College of Agriculture Selectives
Each plan of study must include 3 credits of economics, 3 credits of University Curriculum Council (UCC) approved humanities selection, plus 9 credits of additional humanities and social science selectives (approved by the Agriculture Curriculum and Student Relations Committee) of which at least 3 credits must be at the 30000 level or higher. Of these 15 credits, at least nine must be from outside the College of Agriculture.
All undergraduate plans of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Forestry, or Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture must include a minimum of nine credits from the international understanding selectives list on this page, or equivalent study abroad programs, international travel courses, or international work experiences. Six credits are required in programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering or Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering degree.
International understanding selective credits may be used to fulfill written and oral communication, social sciences and humanities, or departmental requirements.
Students must broaden their awareness of the United States domestic, multicultural environment. The objective of the multicultural awareness component of the core curriculum is to stimulate students to become aware of self and others to be better prepared for the workplace and participatory citizenship. Students are encouraged to explore coursework outside their own culture.
In a capstone experience, students will be challenged to integrate their accumulated knowledge, and technical and social skills in order to identify and solve a problem relevant to issues encountered by professionals in their chosen discipline, and to communicate the results of their efforts to their peers. In doing so, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to adapt to professional situations. It is hoped that this experience will stimulate students' appreciation of the need for lifelong learning and initiate professional and personal liaisons.
The objectives of the mathematics and sciences component of the core curriculum are for students to acquire a foundation of knowledge in mathematics, chemistry, and the biological sciences and physical sciences, an understanding of the scientific method, and the ability to apply their knowledge and problem-solving skills to relevant issues.
Faculty/Student Mentor Program
Responsibilities of the Undergraduate Program Advisor & Academic Advising Support Staff
- Serve as contact point for prospective, incoming freshmen and transfer students
(including discussions on departmental majors and plans of study, projections of the
likely use of incoming transfer courses, etc.)
- Complete a full audit of each student’s academic record each summer, then update plans
of study (check sheet/MyPurdue Plan).
- Schedule registration-advising appointments in a timely fashion.
- Coordinate appointment scheduling software use (Boiler Connect).
- Convey the registration PIN to each student after reviewing the signed mentor form and
conducting advising appointment.
- Retain a record of course recommendations.
- Be available per need to support students in the registration process.
- Provide accessible meeting forms to students for printing
Responsibilities of Faculty Mentors
- Respond promptly to correspondence from students.
- Schedule timely mentoring appointments (in-person, virtual, phone) with students when
requested (mentoring meeting must be scheduled by week SIX and appointments
conducted 1 week before student meeting with advisor of each semester).
- Ask questions of the advising support staff and refer students to support staff for
clarification if support is needed.
- Review and fill in the Mentor Form with each mentee: 1) review career goals, 2)
academic strengths/weaknesses, 3) Plan of study questions, 4) discuss future courses, 5)
suggest internships/careers, study abroad and other topics. At the conclusion of the
review meeting, sign off on the Mentor form in order for mentee to get PIN from the
- Agronomy Undergraduate Program Advisor(s).
Responsibilities of Students
- Schedule an appointment with their faculty mentor by the end of week six and meet no
later than one week before registration meeting with advisor of each semester. The
meeting can be in-person, virtual or by phone.
- Meet with the Agronomy student service / advising support staff and their faculty
mentors at minimum of one time each per semester and as needed. Be prepared for every
meeting. In addition to the required meeting, other appointments are encourage as needed
- Prepare for each meeting with the faculty mentor by filling out the Mentor Meeting form
prior to the meeting. The student should think through ideas for classes and make note of
questions to raise with regard to academics and course selection, internships, study
abroad, research experiences, career development and the like. This is your schedule and
you need to take ownership of the process.
- Prepare for each meeting with the Undergraduate Program Advisor-have appropriate
forms filled out, mentor’s signature and be ready to discuss.
Own your plan of study and maintain an awareness of progress toward your degree
objective (e.g. use MyPurdue Plan).
- Take action and follow through on responsibilities-you are required to follow up on any
academic or financial actions that have been requested.
**Do not procrastinate on setting up a meeting with your faculty mentor. Some faculty
will be traveling or busy in the field and will need time to schedule a meeting with you.
Check your purdue.edu email regularly
Take completed form to your mentor meeting. Please give careful thought to ensure that your
choices meet degree requirements and career interests. Ultimately, you are responsible so ask if