First-Year Engineering (FYE) CODO Policy

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

General Requirements

  • Minimum Semesters: 1
  • Minimum West Lafayette Credit Hours: 12
  • Minimum Overall GPA: 2.7
  • Students must be in good academic standing (not on academic notice)

Course Requirements

To be eligible, a student must complete a minimum of three (3) courses, at least one from each category (I, II, and III), completed at PWL campus with a C- or better, and earn a 2.5 GPA (known as your CODO GPA) from the courses taken in those categories.

Category I

All courses from the following list, taken for a letter grade at PWL, will be used in the calculation of the CODO GPA.

  • MA 16100 - Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
  • MA 16200 - Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
  • MA 16500 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
  • MA 16600 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
  • MA 26100 - Multivariate Calculus
  • MA 26200 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
  • MA 26500 - Linear Algebra
  • MA 26600 - Ordinary Differential Equations
  • MA 30300 - Differential Equations and Partial Differential Equations for Engineering and the Sciences

Category II

All courses from the following list, taken for a letter grade at PWL, will be used in the calculation of the CODO GPA.

  • BIOL 11000 - Fundamentals of Biology I
  • BIOL 11100 - Fundamentals of Biology II
  • BIOL 12100 - Biology I: Diversity, Ecology, and Behavior and BIOL 13500 - First Year Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 22100 - Introduction to Microbiology
  • BIOL 23100 - Biology III: Cell Structure and Function
  • CHM 11100 - General Chemistry and CHM 11200 - General Chemistry 
  • CHM 11500 - General Chemistry
  • CHM 11600 - General Chemistry
  • CHM 12500 - Introduction to Chemistry I
  • CHM 12600 - Introduction to Chemistry II
  • CHM 12901 - General Chemistry with a Biological Focus
  • CHM 13600 - General Chemistry Honors
  • CHM 25500 - Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences I
  • CHM 25501 - Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences Laboratory I
  • CHM 25700 - Organic Chemistry
  • CHM 26100 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 26200 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM 26300 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHM 26400 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
  • CHM 37000 - Topics In Physical Chemistry
  • CS 15900 - C Programming
  • CS 18000 - Problem Solving and Object-Oriented Programming
  • PHYS 17200 - Modern Mechanics
  • PHYS 24100 - Electricity and Optics
  • PHYS 25200 - Electricity and Optics Laboratory
  • PHYS 27200 - Electric and Magnetic Interactions

Category III

Only one course from the following list, taken for a letter grade at PWL, will be used in the calculation of the CODO GPA. If more than one course has been completed with a letter grade at PWL for Category III, then the course used in the calculation of the CODO GPA will be selected in the following order:

  • An Introductory Engineering Course
    • ENGR 13100 Transforming Ideas to Innovation I
    • ENGR 13300 Transforming Ideas to Innovation, EPICS
  • A course from the Written Communications Foundational Outcome list
  • A course from the Oral Communications Foundational Outcome list
  • A course from the Humanities or Behavioral and Social Sciences Foundational Outcome lists

Other Requirements

  • Students must view First-Year Engineering CODO Video, complete the FYE CODO Survey questions. See below under Process for links.
  • Students are accepted for FALL and SPRING.
  • Students must be in good academic standing (not on academic notice).
  • Students are admitted on a SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS ONLY after holistic review. Space is extremely limited. Meeting the stated minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into FYE; rather these are the minimum requirements needed for eligibility. Eligible students will be reviewed holistically and considered for acceptance on a SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS. 

Note: All requirements are included on the University CODO page.

Student Next Steps

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 required coursework to meet CODO requirements to First-Year Engineering

Step 2:  View pre-recorded CODO video presentation

Step 3:  Answer First-Year Engineering CODO Survey questions

Step 4:  To request a CODO at the conclusion of the Spring 2024 Semester, have your current advisor submit the electronic CODO application anytime between now and the Thursday of finals week no later than 5:00 PM (late applications will not be accepted)

Step 5:  If, after viewing the CODO video, you have questions that your advisor is unable to answer, send your questions to

Application Evaluation — Holistic Review

First-Year Engineering applications are reviewed individually and holistically with three primary questions in mind:

  1. Are you academically prepared to succeed and thrive in the FYE program and the undergraduate engineering degrees? 
  2. How will you contribute to the learning experience of their peers and ultimately to the mission of the program?
  3. Are you a competitive candidate in the context of the overall pool of applicants for the program based on available space?

Applications will be reviewed by at least two people working with the First-Year Engineering Program. We will consider the following factors in order to answer the questions above: 

  • FYE CODO course requirements
  • Overall GPA and grades in academic coursework at P-WL campus
  • Grades related to intended major
  • Trends in achievement over time 
  • Answers to FYE CODO survey questions
  • Space availability

What does it take to be accepted?

Admission to First-Year Engineering is competitive. Applications will be evaluated in relation to the full cohort of applicants. Acceptance depends on the student’s qualifications, the qualifications of others in the pool, and availability of space in engineering courses and in academic advising. 


Fall 2018 and previous years

Updated August 21, 2023