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2020-2021 University Catalog 
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Agricultural Engineering, BSAGE

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About the Program

The Agricultural Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Agricultural engineers apply their knowledge of agricultural systems, natural resources, and engineering to equipment design and assure environmental compatibility of practices used by production agriculture. The Agricultural Engineering curriculum offers great breadth, with specialization choices in machine systems engineering and environmental and natural resources engineering. Subject areas include computer-aided engineering, fluid power, finite element analysis, natural resource conservation, and engineering properties of biological materials. Excellent career opportunities exist in product engineering, equipment research and design, facilities design, environmental consulting, and engineering management.  Students in this program earn a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering, (BSAGE).


Some of the factors that contribute to Agricultural & Biological Engineering at Purdue University being a top ranked program:

  • Multiple opportunities for interaction with faculty in laboratories and in classes
  • Student Competitions, Clubs, Global Experiences
  • Personalized advising and attention from faculty
  • Practical curriculum for industrial careers
  • Great opportunities for scholarships and internships
  • Excellent placement record and starting salaries

Watch a video and take a look at some senior projects.  We hope to see you in ABE soon!


Agricultural Engineering Major Change (CODO) Requirements   

Degree Requirements

128 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (34 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (91-93 credits)

Click here for First-Year Engineering   Requirements

Click here for Pre-Agricultural and Biological Engineering   Requirements

(If pursuing Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering, either CHM 11600 - General Chemistry or CS 15900 -  Programming Applications For Engineers are required to graduate, but not required to complete the First Year Engineering program. CS 15900 is preferred.)


Additional Degree Requirements

Click here for Agricultural Engineering Supplemental Information 

Elective (1-3 credits)

  • Elective - Credit Hours: 1.00-3.00

College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

16-17 Credits

16-17 Credits

17 Credits

17 Credits

17 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

16 Credits

14 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Engineering Technical Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Humanities or Social Science Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Humanities or Social Science Selective (30000+ level) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 1.00-3.00

13-15 Credits


  • 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.
  • Official and complete prerequisite lists are in the course catalog.

Critical Course

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In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


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