Who We Are

Science has been integral to Purdue since the University awarded its very first degree in 1875 — a bachelor's in chemistry. Purdue officially established what is known today as the College of Science in 1907.

Two Purdue female graduate students work in the dark matter lab

Behind the discoveries that move us forward

Since the first science courses in the late 1800s, Purdue scientists have played a defining role in the history of discoveries and inventions. Today our faculty and students are working on breakthroughs like the Higgs boson, the structure of the Zika virus, the search for dark matter, instantly rechargeable car batteries, and future astronaut cities on the moon.

Female student preparing bio samples for the microscope

7 departments, 40+ degree programs, and enormous possibilities

We transform bright minds into brilliant luminaries who will change the next century of science and technology. Chemist–botanists, data scientist–physicists, mathematician–geoscientists — Purdue Science students combine their interests through more than 40 degree programs in 7 highly ranked departments.

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Professor Andreas Jung and two students in his Physics research lab

College of Science departments

About the College of Science

Firsts, awards, and rankings

Our big steps in research and forward-thinking programs have been recognized around the world.

  • 2 Nobel Prize winners: Professor Herbert C. Brown (1979) and Professor Ei-ichi Negishi (2010)
  • 2 National Medal of Science laureates: Professor Herbert C. Brown (1979) and Professor Albert Overhauser (1994)
  • 1st Department of Computer Science in the U.S.
  • Third-most STEM degrees awarded in the U.S., IPEDS data, 2017
  • Most Statistics degrees (including Actuarial Science degrees) awarded in the U.S., Purdue Exponent, 2015
  • #1 Analytical Chemistry graduate program in the U.S., U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • #1 Actuarial Science program in the U.S., College Choice, 2016
  • #1 in U.S. for number of Native American PhD recipients, Ethnography & Evaluation Research, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Top 10 in U.S. for number of African American and Hispanic PhD recipients, Ethnography & Evaluation Research, University of Colorado Boulder
  • #14 Programming Language graduate program in the U.S., U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • #15 Systems graduate program in the U.S., U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • #20 Computer Science graduate program in the U.S., U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • #23 Computer Science program in the U.S., College Choice, 2017
  • #24 Chemistry graduate program in the U.S., U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • #26 Mathematics graduate program in the U.S., U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • #27 Statistics graduate program in the U.S., U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • #37 Physics graduate program in the U.S., U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • #38 Chemistry program in the world, Quacquarelli Symonds, 2017
  • #41 Earth Sciences graduate program in the U.S., U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • #47 Computer Science program in the world, Shanghai Ranking, 2017

150 years of giant leaps in science

Purdue scientists and their giant ideas are tackling tomorrow's important questions in space exploration, artificial intelligence, health and longevity, and a sustainable planet. We invite you to celebrate 150 Years of Giant Leaps in Science during the 2018–19 Purdue sesquicentennial anniversary.

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