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Learning Beyond the Classroom Certificate

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Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) is open only to students majoring in the College of Science. It is a voluntary program aimed at encouraging you, the College of Science student, to engage in activities that provide hands-on experience and opportunities to apply classroom knowledge. Successful completion of the LBC program will be noted on your official Purdue transcript. You will also receive a certificate of completion.

Participation in LBC involves attending, organizing, or leading activities that fall into three general categories: career and professional development; service, citizenship and leadership; and experience with domestic and international diversity. Progress in each of the three areas is tracked by a point system. Points are earned by submitting reports on participation in activities. The number of points earned varies with the intensity of the activity.

Learning Beyond the Classroom website

Requirements for the Certificate

Completing the LBC certificate requires that you:

  1. Accumulate a total of 24 points, with at least 4 points in each of 3 categories.
  2. Participate in at least one intensive activity lasting an extended period of time, such as semester-long study abroad, full-time summer internship, two (consecutive) semesters of undergraduate research, an entrepreneurial activity together with the certificate of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and academic year resident assistant. Such an activity is worth 10 points.
  3. Include either (a) 3 credits of approved coursework with grades of P or C- or higher (one or more courses totaling 3 credits can meet this requirement) or (b) a semester-long study abroad program (worth 10 points) or some combination of spring break (4 points) and/or summer study abroad activities (6 points), totaling 10 points.
  4. In most cases, a maximum of 6 points per year and 10 points in total may be earned for any particular activity. It is estimated that completion of the certificate will take approximately 30 hours over your college career in addition to the intensive 10-point activity described above.

Learning Beyond the Classroom Details


Among the requirements of the Learning Beyond the Classroom Certificate Program is that you participate in either (a) approved coursework with grades of P (pass) or C- or higher (one or more courses totaling 3 credits meets this requirement) or (b) semester-long study abroad or the equivalent.

Below you will find a table of courses that have been identified as meeting the objectives of this program. If there is an experiential course which is not here that you believe to be similar to those listed, contact the administrator. The College of Science Office of Undergraduate Education reserves the right to determine whether a course meets the program criteria.


  • Students who are enrolling in EDCI 49800  or ENTR 48000  during their final semester and wish to receive points toward LBC should alert LBC of their plans at the beginning of the semester.

Prerequisite Information

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


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