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College of Science

Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

General Degree Requirements

Science core requirements for the College of Science are listed both here and online atwww.science.purdue.edu. To qualify for a B.S. degree, students must complete the requirements for one of the following options:

  • Atmospheric science
  • Geology and geophysics
  • Earth/space science teaching
  • Environmental geosciences

Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Requirements

Laboratory Science Requirements (all options) 14-16 credits
Chemistry: CHM 11500 and 11600 (General Chemistry). Earth/space science teaching majors can substitute CHM 11100 and 11200 (General Chemistry) (3 cr. each). 6-8 cr.
Physics: PHYS 17200 (Modern Mechanics) (4 cr.) and PHYS 27200 (Electric and Magnetic Interations) (4 cr.). Earth/space science teaching majors can substitute PHYS 22000 and 22100 (General Physics) (4 cr. each). Geology and Geophysics and Environmental Geosciences majors can consult an advisor for options for this second lab sequence. 8 cr.
Mathematics Requirements (all options) 8-21 credits
MA 16100 (Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus I) (5 cr.) or MA 16500 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I) (4 cr.) 4-5 cr.
One of: MA 16200 (Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus II) (5 cr.); MA 16600 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus II) (4 cr.); MA 17300 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry II) (5 cr.); MA 18100 (Honors Calculus I) (5 cr.) 4-5 cr.
One of: MA 26100 (Multivariate Calculus) (4 cr.); MA 17400 (Multivariable Calculus) (4 cr.); MA 18200 (Honors Calculus II) (5 cr.); MA 27100 (Several Variable Calculus) (5 cr.). Required for Atmospheric Science and Earth/Space Science Teaching majors only. 4-5 cr.
MA 26500 (Linear Algebra) (3 cr.) and MA 26600 (Ordinary Differential Equations) (3 cr.). Required for Atmospheric Science and Earth/Space Science Teaching majors only 6 cr.
Computer Science 3-4 credits
CS 15800 (C Programming) (3 cr.) for Atmospheric Science. Earth/Space Science Teaching, Environmental Geosciences, and Geology and Geophysics majors can enroll in either CS 15800 (C Programming) or CS 17700 (Programming with Multimedia Objects) (4 cr.)
Statistics 3 credits
STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical methods) (3 cr.); STAT 35000 (Introduction to Statistics) (3 cr.); STAT 50300 (Statistical Methods for Biology) (3 cr.); STAT 51100 (Statistical Methods) (3 cr.)
Additional Science Core Requirements 24-31 credits
English Composition and Technical Writing and Presentation: See these requirements here. 6-10 cr.
Teambuilding and Collaboration: Students must learn the concepts involved in science team projects. See the requirements here. 1-3 cr.
Multidisciplinary Experience: See requirements here. 3-9 cr.
Language and Culture: Science majors are expected to have proficiency in another language in addition to their native language. Competence in the second language must be demonstrated to the third semester, or to the second semester (with an additional culture or diversity class), or an approved study abroad experience. See Language/Culture requirementshere. 9 cr.
General Education: Students must complete 3 credits of a course approved for Great Issues and 9 credits of Social Studies/Humanities and/or Management. Check here for the General Education Requirements, including the two-course sequence in Social Studies or Humanities. 12 cr.
Free Electives 3-24 credits
Free electives can be selected from almost any department of the University, and students are encouraged to use free electives to broaden their knowledge. Free-elective credit is not allowed for courses that significantly overlap courses taken to fulfill degree requirements or that do not count for credit in the College of Science. Students must take as many free electives as is needed to bring the credit hour total to 124 credits, and the number of free electives may depend on the student’s option and the courses taken to meet core and degree requirements. Students in atmospheric science who wish to be qualified for employment as meteorologists in the federal government must elect EAS 43400 (Weather Analysis and Forecasting) (3 cr.).