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Engineering Majors at Purdue

You can choose from among the following engineering disciplines offered at Purdue, which include opportunities for designing your own academic program.

The School of Engineering Education's  First-Year Engineering Program  is the entry point for all beginning engineering students. The mission of this student-oriented program is to recruit, advise, teach, and retain outstanding students for Purdue's College of Engineering. First-year engineering classes are taught in  Purdue's i2i Learning Laboratory  which offers an innovative and hands-on learning environment to prepare first-year engineering students for real world challenges. 

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (AAE)
Continue Purdue's proud aerospace tradition by pursuing the design, creation and operation of aircraft and rotorcraft (aeronautics) or rockets, spacecraft, and space-based systems (astronautics). The aero & astro degree helps launch your career in aviation, defense, space exploration - and other fields that require big-thinking engineering. 

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Agricultural Engineering
Agricultural Engineering (AG)
As an agricultural engineer, you can develop systems, processes, and machines to generate energy, food, and water. Careers include work in equipment design and manufacture, and materials handling, in areas such as agriculture, construction, mining, forestry, and food and fiber production and processing.

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Biological Engineering
Biological Engineering (BIO)
Biological engineers work in the large-scale manufacture of food, biological, and pharmaceutical products, applying basic scientific and engineering principles. Such products - biofuels, human therapeutics, new foods - are environmentally friendly and renewable, representing a future wave of consumer demand for better health and environment.

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Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering (BME)
Biomedical engineers innovate medical devices, create advanced therapeutics, and make better systems for healthcare diagnostics and delivery. Purdue biomedical engineers apply their technical skills in engineering design and biomedical sciences to develop solutions to challenges in human medicine. Experiential learning is central to the BS BME program of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering which includes a wide range of specializations. 

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Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering (ChE)
With a degree in chemical engineering, you can work in a range of industries - including the chemical, energy, oil, biotechnology, consumer products, or pharmaceutical industries - that transform raw materials into beneficial products. Chemical engineers are vital in developing industrial processes that meet the world's demand for high-value-added products (petrochemicals, nutritional products, alternative energy, personal electronic, drug delivery systems, and more). 

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Civil Engineering
Civil Engineering (CE)
Civil engineers design, build, and sustain the world. They process geospatial data and create innovative materials to develop skylines, protect natural resources, integrate multiple modes of transport systems, provide clean water and energy, mitigate natural and man-made hazards, and provide environmental protection. Civil Engineers continuously improve the way we live.

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Computer Engineering
Computer Engineering (CpE)
As a computer engineer, you will have the ability to develop both hardware and software by applying knowledge from sub-fields within both electrical engineering and computer science. Your possible career paths include developing and maintaining software, VLSI chip design, computer systems design, and applications of digital systems in nearly every industry - computer, communications, information technology, automotive, and aerospace, to name a few.

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Construction Engineering and Management
Construction Engineering and Management (CEM)
Construction engineers design and build the infrastructure of our society to shape where we work, live, and play. Purdue's unique program prepares you for engineering and project management responsibilities within the construction industry. Featuring three 12-week paid internships, the program has consistently placed 100 percent of its graduates in jobs upon graduation. 

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Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering (EE)
Electrical engineering offers opportunities in a very broad range of subfields that touch almost every aspect of the human experience. These include power systems, communications, nanotechnology, biomedical instrumentation and electronic gadgets - nearly anything that involves electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. Today's world depends upon the technology developed and supported by electrical engineers, and the industries in which you can pursue a career range from high-technology to many types of manufacturing.

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Environmental Engineering
Environmental and Ecological Engineering (EEE)
Environmental and ecological engineers respond to environmental challenges and opportunities to improve drinking water quality, minimize and treat waste streams, remediate brownfields, restore ecosystems, optimize resource conservation, and manage air and water quality. Careers include work in water treatment, industrial sustainability, life cycle assessment, sustainable design, environmental policy, risk management and public health engineering.

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Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering (ENRE)
Environmental and natural resources engineers (ENRE) can work in areas of water resources engineering, air quality, soil conservation, and sustainable food production. ENRE's think about how water and pollutants flow through natural systems and how engineers can use ecosystems processes to reduce pollution. ENRE's create soil and water conservation systems, analyze ecosystem processes, and develop sustainable solutions to environmental problems at local and global levels.
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Industrial Engineering
Industrial Engineering (IE)
Industrial engineers design human-integrated systems that produce products and services that people can use effectively and efficiently. Combining expertise in math, engineering, and the management and behavioral sciences, industrial engineers design and streamline industrial or logistical processes, incorporate human factors, ensure quality control on the plan floor, and design manufacturing plants. Careers include work in healthcare, postal/package delivery services, airlines, space programs, hospitals, banking, amusement parks, manufacturing, and more.

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Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies
Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies (IDE)
If you want an engineering education but don't plan to practice engineering, you can develop an individual plan of study at the interface between engineering and other disciplines. This flexible program offers established plans of student (Pre-Medical Engineering Studies, General Engineering Studies, and more), or you can design your own.

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Materials Engineering
Materials Engineering (MSE)
Materials engineers are at the forefront of nanotechnology, biomaterials, and microelectronics, as well as traditional technical fields. A degree in this discipline equips you to analyze the structure and composition of metals, plastics, ceramics, composites, and other materials - at the atomic level through the macroscopic - to control their strength, thermal conductivity, and other properties for custom-tailored results. Materials engineers work in industries including healthcare, the automotive industry, aero/astro companies, consumer products, energy production, and sports.

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Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Mechanical engineers work across virtually all industries in design, manufacturing, and production, developing products, machinery, and systems including engines and turbines, vehicles, building services, and industrial plants. As a mechanical engineer, you can pursue a career from sectors including aerospace/defense, automotive, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, chemical and petroleum, computers and electronics, construction, consumer and food products, energy and nuclear, engineering consulting, and heavy off-road equipment.

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Multidisciplinary Engineering
Multidisciplinary Engineering (MDE)
If you plan to practice engineering but your specific career goals fall outside the traditional engineering fields, this flexible, ABET accredited program allows you to select from established plans of study that fall at the interface between engineering and other disciplines. Choose from Acoustical Engineering, Engineering Management, Theatre Engineering, General Engineering or others. Nothing a good fit for your interests? A self-design plan option also exists (within limitations and capacity constraints). 

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Nuclear Engineering
Nuclear Engineering (NE)
As a nuclear engineer, you can help create economical, safe nuclear power plants that protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, design the fusion reactors of the future, create systems for deep-space missions, combat cancer, develop semiconductors and other cutting-edge materials, or safeguard national security through stewardship of nuclear weapons. The School of Nuclear Engineering offers three main areas of study: Energy Materials and Radioactive Waste Management, Nuclear Fusion, and Nuclear Power Engineering. 

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