Dec 01, 2023  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

Integrated Business & Engineering, BS

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About the Program

The Integrated Business and Engineering (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 Daniels School of Business and the College of Engineering, this rigorous and innovative program will provide a firm grounding in both business and engineering, with specialization options in interdisciplinary business and technology 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 interdisciplinary teams, master communication skills, and use data to inform decisions.

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, and engagement with active research projects; It culminates in an industry-driven capstone design course consisting of a project that amplifies the importance of collaboration among diverse stakeholders, strategic product/service development, and tactical product/service realization.

Key components of the IBE are:

  • Core coursework with additional electives in business, 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 (FYE) 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 successful 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 likely 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 - Choose One (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-level to 49999-level courses with approval of advisor.

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (32-36 credits)

Elective (0-5 credits)

  • Electives - Credit Hours: 0.00-5.00

Course Requirements and Notes

  • 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 Business CANNOT guarantee offerings of non MGMT, ECON or OBHR courses

School of Business Requirements

MAI Requirements

  • To be admitted to upper level, a student must complete all Management Admissions Index (MAI) courses with a 3.00 or above MAI GPA AND a 2.50 cumulative GPA, have a C- or higher in all MAI AND any Management, Economics, and OBHR courses (M/E/O), and not be on academic notice.
  • University Policy states students may only attempt a course 3 times and grades of W are included in this limit. Per the School of Business, no more than three different MAI courses, or their equivalents, may be taken two times for a grade. Students are responsible for consulting their advisor about re-take options available to them.
  • Previous enrollments in MA 16100, 16200, 16500, 16600 do not count against the retake policy for the MAI.

The following are Management Admissions Index courses:

  • ECON 25100
  • MGMT 20000
  • MA 16010
  • SCLA 10100 or ENGL 10600 or ENGL 10800 or HONR 19903
  • SCLA 10200 or COM 11400 or COM 21700 or EDPS 31500

GPA Requirements

  • Graduation Index: 2.00 minimum
  • Major Index: 2.00 minimum

Course Requirements and Notes

  • MGMT, OBHR and ECON courses numbered 30000-level or higher can only be taken after being admitted to Upper Division, with the exception of OBHR 33300. Students may take this course during their sophomore year.
  • MGMT 31000 should be taken soon after you are admitted to Upper Division as it is a pre-requisite for all of your MAJOR SELECTIVES courses.
  • Courses taken on approved School of Business study abroad programs may be used to satisfy degree requirements. Students participating in a Purdue approved study abroad program are registered as full-time Purdue students during their semester abroad. Schedule an appointment with your advisor to discuss study abroad opportunities.

Pass/No Pass Policy

  • The pass/no pass option MAY NOT be selected for MAI, EAI, MGMT, ECON or OBHR (MEO) courses (even if selected as a general elective) required for a major, required minor or concentration, or core requirements.
  • Only courses taken for general electives that are not required major, minor or concentration courses may be taken pass/no pass.
  • The total credit hours selected under the pass/no pass option in the student’s baccalaureate program may not exceed 15.
  • The option cannot be adopted for more than one course per semester.
  • A student who elects this option must be classified as at least a sophomore 45-59 credits or higher.
  • Students who are repeating a course must repeat it using the same grade mode as the original attempt.
  • Students on academic notice must complete at least 12 hours of coursework for a letter grade during the semester. Those students on academic notice for a second consecutive semester may not elect the pass/no pass option until they are removed from academic notice.
  • See your advisor for Study Abroad Pass/No Pass Policy

Transfer Credit Policy

  • The number of general electives will vary for each student and can include AP credit, transfer credit, and/or Credit by Exam.
  • Transfer credit for upper level MGMT, OBHR and ECON will only be considered if taken at a 4-year AACSB accredited school.
  • More information can be found at Transfer Credit Guidlines

Summer Courses


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

15-16 Credits

15 Credits

17-18 Credits

16 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

13 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

  • Business Method Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Engineering Expansion Course - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Engineering Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Team Based Design Selective (Innovative Lab) - Credit Hours: 2.00

14 Credits

14-16 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: 0.00-5.00

15 Credits

Pre-Requisite Information

For pre-requisite information, click here.

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-Japenese; KOR-Korean; LATN-Latin; PTGS=Portuguese; RUSS-Russian; SPAN-Spanish)

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.

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