Nov 28, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building 321 ~ 260-481-6965

Through the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University Fort Wayne offers bachelor’s programs in civil engineering and mechanical engineering. Both the civil engineering and the mechanical engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The civil and mechanical engineering curriculum consists of a common first-year engineering program, challenging engineering science coursework, hands-on laboratory activities, up-to-date technical elective courses, and practical design experiences, that are complemented with an enriching general education program.

In addition to coursework, the department supports and encourages student participation in undergraduate research, co-op and internships, and several very active student organizations.

The civil and mechanical engineering programs develop students’ technical knowledge and problem-solving abilities, as well as teamwork and communication skills, producing engineers that are in high-demand in Northeast Indiana. 

The mechanical engineering program offers two certificates:

At the graduate level, the department offers a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E) degree program with specializations of study in mechanical engineering.  The department also offers a combined five-year BSME/MSE Program.  This is an integrated degree program in which qualified students can receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) with an area of specialization in Mechanical Engineering.

In its recently (2020) released rankings of the best colleges and universities in the United States, U.S. News & World Report deemed the engineering programs at Purdue University Fort Wayne to be among the best in the country.  Both programs are ranked #38 around the country  at schools where no PhD is offered.  This ranking puts the two programs among the top 20% in the country.


Our mission is to support the engineering needs of Northeast Indiana and beyond through education, innovation, community engagement, and professional service. We are committed to providing quality educational opportunities to traditional and non-traditional students and equipping our students with the knowledge, skills, experience, and character to pursue productive and fulfilling engineering careers.


To gain admission to the engineering programs, in addition to satisfying Purdue University Fort Wayne admission requirements (Regulations ) you should rank in the upper half of your high school class and have the following courses on your record:

Subject Semesters
Algebra 4
Biology or physics 2
Chemistry 2
English 8
Plane geometry 2
Trigonometry 1

Additionally, you must have a minimum SAT critical reading score of 480, an SAT mathematics score of 520, and an SAT writing score of 500 or a minimum ACT composite score of 21 (with at least an English score of 20 and a mathematics score of 23). Also, a placement in MA 15400 (or equivalent) or higher is required for admission to the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department. If you don’t meet those requirements, you may be admitted to the PFW 2+3 Engineering & Engineering Technology Joint Program.

Admission deadlines for the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering are:

Aug. 1 for the fall semester.
Dec. 15 for the spring semester.
May 1 for Summer Session I.
June 15 for Summer Session II.

Special Academic Regulations for Students in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Plan of Study

A one-year plan of study must be approved by your academic advisor every semester to ensure that you are making progress towards graduation.

Concentration Course Grades

You must have a combined GPA of at least 2.0 in all engineering courses and in any other courses used to fulfill technical-elective requirements.  You must also have a GPA of at least 2.0 in all general education courses It is your responsibility to see that these requirements are met. Even though the grade of D is accepted as passing (except in general education courses and courses with a prerequisite grade requirement), it is highly recommended that the course be repeated if it serves as a prerequisite to another required course.