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2023-2024 University Catalog 
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Agricultural Engineering, BSAGE

About the Program

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 a major choice in machine systems 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, and engineering management. Practical applications in lab intensive classes (every ABE 3-credit hour class has a lab) and significant opportunities to be involved in clubs (AgGrowBot, 1/4-Scale Tractor, PUP, ASABE Robotics) makes this a great program for entrepreneurs and start-up engineering companies. Students in this program earn a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering, (BSE-AGE).

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!

Current Students - Click here for advising and degree requirement resources.

Prospective Students - Click here to learn more and schedule a visit.

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

Agricultural Engineering Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Degree Requirements

128 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (34 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (91-95 credits)

Click here for First-Year Engineering  Requirements

Click here for Pre-Agricultural and Biological Engineering  Requirements

Elective (0-3 credits)

  • Elective - Credit Hours: 0.00-3.00


Supplemental Information

Click here for Agricultural Engineering Supplemental Information  

College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements

College of Agriculture Pass/No Pass Policy

College of Agriculture Undergraduate Pass/No Pass Policy 

Courses Not Applicable in Agricultural Plans of Study

The following courses are not applicable as credit toward graduation in any College of Agriculture baccalaureate degree program:

  • CHM 10000; ENGL 10000, 10900, 11100; ENGR 19100, 19200, 19300; MA 11100, 12300, 13300, 13400, 15100; 15555, PHYS 14900; STAT 11300, 11400; and all General Studies courses except GS 49000 - Discovery Park Undergraduate Research. 

Credits earned in one of the following course - MA 15200, 15300, 15400 or MA 15800 - may be used as an unrestricted elective in the College of Agriculture undergraduate plans of study, but may not be used as a Mathematics and Sciences Selectives.


GPA Requirements

  • 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Transfer Credit Policy

  • Transfer courses listed in the Purdue Transfer Equivalency Guide with specific Purdue Subject codes (e. g. BIOL) may be used to fulfill degree requirements at the discretion of the College of Agriculture. However, Agriculture transfer credit courses listed with “UND” Purdue Subject codes cannot be used for any requirements in the College of Agriculture.

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. For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

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).

Upper Level Requirement

  • Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of coursework required and approved for the completion of the degree. These courses are expected to be at least junior-level (30000+) courses.
  • Students should be able to fulfill most, if not all, of these credits within their major requirements; there should be a clear pathway for students to complete any credits not completed within their major.

Sample 4-Year Plan

Fall 1st Year

16-18 Credits

16-18 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

Pre-Requisite Information

For pre-requisite information, click here.

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.

Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

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