Fun/Interesting Classes at Purdue

Take a break from your required classes!

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November 3, 2020

I have space in my schedule; what should I do?

First and foremost- take classes that interest you! Purdue offers a broad spectrum of classes that exist outside of the requirements for your degree. In order to look for all available classes, go to mypurdue.purdue.edu and click on the Registration tab. In the Register for Classes category, click on Look up Classes. In this search tool, choose the term you are looking for and start looking through classes that might interest you.

Need suggestions? Below is a compiled list of fun/interesting classes categorized by topic. Note that course numbers might have changed since this article was written.

Art/Design

AD 242: Ceramics I

Introductory ceramics class. Note there is an extra fee for this class.

HORT 270: Floral Design & Inter Plt Mgmt

Class on flower arrangement and designs with flowers. Note there is an extra fee for this class.

MUS 250: Music Appreciation

No musical background needed- learn more about the fundamentals of music and listen to important musical compositions.

AD 255: Art Appreciation

No artistic background needed- learn more about the fundamentals of art and view art in galleries and in your community.

Sports/Activity

PES 115: Bowling (Indv Dual Mvmt Frm I)

Bowling class where you can bowl in the Purdue Memorial Union! Note there is an extra fee for this class.

Behavioral Science

SOC 100: Intro Sociology

Course covering introductory topics in sociology.

Earth and Planetary Sciences

EAPS 106: Geosciences in the Cinema

This class explores geology and natural disasters in respect to science fiction movies. This class is known to have some of the most interesting/entertaining lectures!

EAPS 104: Oceanography

Introductory course on ocean life, ocean ecosystems, and natural processes in the ocean.

EAPS 100: Planet Earth

Introductory course on Earth’s natural processes.

Outreach

CS 39000SL: MAGIC (Service Learning Outreach)

One credit course where students start programs and initiatives at local high schools in order to introduce girls to computer science. Learn more here!

EPICS

EPICS is a service-learning design program in which teams of students partner with local and global community organizations to address human, community, and environmental needs. To view the different options for EPICS courses, look for courses that start with EPCS. Learn more here!

History

HIST 371: Society & Rock & Roll

Examines post-WWII America and its relation to music, specifically rock and roll.

Grade Options

Want to take a course you’re interested in but don’t want it to count towards your GPA? Students also have the opportunity to change the grade mode for some classes to Pass/No Pass. In this grade mode, your final grade will be either P (Pass) or NP (No Pass). This grade will not impact your GPA. Note that if you change a grade mode for a certain class, this class will not count toward your degree requirements even if you get a P. The amount of credits of a P/NP class, however, counts towards your overall credit rank- for example, if you’re taking five classes that are each three credits and one class has the P/NP grade mode, you are still a 15 credit student. To fully understand if you can change a course to P/NP and how it will impact your progression in your degree, discuss this option more with your advisor.

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