Engineering Transfer Criteria

Use this page to understand requirements for admission into any of Purdue's engineering disciplines (degree programs).

  1. Prior to applying, review the closed programs page to confirm that your desired engineering program is available to transfer students.

  2. Carefully review the admission requirements below. There are specific course requirements to transfer into any Purdue engineering discipline as well as discipline-specific GPA requirements.

  3. Purdue regional campuses and some other Indiana universities offer courses that meet the course requirements necessary for admission to specific engineering disciplines. If you're enrolled at one of these institutions, use this list of equivalencies to plan your curriculum.

First-Year Engineering 

Admission to first-year engineering is closed to transfer students. 

Transfer into an Engineering Degree Program

To be considered for admission to a Purdue engineering degree program, you must meet the minimum criteria. Following are the criteria and other important information:

  • Prior to enrollment you must have completed a minimum of 24 credits of college coursework equivalent to those in the lists below. These are courses taken by Purdue engineering students during their freshman year. (Note: Some degree programs will consider applicants who have not completed all of the freshman-year courses)

  • You must meet the minimum GPA for your desired program, listed below

  • Because of capacity, some engineering programs are closed to transfers. Closed programs are noted among the GPA requirements below and on the closed programs web page.

  • When a Purdue course number is listed, the transfer coursework must be equivalent. Use the online transfer credit course equivalency guide to check equivalencies.

  • In-progress courses may be included in the credit count. Admissions may request a final transcript for the current semester before making an admission decision and a final, official transcript is required prior to enrollment. 

  • If you're transferring from a public university in Indiana, you may use this list of equivalencies to identify courses that may be available at your institution. Courses equivalent to ENGR 10000 and ENGR 12600 may be substituted for ENGR 13100 and ENGR 13200.

  • Descriptions of Purdue courses are available on the University Catalog website.
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  1. Calculus I: (MA 16100 or MA 16500)

  2. Calculus II: (MA 16200 or MA 16600)

  3. Calculus-based Chemistry: (CHM 11500)

  4. Calculus-based Physics: (PHYS 17200)

  5. Advanced course in math, chemistry or physics (Note: some programs have more specific requirements, which are listed among GPA requirements below.)

  6. English Composition or Speech 

The following coursework is recommended (in addition to the required coursework listed above) to complete the minimum 24 credits required to transfer to an Engineering degree program.

  1. English Composition: 1 semester (a course that satisfies Purdue's Core Curriculum requirement for written communication)

  2. Speech: 1 semester (a course that satisfies Purdue's Core Curriculum requirement for oral communication)

  3. Humanities: 1 semester

  4. Transforming Ideas to Innovations I: (ENGR 13100)*

  5. Transforming Ideas to Innovations II: (ENGR 13200)*

*Courses equivalent to ENGR 10000 and ENGR 12600 may be substituted for ENGR 13100 and ENGR 13200.

  • Aeronautical and Astronautical: 3.5

  • Agricultural: 2.5 (Apply through the College of Agriculture)

  • Biological: 3.5 (Apply through the College of Agriculture)

  • Biomedical: (no transfer admission)

  • Chemical: 3.5 (The advanced course, No. 5 in Required Coursework list above, must be Chemistry II and equivalent to CHEM 11600.)

  • Civil: 3.0

  • Computer: 3.0 (Another physics or math course may be substituted for Chemistry I, No. 3 in the Required Coursework list above.)

  • Construction Engineering and Management (CEM): 3.0 (Application will not be reviewed until you contact the CEM advising office and receive plan of study approval. Email cem@purdue.edu using "transfer student prelim plan of study review" in the subject line or call 765-494-2243.)

  • Electrical: 3.0 (Another physics or math course may be substituted for Chemistry I, No. 3 in the Required Coursework list above.)

  • Environmental and Ecological: 3.0  (The advanced course, No. 5 in Required Coursework list above, must be Chemistry II and equivalent to CHEM 11600.)

  • Environmental and Natural Resources: 2.5 (Apply through the College of Agriculture)

  • Industrial: 3.0

  • Interdisciplinary (IDES): 2.5 (Application will not be reviewed until you contact the MDE/IDES advising office and receive plan of study approval. Contact: cpekny@purdue.edu.) 

  • Materials: 2.5

  • Mechanical: (no transfer admission)

  • Multidisciplinary (MDE): 2.5 (Application will not be reviewed until you contact the MDE/IDES advising office and receive plan of study approval. Contact: cpekny@purdue.edu.)

  • Nuclear: 2.5

  • Undecided within Engineering (First-Year Engineering): (no transfer admission)

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