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Great Issues in Science

Curricular Outcomes: ability to think and function as a scientist and demonstrated breadth of knowledge

This important core requirement challenges College of Science students to apply their critical thinking and analytical abilities gained from engagement in their major area of study to the global conversation regarding the impact of Science on society and the ramifications of scientific advances.

Curricular Notice:

Courses which have been taken to meet the Great Issues requirement may not also be used to meet a student's Culture/Diversity or General Education requirement. AP, IB, and A LEVEL credit will not meet the Great Issues Requirement. Transfer courses from accredited institutions may be submitted to as student's advisor for review by the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education.

If you would like to view the course description, please access the MyPurdue Course Catalog.

Archived Great Issues Courses

*Variable Title Great Issues Courses. Only the titles listed for a variable title course (ex. HONR 39900) are approved to meet the Great Issues requirement.







BIOL - Biology31200Great Issues Genomics &SocietySpring 20223
BIOL - Biology39500The COVID-19 PandemicFall 20233
BIOL - Biology48300Great Issues: Environmental And Conservation BiologySpring 20224
BIOL - Biology49500Data Science: Good Versus Bad*4
BIOL - Biology49500Energy Transduction Spring 20224
CHM - Chemistry49000The Nuclear Age*Spring 20224
CNIT - Computer and Info Tech49900Seminar in Global Policy Issues*4
CS - Computer Science39000Great Issues in Computer Science*Fall 20233
EAPS - Earth Atmos Planetary Sci30100Oil !3
EAPS - Earth Atmos Planetary Sci32700Climate, Science & SocietySpring 2022,Summer 2023,Fall 20233
EAPS - Earth Atmos Planetary Sci36000Great Issues In Science And SocietySpring 2022,Fall 20233
EAPS - Earth Atmos Planetary Sci36400Natural Hazards: Sci & Society3
EAPS - Earth Atmos Planetary Sci37500Fossil Fuels, Energy & SocietySpring 2022,Summer 2023,Fall 20233
EAPS - Earth Atmos Planetary Sci59100Models in Climate Change Science & Policy*5
HIST - History31305Medical Devices & InnovationHumanities (H)Fall 20233
HIST - History30700Hist Artif Intell:Minds & MachFall 2023 Only3
HIST - History35205Death, Disease & MedicineHumanities (H)3
HONR - Honors29900Food Security*2
HONR - Honors31000Spacetime!*3
HONR - Honors39900Biotechnology: Social & Ethical Issues*3
HONR - Honors39900Human Redesign*3
HONR - Honors39900The Nuclear Age: Its Science, History, and Ethics*3
HONR - Honors39900Holocene*3
HONR - Honors39900Spacetime!*Spring 20223
HONR - Honors39900Rise & Fall Of American Empire*3
MA - Mathematics27900Modern Mathematics In Science And SocietyFall 20232
MA - Mathematics49000History of MathSpring 20224
ME - Mechanical Engineering49200Technology and ValuesSpring 20224
PHYS - Physics31700Special Nuclear Materials3
PHYS - Physics49000Data Science: Good Versus Bad*4
PHYS - Physics49000Sustainable Energy Sources*4
POL - Political Science32700Global Green PoliticsBehavioral/Social Science (BSS)Spring 2022,Summer 2023,Fall 20233
POL - Political Science42900Climate, Science and Society*4
STAT - Statistics49000Data Science: Good Versus Bad*4

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