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Transfer Preparation

RESOURCES FOR TRANSFER APPLICANTS

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Preparation for Prospective Transfer Students

Community college transfers: Students preparing to transfer into an undergraduate major in the UCSB College of Engineering from a California Community College should use www.assist.org for major specific course requirements. 

Transfer from other institutions: Students preparing to transfer to UCSB from any other institution should carefully review the admissions eligibility and course requirements found at the Office of Admissions, Transfer Applicants site

Non-engineering transfer students: Students who enter UCSB as transfer students will not be able to change to or add an engineering major, if not initially accepted into one.

Transfer Coursework

When admitting transfer students, the College of Engineering considers the amount of preparatory coursework completed, grades earned in those courses, and cumulative transferable GPA. Consequently, transfer students should focus on completing all engineering preparatory courses offered at their college with the best grades possible and then finishing their General Education requirements after matriculation to UCSB. California Community College students should refer to www.assist.org for more specific information about transferring. 

Tips for transfer for all majors:

  • We strongly recommend finishing Physics and Chemistry courses at one college or institution.  Mixing series between multiple schools can require additional coursework in these areas at UCSB.
  • Most transfer students in the College of Engineering require three years to complete their degree.  See major specific notes below.  There are subtleties and nuances to each specific student's situation but our goal is to be transparent about time to degree.
  • Focus on major coursework rather than on completing IGETC.  Students who will attend UCSB for three years have time to complete GEs.  If IGETC is complete this will help lighten the course load for two year degree plans.
  • Very little major coursework is available during UCSB Summer Sessions.

Transfer coursework required for admissions to the College of Engineering varies by major.  Use assist.org for detailed information on required and recommended coursework.

Chemical Engineering 

  • One year calculus for science majors
  • Differential equations
  • Linear algebra
  • Vector Calculus
  • Three semesters calculus-based physics
  • One year general chemistry and labs
  • One year organic chemistry and labs
  • Matlab

Note: A two year degree plan in Chemical Engineering is possible but requires a rigorous course load each quarter, not leaving much room for General Education, research, study abroad, or other enrichment opportunities.  Most transfer students will stay at UCSB for three years to complete the Chemical Engineering degree.

Computer Engineering

  • One year calculus for science majors
  • Differential equations
  • Linear algebra
  • Three semesters calculus-based physics
  • One semester general chemistry and lab
  • Intro computer programming in C/C++
  • Second course in C++ with data structures
  • Circuits and devices
  • Discrete Math for Computer Science majors
  • Fundamentals of Logic Design

Note: The Computer Engineering degree, as a transfer student, is a three year degree.  Acceptable circuits courses are only taught at UCSB and it's a year long sequence.  Students may take a circuits course at community college to help prepare for UCSB's circuits series.

Computer Science 

  • One year calculus for science majors
  • Differential equations
  • Linear algebra
  • Three semesters calculus-based physics
  • Intro. to computer programming in C/C++
  • Second course in C++ with data structures
  • Discrete Math for Computer Science majors
  • Computer Organization and Logic Design

Note: The more "strongly recommended" preparation that is done will allow for a more manageable course load, especially if General Education is still required.  In some circumstances, students have completed the Computer Science degree in two years as a transfer student.

Electrical Engineering 

  • One year calculus for science majors
  • Differential equations
  • Linear algebra
  • Vector Calculus
  • Three semesters calculus-based physics
  • One semester general chemistry
  • Computer programming in C or C++
  • Fundamentals of Logic Design
  • Circuits and devices
  • Matlab

Note: The Electrical Engineering degree, as a transfer student, is a three year degree.  Acceptable circuits courses are only taught at UCSB and it's a year long sequence.  Students may take a circuits course at community college to help prepare for UCSB's circuits series.

Mechanical Engineering 

  • One year calculus for science majors
  • Differential equations
  • Linear algebra
  • Vector Calculus
  • Three semesters calculus-based physics
  • One semester general chemistry
  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Matlab
  • Circuits and devices

Note: It is recommended students complete the dynamics course requirement prior to transfer or during UCSB Summer Sessions.  If dynamics is not complete before the start of the first fall quarter, the degree is a three year degree. 

You’ve been admitted: what now?

Congratulations! Admission into the UCSB College of Engineering is a highly selective honor. We hope you will submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). Please view our helpful information for newly admitted students, including summer early preparation opportunities.