Advanced Credit Testing (Fall 2015)

Advanced Credit Testing is an opportunity to test out of a specific Purdue college courses in Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Communications, and Physics.  These tests are similar to the final exam for the course (passing percentages differ by course). Passing an advanced credit test confers credits only, not grades. Check with your academic advisor to see how the course could be used in your degree plan.

If you intend to take an advanced credit test in a course, you cannot have taken the course for a grade at any college or have previously tested out of it through AP, CLEP, IB, etc.  You can only attempt an advanced credit test in a course only once – it is a one-time opportunity!

Advanced credit test-out dates, calculator restrictions, procedures, and study guides for subjects can be found at:

All tests require a Form 231 signed by your academic advisor and at LEAST one form of picture ID.  Students without the proper calculator (if a calculator is allowed) will be turned away at the door.


IE 49000: Imagine, Model, and Make (Fall 2015; 3 cr.)

IE 49000: Imagine, Model, and Make

Note: This course is open to any student from any major.  It does NOT require students to have any previous experience on 3D modeling software, design, or manufacturing techniques.

In this course you will learn how to model and animate objects using Autodesk 3D Max (the software used in Avatar, X-Men, and Transformers). After your design is created, you will be able to optimize it and to manufacture it using rapid prototyping techniques like laser cutting or 3D printing.  The teaching style is based on active learning and a balance of lectures and hands-on activities.  No textbook is required for this course – just the professor’s lecture notes!

Don’t Miss This Course If You Want to Learn:
*  How to model anything (including your face!) in 3D.
*  How to render to photo-realistic images of your projects.
*  How to make animation movies of the objects/characters you create.
*  The capabilities of modern manufacturing and rapid prototyping techniques.
*  How to do hand sketching, optimize products, and meet tolerance requirements.

Final Grades Post Today (May 13)

Spring Grades will be posted Wednesday, May 13 after 9:00 a.m. on myPurdue > Academic Tab > Grades (Final Grades or Grade Detail).   Watch your Purdue e-mail for information concerning unmet pre-requisites, honor roll congrats, or academic probation.

Here are some things to keep in mind as you view your grades:

  • If you feel that the grade you earned was mis-calculated and you have sufficient proof (i.e. Blackboard, your personal records, returned tests or scantrons, etc.), please contact your professor immediately.  Their contact information should be on the syllabus.  Be polite, patient, and persistent!
  • Unless you gave your parents’ permission to view myPurdue, they will not receive notification of your grades.  It is your responsibility to talk them about it.  Your advisor cannot answer their questions concerning your grades, as it is a FERPA violation (the national law that protects your educational records).

After grades are posted, MyPurdue is likely to be relatively slow as students change their schedules in response to final grades.  Here are some tips for changing courses:

  • MyPurdue is currently open to all students for schedule modifications through June 6 at noon.  Then MyPurdue will close until July 20 at 9:00 a.m.  So, if you need to make schedule changes, make them soon!
  • If you have lost your PIN, recover it at myPurdue > Academic Tab > Registration PIN.
  • Contact your academic advisor if you have questions about what to retake.

Summer Course Information

Taking Summer Courses at a Purdue Regional Campus (Calumet, North Central, IPFW, and IUPUI):

  • Courses taken here will transfer both credit AND grade.
  • Grades from regional campuses will replace grades taken at Purdue West Lafayette – IF the course is the exact same number and abbreviation.  For example, ECON E-201 taken at IUPUI will NOT replace ECON 251 taken at Purdue West Lafayette.

If you are taking courses outside of the Purdue system, here are some things to remember:

  • If you are taking a course during the summer to meet a pre-requisite for a Fall class, you must let your academic advisor know! Otherwise, the Registrar will drop your Fall course and you may not be able to re-add it.
  • Courses taken outside the Purdue system transfer for credit only.  Students need to earn a C or better for the transfer to occur.  Check the Transfer Credit Database to see if the course at the summer college has an equivalent at Purdue:
  • At the end of the summer, have the summer college send an official transcript to this address: (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Online Course Info: Where do I take my Exams?

Most online courses will have electronically completed exams, quizzes, and papers and will not require a visit to any campus to complete.  If the professor sends his or her syllabus in advance, check there first for exam administration information.

However, a few courses will ask that you take your exams at a college testing center near where you live:

  • Call the college’s main number for information and explain your situation.
  • Contact the online course instructor to see how your exams will be administered.
  • You can find professor’s e-mail at MyPurdue > Academic Tab > Look Up Classes.  Choose the Subject, then View Sections.  Click on the CRN (in blue) of the section you scheduled.  At the bottom of the page is the professor’s name.  Click on the envelope icon to see his or her e-mail address.

New Islamic Studies Minor

Starting in the Fall of 2015, the Religious Studies Program will offer a uniquely interdisciplinary minor in Islamic Studies. Bringing together the expertise of faculty in a wide range of departments and programs, this new 15 credit hour minor introduces undergraduates to the history, languages, theology, culture, and politics of Islamic civilization. The aim of the minor is to promote learning and understanding about Islam, and to foster dialogue about all of the dynamic traditions both within and around the Muslim world.

Fall courses that meet minor requirements include: REL 23100 (Religions of the West), ARAB 23000 (Arabic Literature in Translation), ARAB 28100 (Introduction to Islamic Civilization), HIST 31200 (The Crusades), ARAB 10100 & 10200 (Arabic Levels 1 & 2).