Mar 28, 2023  
2020-2021 University Catalog 
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Plant Studies - Exploratory (Pre)

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About the Program

This pre-major is intended to serve as an optional entry point/portal for students interested in life sciences and enrolling in the Purdue College of Agriculture with an interest in plants but who are uncertain about the differences between all the majors and career options. As a Plant Studies - Exploratory major, students will make progress toward their Bachelor of Science degree and engage the numerous experiential learning opportunities (e.g. learning communities, clubs, leadership opportunities, Study Abroad, etc.) offered in the College. Students will have up to 4-semesters or 60 total credits to explore the various majors before selecting one that best meets their educational and career interests. It is anticipated that most students will likely select a major by the end of their first two semesters.

Plant Studies-Exploratory Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Degree Requirements

31.5-34.5 credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (2.5 credits)

Electives (1-3 credits)

  • Electives - Credit Hours: 1.00-3.00

Program Requirements

Critical Course

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In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


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