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2014-2015 University Catalog 
2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Industrial Distribution, BS

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About the Program

Virtually all corporations are dependent upon their supply chains to manage the flow of goods, services and information to help customers. You will study the entire supply chain enterprise, yet have the flexibility to select courses for your chosen career path (purchasing, distribution and product management, sales management, or logistics and materials handling).

Courses will provide a systems approach where you can understand how each area of the supply chain interacts with and relies on the rest. They will help prepare you for a career that requires skills in business analysis, communication and teamwork, technological know-how, data processing, and leadership.

Special Features

  • Gain a broad education in several technical and management areas
  • Work with and learn from professors who are at the forefront of supply chain management
  • Learn to solve problems with commonly used enterprise software systems prized by industry
  • Take advantage of highly active student organization with industry support for competitions, travel to conferences, internships and international travel opportunities
  • Study Abroad in Munich without delaying your graduation date
  • Utilize the Polytechnic learning environment to become a career-ready graduate

ATTN: ID students

Current industrial distribution (ID) students can use the same resources listed on this page. ID plans of study remain active for those students already enrolled at Purdue prior to the summer of 2015.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Industrial Distribution  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

120 Credits for graduation

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (75 credits)

Free Electives (3 credits) and Technical Electives (3 credits)

Free Electives 7 (3 credits) and Technical Electives 8 (See Supplemental Information)

University Core Requirements


Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

15 Credits

Spring 1st Year

15 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

16 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

15 Credits


*Fulfills University Core

  1. 120 credits listed above are required for the ID Bachelor of Science degree.
  2. 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
  3. 32 credits of upper division courses (30000 level or higher) must be taken at Purdue University, West Lafayette.

See below for all supplemental Information

Degree Requirements

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

myPurdue Plan is knowledge source for specific requirements and completion

ID Supplemental Information

All prerequisites must be met

MA Foundation Selective (minimum 5 credits)

1 See approved UCC Quantitative Reasoning list at: http://www.purdue.edu/provost/initiatives/curriculum/course.html

Science Foundation Selective (6 credits)

2 See approved UCC Science list at: http://www.purdue.edu/provost/initiatives/curriculum/course.html

Humanities Foundational Selective (3 credits)

3 See approved UCC Humanities list at: http://www.purdue.edu/provost/initiatives/curriculum/course.html

Written Communication Foundation Selective (minimum 3 credits)

4 Written Communication Foundation Selective

Materials and Processes Selective (3 credits)

6 Materials and Processes Selective

Free Elective (3 credits)

7 Any non-remedial course offered for credit at the University not already required/being used on the plan of study

Technical Elective (3 credits)

8 Any non-required College of Technology or Engineering (ENGR) course

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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