ECE Policies and Procedures
Calculator Policy for ECE Undergraduate Exams
The only calculator permitted for exams in ECE undergraduate courses (those at the 10000 – 40000 level) will be the Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS scientific calculator. This is an inexpensive calculator with a 2-line display, a fraction feature, one or two-variable statistics, simple conversions, and basic scientific & trigonometric functions. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the use of this calculator well in advance of any exam. Of course, instructors can still choose to not allow calculators on their exams. This policy addresses the potential for academic dishonesty given the features of many advanced calculators (programmability, large memory capacity, wireless communication, etc.), thus ensuring the integrity of the exam. In addition, a common calculator provides a fair and uniform exam experience for all students.
Course Attendance and Absence Reporting
Instructors are expected to establish and clearly communicate in the course syllabus attendance policies relevant to individual courses. Students should also review the general University information for class attendance and absence reporting.
Course Consideration toward Degree Requirements
Students may request an existing Purdue course be used toward degree requirements in the categories of Advanced Math Option II, Engineering Breadth, General Education Electives, and Science Selectives. Students may request an evaluation of the course to be applied toward BSEE or BSCmpE degree requirements by submitting an ECE Course Review Request Form. Students should be prepared to provide a course description and/or syllabus. The course will be reviewed and students will be contacted as quickly as possible.
PHYS 27200 is the only approved Physics II course for ECE students and taking PHYS 24100 after being accepted to ECE is not permitted. First Year Engineering students who are planning on pursuing a degree in ECE should take PHYS 27200. If they have completed PHYS 24100 due to initially planning to enter a different engineering discipline and later decided to pursue ECE, PHYS 24100 will be accepted toward degree requirements and they must then also take PHYS 25200 (1 cr). Students in this situation who are unable to take PHYS 25200 (enrollment is limited), must then take PHYS 27200 and the PHYS 24100 credits will not be applicable to degree requirements.
Students outside the College of Engineering who plan to CODO to ECE may use MA 16010 and 16020 toward the Calculus I requirement, and will serve as the pre-requisite to Calculus II. In this instance, MA 16020 will satisfy the Calculus I requirement and MA 16010 will count as Other Math in the Complementary Elective block.
Current Purdue students who wish to CODO into ECE should review the ECE CODO Requirements. For further information on the policies and future planning to make a CODO to ECE possible, please contact the ECE Undergraduate Office via MSEE 140 or (765) 494-3390 to schedule an appointment with the Director of ECE Undergraduate Advising.
Computer Science Minor & Dual Degree
BSEE students are eligible to pursue a minor or dual degree in Computer Science. However, due to a significant overlap in content, BSCmpE students are not eligible to pursue a minor or dual degree in this discipline
ECE Course Section Changes
Students may change sections of ECE courses only during the 1st week of the semester. Request to switch sections after that date will be denied, even if approved by the instructor or a teaching assistant.
Students who wish to communicate with the ECE Undergraduate Office or an ECE Academic Advisor must use their official Purdue email due to the confidential nature of most electronic conversations. Emails sent from external email services (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.) may be caught in the quarantine filter or not receive a response.
First Year Engineering students must have a minimum Engineering Admissions Index (EAI) of 2.0 to be admitted to the Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. All First-Year Engineering students who plan to complete their First-Year Requirements during the current semester and who have indicated ECE as their professional school choice will receive an email with information on the registration and orientation process.
Inactive ECE Course Enrollment
ECE students who have not made progress on their ECE degree for two consecutive semesters will be required to CODO to another major, not take courses at the West-Lafayette campus or resume progress on their ECE degree for the following semester. At this point, the registration process will be held until the student meets with their primary academic advisor to determine next steps.
Pass/No Pass Grade Mode
ECE students may take general education or complementary elective courses with the pass/no pass grade option. Students are not permitted to take any engineering, mathematics, or science course required for an ECE degree using this grade option. FYE Requirements, courses being used toward a minor, and courses that explicitly forbid pass/no pass are also excluded.
In the event that a student has completed all required engineering, mathematics, or science courses and wishes to take additional courses from these disciplines, they may then take these excess courses using the pass/no pass grade mode as they are then essentially complementary electives. Please note that ECE courses may only be completed in this grade mode under very limited circumstances as students must have completed all ECE requirements for their degree, including the minimum 47 (BSEE) or 49 (BSCmpE) ECE credits, prior to being eligible. Courses that are currently in progress do not count toward this eligibility requirement. Students should consult their primary academic advisor with assistance on this option.
