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College of Science students take their first steps into the fast-paced world of scientific discovery by becoming a part of the Discoveries in Chemistry Learning Community. First-year students come together with dedicated faculty and staff to develop a foundation in basic and applied science through shared classes, social learning community activities and unlimited opportunities to build friendships that will last a lifetime. With the benefit of peer support, students challenge themselves to be scientists who will someday solve the scientific challenges of their time. This learning community has a unique partnership with The Data Mine learning community. As a first-year student you will have the opportunity to be among peers with similar interests in Chemistry in addition to being in a living and learning environment that explores how data analytics can be a tool to inform all disciplines.  You will have the option of taking the affiliated Data Mine seminar course. 


  • First-time beginning students admitted to the College of Science with a Chemistry major

Residential Component

  • Students from this learning community must reside in Hillenbrand Hall
  • Students who are required to reside in a different residence hall (e.g. due to the Honors College or athletics participation) or who do not sign a housing contract may not participate in this learning community
  • Your roommate in most cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community


Fall and Spring semesters

Associated Classes


CHM 12500 - Introduction to Chemistry I

CHM 19400 - Freshman Chemistry Orientation

STAT 19000 - The Data Mine Seminar I (optional)


CHM 12600 - Introduction to Chemistry II

STAT 19000 - The Data Mine Seminar II (optional)

Events and Activities Included:

  • Career panel
  • Community service projects
  • Nobel laureate exhibit visit
  • Periodic meals with faculty, staff, and alumni
  • Family Day and History of Purdue Chemistry
  • Movie nights
  • Call-out for Chemistry Club
  • Fowler Wind Farm and Fair Oaks Farm visit

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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