IDE Frequently Asked Questions

How do I develop a concentration within IDE and a plan of study?

A plan of study is a guideline for the courses that a student will take to complete a degree in either Multidisciplinary Engineering or Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies. Every student must have an approved plan of study. The first step in developing a plan of study is to determine if any of the plans of study for standard concentrations (available in the IDE office) fit the student's interests and goals. A student can modify these plans as long as they stay within the prescribed choices indicated in the plan. If a student chooses to develop their own concentration, they must select the courses that best fit their personal interests and goal, but also satisfy the degree requirements. Counselors in the IDE office are available to advise the student on course selection.

What are the possible concentrations to choose from?

Acoustical Engineering * Innovative Design Engineering * Pre-Medical Engineering Studies
Basic Engineering* Lighting Engineering * Pre-Optometry Engineering Studies
Communications Engineering Studies Nano Engineering * Pre-Law Engineering Studies
Ecological Engineering * Ocean Engineering * Pre-Veterinary Medicine Engineering Studies
Engineering Management * Pre-Professional Engineering Studies Student developed Multidisciplinary Engineering *
Engineering Mathematics Studies Pre-Chiropractic Engineering Studies Supervisory Engineering Studies
ID Design Engineering Studies Pre-Dentistry Engineering Studies Theatre Engineering Studies
Integrated Engineering * Pre-Physical Therapy Engineering Studies Student developed Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies


Can I develop an original concentration and plan of study?

Yes, a student can develop a concentration and plan of study tailored to their personal interests and goals. This requires more effort on the student's part than using one of the standard concentrations and plans of study.

How will my concentration and plan of study be approved?

Concentrations and plans of study are approved by the Engineering Education Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. This committee meets twice a year to approve plans. A complete plan of study to be submitted for approval includes the IDE Excel spreadsheet (listing all of the student's courses and when they will be taken), a cover page, and a statement of the student's career interests and goals.

How do I make changes to my plan of study once it is approved?

A student must complete a substitution sheet to make changes to the plan of study. The sheet is submitted to the Director of IDE for approval.

How many credits do I need to graduate from IDE?

124 credits is the minimum amount needed to graduate from IDE. Some plans of study may require the completion of more credits.

How many students are in IDE?

Enrollment in IDE is kept at less than 100 students.

What kinds of jobs do IDE graduates get?

Because IDE is versatile, graduates of IDE find their way into a broad range of areas in addition to classical engineering careers. Alumni are holding the positions of accountants, managers of computer systems, marketing managers, CEO's, physicians, dentists, attorneys, pilots, professors, race car driver, and many other intriguing job titles.

What is the difference between Multidisciplinary Engineering and Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies?

The Multidisciplinary Engineering program is designed for students who want to become a practicing engineer. This program is ABET-accredited so that graduates can become Professional Engineers. The Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies program is designed for students who want an engineering education but have no desire to become practicing engineers (e.g., Pre-law Engineering Studies).

What are the CODO requirements for IDE?

CODO into IDE - Rules For Students Not in First-Year Engineering

The purpose of both programs in Interdisciplinary Engineering is to allow students to follow plans of study that cannot be easily accomplished in the Schools of Engineering. This includes pre-professional programs such as pre-medical engineering studies, programs combining engineering and a non-engineering field such as inventive design engineering or international engineering, and programs combining two or more engineering programs such as acoustical engineering or basic engineering.

  1. A Plan of Study (POS) for a given concentration must be submitted to IDE and be endorsed by the Director of the Interdisciplinary Engineering Program, or the Director’s assistant. The POS must make sense and not be easily done in one of the Schools of Engineering. The essence of a Plan of Study is planning ahead. Students should visit IDE, develop a POS using IDE's spreadsheet with the aid of an IDE counselor, and submit it to IDE before their next to last semester at Purdue. It is unrealistic to expect to contact IDE, develop a POS, CODO into IDE, and graduate the same semester. All plans of study must be formally approved by the Engineering Education Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, which meets in March and October, before students can graduate with an IDE degree. Approval of the POS is a completely separate step from the CODO process. Students may submit their POS for approval by the Committee before they meet CODO requirements.
  2. Must have completed all First-Year Engineering requirements.
  3. Engineering Admissions Index must be 2.0 or better.
  4. Must be in good standing as a student at Purdue - West Lafayette Campus, and not on probation. Semester index must be 2.0 or better.
  5. The GPA of engineering courses (200 level and above) must be 2.0 or above. This index will be calculated after reinstating all removed (“redlined”) engineering courses.
  6. The Cumulative Graduation index (GPA) must be 2.5 or better. This index will be calculated after reinstating all removed (“redlined”) courses.
  7. CODO papers received after the drop deadline during a semester or a summer session will be processed after grades have been posted for that term.

Students who want to re-enter Purdue who were not in IDE will follow the CODO rules. Students who were not in IDE will not be readmitted to Purdue in IDE.

What is the difference between a BS and BSE degree in IDE?

A Bachelor of Science degree requires 30 credits of engineering courses to be taken. At least 15 of those credits are at the 300 level or above. A Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree requires that 47 credits of engineering courses be taken and a plan of study that satisfies ABET requirements be followed. At least 18 of those credits are at the 300 level or above, and at least 6 of the 18 are at the 400 level or above.

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