A maximum of 24 credit hours may be taken under the Pass/No Pass grade option and a grade of at least C- must be achieved in order to receive a “Pass.” Study abroad students should be particularly aware of this 24-credit limit.
Students taking a foreign language course for the purpose of receiving back credit (i.e., taking 20200 to get credit for 10100 - 20200) cannot use the Pass/No Pass option.
Students who are repeating a course must repeat it using the same grade mode as the original attempt.
To view the deadlines for when the grade mode of a course can be modified, please refer to the add/drop/modify calendars from the Office of the Registrar.
Students may only attempt a course 3 times at the West Lafayette campus and grades of W or WF are included in this limit. If this course is required for a BSEE or BSCmpE degree, this can result in the student being dismissed from the Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue's West Lafayette campus.
When repeating a course, all attempts appear on a student’s transcript; however, it is the most recent attempt that is factored into a student’s cumulative GPA. If you fail the course in your most recent attempt, even if you passed it earlier, you will no longer receive credit for that course.
If a student takes a course at Purdue, they is then unable to retake that course outside of the Purdue system for the purpose of grade replacement. Students interested in retaking a course at a Purdue Regional Campus should first consult their academic advisor.
Students may not change the grade mode when retaking a course. For example, if a student takes a course for a grade, they is unable to change the grade mode to Pass/No Pass for a subsequent attempt.
Repeating a course for cosmetic reasons (i.e. strictly to improve your GPA) is generally not advisable. If you feel as if your grade does not reflect your true ability, doing well in a higher level course will likely impress prospective employers or graduate schools more than just repeating a class you have already passed with a C. Of course, if you sincerely believe that you have not mastered the material, as is likely the case if you received a D or lower, then repeating the class is a wise choice. If you have failed a required course or did not receive the minimum grade required for an ECE course (see below), you must repeat it.
ECE 20001 requires a grade of C- or higher in MA 16200 or MA 16600
ECE 20002 requires a grade of C or higher in ECE 20001
ECE 26400 requires a grade of C- or higher in CS 15900
ECE 30100 requires a grade of C or higher in ECE 20002
ECE 33700 requires a grade of C or higher in ECE 27000
ECE 36200 requires a grade of C or higher in ECE 27000
ECE 36800 requires a grade of C or higher in ECE 26400
MA 26600 requires a grade of C- or higher in MA 26100
MA 26500 requires a grade of C- or higher in MA 26100 if not taken concurrently
Scholastic Deficiency (Academic Probation)
ECE students who are currently on academic probation are limited to taking a maximum of 15 credits per semester. University policies and information on academic probation can be found in the University Regulations as well as in the Academic Standards section below.
A minimum of 32 hours of ECE coursework used to fulfill the ECE Requirements of the BSEE and BSCmpE degrees must be completed at the Purdue West Lafayette campus. Students who are considering taking courses at another institution with the intention of using the credit toward their Purdue ECE degree should first consult their academic advisor to ensure that their planned courses will count toward degree requirements. If the request to apply transfer credit toward ECE degree requirements is approved by their academic advisor, the student needs to become familiar with the Purdue Transfer Equivalency Guide and Transfer Criteria. It is important to complete this entire process as early as possible and prior to paying for the course to avoid wasted time and money should the course not apply toward degree requirements.
If a course from another institution is not listed in the Transfer Equivalency Guide, the student must first request an evaluation of that course from email@example.com. Once the evaluation is complete and the course appears in the Transfer Equivalency Guide, students can then determine if and how the course transfers to Purdue.
The Purdue Transfer Equivalency guide will list courses in two ways: 1) and exact match to an existing Purdue course, or 2) undistributed credits as there is no exact match to an existing Purdue course. Courses listed in the Transfer Equivalency Guide as transferring to Purdue with an exact Purdue course number will count towards BSEE or BSCmpE degree requirements in that manner. Once the course is transferred to the Purdue-West Lafayette campus, it will appear on the student’s transcript as the Purdue University course equivalency and applied toward degree requirements accordingly.
Courses that do not have a direct equivalent Purdue course will be listed as undistributed in the Purdue Transfer Credit Course Equivalency Guide with XXXX (i.e. MA 2XXXX). In such cases, it is at the discretion of the ECE Undergraduate Office to determine if and how the credits can be applied toward degree requirements. Students may request an evaluation of the course to be applied toward BSEE or BSCmpE degree requirements by submitting an ECE Course Review Request Form. The course will be reviewed and students will be contacted as quickly as possible.