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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Transdisciplinary Studies in Engineering Technology, BSTS

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Design a personalized plan of study in our new transdisciplinary studies in engineering technology major, blending fields like humanities and business with engineering technology-focused disciplines.

Featuring hands-on team-based projects, transdisciplinary studies in engineering technology will help you become a lifelong learner. It’s a program especially for the trailblazers, the challenge-seekers, the pioneers with an interest in engineering technology - the students who are independent minded, ambitious, creative, passionate, reflective, and inventive.

Transdisciplinary studies in engineering technology is an educational experience unlike any other because it combines individualized learning with close mentoring by faculty experts and a competency based curriculum which clearly defines each ability, skill, behavior, and body of knowledge that you’ll master.

Employers today have many positions with job titles that didn’t exist only a few years ago. This major provides you with broad technical competence and the abilities to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to adapt and thrive in our ever-changing world.

This is one of two competency-based degrees offered by the Purdue Polytechnic Institute.

Special features
  • In each semester’s Design Lab and Seminar learning environments, you will learn discipline-specific theory and how to apply it to real-world problems.
  • It’s a student-centered culture called “competency-based education” focuses more on “show us what you can do with what you know” and less on memorization.
  • You will create an electronic portfolio which documents your abilities and mastery of subjects - which you may choose to share with potential employers.

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (36 credits)

Required Major Courses (36 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (84 credits)

  • Written Communication - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • Oral Communication - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Information Literacy - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Quantitative Reasoning - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science - Credit Hours: 7.00
  • Science, Technology and Society  - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Human Cultures - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Behavioral/Social Science  - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Advanced MA (>15999) or STAT (>19999) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • >20000  Humanities or Social Sci - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • >30000 level Oral Comm or Written Comm - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • >09999 Technology Selective (Any AT, BCM, CGT, CNIT, ECET, ENGT, IET, IT, MET, MFET, OLS, TECH, TLI course 10000 level or higher) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • >10000 Disciplinary Knowledge - Credit Hours: 9.00
  • >20000 Disciplinary Knowledge - Credit Hours: 14.00
  • >30000 Disciplinary Knowledge - Credit Hours: 12.00
  • >40000 Disciplinary Knowledge - Credit Hours: 9.00

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

16.5 Credits

Spring 1st Year

14.5 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

13.5 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

16.5 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15.5 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

16.5 Credits

Fall 4th Year

13.5 Credits

Spring 4th Year

13.5 Credits


  1. Non-course degree requirement: Student demonstration of expertise in eight broad competencies. Monitored and reviewed continuously in Transdisciplinary Learning Experiences (PTEC 10800, 20800, …). ePortfolio is formally assessed 4 times during the plan of study to satisfy this requirement. 
  2. These are courses specifically designed for this degree. ePortfolio (PTEC 20700, 40700) are pass/no pass. Transdisciplinary Learning Experiences (PTEC 10800-40800) are variable credit.
  3. Any courses from the Undergraduate Curriculum Council (UCC) Approved Course List to satisfy the appropriate foundational core requirement. Acronyms are as follows: BSS - Behavioral/Social Sciences, HUM - Humanities, IL - Information Literacy, OC - Oral Communication, QR - Quantitative  Reasoning, STS - Science, Technology and Society, WC - Written Communication.  It is preferred that students take one course from physical sciences and one from life sciences.
  4. Any course for which the student meets the prerequisites and meets their personal and professional goals as determined by the student in consultation with their faculty mentor.
  5. By the end of the Semester 3, students identify their mission and, with the help of their faculty mentor, develop a detailed plan of learning. At this time, they identify one or more technology disciplines and at least one humanities discipline. For example, Computing (CIT, CGT or ECET), Engineering Technology (ECET, MET or MFET), Built environment (CM), Aviation (AT), or Technology Leadership and Innovation (TLI), and non-technology areas such as history, philosophy, communication, etc.
  6.  A 2.0 Graduation GPA are required for the Bachelor of Science degree.

  7. Students must earn a “D-” or better in all courses unless otherwise noted.

  8. Courses at Purdue University may only be attempted a maximum of three (3) times, including W, WF, I, IF and all graded attempts.

  9.  32 credit hours of 30000-level or higher courses must be completed at Purdue University.

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