College of Engineering

Admissions

Admission to any undergraduate program in the College of Engineering 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 for information on the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Program Admission Requirements.

 Admission Requirements

First-Time Freshmen
Requirements for 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):

Incoming freshmen engineering students must complete a total of 30 credit hours in University College. In the semester the student completes 30 credit hours, the student may be admitted into the College of Engineering. The following are the admission requirements for freshmen or freshmen transfer students (freshman transfers are transfer students who have earned fewer than 30 hours):

  • Successfully completed evaluation under the Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
  • Qualify for enrollment in MAT 1214 Calculus I(AP Credit/Dual Credit/Math Placement Exam), or a higher level mathematics course
  • Qualify for enrollment in WRC 1013 (Freshman Composition I or higher)

After successfully completing 30 semester credit hours of required courses, including Calculus I and Freshman Composition I with grades of “C-” or better, engineering majors who have at least a 2.50 overall and STEM (math, science, and engineering) GPA should meet with their assigned academic advisor to update their major from University College engineering to a specific College of Engineering major.

New freshmen and freshman transfers who do not meet the requirements in the above criteria will be placed into University College as undeclared (UND) until they meet transfer requirements for students with 30 or more hours.

Admission to the College of Engineering is competitive and not guaranteed.  Freshman Admission Flowchart

Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Program Admission Requirements
Math Placement
Chemistry Placement

Learn more about UTSA’s Undergraduate Admissions Requirements for Freshmen.

Transfer Students

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 (STEM GPA)
  • Have a transfer grade point average of at least 2.25 (Overall GPA) and a grade point average of at least 2.25 in all mathematics, sciences, and engineering coursework (STEM GPA), and be granted admission by the ­ College of Engineering Holistic Review Committee.

Transfer Equivalency Table

Texas Common Core Numbering System (TCCNS)

Transfer students who do not meet the criteria for admission directly into an engineering major may pursue other degree programs at UTSA for which they qualify. Transfer Admission Flowchart

Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Program Admissions

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 into a major only if all admission criteria are met.

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), 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 21 semester credit hours: