Transfer Admission Priorities

  • Highest Priority: California community college applicants who have completed two transferable English composition courses and all the required lower-division engineering coursework offered.
  • Lower Priority: California community college applicants who are missing one or two required lower-division courses.
  • Lowest Priority: Transfers from other UC campuses and other four-year institutions.
  • At least ninety transferable quarter units (or sixty semester units).
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.10 and cumulative GPA of 3.20 in the selective major courses.
  • Admission denied if applicant is missing three or more required lower-division courses.

Information Specifically for Prospective International Students

International students applying for transfer to UC Davis from California community colleges or universities are considered for admission using the same eligibility criteria as domestic students. Applicants who have attended foreign and U.S. colleges and universities will be evaluated using courses and grades from both institutions. Priority is given to California community college transfer students prepared to begin their junior or third year of study.

    For more information, visit Undergraduate Admissions, International Students.

Information Specifically for Prospective Students Interested in a Second Baccalaureate

Only the College of Engineering considers applications from students who already have a bachelor’s degree. Second baccalaureate applications to the College of Engineering will only be considered if the applicant’s first degree is not in engineering and if the lower division engineering selective major criteria has been completed at a California community college. You must submit the online UC undergraduate application for admission and scholarships during the appropriate filing periods.

After your application receives a full evaluation for meeting college, UC and UC Davis selection and admission criteria, it will be reviewed by the dean of the college and the executive director for Undergraduate Admissions for admission consideration based on superior academic record, clear evidence of a change in objective, and enrollment space available in the applied major.

Effective Fall 2019: the college will consider 2nd baccalaureate applicants for admission in Biological Systems Engineering (EBSE) and Materials Science & Engineering (EMSE) majors only. 

Effective Fall 2020: we will only accept 2nd baccalaureate applicants in Biological Systems Engineering (EBSE) and Materials Science & Engineering (EMSE) majors only, and close to all other engineering majors.

Second baccalaureate students in the College of Engineering whose first bachelor’s degree is from any UC campus will not be held to completing the UC Davis General Education requirement. NOTE: It is possible that UC reciprocity may not satisfy your upper-division composition requirement at UC Davis. Please consult with your UC Davis program advisor for details.

2018-2019 Transfer Admission Requirements

You must earn an overall transfer GPA of 3.10 or higher to be a competitive candidate for admission to any major in the College of Engineering. Courses must be taken for a letter grade, with no grade less than C (Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level examinations may satisfy UC Davis course equivalents.).

In addition to these general requirements, each engineering major requires specific preparatory coursework. All applicants must complete specific preparatory coursework requirements with a GPA of 3.20 or higher for coursework that has been completed at the time of application. If one course from the group is completed at the time the application is submitted, the grade for that one course must be B+ or better. If two or more courses from the group are completed at the time the application is submitted, the GPA for those courses combined must be a 3.20 or higher.

The following UC Davis courses are common to all engineering majors:

  • Chemistry: CHE 002A
  • Mathematics: MAT 021A, MAT 021B, MAT 021C, MAT 021D, MAT 022A, MAT 022B
  • Physics: PHY 009A, PHY 009B, and PHY 009C (PHY 009C not required for Environmental Engineering)

The additional requirements for each engineering major that you must complete as a specific set of preparatory courses in order to be admitted are:

Aerospace Science and Engineering

The following courses are required in addition to General Requirements above:

  • Chemistry: CHE 002B
  • Communication: CMN 001 or CMN 003
  • Engineering: ENG 004, ENG 017, ENG 035, and ENG 045
  • Additional Engineering/Computer Science: ENG 006 or ECS 032A or ECS 036A
  • Writing: ENL 003 or UWP 001

NOTE: A new Engineering Computer Science series (ECS 036A, ECS 036B, ECS 036C) will be replacing ECS 030, ECS 040, and ECS 060 courses, and ECS 010 will be replaced by a new course, ECS 032A respectively, beginning with the 2018 academic year. Courses offered at CCCs with existing articulation to ECS 030, ECS 040, and ECS 060 will be honored for the next three academic years (2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21).

