Departments

Biological Sciences

"Discovery. This word captures our purpose, commitment, and vision. As a leading department in a major research university, our mission is to effectively integrate learning, discovery, and engagement. The best learning is experiential, and leads to a clear understanding of how discoveries are made, how science is conducted, and how ideas are communicated. The best learning is facilitated by faculty who are active in research and who can engage students in the excitement of biology. And the best learning results in alumni who are well-prepared to successfully pursue their chosen careers."

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Chemistry

"The Department of Chemistry is today one of the largest and most distinguished instructional units at Purdue University, a role it has assumed since 1874 when Purdue first opened its doors to students. Initiating a pattern of excellence followed through the years, Dr. Harvey W. Wiley, a distinguished food chemist and father of the Pure Food and Drug Law, was appointed the first Professor of Chemistry and with five others formed the initial faculty of Purdue University."

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Computer Sciences

"Greetings! On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Computer Science, we welcome you! These are exciting times for computer scientists as the discipline is now widely recognized as an essential source of tools and techniques for advancements in nearly all spheres of human endeavor."

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Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

"Our department is dedicated to the scientific study of a myriad of spatial and temporal scales of physical, chemical, and dynamical processes that range from such seemingly diverse events as continental drift to tornadoes. "

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Mathematics

"The Department of Mathematics is one of seven departments making up Purdue's College of Science. The Department has an international reputation as an outstanding center for mathematical education, scholarship and research. Together with visiting researchers, its 65 professors provide it with active involvement in current developments in many major areas of mathematics. Faculty research interests can be found in thePurdue University Research Expertise directory or in our Faculty directory."

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Physics and Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy explore the fundamental mysteries of nature ... from how the universe was created, to how biological systems function, to how to create new forms of matter. The strength of Purdue's Physics and Astronomy department is its internationally recognized research in the areas of astrophysics, high energy physics, geophysics, nanophysics, nuclear physics, sensor technology, biophysics, and more. How chlorophyll and hemoglobin work, the structure of black holes, the search for fundamental particles, the precise dating of Stonehenge, and new sensors for homeland defense are a few of the topics that drive the research in our department.

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Statistics

The Department of Statistics is housed in Haas Hall and the Mathematical Sciences Building. The main office, the graduate office, and some of the department's faculty, staff, and student offices are located on the first and second floors of HAAS. The rest of the faculty, staff, and graduate students are located on the fifth, second, and ground floors of the MATH building. The Department's Graduate program is ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News and World Report, April 2008.

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