​​Academics

Building upon historical strengths in engineering and agriculture, the West Lafayette campus offers over 5,800 courses in more than 400 undergraduate majors: Agriculture, Education, Engineering, Exploratory Studies, Health & Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Management, Pharmacy, Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Science, Veterinary Medicine, and Honors College. Purdue is one of the leading research institutions with a reputation for academic excellence. Many academic departments continually rank in the top ten nationally.

Finding Classes​

To search the schedule of classes:

  1. ​Choose the semester you will arrive at Purdue in the Term pull-down menu. If that term is not available, choose the comparable term one year earlier.
  2. Select a Subject
  3. Choose Campus: West Lafayette. If you fail to do this, you will see courses that are offered at distant Purdue campuses that you cannot take.
  4. Courses numbered 49999 and below are undergraduate classes and 50000 and above are graduate-level classes. Exchange students are not able to take courses on the 60000 level.

Course Registration

After your acceptance to Purdue, the list of desired courses are sent to an academic advisor. The advisor will review the academic background, determine if course selections are appropriate, and email instructions on how to register. During the first few days at Purdue, it is suggested to meet with the academic advisor to evaluate the registered courses. 

Class Structure

In the United States, class attendance and participation are normally considered course requirements. Daily or weekly homework assignments, frequent short tests or quizzes, and teachers keeping track of the number of times you participate in class discussions are common grades for courses. At the end of each semester, final examinations may cover the entire course content or only a portion of it.

Credits

Course weight or value is measured by "credits" and the amount of credit is based upon the number of hours the class meets each week. A typical 3-credit course might meet for 50 minutes three times a week, or for one hour and-fifteen minutes twice a week. Students spend two hours outside class for readings and homework for every hour spent in class. One unit of credit equals three hours of work per week.  Exchange students are required to maintain full-time student status while at Purdue, which means a minimum of 12 credits every semester. Since most courses at Purdue are worth 3 or 4 credits, students generally take between 3 to 5 courses per semester.

Professors

University professors generally welcome classroom questions and discussions with students. Professors maintain regular 'office hours' – times during the week when they are available to meet with students to discuss course topics, homework assignments, or any related subject matter in which students are interested.

Grades

Academic performance in each course is evaluated by the professor using letter grades of "A" to "F". The grading system used to evaluate a student's academic performance is based on a four-point scale. For exchange students, a transcript is mailed to the home institution at the end of the semester.

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