Engineering Transfer Criteria

Students who want to transfer into any of Purdue's engineering disciplines (professional schools) should use this page as a reference for admission requirements.

  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 transfer students to be considered 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 Professional School

Following is coursework Purdue engineering students take during their freshman year. Those who want to transfer into one of the University's specific engineering disciplines (professional schools) must have completed equivalents for all1 of these courses and must meet the discipline-specific minimum GPA in this coursework. Course numbers in parentheses are the required Purdue course equivalencies. For example, to satisfy the CHM 11500 requirement the course should be listed in the online transfer credit course equivalency guide as being equivalent to Purdue's CHM 11500.

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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. Science Elective: Chemistry II (CHM 11600) or 1 semester of computer science programming (programming content only)

  6. English Composition: 1 semester

  7. Speech or Humanities: 1 semester

  8. Transforming Ideas to Innovations I: (ENGR 13100)3 - See course description below.

  9. Transforming Ideas to Innovations II: (ENGR 13200)3 - See course description below.

1Applicants with all of the courses listed above, with the exception of ENGR 13100 & 13200, and who are currently in an engineering program may still apply if they have at least 45 semester credit hours (including the current semester). If your Introduction to Engineering courses are not in the online database, you may be asked to provide a syllabus of the courses before the admissions decision is made.

2Students transferring from Purdue Calumet (now Purdue Northwest), IPFW, IUPUI (Indianapolis campus) or Vincennes University may use this online list of equivalencies for courses available at their respective institutions.

3Courses 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

  • Civil: 3.0

  • Computer: 3.0

  • Construction Engineering and Management (CEM): 2.5 (CEM transfer applicants must contact the CEM advising office and have a plan of study outline completed and approved before applying. Contact cem4u@purdue.edu with "transfer student prelim plan of study review" in the subject line. The advisors, Brandon Fulk and Bonnie Sondgeroth, may also be reached at 765-494-2243.)

  • Electrical: 3.0

  • Environmental and Ecological: 3.0

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

  • Industrial: 3.0

  • Interdisciplinary: 2.5 (Before applying, consult with the Engineering Education Undergraduate Curriculum Committee to develop an approved plan of study, mpilotte@purdue.edu.)

  • Materials: 2.5

  • Mechanical: (no transfer admission)

  • Multidisciplinary: 2.5 (Before applying, consult with the Engineering Education Undergraduate Curriculum Committee to develop an approved plan of study, mpilotte@purdue.edu.)

  • Nuclear: 2.5


ENGR 13100 (2 Credit Hours):
Introduces students to the engineering professions using multidisciplinary, societally relevant content. Developing engineering approaches to systems, generating and exploring creative ideas, and using quantitative methods to support design decisions. Explicit model-development activities (engineering eliciting activities, EEAs). Experience the process of design and analysis in engineering including how to work effectively in teams. Developing skills in project management, engineering fundamentals, oral and graphical communication, logical thinking, and modern engineering tools (e.g., Excel and MATLAB).

ENGR 13200 (2 Credit Hours): 
Continues building on the foundation of ENGR 13100. A more in-depth and holistic approach to integrating multiple disciplines' perspectives while constructing innovative engineering solutions to open-ended problems. Extending skills in project management, engineering fundamentals, oral and graphical communication, logical thinking, teamwork, and modern engineering tools (e.g., Excel and MATLAB).

There are a limited number of institutions with recognized course equivalencies to ENGR 13100 or ENGR 13200. (Consult the transfer credit course equivalency guide for the most current information.)

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