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Academic Announcements

Did you know the Honors College is offering mini courses to the community this summer?  Below is the link to for the Honors College Summer Mini-Courses (NO CREDIT).  It would be wonderful if you could share this information with the advisors. We could use all the help we can in spreading the word about this community program!

Are you interested in making friends from around the world?  Are you interested in increasing your marketability by improving your intercultural competence?
Do you enjoy learning about other cultures AND sharing things about your own culture? Would you be willing to mentor a new College of Science student (freshman, transfer or exchange)?      Follow this link for more information:                                                                            

The UCAP has approved a three-course culture course option for the Foreign Language and Culture Requirement for the College of Science.  Contact your academic advisor for more details.

Info about programming languages in STAT courses can be found at:  

Systems Certificates - Purdue Systems Collaboratory is offering two certificates in Fall 2018 (awaiting final ICHE processing)

  • Certificate in Systems for undergraduate students
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems suited for graduate students or continuing education professionals

The programs that are designed for undergraduate and graduate students across all majors are a response to the need for a new generation of leaders with holistic perspective, who can address the most challenging and complex problems of today’s societies. Purdue graduates have continuously made technological breakthroughs, developed innovative products, created timeless designs, and discovered better ways to feed the world. It is time to pioneer the education of scientists, economists, engineers, designers, and humanitarians who are also systems thinkers; future leaders who can see the hidden interconnections between different elements of a system and turn the spotlight on the role of humans in these systems.

Both certificate programs are administered through the Office of the Provost and is governed by the PSC Educational Committee representing different Purdue colleges. Students must maintain a C- or higher in certificate-related courses. Upon completion of certificate and Purdue degree requirements, students will receive an official certificate, which is also recorded on their academic transcript. The three SYS courses in the programs had been previously offered cross-listed in the different variations between Fall 2014 and Spring 2018. If a student has completed any of these courses, the course can be counted towards fulfillment of the certificate requirements. For the list of the course details click here.

Great Issues Courses for Fall 2018








EAPS 36000



Great Issues in Science and Society

TR 9-10:15

COM 217/BIOL 232 and Jr/Sr class

EAPS 37500



Great Issues Fossil Fuels, Energy and Society

MW 4:30-5:45

Jr/Sr class

EAPS 30100




TR 9:00-10:15

ENGL 106/108 and J Jr/Sr class

EAPS 36400



Natural Hazards: Science and Society

TR 9:00-10:15

Jr/Sr class

CHM 49000



History & Philosophy of Sci

TR 4:30-5:45

1yr of CHM and PHYS

POL 32700



Global Green Politics

MWF 9:30-10:20


POL 32700



Global Green Politics

MWF 8:30-9:20


HONR 29900



Food Security


Min GPA 3.0

HONR 39900



Rise & Fall of American Empire

MWF 8:30-9:20

Min GPA 3.0

HIST 35205



Death, Disease and Medicine in 20th century American History

MWF 2:30-3:20


BIOL 31200



Great Issues: Genomics and Society

MWF 1:30-2:20

DPT consent; Non-Biology majors contact Rex Fodrea

MA 27900



Modern Mathematics In Science And Society

TR 9-10:15

Calculus I -

It is good if they know linear algebra to some extent. It is good if they know a bit of discrete math. Neither is a hard prereq.



EAPS 360:  The focus of the course is on the integration of different perspectives and the need for interdisciplinary approaches to solve the challenges facing students’ local, national, and global communities. The course format is discussion intensive, team-oriented ,and stresses the need to continually ingest and integrate new information, as the technologies and social proposed action that can contribute to the solution of a Great issue.

EAPS 375:  Prosperity of the 20th century was based on abundant and cheap energy; during the 21st century we will be faced with difficult challenges. Our society will face higher energy prices, decline of petroleum based fuels supplies, increased environmental effects of fossil fuels usage, and the challenge of solving the technological problems of developing alternative fuels. This course will review the structure, economics, and geopolitical issues faced by fossil fuel industries and the mitigation strategies that will be needed to change to low fossil fuel use society based on low polluting renewable energy sources.

EAPS 301   Oil!

