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Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies/Engineering Science Studies Concentration, BS

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About the Program

Interdisciplinary engineering studies (IDES) is for students who want an engineering education but do not plan to practice engineering. The program offers considerable flexibility and permits you to meet educational goals that require working at the interface between engineering and other disciplines.

School of Engineering Education

Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Other Departmental Requirements (58 credits)

First-Year Engineering  

Additional Requirements

Click here for Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies Supplemental Information  

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.

First Year Engineering Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

13-14 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16 Credits

Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies Program Requirements

Fall 2nd Year

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

16 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Area Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00  
  • Area Elective (Math + Basic Science + Engineering (see notes))  - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Engineering Elective (30000+ level) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Engineering Elective (30000+ level) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education Elective (30000+ or non-intro) - Credit Hours: 3.00​​​​​​​

15 Credits


  • 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science Degree.
  • Must have 2.0 GPA in Engineering classes 20000+ level.
  • No courses can be taken for pass/no pass.
  • Must have C- or better in general education electives.
  • Engineering credits: A minimum 30 credits at 200+ level, of which at least 15 credits are at 300+ level. Maximum number of credits in any one engineering discipline is 24. It is the
  • student’s responsibility to see that all prerequisites are met for selected courses.
  • Math + Basic Science + Engineering credits: A minimum of 44 credits of MBSE credits (that do not already fulfill FYE requirements) are required. The credits for Calculus I, Calculus II,
  • PHYS 172, and the FYE Science selective are NOT used towards the 44 credit total. Engineering credits must be at 200+ level. Some examples of Basic Science include MA, BIOL, CHM, PHYS, EAPS and SLHS.

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”. 


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