Core Course Areas

The ESE program focuses on seven core course areas (list below) supporting the five major themes:

Core Course Areas:

Click here to view a list of courses that will meet the ESE core requirements. Click the tabs at the bottom of the Excel file to browse courses for each core course area. We do our best to keep this file revised and updated, but realize that courses change often and this document should be used as a guide. Please contact us at if you have any questions regarding course requirements.

All students must take during their degree program or have taken in their previous degree program* the following courses:

Biology 59500 (Ecology) 3 credits 
One course (3 credits) in the area of Environmental Policy, Economics, Human Dimensions, & Institutional Analysis

GRAD 61200 (Responsible Conduct in Research) 1 credit or comparable course - Should be taken within the first year in the graduate program

One course each from two of the four of the following ESE cores

* If a previous degree was not at Purdue University, transcripts will be reviewed by Program Head to identify if any previous courses (passed with a B or better) qualify to replace the required courses listed above.

Although listed as one of the core areas, the professional development core is not required, but strongly encouraged. There are several professional development courses that may be of interest and relevant to your unique research area. Such courses can be identified with the help of your advisory committee. Participating in the planning of the annual ESE Symposium also serves as a professional development activity.

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