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2021-2022 University Catalog 
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School of Engineering Education

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School of Engineering Education

Within the School of Engineering Education, two distinct degree options are offered. Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies (IDES) and Multidisciplinary Engineering (MDE) are each unique pathways that serve student populations with different career interests.  In particular, the IDES degree is often referred to as a “pre-professional school” program, which offers a bachelor of science degree (BS).  Alternatively, MDE confers a bachelor of science in engineering (BSE).  Further details of each program follow below.

The Multidisciplinary Engineering (MDE) mission, goals, and objectives are designed to prepare graduates to practice engineering. Typically, a plan of study is developed around a focused concentration. Students may develop their own individual plan of study or select one of these established concentrations:

  • Acoustical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • General Engineering
  • Visual Design Engineering
  • Lighting Engineering
  • Nano-Engineering
  • Humanitarian Engineering
  • Theatre Engineering (Limited Enrollment)
  • Educational Engineering (not a teaching certified program)


Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies (IDES) is for students who want an engineering education but do not plan to practice engineering. Students are often looking ahead to attending a professional school, such as Medical School, or looking for some engineering coursework and other broad educational exposure. Choose from these concentrations:

  • Engineering Science Studies
  • Pre-Professional Engineering Studies (In preparation for a professional school: Pre-Med; Pre-Law; Pre-Vet; etc)


Students must complete the requirements of the First-Year Engineering Program to be accepted into either IDES or MDE. These programs offer students the opportunity to advance to graduate school or pursue a career in industry.

Features of these undergraduate programs include:

  • Flexible plan of study
  • Limited enrollment
  • Student planning is required in collaboration with intensive advisor counseling


Students interested in pursuing undergraduate research opportunities in the School of Engineering Education are encouraged to contact faculty who conduct research in their areas of interest. A comprehensive list of engineering faculty is provided here.

Contact Information

Questions can be directed to the following offices.

School of Engineering Education
Purdue University
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Room 1300
701 W. Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907
e-mail: engr-info@purdue.edu
phone: (765) 494-9713
fax: (765) 494-5819

Advising: ide@ecn.purdue.edu




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