Science Selective

The Science Selective is intended to provide FYE Program students with more in-depth knowledge of general chemistry, computer programming, or biology. Typically taken during a student's second semester at Purdue, the science selective requirement can be fulfilled by completing a second semester of general chemistry, a computer programming course, or at least three credit hours of specified biology (see list below).

Students with transfer credit for an equivalent course at another college or university may be allowed to obtain credit for one of these courses and satisfy their Science Selective requirement. Students interested in majoring in Chemical Engineering who test out of both semesters of general chemistry are encouraged to take at least one semester of laboratory chemistry at Purdue in preparation for organic chemistry. Credit by examination is not accepted for CS 15900. Students may receive credit for BIOL 11000 by scoring a minimum of 4 on the Advanced Placement exam, 5 on the International Baccalaureate (higher level) exam, or a 55 on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). A Purdue Advanced Credit Exam is available for BIOL 12100; however, the lab course (BIOL 13500) will also be required.
 

Recommendations of Science Selectives by Professional School

Major
Science Selective
Clarification
ABE
General Chemistry II required
Students intending to specialize in Machine Systems Engineering will be allowed to substitute Computer Programming.
AAE
Computer Programming recommended
Computer Programming is a degree requirement.  If any other Science Selective is taken in the first year, then it will be used, if possible as a Technical Elective in the AAE Plan of Study.
BME
General Chemistry II required
General Chemistry II is required during the first year.  Computer Programming is also a degree requirement and is required before junior year and recommended for the first year.
ChE
General Chemistry II required
Computer Programming and all Biology courses, except BIOL 11000, can be used as a technical elective.
CE
General Chemistry II strongly recommended; computer programming acceptable
Students who select Computer Programming may be limited in their Technical Elective choices.  At this time, courses in the Biology option will not satisfy any degree requirements.
CEM
Any of the courses in the set listed below
 
ECE
Computer Programming recommended
Computer Programming is a degree requirement; other Science Selectives will fulfill the ECE Science Elective.
EEE
General Chemistry II required. Computer Programming can be used as a technical elective.
 
IE
Computer Programming required
The biology courses will not be used unless student has a specific Plan of Study requiring biology (e.g. pre-med).
Interdisciplinary/
Multidisciplinary (updated)
Recommendations vary depending on the Plan of Study being followed
Check with advisor. In general, if a student takes two Science Selectives, both will be counted for graduation.
MSE
General Chemistry II required
 
ME
Any of the courses in the set listed below
Students should pick their Science Selective based on career objectives.
NE
Computer Programming or General Chemistry II
Computer Programming and General Chemistry II are both degree requirements; however, Biology courses will not be used.
Undecided
Consult with an advisor
 

General Chemistry II options: CHM 11600

Computer Programming options: CS 15900

Biology options: BIOL 11000; BIOL 11100; both BIOL 12100 and BIOL 13500; or BIOL 13100

The courses that satisfy the science selective requirement are listed below.

  • Biological Sciences – BIOL 11000 – Fundamentals of Biology I is a four-credit hour course offered in the fall and spring. This course is designed primarily to provide an introduction to the principles of biology for students in agriculture and health sciences. Principles of biology, focusing on diversity, ecology, evolution, and the development, structure, and function of organisms.

  • Biological Sciences – BIOL 11100 – Fundamentals of Biology II is a four-credit hour course offered in the fall and spring and is the continuation of BIOL 11000. This course is designed primarily to provide an introduction to the principles of biology for students in agriculture and health sciences. Principles of biology, focusing on cell structure and function, molecular biology, and genetics. BIOL 11000 is a pre-requisite.

  • Biological Sciences – BIOL 12100 – Biology I: Diversity, Ecology, and Behavior is a two-credit hour course offered in the fall and spring. This course creates a framework for ordering biology by examining the unity and diversity of life on earth with an emphasis on ecology, genetics, population biology, evolution, and behavior.

  • Biological Sciences – BIOL 13100 – Biology II: Development, Structure, and Function of Organisms is a three-credit hour course typically offered in the spring. In this course the principles of development of plants and animals and the relationship between the structure and function of selected systems of these organisms are examined. BIOL 12100 is a pre-requisite for students not in the College of Science.

  • Biological Sciences – BIOL 13500 – First Year Biology Lab is a two credit-hour biology laboratory. It has a co-requisite of BIOL 12100. CHM 11500 is an additional co-requisite.
  • Chemistry - CHM 11600 - General Chemistry II is a four credit-hour continuation of CHM 11500, offered during the fall and spring semesters. Students must have earned a C- or higher in CHM 11500 or CHM 12300 or have obtained credit for CHM 11500 or CHM 12300 to enroll in this course.

  • Chemistry - CHM 12400 - General Chemistry for Engineers II is a four credit-hour continuation of CHM 12300, offered during the spring semester only. Students must have earned a C or higher in CHM 12300 or have obtained credit for CHM 11500 or CHM 12300 to enroll in this course.  This course is not currently being offered.

  • Computer Sciences - CS 15900 - Programming Applications for Engineers provides students with additional principles, concepts, and methods of programming in C and MATLAB, with an emphasis on applications in the physical sciences and engineering. Emphasizing a collaborative approach, this course introduces students to algorithms and data structures. Offered in both the fall and spring semesters, this three credit-hour course has a co-requisite of ENGR 19500, Transforming Ideas to Innovation I.