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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. CODO applications are processed at the end of fall and spring semesters. 

CODO Requirements

General Requirements

  • Minimum Semesters: One Semester
  • Minimum Credits: 10 credits from categories below
  • Minimum Overall GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum CODO GPA: 3.2 See details below

Course Requirements

To be eligible, a student must complete at least 10 credits from the following courses, with at least one course for a grade from each of the following three categories:
  • Category 1: Any MA courses used on any P/WL Engineering degree requirements list.
  • Category 2: Any BIOL, CHM, CS, or PHYS courses used on any P/WL Engineering degree requirements list.
  • 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. 

Other Requirements

  • Students will be admitted on a space available basis.
  • A CODO GPA will be calculated based on all graded courses from the P/WL campus in Categories 1 and 2, and one graded course from the P/WL campus from Category 3.
  • All courses used in the calculation of the CODO GPA must have earned grades of C– or higher.
  • All courses used to fulfill Category 1, 2, and 3 must be taken on the P/WL campus for a letter grade.
  • A student may not be on academic probation.
  • Though CODO to the First-Year Engineering Program has space limited, CODO admission is guaranteed for students completing required courses with a CODO GPA of 3.20 or higher.

CODO into the First-Year Engineering Program

Students are encouraged to work closely with their current college/school advisor in the selection and completion of coursework that will meet the requirements of the First-Year Engineering Program Plan of Study. Upon completion of viewing the video, applications can be submitted to Armstrong 1300. Applications are not processed until the semester grades are posted. 

To be eligible to CODO into the First-Year Engineering Program:

Step 1:  View the pre-recorded CODO video presentation and complete an online quiz. Note, the video is currently being updated and will be posted on May 4, 2018.

Step 2:  Complete the required courses provided below with a grade of C- or better in each course and have an earned CODO GPA of at least 3.20. Calculate your CODO GPA.

Step 3:   For Summer/Fall 2018, submit the CODO application signed by your current college/school anytime between now and 4:00 PM, April 23, 2018. 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 here:  https://purdue.campus.eab.com/

Calculating CODO GPA for the First-Year Engineering Program

The CODO GPA will be calculated using the following courses:

  • All courses in Categories 1 and 2 with a grade from the Purdue University West Lafayette campus.
  • One course in Category 3 with a grade from the Purdue University West Lafayette campus, selected as follows:
    • ‚ÄčAn 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.

Note:  All grades of all courses used to calculate the “CODO GPA” must be C- or higher. (Grades of D+, D, D-, F will automatically disqualify a student from consideration of CODO).

All Courses that may be included in the CODO GPA

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
  • EPCS 11100
  • EPCS 12100

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 April 27, 2018