Admission to the College of Science and Engineering is competitive and based on an assessment of the applicant’s academic record and potential for success in the designated major. Primary review factors include completion of appropriate prerequisite courses and the applicant’s technical grade point average. Other factors include the applicant’s progress toward the intended degree, cumulative grade point average, and grade trends.

General guidelines

Prerequisite courses and review criteria

Transfer students will be considered for admission to the College of Science and Engineering having met both of the following criteria:

  1. Prior to submitting an application, a minimum of three technical courses in at least two different subject areas must be complete with grades posted on a transcript. AP/IB scores, test credit, etc. do not count toward fulfilling this criterion.
  2. Prior to enrolling in the college, the minimum course prerequisites for a student’s intended major (listed below) or equivalent courses must be complete. AP/IB credit, test credit, etc. as well as courses in progress are considered to fulfill this criterion.

Minimum course prerequisites by intended major:

  • Bioproducts and biosystems engineering, biomedical engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, civil engineering, earth sciences, environmental engineering, geoengineering, materials science and engineering:
    • Calculus I and II (MATH 1271 and 1272 or 1371 and 1372)
    • Calculus-based Physics I and II (PHYS 1301W and 1302W)
    • Chemistry I and II (CHEM 1061/1065 and 1062/1066)
  • Aerospace engineering and mechanics, electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, mechanical engineering:
    • Calculus I and II (MATH 1271 and 1272 or 1371 and 1372)
    • Calculus-based Physics I and II (PHYS 1301W and 1302W)
    • Chemistry I (CHEM 1061/1065)
  • Astrophysics, mathematics, physics, statistics:
    • Calculus I and II (MATH 1271 and 1272 or 1371 and 1372)
    • Calculus-based Physics I and II (PHYS 1301W and 1302W)
  • Computer engineering, computer science:
    • Calculus I and II (MATH 1271 and 1272 or 1371 and 1372)
    • Calculus-based Physics I and II* (PHYS 1301W and 1302W)
    • Approved 1xxx level computer programming course

* Physics II (PHYS 1302W) is a recommended prerequisite for computer science, other approved lab-based sciences may be substituted. Physics II (PHYS 1302W) is required for computer engineering.

Technical grade point average

The technical GPA is comprised only of courses taken at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. An unbracketed technical GPA is used in the admission to the major process, meaning that all attempts at a course (which resulted in a letter grade of A-F) are factored into the GPA.

Technical courses are all math and science-based courses beginning with the required prerequisite courses. These courses include, but are not limited to, calculus, calculus-based physics, general chemistry principles, higher-level math and science, engineering, and computer science courses.

For the purposes of admission, an applicant’s technical GPA is calculated using all grades of technical courses including original and repeated attempts (referred to as an “unbracketed technical GPA”).

Most successful applicants to the College of Science and Engineering have a 3.2 or higher technical grade point average (tech GPA), however some programs are more competitive.

Current University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus students will be considered for transfer admission based primarily on their grades earned at the Twin Cities campus.

Deadlines

  • Fall admission deadline: March 1
  • Spring admission deadline: October 1

Limited spring transfer admission to CSE is available for current University of Minnesota students who are eligible for admission directly to their major (upper division).

How to apply

Download and complete the Application for Undergraduate Change of College or the Additional Undergraduate Degree Program application on the One Stop website.

If you have additional questions, contact Dave Finlayson, College of Science and Engineering transfer admissions counselor, at csetrans@umn.edu.