Sciences identifies proton pathway in photosynthesis
- April 18, 2013 Overhauser Memorial Lectures honor late, influential Purdue Physics Professor