Every Boilermaker Engineer Codes (EBEC)


Important Dates
Spring Registration Opens

September 25th, 2023

Spring Start Date

January 8th, 2024

Spring Late Registration Deadline

January 22nd, 2024

Spring End Date

May 4, 2024

Fall Registration Opens

May 22, 2024

Fall Start Date

August 19, 2024

Fall Late Registration Deadline

September 2, 2024

Fall End Date

December 14, 2024

Course Info

The College of Engineering is offering Entry-Level Programming in Python to help you build your skills and your resume. The course is open to anyone with a Purdue account, and no previous coding experience is required.

This course uses Python to introduce fundamental procedural and object-oriented programming concepts. Amongst the many topics covered are such diverse elements as variables, data structures (lists, tuples, dictionaries, and sets), file handling, decision structures, loops, functions and modules, as well as classes and objects, data attributes, and methods.1

The course content is split over 13 units with each containing reading assignments, recorded lectures, programming exercises and a quiz. The last unit focuses on a comprehensive multi-week final project. Passing typically requires about 6 hours of work per unit. We cover one unit per week in spring and fall semesters, and 2 units per week in the summer semesters. Help is provided through multiple virtual office hours and multiple in-person sessions every week. Learners who successfully complete the course requirements will earn a certificate issued by the College of Engineering.

Familiarity with intermediate algebra and a personal computer on which you can install software are required.

During the fall and spring semester, this course is offered as a free non-credit course to all Purdue students, faculty, and staff. This is a low pressure, no stress version of the course. It will not appear on your transcript or affect your GPA, but learners who successfully complete the course requirements will earn a certificate issued by the College of Engineering.

Due to resource limitations, EBEC will not be offered during summer 2024. We expect to resume the summer offering in 2025.

The summer offering is open to everyone as a 1 credit hour course at the regular tuition rate per credit hour. Current Purdue students can register for the summer semester through the Scheduling Assistant. Others may take this course in the summer by first applying to Purdue as non-degree student, and then registering through the Scheduling Assistant. Application details for non-degree seeking students can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is open to anyone with an active Purdue account. This includes students from all schools and majors, graduate students, faculty and staff.  Others may take this course in the summer by first applying to Purdue as non-degree student. Application details for non-degree seeking students can be found here.

Each certificate has the Purdue College of Engineering logo, the recipient's name, the name of the course, the month and year it was issued, and will be signed the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Prof. Cole.  Certificates are issued as a link to a university hosted certificate image.  You can share this link on social media or with anyone who would like to verify your achievement. You can also download and print your certificate if you prefer a paper copy.  A QR code on each certificate links back to its Purdue hosted image for verification purposes.

In summer, this course is offered for 1 credit hour.  When taken for credit, it will appear on your academic transcript and influence your GPA.  In the fall and spring semesters, this is a non-credit course that will not appear on your transcript or affect your GPA.

None.  This course is designed for beginners.

The course assignments are divided into units. In the fall and spring, we complete one unit each week concurrently with the regular 16-week semester. In summer, we complete two units each week during the first 8-week summer module. Most students who complete the course spend between 5 and 6 hours working on each unit. However, some students spend as little as 1 hour per unit, and others spend over 10 hours.

There are multiple virtual office hours and multiple in-person sessions on Purdue University's West Lafayette campus throughout each week.  The schedule of times and locations depends on how many students register, and will be made available to registered students before the start of class.  You may attend any or all of the sessions that work with your schedule.  Attendance during the in-person sessions is encouraged, but is not required.  All the course content will be available through Brightspace.

In addition to regular in-person sessions, there will be multiple orientation sessions on the first day of class.  Since the capacity in the orientation sessions is limited, session choice takes place on a first come, first served basis.

Yes.  You may work remotely, in-person, or switch between modes as needed.  Lecture videos are made available before class so that in-person sessions can be used to work through programming exercises. If the in-person session schedule does not work for you, several virtual office hours are also available throughout the week.

Not yet, but an intermediate level of this course is in the early stages of development.  Any news related to the development of higher level courses will be posted on this webpage.  In the meantime, here are some additional resources you might be interested in:

If you are taking this course for credit, follow these instructions provided by the registrar to drop this or any other course.  If you are not taking this course for credit, just send me an email from your Purdue email address saying that you need to drop and why.  If you do decide to drop, please allow up to a week to be completely disenrolled from the course.

Meet the Team

Portrait of John Cole.

Prof. Cole (he/him/his)

Lafayette, Indiana
BSEE, PhD Electrical Engineering
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Dog dad to Beau and Bear
Portrait of Advait (AJ) Jawaji.

AJ (he/him/his)

Mumbai, India
Mechanical Engineering
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I like playing chess and watching anime!
Portrait of Steph Close.

Steph (she/they)

Albany, New York
Computer Engineering
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I use python as an art medium. Over the last couple of years I've used it to develop image-based and user-interactive projects.
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Alex (he/him/his)

Washington, D.C., USA
Civil Engineering
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I'm a certified pilot of the Boilermaker Xtra Special!
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Lili (she/her/hers)

Davis, California, USA
Computer Science
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I run half marathons!
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Hanna (she/her/hers)

Waterville, Ohio, USA
Electrical Engineering
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I played the clarinet for 8 years.
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Jeremy (he/him/his)

Chanhassen, Minnesota, USA
Mechanical Engineering
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Plays guitar and can solve a Rubix cube in under 2 minutes.
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Kanari (he/him/his)

Lexington, Kentucky, USA
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I make the captions for the videos.
Portrait of Tyler Sivertsen.

Tyler (he/him/his)

Noblesville, Indiana, USA
Computer Engineering
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I love puzzles and math, the more complex the better.
Portrait of Ruth Sugiarto.

Ruth (she/her/hers)

West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Computer Engineering
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I was born on Star Wars Day!
Portrait of Alex Kmetko.

Alex (he/him/his)

Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
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I have a large sweater collection.
Portrait of Casey Ward.

Casey (they/them/theirs)

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Physics and Math
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I am an artist.
Portrait of Trang Do.

Trang (she/her/hers)

Hanoi, Vietnam
Data Science
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You can't spell awesome without me.
Westfield, Indiana, USA
Biomedical Engineering
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I have a black lab.
Portrait of Jack Scarfo.

Jack (he/him/his)

Smithtown, New York, USA
First-Year Engineering
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I like to read Sci-Fi books.