The Curriculum: 1900

 

In 1900-01, Purdue’s academic year included three terms. The 14-week fall term began on September 12. The 12-week winter term began on January 7. The 11-week spring term began April 1.

Freshman judging class, 1907

Courses in the School of Agriculture lasted for one term, or sometimes a combination of two or three terms. Some life and physical sciences or social sciences courses met for 18 or 19 weeks, one-half of the academic year.

Most courses in the curriculum were prescribed for all students, but with advice of a faculty mentor, individuals could select two alternatives in each the junior and senior years from the following:

  • General: Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, French or German
  • Science: Microscopic Technique and Normal and Pathological Histology
  • Advanced Entomology and Horticulture: Troop
  • Agricultural Chemistry and Physics: Latta and Huston

In 1900-01, students spent about 1,000 hours in class or laboratory during each of the four undergraduate years. Today, the number is about 700 hours in class or laboratory during each of the four undergraduate years.


 

1900-01 Program Requirements, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Degree, School of Agriculture, Purdue University

Subject                                               Weeks     Hrs/Wk   Instructor

Freshmen Year                                                                                        

Algebra                                                     19                4

Geometry                                                 18                5

Botany                                                      19                4

Chemistry                                                19                4

Composition, Rhetoric, Literature       37                4

Shop Work                                              26                9

Mechanical Drawing                              26                4

Agriculture                                              14                2           Latta

Farm Equipment                                   12                2           Latta

Farm Buildings                                       11                9          Not Listed

Breeds of Live Stock                              11                4           Plumb

 

Sophomore Year                                                                                     

Trigonometry                                         14                3

Biology                                                    37                8

Chemistry                                               37                6

Physics                                                    14                4

Literature and Composition               19                3

Economic Botany                                 14                6             Troop

Farm Roads                                           12                1             Not Listed

Farm Economy                                     14                2             Latta

Economic Entomology                        14                2             Troop

Farm Motors                                         12                3             Hoffman

 

Junior Year                                                                                               

Composition and Literature               18                4

History                                                    19                4

Anatomy & Physiology/Animals         26                6             Craig

Surgery and Sanitation                         11                2              Craig

Science and Art of Agriculture            14                2              Latta

Farm Drainage                                        11                2             Latta

Horticulture                                            14                4              Troop

Stock Breeding                                       12                2              Plumb

Stock Feeding                                         12                2              Plumb

Dairying                                                   11                4              Plumb

Elective I                                                  37                8

Elective II                                                 37                8

 

Senior Year                                                                                              

Human Body                                         18                4

Geology                                                  19                4

Psychology                                            19                4

Political Economy                                19                3

Diseases of Domestic Animals           14                4              Craig

Rural Law                                               12                2              Rice, Esq.

Thesis Work                                           23                5              Faculty

Elective I                                                 37                8

Elective II                                               37                8

 

 

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