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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.  Each fall semester, the Honors College invites approximately 10% of the beginning first-year Engineering students to join the Honors College, and these first-year engineering students participate in, and are advised by staff in the Engineering Honors Program.  

The First-Year Engineering requirements are applicable for all beginning engineering students who first entered Purdue in the Fall 2016 term or later.  Requirements for students with catalog terms from Fall 2014 to Spring 2016 are listed at the bottom of the page

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.

I. 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

  2. ENGR 16200

  3. MA 16100 or MA 16500

  4. MA 16200, or MA 16600, or MA 17300

  5. CHM 11500 or [CHM 11100 and CHM 11200]

  6. PHYS 17200 or [ENGR 16100 and ENGR 16200]

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

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

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

II. 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.

III. 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 1-9 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.

VI. Total Number of Credits: Students must earn a total of at least 30 credits.


Requirements for students who entered Purdue between Fall 2014 and Spring 2016:

I. To complete FYE and be eligible for consideration for entry into an Engineering degree program, a student must complete the following courses:

  1. ENGR 13100, or ENGR 14100, or [EPCS 11100 and EPCS 12100]

  2. ENGR 13200, or ENGR 14200, or ENGR 13300

  3. MA 16100 or MA 16500

  4. MA 16200, or MA 16600, or MA 17300

  5. CHM 11500 or [CHM 11100 and CHM 11200]

  6. PHYS 17200

  7. A science selective course, chosen from:

    1. CHM 11600

    2. CS 15900

    3. BIOL 11000

    4. BIOL 11100

    5. BIOL 13100

    6. BIOL 12100 and BIOL 13500

    7. ENGR 14100 and ENGR 14200 for students who entered Purdue prior to Fall 2017 only

  8. A course that meets the Written Communication foundational outcome (typically ENGL 10600 or ENGL 10800)

  9. A course that meets the Oral Communication foundational outcome (typically COM 11400)

Items II, III, and IV are identical to the current requirements listed above.