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
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”.