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

Ocean Engineering Concentration in Multidisciplinary Engineering

Ocean Engineering Concentration

Students interested need to take coursework from an accredited Ocean Engineering, Coastal Engineering, or Oceanography program at another universities for transfer credit (Note that there are special agreements with some universities such as the University of Michigan that allow you to pay Purdue fees).  Also consider a semester at sea. 



First year Engineering Program (Chemistry 11600 is very strongly recommended) - Credit Hours: 29-33

Students are very strongly advised to take a CAD course such as CGT 16300 or 16400 during their first year in engineering. A CAD course is required for this concentration.


Required sophomore mathematics: Multivariate calculus (MA 26100), and linear algebra & differential equations, MA 26200 or (MA 26500 & 26600), or equivalent - Credit Hours:8-10


Sophomore Science selective.  One of the following: Phys 24100, Phys 26100, Biol 12100, Biol 23000, organic chemistry or equivalent. - Credit Hours:  3-4


Statistics selective.  One of the following: IDE 49500*, IE 23000, ChE 32000, STAT 35000, STAT 51100 or equivalent.  The engineering courses count towards the required 45 credits in engineering. STAT 350 or 511 count towards the Area requirements and fill the accreditation requirement for Math and basic sciences. *IDE 49500 is normal course.  (3-counted elsewhere)  


Accreditation Requirement for Mathematics and Basic Sciences.  There must be a minimum of 30 credits of mathematics and basic sciences (biological, chemical and physical). Students who take MA 16500, 16600, 26100, 26200, Chem 11500, Chem 11600, Phys 17200, and Phys 24100 (or 3 cr of Biol) meet this requirement with 31 credits.  Students who take this sequence with CS 15900 (3 cr, which counts in the FYE program) in the first year instead of Chem 11600 are 3 credits short.  Example sequences to make up 3 credits: 1. Take 4 credit Biol course as sophomore science selective and MA 26500 and 26600 instead of MA 26200. 2. Take MA 26500 and 26600 instead of MA 26200 and 1 credit math or science (e.g., Phys 25200 laboratory).  3. Take a 3 credit science or mathematics or statistics course. Credits are counted either in FYE program or in non-engineering area electives.


Communications.  Com 11400 or equivalent.  These courses can count towards the first year program, towards the general education program, or towards the Area requirements.  Recommendation is to take Com 11400 as part of the FYE program.  (3 - counted elsewhere)


General Education: Follow Engineering’s General Education Program requirements.  Strongly recommend Econ 25100 & 25200, and Spanish. - Credit Hours: 18


Engineering:  Minimum 45 credits at 200+ levels, of which at least 18 credits are at 300 + levels, of which at least 6 credits must be at the 400+ level.  Maximum number of credits in any one engineering discipline is 24.  Note:  It is the student’s responsibility to see that all prerequisites are met.


Required Engineering Core: (Can substitute or transfer equivalent courses except for IDE 301 and major design experience courses, which must be taken at Purdue-West Lafayette.)  A minimum of 15 credits of engineering courses at the 200+ level must be taken at Purdue-West Lafayette.


Topic:                                          Credits                      Example Courses:                                                                                                                                                            

Electrical circuits                         3                                ECE 20100 or equivalent    

Statics and Dynamics*                3 or 6                        (ME 27000 + ME 27400), A&AE 20300, (CE 29700 + 29800) or equivalent   

Fluid mechanics *                        3                                ME 30900 (1 cr. counts as lab), CE 34000, A&AE 33300 & 33300L (1 cr. Counts as lab), ChE 37700 (1 cr is lab) or equivalent        

Thermodynamics                         3                                ME 20000, ABE 21000, ChE 21100, MSE 35000 or equivalent  

Engineering Economics               3                               IE 34300 or equivalent    

Capstone design                          3                               EPICS 41100 + 41200, IDE 48500,  

Professional Preparation              1                               IDE 30100


Typical Engineering Core total credits             19-23

Most common core                                            22

*Most fluids courses require a statics/dynamics prerequisite.  The recommended sequences are:

CE 29700+CE 29800+CE 34000+CE 34300(lab)       9 cr core + 1 cr lab

ME 27000 + ME 27400 + ME 30900                             9 cr core + 1 cr lab

A&AE 20300 + A&AE 33300 + A&AE 33300L              6 cr core + 1 cr lab


Students who plan to earn a minor in mechanical engineering should take the ME sequence. Some mixing of courses is allowed because courses are considered to be equivalent (for example, ME 27000 + CE 29800 +CE 34000 + CE 34300), but students should discuss other sequences with an advisor first.


