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2015-2016 University Catalog 
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Multidisciplinary Engineering, BSE

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About the Program

Multidisciplinary engineering is for students who plan to practice engineering as a career but whose specific career goals cannot be accommodated within one of the traditional engineering fields. The program offers considerable flexibility and permits you to develop an individual plan of study to meet educational goals that require bringing together multiple engineering disciplines at an advanced level to solve societal challenges. Established plans of study in the program include acoustical engineering, engineering management, visual design engineering, and general engineering.

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Plans of Study for Multidisciplinary Engineering

(from our ABET Extra Appendix 3)

Until 2012 all concentrations required 31 credits of mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics: 47 credits of engineering at the 200 and higher levels (sophomore and senior); and 124 total credits to graduate.  In 2012 the Indiana State Legislature passed legislation that was then signed into law that stated Bachelor’s degree programs at state institutions should be 120 credits unless there were accreditation reasons that prevented this.  Since the Multidisciplinary Engineering Program us not subject to any program criteria, the ENE Undergraduate Curriculum Committee determined that a 120 credit BSE degree that met all ABET requirements was feasible.  This degree was developed and submitted to the Engineering Curriculum Committee as Engineering Faculty Document 23-12, which was approved in May 2012 effective for December 2012 graduates. 

The Multidisciplinary Engineering Program was the first four-year degree program at Purdue University to meet the state mandate of 120 credits.   The basic changes to reduce the degree requirements from 124 to 120 credits were; a reduction in number of engineering credits at the 200+ level from 47 to 45; a reduction in the number of credits in mathematical and physical, chemical and biological sciences from 31 to 30; and a one credit reduction in the area, which is an elective.  The plans of study for the various concentrations within the Multidisciplinary Engineering Program are for the 120 credit degree program in effect through Fall 2014.


Please visit the Plans of Study site for sample plans, or see the IDE, BSE Plan here .


Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

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