2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 13, 2024  
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

2016-2017 Academic Catalog

2016-17 Undergraduate & Graduate Academic Catalog


Dear Student,

Welcome to Purdue University Northwest—the first academic year of our innovative, newly unified institution. PNW is a university of two respected Purdue campuses 35 miles apart in the Northwest Indiana communities of Hammond and Westville.

In early 2014, planning began to combine Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central into one extraordinary Purdue University Northwest.

What makes PNW extraordinary? You! First and foremost, Purdue Northwest is all about being a student-centered university. Serving you and helping you persist through any of some 70 programs of study to earn your highly valued Purdue degree is our top priority.

As Indiana’s fifth largest university, Purdue Northwest is committed to offering you:

  • Academic excellence;
  • Learning opportunities of engagement and discovery through traditional and real world environments;
  • The support services and resources of two, thriving Purdue campuses to help you succeed;
  •  Concerned, caring and accessible faculty; and
  • Affordability—Did you know our tuition is the lowest of any baccalaureate degree-granting university in Indiana?

Purdue Northwest offers academic programs and houses specialized instructional facilities that are nationally respected. As for diversity, your classmates and friends come from across our region and across our globe, as more than 50 nations are represented on our campuses.

As a PNW student, you can attend courses on either campus, or you can complete most degree programs entirely at one campus.

As you join some 15,000 classmates blazing new trails as a Purdue Northwest student, I encourage you to refer to this catalog so you can take advantage of all PNW has to offer.


Thomas L. Keon


The provisions of this publication are subject to change without notice and do not constitute an irrevocable contract between any student or applicant for admission and Purdue University Northwest. The University is not responsible for any misrepresentation of its requirements or provisions that might arise as a result of errors in the preparation of this publication.

Purdue University Northwest has reserved the right to add, amend, or repeal any of its regulations, rules, resolutions, standing orders, and rules of procedures, in whole or in part, at such times as it may choose. None shall be construed, operate as, or have the effect of any abridgement or limitation of any rights, powers, or privileges of the Board of Trustees.

Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information in this publication. Students are advised, however, that such information is subject to change. Therefore, they should consult the appropriate academic department or administrative offices for current information.

Non Discrimination Policy Statement

Purdue University is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the University seeks to develop and nurture diversity. The University believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life. Purdue University views, evaluates, and treats all persons in any University related activity or circumstance in which they may be involved, solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics. Purdue University prohibits discrimination against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran. The University will conduct its programs, services and activities consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and orders and in conformance with the procedures and limitations as set forth in Purdue’s Equal Opportunity, Equal Access and Affirmative Action policy Executive Memorandum No. D-1, which provides specific contractual rights and remedies. Additionally, the University promotes the full realization of equal employment opportunity for women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Any question of interpretation regarding this Nondiscrimination Policy Statement shall be referred to the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance for final determination.

Title IX

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” - Title IX

Title IX is part of the Education Amendments of 1972 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. This federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Title IX applies to all participants of such programs, including students, parents and faculty/staff members. The purpose of Title IX is to help foster safe and respectful University environments that better protect students, faculty and staff from incidents of sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking.

As Purdue University Northwest Title IX Officer for the Hammond location, Linda B. Knox, Director for the Office of Equity & Diversity, is responsible for coordinating Purdue University’s compliance with Title IX, including overseeing all complaints of sex discrimination and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. Questions or concerns may be directed as follows:

Linda B. Knox
Director, Office of Equity & Diversity
Lawshe Hall, Room 231
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323-2094
219-989-2337 (office); 219-989-4187 (fax)
(219) 989-3169

Equity Diversity & Inclusion Web site: http://www.pnw.edu/diversity/title-ix/

As Purdue University Northwest’s Title IX Coordinator for the Westville location, Laura Odom, Associate Director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Training, is responsible for coordinating the University’s compliance with Title IX, including overseeing all complaints of sex discrimination and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. Questions or concerns may be directed as follows:

Laura Odom
Associate Director of Office of Institutional Equity (OIE)
Schwarz Hall, Room 25C
1401 S. U.S. Hwy 421
Westville, IN 46391
(219) 785-5545

In light of recent reports concerning a university’s response to allegations of child abuse, you are reminded that under Indiana law, each person over the age of 18 has a duty to report child abuse or neglect. In the event of an emergency, call 911. If it is not an emergency, immediately alert the police or Child Protective Services (1-800-800-5556). Thank you for your commitment to the safety of children on our campuses.

Your Campus, Your Safety

Your Campus, Your Safety - Purdue University Northwest’s annual security and fire safety reports are available online. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for Purdue University Northwest. The policy statements address Purdue University Northwest’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security (i.e., policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses). Three years’ worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the school and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus. The reports are available online by campus location:

Hammond location


You may also request a paper copy from the Police Department, located in the University Police Building (just south and east of the 169th St. entrance).

Westville location


You may also request a paper copy from the Police Department located at the Physical Facility/Campus Police Building Room 101