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Admission to any undergraduate program at the College of Engineering at UTSA is based on UTSA’s undergraduate admission requirements plus the following additional admission criteria for the College of Engineering. A student is admitted directly into a major only if all College of Engineering admission criteria are met. Students interested in pursuing the Biomedical Engineering major must meet additional requirements. See the Department of Biomedical Engineering section for information on admission to the Biomedical Engineering major.
Requirements for direct admission to a College of Engineering major for new freshmen or freshman transfers who have been admitted to the University (freshman transfers are transfer students who have earned fewer than 30 hours):
- Qualify for enrollment in MAT 1214 Calculus I, or higher
- Meet high school rank in class and standardized test score requirements:
i. Graduated in the top quartile of their high school graduating class, or
ii. Graduated in the second quartile of their high school class or non-ranking accredited HS and have a combined SAT critical reading and mathematics core of at least 1100 with a minimum mathematics score of 550, or an ACT score of at least 24, with a minimum mathematics score of 22, or
iii. Must be granted admission into a College of Engineering major by holistic review by the College, if not meeting criteria in i. and ii.
- New freshmen and freshman transfers applying for admission into a College of Engineering major and not meeting the mathematics requirement in the above criteria will be placed into University College (UC) as pre-engineering majors.
- New freshmen and freshman transfers not admitted directly to a College of Engineering major, nor placed into University College as a pre-engineering major, must select a different major at the University.
After completing 15 credit hours of required courses, including MAT 1214 Calculus 1 with a grade of “C-” or better, UC pre-engineering majors who have at least a 2.50 grade point average in each of the Two-Calculation Grade Point Average should meet with their academic advisor to be classified as a College of Engineering major.
If a student cannot be placed in Math 1073 Algebra for Scientists and Engineers or a higher level mathematics course, he or she will not be accepted as a Pre-Engineering student until he or she has the proper mathematics background. Such students may take their deficiency mathematics courses at UTSA as an undeclared major.
Learn more about UTSA’s Undergraduate Admissions Requirements for Freshmen.
Any student applying from either a program within UTSA or from other educational institutions is considered a transfer student. Transfer students from a college or university outside UTSA must provide an official transcript to the Admissions Office for an evaluation of all college-level work completed. Transfer students who have less than 30 hours of transferable credit will be evaluated the same as those students entering directly from high school.
Requirements for direct admission to a College of Engineering major for transfer students who have earned 30 or more hours and have been admitted to the University:
- Completed MAT 1214 Calculus I, or the equivalent, with a grade of “C–” or better.
- Meet GPA requirements:
- Students must have at least a 2.50 grade point average in each of the components of the Two-Calculation GPA. The two grade point average calculations employ only the grades received in courses that are applicable to the engineering degree being sought. The grade point averages used in the two-calculation grade point average (GPA) are:
- overall grade point average of all courses (Overall GPA),
- grade point average of all mathematics, science, and engineering courses.
A transfer student who does not meet the criteria for admission directly into an engineering major may pursue other degree programs at UTSA for which they qualify.
Learn more about UTSA’s Undergraduate Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students
Placement into the Engineering Program
Incoming students who meet all admission criteria either from high school or with transfer credits will be admitted into one of the following majors: Biomedical Engineering (BME), Civil Engineering (CE), Computer Engineering (CPEG), Electrical Engineering (EE), or Mechanical Engineering (ME). All students admitted to engineering majors should follow their major curriculum. A student is admitted directly into a major only if all admission criteria are met.
During their first semester, students should specify their interest in a specific engineering program by selecting biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, or mechanical engineering as a major. Undecided engineering students should select a major closest to their area of interest. Prerequisites for Biomedical Engineering (BME), Civil Engineering (CE), Computer Engineering (CPEG) Electrical Engineering (EE), Mechanical Engineering (ME), and Engineering (EGR) courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. A minimum grade of “C” is required for all science and mathematics courses required in the Engineering programs. Students must satisfy the University’s Core Curriculum and ABET accreditation requirements. Recommended degree plans and current ABET requirements may be obtained from the College of Engineering Undergraduate Advising Center’s Degree Plans webpage.
Requirements Common to All Engineering Degree Programs
I. Core Curriculum Requirements: Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in any engineering field must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students at UTSA. CHE 1103, MAT 1214, and PHY 1903 (also listed under section II, General Engineering requirements) may be used to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements for Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
II. General Engineering Requirements:All degree-seeking candidates in engineering must complete the following 21 semester credit hours: