First-Year Engineering Requirements

All beginning engineering students enroll in the First-Year Engineering Program (FYE) and complete a common first year curriculum before transitioning to their engineering major. 

The First-Year Engineering requirements are applicable for all beginning engineering students who first entered Purdue in the Fall 2016 term or later. 

These requirements were approved by the Engineering Curriculum Committee, on behalf of the faculty of the College of Engineering, on April 22, 2014 (EFD 35-14), with amendments in EFD 70-16 and EFD 09-17. Course descriptions of required courses are also available.

  1. To complete First-Year Engineering and be eligible for consideration for entry into an Engineering degree program, Engineering Honors students must complete the following:

    1. ENGR 16100* and ENGR 16200* OR ENGR 13000  OR  ENGR 13300, ENGR 17911 and ENGR 17912

    2. MA 16100 or MA 16500

    3. MA 16200 or MA 16600

    4. CHM 11500

    5. PHYS 17200 (satisfied with ENGR 16100 and ENGR 16200 track)

    6. One science selective course (typically either CHM 11600 or CS 15900)

    7. One course that meets the Written Communication Foundational Outcome (typically ENGL 10600, ENGL 10800, or HONR 19903)

    8. One course that meets the Oral Communication Foundational Outcome (typically COM 11400)

  2. Minimum Grades: Earned grades must be C– or better for any course used to meet the requirements above, if the grade posts to the Purdue transcript.
  3. Grade Average: To complete FYE, the student’s cumulative GPA must be of 2.00 or greater, and an Engineering Admissions Index (EAI) must be 2.00 or greater. Calculation of the EAI is equivalent to the calculation of GPA for courses used to meet all FYE requirements 1-8 above. If a student meets a requirement in more than one way, only one will be used to calculate the EAI. The FYE Curriculum Committee will be responsible for keeping an updated, clear, and universal set of rules for determining which course is used in EAI for these situations. These rules are available to students in the Engineering Honors Advising office.
  4. Total Number of Credits: Students must earn a total of at least 30 credits.

* ENGR 16100 & 16200 is the most common course sequence for first-year Engineering Honors & Goss Scholars and highlights academic and social learning community opportunities.