Engineering Selectives:  Do parts a, b, and c.

  1. Three additional credits of engineering design approved by School of  Engineering Education.  Example courses: ABE 33000, ABE 43500, A&AE 25100, CE 45600, CE 47000, IE 38600, ME 26300(CODO from ME only), ME 41300, EPICS (300 level or above), or an appropriate design course transferred in from another university. [A total of 6 credits of EPICS is required if EPICS is used as both engineering design selective and major design experience course.] Should be completed before taking major design experience course(s).   3
  2. Three credits of hands-on (not computer) laboratory.  At least 2 credits must be in engineering (Example courses: A&AE 20400L, A&AE 33300L, A&AE 35200L, A&AE 36400L, BME 20600, ECE 20700, ECE 20800, ECE 32300, CE 34300, CE 34400, and the following count for 1 credit each: ABE 30500, ECE 27000, CE 35200, CE 35300, ChE 37700, ChE 37800, ME 30900, MSE 23500, MSE 33500, MSE 36700, NUCL 20500).  One credit of hands-on lab (not computer) may be in other disciplines (e.g., A&D, Science, THTR) but courses cannot be one of the required courses in the First Year Engineering Program. (Note: Since CHEM 11600 is a selective, it satisfies the requirement of one credit of lab, but the credit cannot be double counted.)  Only the credits assigned to lab can be included in this category.  1 cr lab (may be counted elsewhere) + 2 engr lab   Note:  The lecture credits of engineering courses with 1 or 2 credits of lab can be included in engineering electives, and the lecture credit for courses in other disciplines can be included in Area except for CHEM 11600 where all 4 credits are included in the First Year Engineering Program.            

c.  Engineering course in materials or strength of materials. Example courses: MSE 2300, ABE 30500, A&AE 20400, CE 23100, CE 33300, ChE 33000, NUCL 27300, or ME 32300                                   3

                                                Total credits engineering selectives:     8 engr + 1 cr lab (may be engr)


Engineering area: In selecting engineering area electives and selectives remember that of the 45 credits of engineering at the 200+ levels, 18 credits must be at 300 + levels, of which at least 6 credits must be at the 400+ level.


Engineering  area:       Elective Courses:

Statistics Selective if an engineering course, additional credits of engineering design, lecture credits from engineering laboratory courses, additional engineering area selectives, transfer credits for engineering courses from an ocean engineering or coastal engineering program, and other engineering courses to meet educational objectives.  Suggested courses:                  


Appropriate ocean engineering courses from another university  

A&AE 33400 & 33400L            Aerodynamics and lab   (strongly suggested)                              4

A&AE 34000    Dynamics and Vibrations          (strongly suggested)                                          3

A&AE 35200 & 35200L            Structural Analysis I and lab (strongly suggested)                       4

A&AE 46400    Control Systems Analysis          (strongly suggested)                                          3

CE 54100         Design of Hydraulic Structures (suggested, but infrequently available)                 3

CE 54200                     Hydrology                                (suggested)                                           3

Students might also consider the following courses:  CE 20000, MSE 24000, A&AE 37200, A&AE 41200, A&AE 41500, A&AE 45400, CE 35000, IE 33000, IE 33200, ME 31500, undergraduate engineering research, and courses from an ocean engineering program. 

                                                                        Total Engineering Area Courses                         13-18

                                                Total minimum required Engineering credits @ 200+ level            45


Area:                           Required selective in area:       

CAD Course such as: CGT 11000, 16300, 16400; THTR 55400. Can be part of first year engineering program - credits not doubled counted for graduation.                                                                      3 or 2

Oceanography (or similar title at another university)                                                                   3


            Recommended electives:

FNR 50100       Limnology                                                                                                        3

GEOS 38500     Principles of Engineering Geology                                                                     3

Students might also consider the following courses: FNR 52300, FNR 50200, FNR 54000.  Additional courses such as COM 32500, ENGL 42100, MA 30300 (if take MA 26200), MGMT 20000, MGMT 20100, OBHR 30000, ENTR 20000, undergraduate research in science, additional engineering courses, transfer credits for courses from an ocean engineering or oceanography program.                                                                                                                                                 Typical total in area  9-18


                                                                                         Minimum required for graduation     120


 Other Graduation Requirements:  This standard, pre-approved plan of study requires approval by the student’s advisor.   An overall Graduation Index of 2.0 or higher and a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the engineering courses at the 200 level and higher included in the plan of study are required.  All other Purdue University graduation requirements must be satisfied including the requirement of at least 32 credits at the 300 level or above.  


Modified requirements for 120 credits approved by ENE Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 7 January 2013.