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Purdue Academics

Purdue University requires a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate with a bachelor's degree. If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program.

Purdue does accept transfer credits. Purdue does not offer classes during the summer.

Around 83% of students who started college at Purdue finish the requirements for graduation within six years.

Purdue offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

Which Courses Do I Have To Take at Purdue?

Purdue has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.

Students do not need to fulfull a language requirement, but there is a math and science requirement. Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.

Majors at Purdue

When choosing a major, Purdue students have several choices to make. Scroll down to see a full list of majors offered at Purdue below.

Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major. Double majoring may require more work but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to a graduate program.

Students must choose one of the majors offered by the college. Self-designed majors are not allowed. Purdue does not require a senior project for all students.

Does Purdue Offer Learning Disability Services?

Purdue offers services for students with disabilities. Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.

Does Purdue Have An Online Program?

Purdue has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.

Does Purdue Give AP Credit?

Purdue does not offer credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken during high school.

Does Purdue Have An Honors Program?

Purdue offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College.

Does Purdue Require Internships?

Purdue does not require an internship for all students, but does require an internship for students in some majors. Students can look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.


The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.

Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every college. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.

Purdue has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.

Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Purdue include: - an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus - a Navy ROTC branch unit on campus - an Air Force branch unit on campus

Dual Degree Programs at Purdue

A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.

Purdue offers these dual degree programs: - 3-2 dual degree program in engineering - 3-2 dual degree program in forestry - 3-2 dual degree program in business administration - 3-2 dual degree program in social work - Pharmacy

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Purdue Majors & Subject Areas

Agriculture, General
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agricultural Economics
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management
Agricultural Mechanization, General
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture
Turf and Turfgrass Management
Agricultural and Extension Education Services
Agricultural Communication/Journalism
Animal Sciences, General
Food Science
Agronomy and Crop Science
Horticultural Science
Soil Science and Agronomy, General
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
Forestry, General
Forest Sciences and Biology
Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology
Landscape Architecture
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
Italian Studies
African-American/Black Studies
Women's Studies
Communication, General
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Information Technology
Computer Science
Computer Graphics
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Learning Sciences
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Elementary Education and Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Art Teacher Education
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Education, Other
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
Agricultural Engineering
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Computer Engineering, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Construction Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Engineering, Other
Engineering Technology, General
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Engineering/Industrial Management
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
Comparative Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Russian Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
French Language and Literature
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Apparel and Textiles, General
English Language and Literature, General
Creative Writing
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Botany/Plant Biology
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Microbiology and Immunology
Genetics, General
Plant Genetics
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Neurobiology and Anatomy
Mathematics, General
Applied Mathematics, General
Computational and Applied Mathematics
Financial Mathematics
Statistics, General
Mathematical Statistics and Probability
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Biological and Physical Sciences
Systems Science and Theory
Mathematics and Computer Science
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Nutrition Sciences
Ancient Studies/Civilization
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Religion/Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General
Psychology, General
Experimental Psychology
Economics, General
Political Science and Government, General
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations
Design and Visual Communications, General
Industrial and Product Design
Fashion/Apparel Design
Interior Design
Design and Applied Arts, Other
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Health and Wellness, General
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Public Health, General
Public Health Education and Promotion
Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
Nursing Science
Nursing Practice
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Business Administration and Management, General
Organizational Leadership
Finance, General
Financial Planning and Services
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
Management Science
Actuarial Science
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Selling Skills and Sales Operations
History, General

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