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Coursework

A wide range of courses is available to Exploratory Studies students. In fact, Purdue offers nearly 6,100 courses in more than 200 specializations! Your Exploratory Studies advisor will help you make good course selections that will lead you toward the major that is right for you and will lay a solid foundation for your academic endeavors.


First-year Coursework
Second-year Coursework
Honors Courses

First-year Coursework
First-year coursework for Exploratory Studies students varies, with each student’s schedule tailored to his or her individual interests. The courses available to Exploratory Studies students fall into three types:

  • Academic, career, and life exploration coursework. All first-semester Exploratory Studies students, including transfer students, take Academic and Career Planning, EDPS 105. Designed specifically for Exploratory Studies students, this class offers many career-exploration activities, such as interest inventories, personality testing, and values clarification. 
    • EDPS 10500 does not have a textbook, but rather an in-house Course Packet that includes all materials, assignments, and career assessments used during the class.  It generally costs around $60.  Students should purchase it from the BoilerCopyMaker the week before classes begin.
  • General requirement courses, such as English composition and mathematics, necessary in most Purdue schools.  Students entering Purdue in Fall 2013 will use the new University Core Curriculum.  Students will choose from an ever-growing list of courses within specific categories.  These categories will be built into all Fall 2013 degree Plans of Study
  • Electives that lay the groundwork for many majors and introduce you to various fields of study. Your electives may include beginning classes in biology, chemistry, communication, history, languages, psychology, and many others.

Sample plan of study

Second-year Coursework 
Ideally, Exploratory Studies students find their academic path during their first year. Some students, however, choose to continue with Exploratory Studies for their second year as well. During the second year, students focus on meeting requirements for particular schools. 

Students who have more than one interest area and cannot decide on an academic path take courses that will (1) be accepted by both schools or (2) further their progress in one school or another.

Honors Courses
Exploratory Studies students can participate in Purdue honors courses. First semester students registering for these courses should be in the upper 10 percent of their high school graduating class or have an SAT critical reading and math score of 1200+ or an ACT score of 26+.

Current Purdue students or transferring college students enrolling in honors classes should have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. As an Exploratory Studies student, you can also earn and benefit from University honors such as Semester Honors or the Dean’s List.

Once you transfer to a degree granting school or college, further opportunities are available including:

Link to website with Honors Course descriptions.