The Approved Course List tool is a comprehensive list of approved option and capstone courses across all colleges and utilized to determine each student’s ideal path for certificate completion.


The vast array of approved courses provides the flexibility to select courses that best suits needs, wants and interests while supplementing major requirements and receiving an another academic credential.
  • Students can leverage discipline specific courses by choosing a course that will fulfill both a Certificate requirement and a major plan of study requirement.
  • Pathways can be based upon disciplines, desired experiences, or specific entrepreneurship disciplines — high tech, social, or corporate. There’s a pathway for every student.
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All option and capstone courses in the Approved Course List tool have met academic entrepreneurship criteria and selected by the Deans and Departments Heads.


This five minute video provides a foundation of the basic program requirements and overview of the approved course list for students to apply it to their specific needs.

Follow alongside with the actual Approved Course List.


  • TWO Core Courses + TWO Option Courses + ONE Capstone Course = Certificate Completion
  • Substitution of an additional capstone for one of the required option courses is permitted.
  • OPEN = available to all certificate program students, where space permits and pre-requisites have been met.
    • Review entire list for courses OPEN to all.
  • Pay attention to Notes and Pre-Requisites.
  • Look for courses that might be required in major plan of study anyway and “double duty” in those courses towards certificate completion – lessen overall course needs.
  • Always refer to the website for the most up to date Approved Course List tool.


Remember, flexibility is provided through the comprehensive approved course list. Simply determine the best time to complete the desired approved courses with major advisors.

Interested in seeing what other students have chosen? See possible pathways for all colleges and several majors!


Contact Rita Baker, Coordinating Academic Advisor, bakerr@purdue.edu
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AGEC 33100: Professional Agricultural Selling. Is “OPEN” to all majors and no pre-requisites. A student in the College of Agriculture may be required to take this course. However, there might be other students interested in sales and it actually might be required or fulfill requirements for some students in other majors – lessening overall course needs.

EPICs Courses: Engineering Projects in Community Service. Participation can count towards Certificate completion. Students in all majors are welcomed to participate. Please note the pre-requisites and notes section to see how that can fulfill a option and capstone requirements for the certificate.

ENGL 42000 E sections: Business Writing (for Entrepreneurship students). The English Department has set aside 2 special sections each Fall and Spring semester for students in the certificate program and are crafted towards entrepreneurship students. ENGL 42000 may be a major requirement, by taking the “E” section students can also utilize that particular course to fulfill an option requirement for the certificate – lessening overall course needs.

Completion Plan for ENTR 31000 & 31500

Utilize this planning tool when the ENTR Advisor, Rita Baker, discusses material in your ENTR 31000 or 31500 class.