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Change of Degree Objective for the First-Year Engineering Program

The "Change of Degree Objective" (CODO) process allows students currently registered at Purdue to apply to enter the First-Year Engineering Program (FYE). CODO applications are processed at the end of fall and spring semesters. 

Requirements

General Requirements

  • Minimum Semesters: One Semester
  • Minimum Courses/Credits: 3 courses (9 credits minimum) in the categories as described below
  • A minimum CODO GPA of 3.20 is required for consideration
  • Must not be on probation at the time of CODO
  • First-Year Engineering CODO essay (optional)

Course Requirements and CODO GPA Calculation

To be eligible, a student must complete 3 courses (9 credits minimum) at Purdue/West Lafayette campus for a letter grade of C- or higher, from the following categories:
  • Category 1: Any MA courses listed on any P/WL Engineering degree requirements list. All category 1 courses will be used in the calculation of the CODO GPA.
  • Category 2: Any BIOL, CHM, CS, or PHYS courses listed on any P/WL Engineering degree requirements list. All category 2 courses will be used in the calculation of the CODO GPA.
  • Category 3: An Introductory Engineering course, or a course from one of the following Foundational Outcomes lists: Written Communication, Oral Communication, Humanities, or Behavioral and Social Sciences. Only one category 3 course will be used to calculate CODO GPA, selected as follows:
    • ​An Introductory Engineering course, if the course is present with a grade from Purdue-West Lafayette. Or, if not:
    • A course from the Written Communications Foundational Outcome list, if the course is present with a grade from Purdue-West Lafayette (the higher grade is used if more than one course from Written Communications Foundational Outcome list is present with a grade from Purdue-West Lafayette). Or, if not:
    • A course from the Oral Communications Foundational Outcome list, if the course is present with a grade from Purdue-West Lafayette (the higher grade is used if more than one course from Oral Communications Foundational Outcome list is present with a grade from Purdue-West Lafayette). Or, if not:
    • The course with the highest grade from the West Lafayette campus from the Humanities or Behavioral and Social Sciences Foundational Outcome lists.

Full list of courses by category

Answers to frequently asked questions about the CODO process into First-Year Engineering


Process

The process to be eligible to CODO into the First-Year Engineering Program is as follows:

Step 1:  Work closely with your current college/school advisor in the selection of the required coursework to meet the CODO requirements to First-Year Engineering.
Step 2:  View the pre-recorded CODO video presentation and complete an online quiz.
Step 3:  For Spring 2020, please have your current advisor submit the electronic CODO application anytime between August 19, 2019 to December 12, 2019, 4:00 PM. Late applications will not be accepted.
Step 4:  If after viewing the CODO video, you have questions that your current advisor is unable to answer, you can come to ARMS 1300 during our walk-in times to meet with the walk-in advisor.  Walk-ins for potential CODO-in students will begin after the first two weeks of the new semester. Check walk-in times.

CODO to the First-Year Engineering Program has limited space. New beginners for Fall 2018 and previous years are guaranteed CODO admission if students complete all requirements listed above, including a CODO GPA of 3.20 or higher. For new beginners in Fall 2019 and beyond, CODO admission into First-Year Engineering will be based on completing all the requirements listed above, a required CODO GPA, and space availability.


Courses

At least one course from each of Categories 1, 2, and 3 must be successfully completed.  All completed courses on this list must have a grade of C- or better.

Category 1:  Mathematics:  A mathematics course listed on any Purdue-West Lafayette Engineering Degree Requirement list:

  • MA 16100
  • MA 16200
  • MA 16500
  • MA 16600
  • MA 17300
  • MA 18100
  • MA 26100
  • MA 26200
  • MA 26500
  • MA 26600
  • MA 30300
  • MA 30400

Category 2:  Science:  A course in BIOL, CHM, CS, or PHYS listed on any Purdue-West Lafayette Engineering Degree Requirement list:

  • BIOL 11000
  • BIOL 11100
  • BIOL 12100
  • BIOL 22100
  • BIOL 23000
  • BIOL 23100
  • BIOL 28600
  • CHM 11100
  • CHM 11200
  • CHM 11500
  • CHM 11600
  • CHM 12300
  • CHM 12400
  • CHM 12500
  • CHM 12600
  • CHM 12901
  • CHM 13600
  • CHM 25500
  • CHM 25501
  • CHM 25700
  • CHM 26100
  • CHM 26200
  • CHM 26300
  • CHM 26400
  • CHM 37000
  • CS 15800
  • CS 15900
  • CS 18000
  • PHYS 17200
  • PHYS 24100
  • PHYS 25200
  • PHYS 27200

Category 3:  When calculating the CODO GPA, only one course will be utilized in the following order.  If a course from “a.” below is taken, this will be the course used in calculating the CODO GPA.  If there is no course taken for a letter grade on the PU/WL campus from criteria “a.”, then a course from area “b.” will be used for Category 3.                                                                   

a. An Introductory Engineering course:

  • ENGR 13100
  • ENGR 13200
  • ENGR 13300
  • ENGR 14100
  • ENGR 14200
  • ENGR 16100
  • ENGR 16200

b. A course that meets one of the following four Foundational Outcomes of the Purdue Core Curriculum (if a Written Communication course is taken for a letter grade on the PU/WL campus, this course will be used.  If no Written Communication course, then an Oral Communication course will be used, if no Written or Oral Communication course is taken, then a Humanities or Behavioral and Social Science highest graded course will be utilized for Category 3.

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Humanities
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences

Courses are added to these lists regularly.  See the Course Listing from the Office of the Provost for an up-to-date list. 

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Updated July 23, 2019