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First-Year Engineering Program

All beginning engineering students are admitted to the First-Year Engineering Program, housed in the School of Engineering Education. Qualified students are then admitted to professional schools of engineering after satisfactory completion of the First-Year Engineering Program requirements. The First-Year Engineering Program provides a common core of courses in calculus, chemistry, physics, engineering design and English composition. Students must also complete a first-year general education elective and either a second semester of general chemistry, biology or computer programming. The objectives of the First-Year Engineering Program are to:

  • Prepare students for entry into the engineering schools.
  • Enable students to develop the necessary skills and abilities to succeed in the chosen discipline.
  • Assist students in becoming acclimated to the Purdue University environment.

Advisors are available year-round to assist and advise students, parents and University faculty and staff about the curricula, programs and schools within the College of Engineering. Special programs include EPICS Program, Engineering Honors Program, Women in Engineering, Minority Engineering Program, and Global Engineering Program.

Credit by Examination

Qualified students are able to obtain credit for many First-Year Engineering Program requirements by demonstrating mastery of the subject on Advanced Placement, A-Level, College Level Examination Program, International Baccalaureate or Purdue University Advanced Credit examinations. Academic advisors can assist students in determining the scores required to obtain credit and the appropriate course placement.

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Learning Community Choices for First-Year Engineering Students

The Engineering Learning Communities (LC) support students' transition to Purdue's First-Year Engineering Program. Cohorts of up to 30 LC students take two to four linked courses and complete a service-learning project during their first semester. This project provides the opportunity for students to work on an engineering project for a real customer, usually a local community organization.This can stretch their views of what engineering is and what engineers do. Outside of class, activities and trips are organized. The other classes that LC students take are not linked, giving them the opportunity to meet people outside of the learning community.

First-Year Engineering students have several learning communities from which to choose: The “All-American” Marching Band First-Year Engineering Learning Community; Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) Learning Community; Global Engineering Cultures and Practice Learning Community; Engineering for the Planet Learning Community; Engineering Honors Learning Community; Introducing Diversity through Engagement and Service (IDEAS) Learning Community; Network Learning Community; Women in Engineering Residential Program Learning Community; China Immersion Learning Community; Entrepreneurship and Innovation Learning Community; Future Naval Officers of Purdue Learning Community; Law and Literature, Past and Present Learning Community; Purdue Student Veterans Learning Community; Around the World (In 1 Semester and 5 Religions) Learning Community; and Lyceum.

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First-Year Engineering Program Curriculum

In order to fulfill all the requirements for the First-Year Engineering Program, each student must take or obtain credit for the following nine courses: Calculus I and II, General Chemistry I, Physics I, Introducing Engineering Design, Science Selective (chosen from General Chemistry II, Biology or Computer Programming), English Composition and a First-Year General Education Elective. (Fundamentals of Speech Communication is recommended for most students.) Although not part of the FYE Program curriculum, students interested in majoring in aeronautics and astronautics engineering, civil engineering, construction engineering management or mechanical engineering are encouraged to take the appropriate computer graphics course.

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Required Courses for the FYE Program (29-33 credit hours)

Calculus I
(5) MA 16100 (Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus I) or
(4) MA 16500 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I)

Calculus II
(5) MA 16200 (Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus II) or
(4) MA 16600 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus II) or
(5) MA 17300 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry II)

General Chemistry I
(4) CHM 11500 (General Chemistry)

Physics I
(4) PHYS 17200 (Modern Mechanics)

Introducing Engineering Design
(2) ENGR 13100 (Transforming Ideas to Innovation I) or
(3) ENGR 19500HPart I (First-Year Engineering Projects)*

Engineering Design II
2) ENGR 13200 (Transforming Ideas to Innovation II) or
(3) ENGR 19500H, Part II (First-Year Engineering Projects)*

English Composition
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) or
(3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition)

First-Year General Education Elective
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication) is strongly recommended
3-4 credit hours required for this elective

Science Selective ... options include the following courses
(4) BIOL 11000 (Fundamentals of Biology I)
(4) BIOL 11100 (Fundamentals of Biology II)
(2) BIOL 12100 (Biology I: Diversity, Ecology and Behavior) and BIOL 19500 (Special Assignments) to equal at least 3 credits
(3) BIOL 13100 (Biology II: Development, Structure and Function of Organisms)
(4) CHM 11600 (General Chemistry)
(4) CHM 13600 (General Chemistry Honors)
(3) CS 15900 (Programming Applications for Engineers)

Other Common Optional Courses
(1) ENGR 10300 (Introduction to Careers in Engineering)
(1) ENGR 10400 (Introduction to Engineering and Purdue)
(1) ENGR 18000 (Minorities in Engineering Seminar)
(1) ENGR 19400 (Women in Engineering Seminar)
(1) ENGR 19000 (Introduction to Materials Engineering)
(2) CGT 16300 (Computer Graphics for Manufacturing), on AAE/ME plans of study
(2) CGT 16400 (Graphics for Civil Engineering and Construction), on CE/CEM plans of study
(3-4) Additional General Eduction Elective that appears on professional schools' plans of study
(3-4) Additional Math/Science/Engineering course that appears on professional schools' plans of study
(2) Band
(2-5) ROTC

* An option for First-Year Engineering Honors students.

