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The Bands and Orchestras - Science Learning Community is open to all first-year band and orchestra students who are also enrolled in the College of Science. The SCI 19500 course is taught by faculty and staff from Purdue Bands & Orchestras. Throughout the semester, students will gain knowledge about career opportunities, resume preparation, and personal development requirements that are needed to succeed in a career within the sciences. This course is also designed to inform students about the resources around Purdue University to help with personal development. Students will gain knowledge in networking, interviewing, and other interpersonal skill techniques, and begin to plan for work or internship experiences by hearing from current band or orchestra science students. Each class will highlight a guest speaker who will engage students on topics that will prepare them for life during college and after graduation. Off-campus travel may be scheduled through which the intersection of music and science is explored. The class offers academic credit and meets one day per week for the fall semester only. 

Note: For those interested, participants may combine this learning community with the Women in Science Learning Community housed in Meredith South Hall.  If you wish to participate in both learning communities, the learning community you preference higher will determine your housing location.


  • First-time beginning students in the College of Science 
  • Students have to audition and enroll in a band or orchestra ensemble. Eligible ensembles include: “All-American” Marching Band, jazz bands, concert bands, orchestras, Golduster Dance Team, twirlers, and Golden Silks Color Guard.  Please visit the Purdue Bands & Orchestras website to find out how to audition. For further information please contact the band & orchestra office at 765-496-3288

Residential Component

  • Students from this learning community reside in Shreve Hall
  • Circumstances preventing a student from living in this hall, such as participating in the Honors College or living off-campus, will be taken into consideration when conducting the placement process
  • Your roommate in many cases will be a member of the learning community
  • If you wish to participate in Women in Science and live in Meredith South Hall, be sure to prioritize Women in Science above this learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community


 Fall Semester

Associated Classes

SCI 19500 - Special Topics in Science

SCLA 10100 - Transformative Texts, Critical Thinking and Communication I: Antiquity to Modernity

Events and Activities Included:

  • Attend concerts for an ensemble in which you do not perform in at Purdue
  • Periodic meals with faculty
  • Auditory safety
  • End of semester dinner
  • Team building courses

Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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