Biochemical Engineering

The following courses are required in addition to General Requirements above:

  • Biological Sciences: BIS 002A
  • Chemistry: CHE 002B, CHE 002C, CHE 128A, CHE 128B, CHE 129A
  • Additional Engineering/Computer Science: ENG 006 or ECH 060 or ECS 032A or ECS 036A
  • Writing: ENL 003 or UWP 001

NOTE: A new Engineering Computer Science series (ECS 036A, ECS 036B, ECS 036C) will be replacing ECS 030, ECS 040, and ECS 060 courses, and ECS 010 will be replaced by a new course, ECS 032A respectively, beginning with the 2018 academic year. Courses offered at CCCs with existing articulation to ECS 030, ECS 040, and ECS 060 will be honored for the next three academic years (2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21).

Biological Systems Engineering

The following courses are required in addition to General Requirements above:

  • Biological Sciences: BIS 002A
  • Chemistry: CHE 002B
  • Communication: ENG 003 or CMN 001 or CMN 003
  • Engineering: ENG 006, ENG 017, ENG 035
  • Writing: UWP 001

Biomedical Engineering

The following courses are required in addition to General Requirements above:

  • Biological Sciences: BIS 002A
  • Chemistry: CHE 002B, CHE 002C
  • Organic Chemistry (one sequenced pair): CHE 008A & CHE 008B or CHE 118A & CHE 118B
  • Engineering: ENG 006, ENG 017
  • Writing : ENL 003 or UWP 001

Chemical Engineering

The following courses are required in addition to General Requirements above:

  • Biological Sciences: BIS 002A
  • Chemistry: CHE 002B, CHE 002C, CHE 128A, CHE 128B, CHE 129A
  • Engineering: ENG 017 or ENG 035 or ENG 045
  • Additional Engineering/Computer Science: ENG 006 or ECH 060 or ECS 032A or ECS 036A
  • Writing: ENL 003 or UWP 001

NOTE: A new Engineering Computer Science series (ECS 036A, ECS 036B, ECS 036C) will be replacing ECS 030, ECS 040, and ECS 060 courses, and ECS 010 will be replaced by a new course, ECS 032A respectively, beginning with the 2018 academic year. Courses offered at CCCs with existing articulation to ECS 030, ECS 040, and ECS 060 will be honored for the next three academic years (2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21).

Civil Engineering

The following courses are required in addition to General Requirements above:

  • Chemistry: CHE 002B
  • Communication: CMN 001 or CMN 003
  • Engineering: ENG 035
  • Additional Engineering/Computer Science: ENG 006 or ECS 032A or ECS 036A
  • Writing: ENL 003 or UWP 001

NOTE: A new Engineering Computer Science series (ECS 036A, ECS 036B, ECS 036C) will be replacing ECS 030, ECS 040, and ECS 060 courses, and ECS 010 will be replaced by a new course, ECS 032A respectively, beginning with the 2018 academic year. Courses offered at CCCs with existing articulation to ECS 030, ECS 040, and ECS 060 will be honored for the next three academic years (2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21).

Computer Engineering

The following courses are required in addition to General Requirements above:

  • Communication: CMN 001 or CMN 003
  • Engineering: ENG 017
  • Engineering Computer Science: ECS 020, ECS 036A, ECS 036B, ECS 036C
  • Writing: ENL 003 or UWP 001
  • Physics: PHY 009D

NOTE: A new Engineering Computer Science series (ECS 036A, ECS 036B, ECS 036C) will be replacing ECS 030, ECS 040, and ECS 060 courses, and ECS 010 will be replaced by a new course, ECS 032A respectively, beginning with the 2018 academic year. Courses offered at CCCs with existing articulation to ECS 030, ECS 040, and ECS 060 will be honored for the next three academic years (2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21).

Computer Science and Engineering

The following courses are required in addition to General Requirements above:

Please visit the Department of Computer Science for additional tips on preparing your transfer into this major.

