Nov 29, 2023  
2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

First-Year Engineering

About the Program

The First-Year Engineering (FYE) Program, at the School of Engineering Education, is the entry point for all beginning engineering students at Purdue. In the FYE program, students complete foundational coursework in math, science, engineering, and communications (oral and written). After this common first year, students choose their discipline of engineering and start to follow the plan of study of a particular degree program. The mission of this student-oriented program is to advise, prepare, and retain outstanding students for degree programs in Purdue’s College of Engineering.

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Requirements for First-Year Engineering (FYE)

30+ Credits Required

To complete the First-Year Engineering (FYE) program and be eligible for consideration for entry into an Engineering degree program, a student must comply with the grade average requirement and complete the following required courses:

Requirement #3: Calculus I (4-5 credits)

One of the following course options:

Requirement #4: Calculus II (4-5 credits)

One of the following course options:

Requirement #5: Chemistry I (4-6 credits)

One of the following course options:

Requirement #6: Physics (4 credits)

One of the following course options:

Requirement #7: Science Selective (3-4 credits)

One of the following course options:

Requirement #8: Written and Oral Communication (6 credits)

Two of the following course options:

Grade Average requirement

To complete the First-Year Engineering (FYE) program, 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 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 FYE Advising office.

First Year Engineering Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

13-14 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16 Credits

Transitioning to a degree program

After completion of the First-Year Engineering (FYE) program, students may transition to one of fifteen degree programs in engineering (i.e., Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Civil, etc.); this happens through the “Transition to Major” (or T2M) process. As a student nears completion of FYE, he or she will inform FYE of their preferred choices of degree program (major). If the degree program is not at capacity, all students completing FYE requirements and requesting that degree program will be admitted. If the program is at capacity, admission will be based on academic record, including GPA, EAI, and grades in specific courses.


  • All courses used to fulfill the First-Year Engineering program requirements must have a grade of C- or higher


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