ABE Advising FAQ

A list of frequent questions posed for ABE

Admission into ABE

Prospective High School Students

Transition to Major (T2M)

  • If I am a First Year Engineering student, how do I go about getting a guaranteed admission to Agricultural and Biological Engineering?

    • A GPA and EAI of 3.2 is a guaranteed entry into ABE through the T2M process.  

  • What is the lowest GPA and EAI that Agricultural and Biological Engineering will accept?

    • As stated above, a 3.2 overall GPA and a 3.2 EAI is an automatic entry into the program.  Those with lower GPA's or EAI's than that will be evaluated by the department.  Biological Engineering is at critical capacity meaning it can deny students after a set number of students have been accepted by the department.  There is no minimum GPA or EAI that Biological Engineering will accept as each transition period varies in terms of potential student's GPA and EAI.  The closer you are to the automatic entry, the better chance you have of being accepted.  For Agricultural Engineering, you must have a GPA and EAI above a 2.0 to be eligible for inclusion into the department. 

  • I was not accepted by ABE during my T2M but I want to be in this department.

    • There are a few ways to go about this. If you are still interested in ABE, you can take summer courses to replace grades for classes where your grade was not as satisfactory as you wanted or that you need to retake.  After the summer session ends, if you have finished with ALL of your FYE requirements, then you can be part of the summer T2M process.  If you are not finished with your FYE requirements but still would like to come to ABE, you can stay in FYE for the following Fall semester and participate in the Winter T2M process as long as your FYE requirements will be finished by the end of that term.
  • What is the difference between Biomedical and Biological Engineering?

    • While both programs teach students the engineering process in a context of organic materials, there is quite a difference between the two programs.  Biological Engineering (BE) deals with creating processes using biological organisms and augmenting systems on a microscopic level.  Biomedical Engineering (BME) deals with augmenting the body on a macroscopic level (i.e. prosthetics).  BE is similar to Chemical Engineering while BME is in the same line as Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Click for more specific information about Biomedical Engineering.

  • Why is ABE in the College of Agriculture?

    • ABE has changed throughout the decades; it has been a part of Purdue University but its historical roots began in the college of agriculture.  The Department began in 1921 as the Department of Farm Mechanics in the School of Agriculture. It was renamed Agricultural Engineering in 1925, and in 1946 its undergraduate curriculum became a formal degree granted by the Schools of Engineering (now College of Engineering) with the Department remaining administratively within the College of Agriculture.  Our Engineering degrees are accredited with ABET, the national association that accredits all engineering programs in the country.


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