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Engineering Dual Degree
Engineering Dual Degree Program

EDDP Overview

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The Engineering Dual Degree Program (EDDP) is a partnership between the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indianapolis. Through this unique five-year undergraduate program, students can earn two degrees: a degree in engineering from Purdue University along with a degree from Butler University in one or more of the following disciplines: sciences; mathematics; music; economics; or science, technology, and society (STS). Application for the EDDP is through Butler University, as well as student enrollment and residence for the duration of the program.

Why Study Engineering at Butler?

We don’t need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training.

  • The EDDP provides a student with the opportunity for a diverse, creative, professional, technical, and liberal educational experience occurring through two quality, neighboring universities.
  • Students have access to engineering degrees that are ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited and Butler University majors that rest upon a strong tradition of professional and liberal education.
  • Our curriculum is integrated throughout the entire program. Most engineering courses are taught at Butler for the first three years of the program with courses taken at both campuses (a five-mile commute) during the last two years.
  • Students receive individualized academic support and regularly graduate with their two degrees in five-years.
  • Career services are available to EDDP students through Butler University, the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indianapolis, and Purdue University at West Lafayette.
  • One internship is required, which is typically completed during the summer; however, many students complete more than one or compliment their internship with a research experience.
  • Diverse educational experiences that lead to a wide range of career opportunities with a highly successful placement rate for graduates.

Students select a major from both institutions:

Butler University options:

  • Art + Design
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Science, Technology, and Society

Major options at Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indianapolis:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Motorsports Engineering

What does "dual degree" mean?

The Engineering Dual Degree Program leads to a degree in engineering from Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indianapolis (biomedical, computer, electrical, energy, mechanical or motorsports engineering) along with a degree from Butler University (art + design, astronomy & astrophysics, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, environmental studies, mathematics, music, physics, and science, technology & society (STS)).

The Engineering Dual Degree Program is an integrated five-year curriculum that incorporates engineering, science, mathematics, computer science, social sciences, humanities and fine arts courses and allows residence and enrollment at Butler University for the duration of the program. It is not a 3-2 program where students are expected to transfer after three years to an engineering school to complete their studies.

How does it work?

The dual degree programs are five years with residence and enrollment at Butler University during the programs.

The courses in mathematics, sciences, humanities, social sciences, fine arts and introductory engineering are taught at Butler University. Engineering faculty come to the Butler campus to teach introductory engineering classes during the first three years of the program. Advanced-level engineering courses are taught at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indianapolis, a short drive from the Butler campus. 

During the last two years of the program, courses are taken at Butler University and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indianapolis. The engineering school is about a 15 minute drive from the Butler campus.

Parking at and transportation between Butler University and Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indianapolis is supported.

Job placement/career services at Butler University, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indianapolis and Purdue University at West Lafayette are available to EDDP students.

Why should I choose a dual degree?

You get the benefits of attending a small, private college and an urban university.

Dual degree graduates are highly distinguishable and generally more marketable since they bring additional skill sets from two challenging curriculums.

Graduates of a dual degree program benefit from the integration of sciences, liberal arts, and engineering. They gain more in-depth exposure to particular subject areas such as chemistry and biomedical engineering, math and mechanical engineering, economics and energy engineering.

Can I study abroad?

Yes, it is encouraged for EDDP students to study abroad. Although it is possible, there may be a restriction on when and where students can study abroad due to the structure of the program. Because of this, it is essential to discuss study abroad options early with advisors.

Do I need to complete an internship before I graduate?

Yes. An internship experience is an important part of the curriculum. Most internships are paid, but all count for invaluable "real world" experience that have proven to be very valuable upon entering the work force. Interns work in industry or research laboratories locally, in their hometowns and across the country. There are also internship opportunities overseas with international partners. However, a co-op or research experience may fulfill the internship requirement, depending on what the student plans to do post-graduation from the EDDP.  Usually a co-op will add a year to the total education time, but this is typically a discussion between the student and employer first, then a discussion between the student and advisors.

Who is eligible? Do I need to have a specific major to apply?

Anyone interested in engineering is eligible to complete the EDDP. Students do not have to declare their specific Butler or engineering major for the first three semesters and still can graduate on schedule. There are eleven Butler University majors approved to be paired with the six engineering majors. The Butler majors are art + design, astronomy & astrophysics, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, environmental studies, mathematics, music, physics, and science, technology & society. The six engineering majors are biomedical, computer, electrical, energy, mechanical and motorsports.

What happens if I change my mind?

Students are still learning about themselves and their passions. Changing majors may be a part of this process. This curriculum is designed to give students an idea of what engineering is and give students support through the process of deciding what is in their best interest to pursue. Students who decide to leave the program typically stick with their Butler major, or will switch to a different major such as humanities or business and still finish in four years.

How does tuition work for the EDDP?

Tuition is paid to Butler University all five years. Butler University is the primary university in the partnership and manages student accounts, as well as scholarships, athletics, housing, etc. 

How soon do I have to decide about applying?

Butler offers two non-binding admission programs for fall admission.  To be considered for certain programs and scholarships, you must follow the established timelines and important dates, which are noted in detail below:

Admission Program Applications Postmarked By

  • Early Action—November 1 
  • Regular Decision—February 1

Applications received after February 1 will be reviewed on a space-available basis. For more information, contact your admission counselor at 888-940-8100 or admission@butler.edu. Wondering which counselor works with students from your area? Use our counselor search to find out! Butler accepts both the Butler application and the Common App.