Purdue University College of Science

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Purdue University College of Science
Established 1907
Dean Jeff Roberts[1]
Academic staff 310[2]
Undergraduates 2,800[3]
Postgraduates 1,000[4]
Location United States West Lafayette, IN, USA
Affiliations Purdue University
Website www.science.purdue.edu

The Purdue University College of Science is one of eight major academic divisions, or Colleges, of Purdue University. The science courses offered by the College of Science account for about one-fourth of Purdue's one million student credit hours.[5]


The College of Science contains seven minor academic divisions, or Departments.


The College of Science, originally contained within Stanley Coulter Hall, has since dispersed to occupy many different buildings of the main campus in West Lafayette, Indiana. For example, the Biology Department is located in Lilly Hall of Life Sciences, the Mathematics Department in the Mathematical Sciences Building, the Statistics Department in the Felix Haas Hall and part of the Mathematical Sciences Building, the Physics Department in the Physics Building, and most of the Computer Science Department in the Lawson Computer Science Building (with the rest in the Felix Haas Hall). Other Departments are similarly scattered throughout the campus.


Classes in the sciences have been taught since Purdue opened in 1874. In 1875, the first degree from Purdue — a bachelor's degree in chemistry — was granted in science. The School of Science was formally established in 1907. It was reorganized several times afterwards. In 1953, liberal arts and education were integrated into the school and the name was changed to the School of Science, Education, and Humanities. The school was again restructured 1963, at which point the liberal arts and education divisions were removed the School of Science achieved its present form. In 2004, the School of Science was renamed the College of Science. All other schools at Purdue were renamed with the exceptions of the Krannert School of Management and the School of Veterinary Medicine. The College of Science celebrated its centennial in 2007 with lectures by the MythBusters and Jane Goodall.[6]


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