Frequently Asked Questions

Academic Policies

  • Can I take a graduate-level course as an undergraduate student?

    Undergraduate students may take graduate-level courses as a junior or senior so long as they meet the prerequisites for the course. Most 500-level courses can be added by the student without departmental permission; however, 600-level courses need approval by both the instructor and your academic advisor. Keep in mind graduate-level courses are typically much more rigorous than undergraduate-level courses and require a much larger time commitment.

    A maximum of 12 credit hours of graduate coursework, earned with a grade of B- or better, may be applied toward an advanced degree at Purdue if these credits are in excess of any requirements for the baccalaureate degree (other universities may have different restrictions). Students who wish to use courses as excess credit must work with their academic advisor.

  • Can I take a course(s) as Pass/No Pass?

    All courses taken as part of your ME degree requirement must be taken for a letter grade.  This includes ME Core classes, Technical Elective courses and General Education Electives.  Only those extra courses, not part of the engineering degree requirements can be taken as pass/no pass.  The only exception to this policy is if a ME student completes an Engineering Term Abroad (ETA), then the abroad courses must be taken as Pass/No Pass. 

  • Is it true that students are only allowed to attempt a course 3 times?

    Yes, students may only attempt a course 3 times at the West Lafayette campus and grades of W or WF are included in this limit.  Per the School of Mechanical Engineering's policy, attempts exceeding three taken at a regional campus or another institution will also be included as an attempt.

  • What is the minimum grade that I need to achieve in my ME courses?

    While a minimum grade of D- is considered “passing,” you must have an ME Core GPA and cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to graduate with a BSME degree. In light of this requirement, although you may have passed a particular ME course, it might become necessary for you to repeat it to meet the minimum ME CORE GPA requirement.  See Course Repeat Policy for more information.

  • Is it a good idea to repeat a course I have already passed?

    Repeating a course strictly to improve your GPA is not recommended. If you feel as if your grade does not reflect your true ability, doing well in a higher level course will likely impress prospective employers or graduate schools more than just repeating a class you have already passed with a C-. Students are NOT permitted to repeat courses in which a C grade or higher was earned.  Of course, if you sincerely believe that you have not mastered the material, as is likely the case if you received a D+ or lower, then repeating the class may be a wise choice. If you have failed a required course then you must repeat it.

    Students may only attempt a course 3 times per University Regulations. A W or WF does count toward this limit. When repeating a course, all attempts appear on a student’s transcript; however, it is the most recent attempt that is factored into a student’s cumulative GPA. If you fail the course in your most recent attempt, even if you passed it earlier, you will no longer receive credit for that course.

    Before making this decision, you need to contact your Academic Advisor because it will impact your Plan of Study and potentially will delay graduation.  See Course Repeat Policy.

  • Am I able to transfer in ME courses from Regional Campuses and/or outside institutions?

    Students can transfer in ME Core classes before they are admitted to the West Lafayette School, however credit will not be accepted for any 300 level ME Core courses.  The only ME courses transferable to the program are ME 200, 270 and 274.  All other ME courses must be taken at the West Lafayette campus.

    If a student takes a course at Purdue (i.e. ME 200, 270, 274), he/she is then unable to retake that course outside of the Purdue system for the purpose of grade replacement. Students interested in taking a Technical Elective or General Education Elective should first consult their academic advisor.

    Purdue is not affiliated with Ivy Tech, and therefore ME advisors do not sign authorization forms to take courses at outside institutions.  In lieu of the university’s course request form, you can submit your myPurdue transcript to the visiting institution.

  • What is the minimum GPA required for graduation?

    Students must achieve a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA and 2.00 ME Core GPA in order to be eligible for graduation.

  • What does it mean to be on academic probation?

    Beginning Fall 2016, all ME Undergraduate students on academic probation and/or ME Core Probation will be limited to no more than 15 credits per semester to allow more time to focus on coursework and get back in good academic standing. Additional information on academic probation can be found on our Probation Policy page and the University Regulations on academic standing.

  • What is the process for withdrawing from the University?

    A student who wishes to withdraw from the University during any semester or summer session shall begin the withdrawal process by logging on to MyPurdue, select the Academic tab, select the “Withdraw from the University” link and complete the form. Once the form is submitted, students are required to complete the process by speaking with a Student Support Specialist in the Office of the Dean of Students in Schleman Hall, Room 207, or by calling 765-494-1747 and asking to speak with a Student Support Specialist. More information can be found at The Advocacy and Support Center.

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Study Abroad

  • Can a co-op student do a study abroad?

    It may be possible for a co-op student to do a study abroad. However, this will require scheduling the Study Abroad session during a regularly scheduled semester at Purdue. This could extend your graduation date. To best plan a study abroad, interested students should see Prof. Krousgrill as early in their ME Program as possible.

  • Will a Study Abroad add time to my ME Program?

    Generally, an Engineering Term Abroad program (ETA) will not add an extra full term semester, but it could add an extra summer pending your progress in the ME curriculum when you leave for your term aboard.  Consult with your academic advisor and he/she and determine an ETA program that might not delay your graduation based on your current curriculum standing in the ME program.

  • If I am interested in doing a Study Abroad, whom should I speak with?

    Interested students should first consult with their academic advisor if they are considering an Engineering Term Abroad.  If you are interested in other Study Abroad programs, you should start with the Study Abroad website. For the best Study Abroad experience, you should start planning this no later the spring semester of your sophomore year.

Undergraduate Research

  • What research opportunities are available within the ME department for undergraduate students?

    Research is a beneficial supplement to students’ traditional coursework. It can offer both hands-on and team experience as well as provide opportunities to gain additional skills that may be advantageous in the workplace or in graduate school.

    ME 29700 and ME 49700 are variable title courses that allow students to partner with a ME faculty member to engage in research for credit, either independently or as part of a small group. Students are responsible for approaching faculty and discussing expectations for their projects. Your academic advisor should be consulted to review how the course will count toward their degree as well as to obtain the necessary Form 23V to register for the course.  Learn more here.

  • What research opportunities are available at Purdue outside of the ME program?

    • Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) courses create a vertical project track under which students work in multidisciplinary teams on long-term engineering-based design projects.
    • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) matches undergraduate students with a faculty member and graduate student mentor who introduce them to research in the areas of science, engineering, and technology. During the summer, SURF is an 11-week program during which students conduct research 40 hours per week. SURF is also sometimes offered during the academic year, where full-time students conduct research activities for approximately 10 hours per week.
    • The Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship (DURI) program is designed to immerse Purdue undergraduates in the interdisciplinary research environment of Discovery Park. The program provides opportunities for students to work with faculty affiliated with Discovery Park on cutting edge research projects that involve combining two or more disciplinary strengths.