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2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Engineering Education

The School of Engineering Education

Interdisciplinary Engineering offers two distinct degree options:  Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies (IDES), and Multidisciplinary Engineering (MDE).  Each degree is unique, in that they are serving 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) and is not ABET accredited.  Alternatively, the MDE degree is an ABET accredited program, conferring a bachelor of science in engineering degree (BSE).  Further details of each program follow below.

The Multidisciplinary Engineering Program’s mission, goals, objectives and outcomes 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, ABET-approved concentrations:

  • Acoustical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • General Engineering
  • Visual Design Engineering
  • Lighting Engineering
  • Nano-Engineering
  • Humanitarian Engineering
  • Theatre Engineering (Structural Schenery or Mechanical/Electrical Scenery tracts)
  • Educational Engineering (not a teaching certified program)


The Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies Program is for students who want an engineering education but do not plan to practice engineering. Students may develop their own individual plan of study or select one of these established concentrations:

  • General Engineering Studies
  • Pre-Professional Engineering Studies (i.e. In preparation for a professional school: Pre-Med; Pre-Law; Pre-Vet; etc)
  • Supervisory Engineering Studies
  • Visual Design Engineering Studies


Detailed information on enrollment and graduation statistics for the MDE program, as well as MDE program accreditation with ABET is available for review.


Students must complete the requirements of the First-Year Engineering Program and take additional engineering courses, but may also take several courses from other schools at Purdue. Students will graduate with either a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Degrees from 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 that can be tailored to include its own title and selection of courses (with formal approval)
  • Limited enrollment
  • Flexible course selection (within program limits) requires careful student planning and intensive advisor counseling
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Plans of Study
  • Requirements
  • Student Awards

Questions? Contact us by email at ide@ecn.purdue.edu or by phone at (765) 494-7422. You may also make an appointment with the MDE/IDE Advisor, by clicking: Chris Pekny



Contact Information

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

Graduate Information

For Graduate Information please see Engineering Education Graduate Program Information .




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