Petroleum is a common thread that interweaves Geoscience with the Political-Economic history of the 20th century. Its dominance in current society has major repercussions on our current and future society and environment. The unequal distribution of petroleum and natural gas, coupled with innovative geologists and engineers, has set the stage for the modern geo-political world. This course is a unique survey into the multitude of aspects of petroleum -- from its formation to "resource wars".

EAPS 36400: This course will investigate the role of data and science in policy and decision-making as it relates to natural hazard resiliency. We will cover three types of natural disasters: hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes/severe storms. The scientific fundamentals of each of these hazards will be introduced first followed by an exploration of how available data, various policies, programs, and real-time decisions can impact a community’s response and recovery from disasters. This course is not designed to arrive at particular consensus solutions to the specific case studies that we will cover; rather, the goal of this course is to explore the linked complexities between the science of the threat and the political and social response. The format will include guest speakers who give accounts of their role in specific disasters and in framing the policies and decisions made in the aftermath of the natural hazards.

 BIOL 312   Great Issues in Genomics and Society - The course will revolve around genomics, the science and technology involved in determining the sequence of the entire DNA complement in an organism.  Almost everyone has heard of the human genome project, but fewer are aware of the spectacular technical progress in this field and the fact that over 1,000 different organisms have had their genome sequenced.  Until recently, most of these have been microorganisms, but technological and computational progress has made it progressively easier and cheaper to sequence the genomes of higher organisms.  This field may have more of an impact on your future lives than almost any other field of the life sciences-mostly because it touches on all areas of study. The course will focus on the impact that genomics will have in selected areas.  It will begin with a basic understanding of the science and technology that gave rise to our current capabilities in sequencing and the fact that technology continues to provide greater capacity and cheaper prices.  You will soon see that every field in the College of Science is well represented in the science and technology. We will then go on to see how genomics influences many topics that affect our daily lives and can possibly provide answers to some critical questions (or at least pose better questions): What is the basis of personalized medicine? What does genomics tell us about the genealogy of mankind? What impact will genomics have on our future food supply and our ability to feed a population of 9 Billion people? What is the human microbiome and what does that mean to me? Similarly, what is the gut microbiome, the mouth microbiome, etc? What impact will genomics have on the development of alternative energy sources, especially biofuels? In every area, we will discuss the scientific challenges, but also the ethical and societal implications.  In most cases, there is no one right answer, but a series of choices that can be guided by ethical considerations.

POL 32700 - Global Green Politics  Analysis and assessment of the nature of global environmentalism, its connections with other new social movements, and its impact on domestic and international politics worldwide, with particular attention to green political parties and nongovernmental organizations

HONR 29900:  Food Security - This course examines the complex issue of human food security in different global and local contexts.  Lectures by Prof. Ejeta (prize).  LO:  Provide a broad overview of where food comes from and the emerging challenges that threaten our food system.  Develop an enhanced understanding of the social, economical and political issues that result in food insecurity in a household and the broader community.  Develop and understanding of the science, technology, innovation and policy essentials that guide the global food and agricultural system that feeds the world. Develop knowledge and respect for the abundant natural resources, as well as the global policy and governance needed for their management for feeding humanity sustainably.  Develop an understanding of the evolving issue of food insecurity on college campuses and the various policies and programs that exists to provide food relief.  Develop new knowledge about issues of campus food insecurity on the Purdue WL campus through research.

MA 27900:  The course covers topics in combinatorics and probability applied to real life situations such as the paradoxa of democracy, weighted voting, fair division, apportionment, traveling salesmen, the mathematics of networks, Fibonacci numbers, golden ratio, growth patterns in nature, mathematics of money, symmetry, fractals, censuses and surveys, random sampling, sample spaces, permutations and uniform probability spaces.

This FALL:  SCI 49000: Dean’s Career Development Forum - This course will help students network, explore, and develop transferrable skills necessary for the professional world.  Each week will feature in-depth presentations and networking events with alumni.  Assignments will include exploration of the career competency areas, participation in networking events, and a final essay connecting the seminar topics and competency areas with student Strengths and career opportunities for scientists.   Fall Semester  CRNs: 15902 & 20422  1 Credit Hour  Fridays 10:30 a.m. -12:20 p.m.  Restriction: Juniors and Seniors in CoS

There is now a Advance Credit exam for CS 15900 which could meet the College of Science computing requirement.   If you are interested and you are aware that students who typically succeed at passing the exam, have at least 3 months of experience in the C programming language, (experience in related programming languages will not be sufficient) - you should contact your academic advisor for more information.

