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Multidisciplinary Engineering/Humanitarian Engineering Concentration, BSE

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About the Program

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

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 choose from an established plan of study, or develop an individual plan of study to meet educational goals that can require bringing together multiple engineering disciplines, or non-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, to name a few.

School of Engineering Education

Multidisciplinary Engineering Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Multidisciplinary Engineering Major Requirements (30 credits)

(Included 18+ credits of 30000 level; 6 credits 40000 level - A maximum of 24 credits allowed in any one engineering discipline)

Humanitarian Engineering Concentration (30 credits)

Humanitarian Engineering Concentration for Multidisciplinary Engineering  

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (60 credits)

University 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)

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement:

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Additional Degree Requirements

Click Here for Multidisciplinary Engineering Supplemental Information  

First Year Engineering Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

13-14 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16 Credits

Multidisciplinary Engineering Program Requirements/Humanitarian Engineering Concentration

16 Credits

16 Credits

15 Credits

14 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Area Elective (focused on Humanitarian Interests) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Area Elective (focused on Humanitarian Interests) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Engineering Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education  (30000+ level or non-intro) - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


  • 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree.
  • Must have a 2.0 GPA in Engineering classes 20000+ level.
  • No courses can be taken pass/no pass.
  • Must have C- or better in general education electives.
  • Must have C- or better in capstone prep (IDE 48400 or EPCS 41200) to advance to capstone course.
  • Must have C- or better in capstone design to meet graduation requirements.

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

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”. 


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.

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