Undergraduate Admissions

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):

Pre-engineering students must complete a total of 30 credit hours. In the semester the student completes 30 credit hours, the student will be evaluated for admission. The following are the admission requirements for freshmen or freshmen transfer students (freshman transfers are transfer students who have earned fewer than 30 hours):

After successfully completing 30 semester credit hours of required courses, including Calculus I and Freshman Composition I with grades of “C-” or better, pre-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 change their major from pre-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 are college ready in math and English or meet transfer requirements for students with 30 or more hours.

Qualifying as pre-engineering does not guarantee admission to the major. Admission to the College of Engineering is competitive and not guaranteed. Freshman Admission Flowchart

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

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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 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

Learn more about UTSA’s Undergraduate Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

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Cooperative Education in Engineering Program

The Cooperative Education in Engineering Program formally integrates University studies with institutionally supervised work experiences at cooperating organizations. Students participating in this program alternate periods of study at the University with periods of employment in industry. This combination of experiences enhances the student's knowledge, personal development, and preparation for a professional career. Participants register at the University each semester. During the work periods, students register for the 1-semester-credit-hour Engineering Co-op course. At the end of each work period, students submit reports covering the period. These reports are the basis of the student's grades in the course. The cooperative education work periods also provide students with a source of income to help pay for their college expenses.

Students may petition to apply 3 semester credit hours of Engineering Co-op as a technical elective toward their degree in engineering. They must petition prior to co-op activities.

To qualify for the Cooperative Education in Engineering Program, a student must: have declared a major in the College of Engineering; have completed at least 36 semester credit hours of major and support work, including 7 hours of college-level calculus and 8 hours of college-level physics; and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 and a minimum grade point average of 2.50 in their College of Engineering courses. Students are advised that many co-op employers require cumulative grade point averages higher than 2.50, and some require a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Transfer students may participate in the program after completing at least one semester at the University.

For more information and to apply to the Cooperative Education in Engineering Program, students should contact the College of Engineering Advising Center.

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Degree Requirements Common to All Engineering Programs

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 webpage.

Requirements Common to All Engineering Degree Programs

  • I. Core Curriculum Requirements: Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in any engineering field must fulfillUniversity 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:
    • CHE 1103 General Chemistry I
    • EGR 2323 Applied Engineering Analysis I
    • MAT 1214 Calculus I
    • MAT 1224 Calculus II
    • PHY 1943, 1951 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Laboratory
    • PHY 1963, 1971 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Laboratory
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