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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. All students who meet the following three criteria are guaranteed acceptance into the First-Year Engineering Program, though they are not necessarily guaranteed space in needed courses.

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 or attending a CODO meeting, 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  (Request video link here).

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:   Submit the CODO application signed by your current college/school no later than December 4, 2017, 5:00 PM.

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 not be available until September 9.  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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