Classes 411: College of Ag

It’s Madi again! We are now ringing in November, which means there is not much time remaining in the Fall Semester. Where has the time gone?

This time around I’m going to talk specifically about some interesting agricultural classes. If you are not in the College of Ag, do not turn away! Many of these classes can apply to various requirements for many majors. In fact, I am in the College of Health and Human Sciences and I have taken one.

First and foremost, AGEC 217 is a classic economics class and Dr. DeBoer is a great professor with a flare for teaching. He typically teaches a power hour and his teaching style will not only keep you entertained, but also help you grasp the concepts much easier.

My second suggestion is ENTM 105. Yes, this is an entomology class or better known as Insects: Friend and Foe. Insects are not just tiny annoying creatures; to quote the Lion King they play an important part in the “circle of life” and can aid in crime scene investigations. However, if you have a phobia of insects, keep in mind that you will be required to keep a cockroach as a pet. Who knows, this could be your chance to face your fears.

Unfortunately, the last class I will be promoting is not offered this spring, but keep an open eye come next fall. ENTM 218 is the Introduction to Forensic Science. In this class, you will learn everything pertinent to the crime scene. You will learn everything from data collection at the crime scene to behavioral analysis of the culprits. This is not CSI; it’s better. It’s real.

I hope these suggestions help you in your pursuit of a wonderful education here at Purdue!

Until next time!


Classes 411: HORT360, THTR133, EAS106

Hey guys Madi here! I hope you guys are as excited for autumn, costumes and free candy as much as I am. I know it is hard to believe that October Break is this weekend (thank goodness!), but personally I find it’s even harder to believe that we will be signing up for spring classes soon! In fact this Monday, October 7, the registrar will open up the classes for all Purdue campus to see, enjoy, and fret over. Don’t stress your self out too much, though. Not only do you have access to Purdue’s Scheduling Assistant to take some of the tedious work away but you also have me to help you find fun, easy, and/or interesting classes to take to fill requirements and discover different courses you didn’t know Purdue had. Or if you’re looking to maybe come to Purdue next year, you’ll already have a perfect guide for classes to take!

Though I have not taken this class myself, I have only ever heard great things about it: HORT360 Flower Arranging. It is exactly how it sounds; a class that teaches you how to arrange flowers in great designs. It’s a lot of fun and requires minimal out-of-class work.

From personal experience, I know this next class is a blast. THTR 133 Survey of Acting is a great way to meet new people from all majors and basically just have a great time. Naturally, you have to memorize lines and perform in front of the class but don’t let that turn you away. You practice in class a LOT, get feedback, and practice yet again. Everyone is in the same boat as you; no one is a professional actor. Students take this class to have fun and believe it or not you actually learn real life skills that apply to any career (don’t believe me? Consider public speaking).

Last but certainly not least, there is EAS106 Geosciences in the Cinema in which you get to watch disaster movies and then discuss if this could really happen. What more is there to say? You had me at disaster movies. But in all seriousness, this is a great class to take to learn more about the Earth we live on and participate in class discussion.

Every month I will be discussing different classes you won’t want to miss out on so don’t worry, there is plenty more where that came from!

Meet Our Ambassador Bloggers

With such a large campus, it’s hard to keep track of everything that happens at Purdue. We’ve gathered some of our Exploratory Studies Ambassadors to post once a month on certain topics. Let’s meet our  first 2 bloggers, shall we?

 Meet Madi Herman


Hometown: Needham, IN

Major: Psychology / Pre-Med

Year: Senior

Blogging topic: Classes galore at Purdue from how to pass the classes you’re in to what fun classes to take next semester. (or when you come to Purdue!)

Fun fact: I have been in karate for 13 years now. Even though I’m away at college I still stay involved.

Meet Sarah Kober


Hometown: Grand Haven, MI

Major: Biology

Year: Junior

Blogging topic: Clubs and Organizations

Fun fact: I studied abroad in New Zealand Spring 2013.


Stay tuned to meet the rest of our Ambassador Bloggers and check out our blog every week for their posts!

Schedule Changing Strategies

Thinking about making some scheduling changes?  Here are some things you need to know:

  •  E-mail your advisor if you are going to drop or add a new course.  No  e-mail is required if you are just changing the time of an existing course.
  •  To prevent frustrating lines at the Registrar’s office and a possible loss of course seats, make all schedule changes before August 19.
  • To change your schedule, you will need your Alternate PIN.  If you have lost it, find it on MyPurdue under the Academic tab Registration Tools menu → Display Registration PIN link.
  •  In MyPurdue, if you want to change the time of one part of a course, you must drop all of the parts of the course and then re-add all of them.  Make sure that there is space in all the parts of the course before you drop the old sections.  There are no “go backs.”
  • If you are registered for Calculus and CHM 11500 or PHYS 17200, and you want to change your Math (MA) time, you may encounter an error asking you to drop your PHYS or CHM course first.   How to change only your MA time by dropping and adding sections at the same time:

– Research the CRNs of the sections you want to add and type them into the boxes at the bottom of the “Add or Drop Classes” page.
– Next, go to the schedule and drop the old sections by clicking on the drop-down box. Select “drop” for all of the sections.
– Now, click “Submit Changes.”  This drops and adds the MA sections at the same time.
– If this does not work, you may have to drop BOTH classes and re-add them. Make sure all the parts of both classes have space in them before you drop and add.  When re-adding the courses, add MA first and then the science class.

  •  EDPS 10500, USP 90000, or USP 90200:  Do not drop or change the times of these courses without your advisor’s permission.
  • In order to graduate on time, maintain between 15 to 17 credit hours.  Stay above 12 credit hours to ensure financial aid and insurance coverage.
  •  If you have problems accessing MyPurdue, contact the ITaP Customer Service Center at or at (765) 494-4000.