PHYS 21800-PP sections (Spring 2016)

The Physics 218-PP special section is an initiative to develop an instructional process to teach physics that does not discriminate students on the basis of their prior to college physics or mathematics training.

Physics 218-PP is taught using algebra based mathematics and therefore, students are not required to have college level mathematics prior to taking physics 2178. It has been observed that freshmen students perform well in the course just with their high school algebra.

The entire instructional process is driven in the form of student collaboration within groups. Groups will be assigned on the basis of initial diagnostic test. The assessment process is competency based. This means that students are given unlimited attempts to gain mastery in the course objectives. There will be no mid-term or final exams.

Interested?  When registering, go to MyPurdue > Academics Tab > Add or Drop Classes.  Then type in these three CRNs, one CRN per box: 19534, 19535, 19536.  Then click the Submit button.

Questions? Ask your academic advisor!

“In the English Landscape” Maymester (May 16 – June 9)

“In the English Landscape: History, Horticulture, and Landscape Architecture,” HORT/HIST/LA 45000, is a joint study abroad opportunity hosted by the Departments of History and Horticulture & Landscape Architecture.  It consists of a three-week exploration of the landscape arts within the historical context of religion, economics, and culture of England.  The itenerary will take students to beautiful castles and manors located in London, the West Country, and the Midlands.

This program is an excellent way for younger or less well-traveled students to “get their feet wet” in study abroad.  It is 100% Purdue run, earns you 3 credits, and provides solid structure along with enough free time for exploration.  And do not let the 45000 number concern you – there are no prerequisites!   It is truly accessible to all students regardless of discipline.  In fact, it is mostly a history course masquerading as a landscape architecture or horticulture course, but it takes a more culture-based approach to our shared history.

Anyone is welcome to contact Dr. Michael Dana at or at (765) 494-5923 to learn more about HORT 45000.

EAPS 12000A Second 8-week Course

From Prof. Jon Harbor, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS):

Introduction To Geography (CRN 68900): EAPS 12000A, section Y01.  Entirely online with no scheduled on-campus meeting dates.  Course dates: 10/21/15 – 12/12/15.  Fulfills the Science/Tech/Society requirement for the University Core.

Note: Success in online courses can require more organizational skills and personal motivation than is needed for success in a traditional classroom-based course.  Students on academic probation or who are struggling with poor study skills and procrastination issues should not take this course. 

Geography is an exciting, relevant, and broad discipline-linking subjects such as Political Science, Economics, Sociology, and Physical and Environmental Sciences. This course provides an overview of the major themes of geography.  It heightens students’ awareness of global issues, enhances spatial thinking skills, and provides them with tools to understand how the world around us changes at local, regional, and global scales. This course is offered in fall, spring, and summer.

EAPS 12000A is designed to fit the needs of students who want to spread out the work over more of the semester.  All of the individual work in the course is available ahead of time – only the 50% of the assignments that involve student peer and group interaction are restricted to the second 8 week period.  In fact, some students enrolled in the course this fall are already working on their individual assignments. However, all of the course deadlines are in the second 8 weeks and all of the coursework can be completed within the second 8 week period.  

Short Courses to Increase English Fluency (Fall 2015)

From Matthew Allen, Assistant Director, PLaCE (Purdue Language and Cultural Exchange):

As you know, PLaCE offers foundational English language support in semester-long courses GS 100 and 101. But, PLaCE also offers “short courses” (less than a semester) to provide additional options for support in English language development.  These courses are open to all students.

Short Ccourses are longer than a workshop but shorter than a full semester, and do not count toward students’ GPA or show up on their academic transcript.  Because short courses last only 5-6 weeks, they allow students more flexibility. A variety of short course topics will be offered during both the first half and the second half of the fall semester.

Registration will be done online through Google Forms (short URL:

Please send questions to  We hope you will be able to join us!

COM 332: Studio Television Production (Fall 2015)

Looking for another class and are interested in the world of TV production?  COM 332 still has seats available.  Here is the course description:

For students interested in exploring careers in broadcasting, television, public relations, advertising, and media production. Students will learn all aspects of television production, including producing, directing, camera, audio, and how to work as on-camera talent.  Students will create television projects and segments throughout the semester, focusing on content such as advertising, news and sports production, and demonstration-based entertainment. For more information contact Professor Doug Osman.

Even though this is a “300-level” course, it is still appropriate for freshman and sophomores.  There are no pre-requisites and no previous experience is required – and you don’t have to be a COM major!