Feb 27, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate 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

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.

Accreditation

The Civil Engineering (BSCE) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Civil and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Criteria.

The Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Mechanical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Criteria.

Mission

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.

Admission

To gain direct admission to the Civil and Mechanical Engineering programs, in addition to satisfying Purdue Fort Wayne admission requirements, besides one semester of high school trigonometry, students should satisfy one of the following Math requirements:

  1. SAT Math >=570 or ACT Math >=24
  2. Purdue Fort Wayne Math placement score: >=50
  3. AP Calculus AB score >=4
  4. AP Calculus BC score >=3
  5. dual Math credit at or above MA 15400 
  6. Previous college Math credit at or above MA 15400

If applicants who do not meet the above math criteria at time of application,  you may be admitted to a dual technology/engineering program 2+3 (http://www.pfw.edu/departments/etcs/depts/fye/prospective-students/engr-et-joint-program.html) until you meet all of the admission requirements for the engineering program of your choice.

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

Applicants

August 1 for the fall semester

December 15 for the spring semester

 

Readmission and Appeal

If you have been academically dropped from Purdue Fort Wayne and wish to reapply you should review the following information carefully. This material will help you understand the readmission process and requirements to get you back on track to Purdue Fort Wayne.

Readmission to Civil and Mechanical Engineering program is not automatic or guaranteed, and it’s your responsibility to understand and complete all of the steps in the readmission process. Please visit https://www.pfw.edu/admissions/apply/returning to apply for readmission. 

 

Appeals

There is no appeal process for academic dismissal. Make sure all your assigned grades are accurate. If a grade is changed because of a reporting error, your GPA will be recalculated, which may affect the drop decision.

Exceptions

You may be eligible for an exception if,

  1. You have 15 or fewer credit hours to complete your degree and can take all of your remaining courses in a single semester.
  2. There are extenuating circumstances beyond your control, such as serious health issues.

Readmission Evaluation

Your readmission to Civil and Mechanical Engineering will be evaluated by the Department committee.

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.