Oct 01, 2023
The field of Fermentation Science integrates scientific disciplines, such as microbiology and biochemistry, with process engineering to discover ways to use microbes as biotechnological factories to produce goods of societal value, from foods to biofuels to pharmaceuticals. A fermentation scientist possesses the skills necessary to engineer microbes to convert diverse feedstocks into value-added products, design and operate fermentation processes, and recover and refine the synthesized products. Graduates apply scientific knowledge and economic principles to biotechnology and fermentation operation, research, development, and marketing or pursue graduate studies in biotechnology, applied microbiology, or biological engineering.
120 Credits Required
Departmental/Program Major Courses (33 credits)
Required Major Courses (33 credits)
Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (80-81 credits)
Electives (6-7 credits)
- Electives - Credit Hours: 6.00 - 7.00
College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements
Courses Not Applicable in Agricultural Plans of Study
The following courses are not applicable as credit toward graduation in any College of Agriculture baccalaureate degree program:
- CHM 10000; ENGL 10000, 10900, 11100; ENGR 19100, 19200, 19300; MA 11100, 12300, 13300, 13400, 15100; 15555, PHYS 14900; STAT 11300, 11400; and all General Studies courses except GS 49000 - Discovery Park Undergraduate Research.
Credits earned in one of the following course - MA 15200, 15300, 15400 or MA 15800 - may be used as an unrestricted elective in the College of Agriculture undergraduate plans of study, but may not be used as a Mathematics and Sciences Selectives.
University Core Requirements
For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
- Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
- Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
- Information Literacy (IL)
- Oral Communication (OC)
- Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
- Science #1 (SCI)
- Science #2 (SCI)
- Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
- Written Communication (WC)
Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement
The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry. For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.
Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:
- Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
- Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
- Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course).
Upper Level Requirement
- Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of coursework required and approved for the completion of the degree. These courses are expected to be at least junior-level (30000+) courses.
- Students should be able to fulfill most, if not all, of these credits within their major requirements; there should be a clear pathway for students to complete any credits not completed within their major.
Spring 4th Year
- FS 48300 - Fermentation Capstone
- Fermentation Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Humanities or Social Sciences Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Humanities or Social Sciences Selective (30000+) - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00 - 3.00
- 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
- Minimum GPA of 2.50 in FS core classes.
- Students must meet a minimum GPA ≥ 2.50 in math and science courses to enroll in upper division FS courses.
- Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.
World Language Courses
World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor. (ASL-American Sign Language; ARAB-Arabic; CHNS-Chinese; FR-French; GER-German; GREK-Greek(Ancient); HEBR-Hebrew(Biblical); HEBR-Hebrew(Modern); ITAL-Italian; JPNS-Japenese; KOR-Korean; LATN-Latin; PTGS=Portuguese; RUSS-Russian; SPAN-Spanish)
The ♦ course is considered critical.
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”.
The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.
Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.
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