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Plans of Study for the First-Year Engineering Program*

(Minimum — 29 credit hours)

The First-Year Engineering Program is typically completed in two semesters, although students may remain in the First-Year Engineering Program for a maximum of four semesters. Students who have completed the necessary prerequisites may begin coursework for their professional engineering school Plans of Study while simultaneously completing any remaining First-Year Engineering Program classes. Grades of "C-" or better are required in Calculus I (MA 16500 or equivalent) and engineering problem solving (ENGR 13100, 13200 or ENGR 19500H Part I and II. Students continuing on to General Chemistry II need to complete General Chemistry I with a grade of C- or better. Students who begin their studies of mathematics in Precalculus (MA 15900 or MA 15800) need a grade of "C-" or better and 75% or higher in ALEKS to progress to Calculus I.

First Semester

(4) CHM 11500 (General Chemistry)

(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) or
(3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition)

(2) ENGR 13100 (Transforming Ideas to Innovation I) or
(3) ENGR 19500H, Part I (First-Year Engineering Projects)

(5) MA 16100 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I) or
(4) MA 16500 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I)

Second Semester

(4) CHM 11600 (General Chemistry) or
(3) CS 15900 (Programming Applications for Engineers) or
(4) BIOL 11000 ( Fundamentals of Biology I) or
(4) BIOL 11100 (Fundamentals of Biology II) or
(3) BIOL 13100 (Biology II: Development, Structure and Function of Organisms)

(2) ENGR 13200 (Transforming Ideas to Innovation II) or
(3) ENGR 19500H, Part II (First-Year Engineering Projects)

(5) MA 16200 (Analytic Geometry and Calcululs II) or
(4) MA 16600 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus II) or
(5) MA 17300 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry II)

(4) PHYS 17200 (Modern Mechanics)

(3) First-Year General Education Elective, such as COM 11400 (Fundamental of Speech Communication)

This is a typical sequence of courses for the first year. Adjustments are permitted based on a student's high school preparation, college credit and honors status.Common course substitutions are listed in the Required Courses for the First-Year Engineering Program section above.

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Admission to the College of Engineering

Students are typically admitted to the professional schools within the College of Engineering at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Students must have completed all the requirements of the First-Year Engineering Program in order to be admitted to any of the professional schools. A uniform measure of quality, the Engineering Admissions Index (EAI), is used to ensure that a base level of competency has been achieved by each student in the core FYE Program courses prior to admission to a professional school.

Students who do not have an EAI and GPA of 2.0 at the completion of their FYE Program courses will not be admitted to a professional engineering school.

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Engineering Admissions Index

The Engineering Admissions Index (EAI) is the grade point average (GPA) of required First-Year Engineering Program classes, with the exception of the first-year general education elective and the engineering seminar courses (ENGR 10300, 10400, 18000, 19400; NUCL 11000; MSE 19000). The EAI is calculated only from required FYE Program courses taken at Purdue University West Lafayette and at Purdue Regional campuses. Courses taken at another college or university and courses for which a student has received credit by examination are not included in the EAI or the GPA.

The following formula is used to calculate both the EAI and the GPA. The sigma (∑) denotes "the sum of": ∑(xy)/ ∑y, where x = the grade and y = the number of credit hours of the course.

The EAI can be computed online by using the EAI calculator.

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Admission to Engineering Schools from First-Year Engineering

Students who have completed First-Year Engineering requirements at Purdue and are pursuing admission to Engineering schools should be aware of the following information. Students who have a GPA and an EAI greater than or equal to 3.2 will be admitted to the school of their choice in the College of Engineering, except in situations where the number of students exceed the critical capacity of the school. In such a situation, the students will be admitted based on GPA and EAI up to the critical capacity of the school. All other students with a GPA and EAI greater than or equal to 2.0 and less than 3.2 will be admitted up to the capacity of the school based on GPA and EAI, and other relevant factors. Students with a GPA and an EAI less than 2.0 will not be admitted into the schools in the College of Engineering.

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