  • Communication: CMN 001**
  • Engineering: ENG 017
  • Engineering Computer Science: ECS 020, ECS 036A, ECS 036B, ECS 036C, ECS 050
  • Writing: ENL 003 or UWP 001
  • Physics: PHY 009D
  • Familiarity with UNIX (recommended)

**Only Communication 1 can be used to satisfy the communications requirement for Computer Science and Engineering. No credit will be allowed for Communication 3.

NOTE: A new Engineering Computer Science series (ECS 036A, ECS 036B, ECS 036C) will be replacing ECS 030, ECS 040, and ECS 060 courses, and ECS 010 will be replaced by a new course, ECS 032A respectively, beginning with the 2018 academic year. Courses offered at CCCs with existing articulation to ECS 030, ECS 040, and ECS 060 will be honored for the next three academic years (2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21).

Electrical Engineering

The following courses are required in addition to General Requirements above:

  • Engineering: ENG 017
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering or Engineering Computer Science: EEC 007 or ECS 036A
  • Physics: PHY 009D

The College of Engineering strongly recommends that the following courses be completed, if possible, before transferring:

  • Communication: CMN 001 or CMN 003
  • Engineering: ENG 006
  • Writing: ENL 003 or UWP 001

NOTE: A new Engineering Computer Science series (ECS 036A, ECS 036B, ECS 036C) will be replacing ECS 030, ECS 040, and ECS 060 courses, and ECS 010 will be replaced by a new course, ECS 032A respectively, beginning with the 2018 academic year. Courses offered at CCCs with existing articulation to ECS 030, ECS 040, and ECS 060 will be honored for the next three academic years (2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21).

Environmental Engineering

The following courses are required in addition to General Requirements above:

  • Chemistry: CHE 002B, CHE 002C
  • Engineering: ENG 035
  • Additional Engineering/Computer Science: ENG 006 or ECS 032A or ECS 036A
  • Writing: ENL 003 or UWP 001
  • Geology or Atmospheric Science: GEL 050 or ATM 060

NOTE: A new Engineering Computer Science series (ECS 036A, ECS 036B, ECS 036C) will be replacing ECS 030, ECS 040, and ECS 060 courses, and ECS 010 will be replaced by a new course, ECS 032A respectively, beginning with the 2018 academic year. Courses offered at CCCs with existing articulation to ECS 030, ECS 040, and ECS 060 will be honored for the next three academic years (2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21).

Materials Science and Engineering

The following courses are required in addition to General Requirements above:

  • Chemistry: CHE 002B, CHE 002C
  • Communication: CMN 001 or CMN 003
  • Engineering: ENG 017, ENG 045
  • Additional Engineering/Computer Science: ENG 006 or ECH 060 or ECS 032A or ECS 036A
  • Writing: ENL 003 or UWP 001
  • Physics: PHY 009D

The College of Engineering strongly recommends that the following course be completed, if possible, before transferring:

  • Engineering: ENG 035

NOTE: A new Engineering Computer Science series (ECS 036A, ECS 036B, ECS 036C) will be replacing ECS 030, ECS 040, and ECS 060 courses, and ECS 010 will be replaced by a new course, ECS 032A respectively, beginning with the 2018 academic year. Courses offered at CCCs with existing articulation to ECS 030, ECS 040, and ECS 060 will be honored for the next three academic years (2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21).

Mechanical Engineering

The following courses are required in addition to General Requirements above:

  • Chemistry: CHE 002B
  • Engineering: ENG 004, ENG 017, ENG 035
  • Additional Engineering/Computer Science: ENG 006 or ECS 032A or ECS 036A

The College of Engineering strongly recommends that the following courses be completed, if possible, before transferring:

  • Communication: CMN 001 or CMN 003
  • Engineering: ENG 045
  • Writing: ENL 003 or UWP 001

NOTE: A new Engineering Computer Science series (ECS 036A, ECS 036B, ECS 036C) will be replacing ECS 030, ECS 040, and ECS 060 courses, and ECS 010 will be replaced by a new course, ECS 032A respectively, beginning with the 2018 academic year. Courses offered at CCCs with existing articulation to ECS 030, ECS 040, and ECS 060 will be honored for the next three academic years (2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21).