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Changing Majors
School and College Transition Criteria

Majors in the College of Engineering

Note: The criteria below are in addition to the GPA and advisor-discussion criteria outlined on the changing-majors main page.

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College of Engineering Transition Criteria

Any student with an overall GPA of 3.200 or better and evidence of success in math/science courses is eligible for immediate entry into all majors within the College of Engineering.

Students with an overall GPA of 2.000–3.199 and students with an overall GPA of 3.200 or higher who do not show evidence of success in math/science courses must satisfactorily complete a provisional engineering semester, during which they will be required to complete a minimum of 16 credits and earn a semester GPA of 2.800 or better. Reduced course loads during a provisional semester must be discussed with and approved by an advisor in the College of Engineering at the beginning of the provisional semester. Course work taken during the provisional semester may include the following courses:

The next appropriate sequential calculus or mathematics course:
MATH 1341 Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering (4 SH)
or MATH 1342 Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering (4 SH)
or MATH 2321 Calculus 3 for Science and Engineering (4 SH)
or MATH 2341 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra for Engineering (4 SH)
The next appropriate sequential physics course:
PHYS 1151 Physics for Engineering 1 (3 SH)
   with PHYS 1152 Lab for PHYS 1151 (1 SH)
   with PHYS 1153 Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151 (1 SH)
or PHYS 1155 Physics for Engineering 2 (3 SH)
   with PHYS 1156 Lab for PHYS 1155 (1 SH)
   with PHYS 1157 Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1155 (1 SH)
CHEM 1151 General Chemistry for Engineers (4 SH)
   with CHEM 1153 Recitation for CHEM 1151 (0 SH)
GE 1110 Engineering Design (4 SH)
GE 1111 Engineering Problem Solving and Computation (4 SH)

Please note:

  • Beginning with entry into the College of Engineering for Spring 2014 semester, students requesting such a major change must do so a minimum of six weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.
  • Current College of Engineering students who wish to change to another engineering major should speak with their current academic advisor.
  • Students who are part of the General Studies or Ujima Scholars programs should consult their advisor to discuss admission into the College of Engineering.
  • Students enrolled in the College of Professional Studies must apply to the College of Engineering as an external transfer student through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

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