Curriculum and Degree Requirements
A College of Science degree is conferred when a student successfully completes all degree requirements. Students will complete coursework or approved experiential learning opportunities to meet the following three degree areas:
*Most College of Science degrees contain free elective areas students may use to pursue courses that relate to their interests or which support their major area of study. The elective area of a degree may also be used to complete minors, second majors and certificates such as the Entrepreneurial Certificate.
- Complete a minimum of 124 credits
- Achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
- Achieve a major area of study GPA of 2.0 or higher
- Complete all major requirements
- Satisfy all College of Science core requirements
- Complete at least 32 credits at the 300 level or higher in residence at Purdue West Lafayette or a Purdue Regional Campus. Transfer credit may not be used to meet this university requirement.
The College of Science core curriculum was redesigned in 2007 to provide students with greater flexibility in developing scientific as well as professional knowledge and skills. The core curriculum therefore supports six outcomes important to a College of Science education. Interested students may learn more about the planning process that led to the development of the 2007 core curriculum and the six outcomes necessary to achieving a College of Science degree.
College of Science Core Curriculum Requirements previous to 2007
Students who began their degree programs before Fall, 2007 may choose to complete their current curriculum or to pursue the 2007 core curriculum.
College of Science Core Curriculum
All Students starting Purdue University Fall semester, 2007 or later are required to pursue this core curriculum.
The College of Science Core Curriculum requires the completion of approved coursework and/or experiential learning opportunities in the following academic areas:
- Composition and Presentation
- Teambuilding and Collaboration
- Language and Culture
- General Education
- Great Issues
- Multidisciplinary Experience
- Laboratory Science
Earning Core Curricular Requirements through Experience
Students may meet selected core curriculum requirements through approved experiential learning opportunities*. Interested students should contact their academic advisor for more information on this option and incorporating experiential learning into their four-year program of study. For more information on earning requirements through experience, please click here.