PHYS 172 D is a first semester calculus-based physics course that is taught in an online format at Purdue University. The course meets the same requirements as PHYS 172 and can be taken in place of the face-to-face PHYS 172 course. It will use the same text as the face-to-face version of PHYS 172, but various course materials – lectures, homework, labs, recitations, and exams will be different from the face-to-face course. All of the course materials will be distributed online through Blackboard Learn website for the course.

Human Resource Management Minor advising:
Additionally, two Human Resource Management Minor Advance Topic courses will need to have pre-req. overrides entered until we are able to get the Form 40s for them updated for Summer and Fall 2018. We give any PU advisor permission to enter in the necessary pre-req. override for these two courses. Please feel free to openly communicate this to your students so that they know that they can indeed register for these classes.  E-mail your advisor if you need the override for:
MGMT 44362
MGMT 44429

Text reminders via BoilerConnect (appointment reminders, etc.) will start pulling from a new area in MyPurdue.  If you wish to continue to received texts from your advisor, the Registrar, etc.  PLEASE update your cell phone: Students can log into the myPurdue Portal;  click on Academics and then Personal Information to add their cell phone.

NOTE:  Spring 2017 and forward, ENGL 211 at Ivy Tech will NOT be equivalent to ENGL 42100 at Purdue.

Free Tutoring from the College of Science.

New students always have many questions and we feel that you can be a valuable partner in helping them navigate their first steps at Purdue and the College of Science. We are asking you to participate in an email exchange with a first semester student.   If you participate in this program, you will be required to exchange 3-4 emails within the first few weeks before and after the start of the semster. Entering students will be informed that this is an email only relationship.   Your role will be to respond to questions about the major, the College of Science, and Purdue in general. You will not be expected to answer any questions about academic requirements and if you find your freshman partner has any, please refer him/her to their advisor.   If you would like to be a part of this program, please fill out the survey on the following link:

Are you interested in making friends from around the world?  Are you interested in increasing your marketability by improving your intercultural competence?
Do you enjoy learning about other cultures AND sharing things about your own culture?  Would you be willing to mentor a new College of Science student (freshman, transfer or exchange)?   Global Partners are Purdue College of Science student leaders who work to create a  comfortable and safe                 environment in which entering students can individually and collectively “find their feet”  in the Purdue community.  These partners provide new students with the tools and knowledge they need to start their college career, and aid them throughout their transitions as first-year students in the College of Science at Purdue University.  The Global Partners program is also dedicated to enhancing cross-cultural understanding and to helping all students involved to expand their knowledge of cultures other than their own.   Join us for the 2017/18 school year for monthly dinners, trips and activities (free for you!)
that are designed to help you learn about other cultures……..while having fun!
To sign up for Global Science Partners, please follow this link: 

Confused by all the acronyms and names on campus?  This sheet may help!

NOTE:  STAT majors cannot use STAT 11300, STAT 30100 for credit.  Students should check with their advisor about taking 500 level courses not listed on the plan of study.

Students can give parents, legal guardians, or other trusted parties access to view certain pieces of their student information online. This access is referred to as proxy access, and the person who is granted this authorization is called a myPurdue proxy. The student controls the entire process through their myPurdue Portal, and can add anyone with a valid email address as a proxy.  More information.

