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2021-2022 University Catalog 
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Integrated Business & Engineering, BS

About the Program

The IBE major is focused on developing students with skills and knowledge to rapidly progress to leadership roles and be able to function effectively in complex, dynamic, and technology-driven organizations and enterprises - both new and established - that embrace technological progress for economic and social benefit.

Offered under a partnership between the Krannert School of Management and the College of Engineering, this innovative program will provide a firm grounding in both management and engineering, with specialization options in interdisciplinary management areas relevant to contemporary business environments. The program will combine the science of new technologies and the business opportunities created by them. The IBE curriculum will allow students to connect interests in a way that creates multiple career pathways within technologies and organizations. Students graduating with this degree will be able to adjust to changing environments, spur creativity, lead teams, master communication skills, and evaluate/interpret data.

The IBE curriculum is based on a holistic, integrative, and strategic systems view at multiple levels (individual, group, and organization) through diverse coursework, interdisciplinary seminars, customized labs, engagement with active research projects, and culminates in an industry-driven capstone design course consisting of a project that amplifies the importance of collaboration amongst diverse stakeholders, strategic product/service development, and tactical product/service realization.

Key components of the IBE are:

  • Core coursework with additional electives in management, engineering, and mathematics thereby providing strong interdisciplinary foundation for students. to select from a variety of structured and customized study plans. The core business courses provide breadth of functional areas of business and the electives add depth in selected areas. Further specialization is possible and many options can earn students transcriptable concentrations. Engineering courses will include the first year engineering curriculum, which is the launchpad for all engineering students at Purdue.
  • Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS), in which teams of students partner with local and global community organizations to address human, community, and environmental needs.
  • Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP), in which students are engaged in authentic and extended research and design projects related to active research areas of Purdue faculty members and national, international, and industry-sponsored design challenges..
  • Seminar courses to expose students to contemporary topics related to the design and management of socially responsible modern organizations and enterprises. These seminars will leverage the expertise of faculty across Purdue, prominent alumni, and thought leaders in each (flexible, rotating) topic area. Seminar topics might include, for example, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, climate resilience, and sustainable economic growth.
  • Strong team and project experiences to build a comprehensive interdisciplinary, analytically focused problem-solving toolkit suitable for tomorrow’s industry or advanced education. The capstone experience in Year 4 will likely involve interdisciplinary team-based projects sponsored by companies advising and recruiting from IBE.


Integrated Business and Engineering Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Degree Requirements

120 Credit Hours

Department/Program Major Courses (85-86 credits)

Business Courses (46 credits)

Engineering Courses (16 credits)

Specialty Areas (12 credits)

A. Data Analytics Concentration (12 credits)

C. Operations & Supply Chain Management Concentration (12 credits)

D. Student Designed Specialty Area (12 credits)

  • Choose any 20000- 40000 level courses with approval of advisor.

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (32-33 credits)

Elective (3 credits)

  • Electives - Credit Hours: 3.00

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.

Program Requirements

15-16 Credits

15 Credits

16-17 Credits

16 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

14 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

14 Credits

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Business Depth Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Specialty Area Course - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Specialty Area Course - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 1.00-3.00

15 Credits


  • All MGMT & ECON 300 level + courses require upper division status
  • Only 1 course may be shared between 2 concentrations or between a major and a concentration
  • Space in MGMT & ECON courses may be limited
  • Pre-requisites should be checked on MyPurdue
  • MGMT, ECON & OBHR courses must be taken at Purdue University West Lafayette and may not be taken through correspondence or online
  • The School of Management CANNOT guarantee offerings of non MGMT, ECON or OBHR courses

World Language Courses

World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.

ASL-American Sign Language ARAB-Arabic CHNS-Chinese FR-French
GER-German GREK-Greek (Ancient) HEBR-Hebrew (Biblical) HEBR-Hebrew (modern)
ITAL-Italian JPNS-Japanese KOR-Korean LATN-Latin
PTGS-Portuguese RUSS-Russian SPAN-Spanish  





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