CHM 116’s new format (Fall 2015)

From Dr. Robert Wild, Assistant Head, Department of Chemistry:

“Lectures” in CHM 116 will now be listed as “distance learning” for Fall 2015 on Scheduling Assistant.  The lectures will now be entirely online.  When registering, please select a distance learning “lecture”, a 100-minute recitation, and a three-hour lab.

We received the following information from one of the CHM 116 professors, Dr. Adam Wasserman:

“We are preparing short movie clips (~5-min.) with “lecture” content.  Students will be asked to watch a few of these before each class. There will be no lecture notes, but the video clips will be tied to specific reading assignments from the book.  There will be 100 minutes of in-class time every week, devoted entirely to discussing and solving open-ended problems about the topics covered in the assigned reading and video clips.  There will also be a blog for students to discuss with the TAs, so that they can be well prepared for class.  Each section will have about 90-100 students (there will be 4 such sections), with round tables for groups of 9 students.”

Portuguese Courses (Fall 2015)

Are you looking for a unique course to fulfill your humanities or language requirements?  Consider Portuguese!  Previous students report that the courses are interactive, fun, and interesting without being too overwhelming.  And it’s not too late to sign up for the summer Global Studies in Brazil!  Want to know more?  Check out their Fall 2015 Portuguese Flyer.

PSY Summer 2015 Course options

From Sue Phebus, PSY Schedule Deputy:

We have several summer offerings in PSY (listed below) and would like to call your attention to a new course being developed from the clinical area.  This course is open to any student in any major:

Personality & Mental Illness-PSY 39200, CRN 11113  (Prerequisite: PSY 350,     Instructor: Doug Samuel)

A crucial role for clinical psychologists is the assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders. This course provides a primer on how psychological constructs, such as the Five-Factor Model of personality, are assessed and measured. Armed with this knowledge, students will learn the major instruments that are used to assess personality and mental disorders in clinical practice and get hands-on experience at administering, scoring, and interpreting scores on these measures. This course will provide material that will be highly beneficial for those seeking a career in the mental health field.

Here are the Summer 2015 PSY course options.  It is a good mix of classroom-based and distance courses. The distance courses are fully online, with NO on-campus meetings or on-site exams.

PSY 12000-Elementary Psychology
PSY 20000-Intro to Cognitive Psychology
PSY 20100-Intro to Statistics in Psychology
PSY 20300-Intro to Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 22200-Intro to Behavioral Neuroscience
PSY 23500-Child Psychology
PSY 23900-Psychology of Women
PSY 24000-Intro to Social Psychology
PSY 24400-Intro to Human Sexuality
PSY 27200-Intro to Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PSY 31400-Intro to Learning
PSY 33500-Stereotyping and Prejudice
PSY 34200-Psychology of Personality
PSY 35000-Abnormal Psychology

Summer Sessions – Visualized!

At your registration appointment your advisor may be using new vocabulary to explain the differences between summer sessions at Purdue.  Below is an infographic showing Purdue summer session options, as well as when they begin and end.  Some tips when registering for summer courses:

  • Scheduling Assistant chooses among sessions randomly – as long as they fit into your schedule.  So ALWAYS check the dates of the course before you submit!
  • To see all of the courses in a given session: MyPurdue > Academic Tab > Look Up Classes > Summer 2015 > Advanced Search.  Then select all subjects by clicking on the first subject, holding the Shift key, and clicking on the last subject.  Select your desired “Part of Term.”

Summer School sessions*, ** Courses are listed as ending on August 4 in MyPurdue.

Camp Riley Immersive Summer Course (EPCS 49000, May 18 – June 12)

EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) is offering a three-week immersive design experience during the “Maymester” (May 18 – June 12, 2015) working with the Camp Riley team in Bradford Woods at Martinsville, IN.

Although the camp is very accessible, this EPICS course will focus on designing ways to overcome barriers that still exist at this site for children with disabilities.  Cost is tuition for the course plus $340 to cover transportation, accommodation, and meals at Bradford Woods.  All majors are welcome, but instructor approval is required!  Please e-mail for additional information at


Taking Summer Courses at Purdue-West Lafayette

  • Summer 2015 course sessions vary in length: 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, or 12 weeks in length (scroll down to “2015 Summer Session for exact dates).
  • When choosing summer courses, educate yourself about the session options and their weekly time commitments at MyPurdue > Academic Tab > Look Up Classes > Summer 2015.  Scheduling Assistant does not easily distinguish between a 4- and 8-week session option.  It’s up to you to check the dates of each course before submitting the final schedule.
  • Summer courses cover the same amount of material taught during the Fall or Spring, except during a much shorter period.  The credit hours earned is the same, no matter when the course is taken. Summer course grades replace Fall and Spring grades for equivalent courses and vice versa.
  • Why Summer can be more difficult than Fall or Spring:
    • For example, a 16-week Spring course that met 2 hours a week for lecture and 3 hours a week for lab will require a 4 hour lecture and 6 hour lab commitment for the same course’s summer 8 week version. Four week courses require even more in-class hours per week.  This doesn’t count out-of-class preparation time which also increases.
    • In addition, the assignments and tests occur much sooner.  If tests and project deadlines occur once a month in a 16-week Fall course, they happen once every 2 weeks in an 8-week Summer course and once every week in a 4-week course.
    • Because of this intensity, there is an unofficial set of limits: no more than 4 credit hours in a 4-week session and no more than 10 credit hours total across the summer. This helps prevents overload and poor grades.
  • In general, math and science courses are offered in 8-week sessions (or longer).  Four- and 6-week sessions are reserved for 3 credit, lecture-based courses such as COM 114 and ECON 251.

For those students from other colleges who want to take only summer courses at Purdue (but are enrolled elsewhere): Please go to and select the orange application box (“All Other Student”).  On the application, you’ll select “Undergraduate NonDegree