MyPurduePlan video- Planner

MATH Course Offering Plan:
MA 42500 - Fall Only
MA 46000 - Fall Only, MAED Only
MA 42800 - Spring Only
MA 27900 - Usually Fall Only Even Years, but depends on faculty availability
MA 42100 - Fall 2017 was the final semester this course will be offered due to low enrollment

Opportunity Announcements

At the Midwest Graduate School Summit on Saturday, October 27, 2018, students will:
  • get an inside look at graduate school and the application process,
  • receive advice about funding opportunities from experts,
  • attend a premier graduate school fair and network with representatives from more than 60 of the nation’s top graduate institutions.
This one-day mini-conference is especially designed for students who are looking for advanced degrees in:
  • Business
  • Education
  • Fine Arts
  • Humanities
  • Liberal Arts
  • Pharm.D.
  • Public Affairs
  • Other Related disciplines
The Midwest Graduate School Summit offers Travel Scholarships up to $500 of eligible expenses for students travelling to the Midwest Summit from within the United States and its territories. Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to attend.   Please visit our website for more information, and to join our mailing list!

Professional Writing Minor:  Students in any major interested in improving their writing can register for courses that fulfill the minor. Pre-professional students may particularly benefit from a minor in professional writing as it will prepare students to manage their time, plan and prepare larger writing projects, and anticipate publishing and workload requirements of their legal, medical, and other technical publication workload.
More information is available online: httg://  
In addition to Business (42000) and Technical Writing (42100). the program offers Writing for the Health Sciences (42201) and Multimedia Writing (41900) every semester. ENGL 20300, 30600, 30900, and 43200, Editing and Publishing, are available for fall registration for students interested in the minor. 15 credits in professional writing credits fulfill the requirements for a minor. Students can take any fifteen credits in ENGL to complete an English minor.

Did you know?  STAT Job Postings are available at: and also others are posted on the 5th Floor of the MATH building by the elevators.  There are BS, MS, and PhD job postings listed.

Did you know the math department has a contest for students call the PROBLEM OF THE WEEK.  Check it out!

Need help preparing for interviews? Check out all the resources the Purdue CCO has to offer from Peer Mock Interview and Big Interview to our Core Series on the subject!

Homework and Tutoring program at Schuyler Avenue Wesleyan Church in Lafayette. We serve under privileged kids in the North End of Lafayette in a partnership with Vinton Elementary school to provide background checked and coached volunteers to help children in targets ways.  Our program has been a great success and we had a number of Purdue students volunteer throughout the first semester.  I would love if you could once again include our program in your announcements.  Right now we have more kids signed up than volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Shaina Patriquin at

Dress for success: Put on that business suit and get ready to network. Don't have a suit? Purdue's Career Closet is just for you! Click here to learn more!

Learning beyond the classroom


Scholarship/Grant/Financial Announcements


Study Abroad Callouts/Information/Scholarships

College of Science has recently approved study abroad exchange with Bristol in the UK.  There is the possiblity of math coursework through this university if you go for the semester.  Please see a counselor in the Study Abroad Office in Young Hall 105.



Service, Volunteer, Community Opportunities

CCO Career Closet donations: men’s and women’s suits, blouses and dress shirts, dress pants, belts, ties, gently worn dress shoes (can also be delivered to YONG 132, 10 AM – 4 PM Monday-Friday)

The United Way of Greater Lafayette, Purdue Alumni Association and the Purdue United Way Campaign have partnered to increase volunteerism in Greater Lafayette. More than a hundred volunteer opportunities with nonprofit organizations ranging from health and human services to environmental and animal services are available to Purdue student, faculty and staff teams who would like to volunteer locally. These opportunities can be found at

We are currently expanding our collaboration with ACEFood Pantry.  Not only are we continuing our pop-up food pantry in the CoRec on Fridays from 10-3, but we are doing more cooking demonstrations with food pantries in the area. Recently, we led a food demonstration at the ACEpantry location featuring simple breakfast recipes for busy students with items that can be found at the pantry. The recipes could be made in bulk at the beginning of the week so that participants avoid skipping meals. In addition, the ACEPantry newsletter will include a nutrition section written by our graduate assistant Haley. If you?d like more information on the recipes, email Haley at

The Career Closet was recently featured in JC Online and is currently participating in a SHOE & TIE drive. Please share this email with others who may be interested in donating and print the flyer attached above if you'd like to place it on your door. We are open to receiving other professional items as well, but are currently in high need of shoes and ties. Items can be donated during normal business hours to Young Hall, 132. 

Apply to be a CARE Peer Education. Info and aplication online at .  CARE - Center for Advocacy, Response & Education.

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