Who We Are
For more than 100 years, the College of Science has been a vital part of Purdue University. Founded by Stanley Coulter in 1907, the College has helped foster some of history's greatest minds within its seven departments: Chemistry, Statistics, Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, and Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. From Purdue's inception, Science has been a driving force at the university. Chemistry was one of Purdue's first departments while Computer Science, which is celebrating its 50th year, was one of the first of its kind in the nation. Chemistry has two Nobel Prize winners to its credit.
In 2010, Prof. Ei-ichiNegishi won the honor 21 years after his colleague and former postdoctoral mentor, the late Prof. Herbert C. Brown, did the same. While history flows through the College of Science, its advancements are palpable. The Lawson Computer Science Building is a sleek, state of the art facility. Physics professors Ian Shipsey and Daniela Bortoletto were highlyinvolved in the recent discovery of the Higgs boson. Faculty and their students routinely travel the world to further their research. There are more than 40 different majors available in the seven departments and job placement is higher than 90 percent after graduation. Numerous exemplary graduate programs havehelped mold the world's new scientists as well. The College of Science's first 100 years has seen tremendous growth and groundbreaking achievement; the next 100 are sure to propel science even further.