College of Engineering


Admission to any UTSA Engineering undergraduate program is based on UTSA’s undergraduate admission requirements, plus additional College of Engineering admission criteria.                  Students interested in the Biomedical Engineering or the Chemical Engineering program must meet additional requirements. 

Admission Requirements


College of Engineering Admission Requirements for a new freshman or a freshman transfer student who has been admitted to the University (a freshman transfer student has earned fewer than 30 semester credit hours):

  1. Qualify for enrollment in MAT 1214 Calculus I or a higher level mathematics course (AP Credit/Dual Credit/Math Placement Exam)
  2. Qualify for enrollment in WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I or higher

Placement Exam – Required before Orientation  

»  A freshman with transferable AP/Dual/CLEP credit for placement into Calculus I or higher is exempt from taking the Math Placement Exam.

Placement Exam – Recommended before Orientation 

Additional Admission Requirements for BME & CME:

Admission to the College of Engineering (COE) is competitive and not guaranteed. 

Learn more about UTSA’s Undergraduate Freshman Admission Requirements.

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Recommended High School Coursework for COE Admission

  • 4 years of mathematics ( e.g. algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, calculus)
  • 4 years of lab science (e.g. physics, chemistry, biology)
  • 4 years of English
  • 2 years of social sciences
  • 2-3 years of STEM related electives
  • 2 years of a foreign language


College of Engineering admission requirements for a transfer student who has earned 30 or more semester credit hours:

  1. Completed MAT 1214 Calculus I, or the equivalent with a grade of “C-” or better.
  2. Meet GPA requirements:
    • Have a transfer grade point average of at least 2.50 and a grade point average of at least 2.50 in all mathematics, sciences, and engineering coursework,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       OR
    • Have a transfer grade point average of at least 2.25 and a grade point average of at least 2.25 in all mathematics, sciences, and engineering coursework, and be granted admission to a College of Engineering major by holistic review by the College.

Additional Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Program Admission

A Transfer student not admitted directly into the College of Engineering will be changed to Undeclared (UND) and must choose another major outside of engineering.

COE Transfer Admission Flowchart

When using the GPA Calculator please remember that technical, developmental and remedial courses are not transferable.

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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), Chemical Engineering (CME), Civil Engineering (CE), Computer Engineering (CPE), Electrical Engineering (EE), or Mechanical Engineering (ME). 

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Degree Requirements

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), Chemical Engineering (CME), 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.

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 22 semester credit hours: