Change of Major/Internal Transfer

Internal transfer describes the process of a currently enrolled undergraduate student at UT Austin moving from one college to another or within the Cockrell School from one major to another. Students must apply for an internal transfer into Cockrell School majors through an online application, which will reopen in November 2014. Admission is competitive and based on space availability. UT Austin degree holders seeking a second degree in engineering should contact the Student Affairs Office for information on a separate application process.

Application Deadlines

May 15 for admission in Summer/Fall 2015

View requirements for all UT Austin students

Students must meet ALL of the requirements below to be eligible to apply.

  • Current enrollment within first four long (fall or spring) semesters at The University of Texas at Austin. Students enrolled in their fifth long semester at UT Austin are not eligible for internal transfer.
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 28 hours in residence at UT Austin (in a UT Austin classroom). Credit by exam, UT Correspondence, UT Extension and transfer hours are not in-residence courses and are not included in the 28-hour minimum.
  • Completion of no more than 60 hours of in-residence credits.
  • Minimum of 3.0 cumulative in-residence grade point average (GPA).
  • Minimum 3.0 in-residence GPA in all required technical courses. Required technical courses include the math, physics, chemistry, biology, geology and departmental courses required for your proposed major. View Required Technical GPA Worksheet
  • Successful completion of the equivalent of M 408D or M 408M.
  • Successful completion of the equivalent of PHY 303K and PHY 103M.
  • Successful completion of a minimum of four in-residence technical courses that are required for the proposed engineering degree. These classes will vary for each engineering major. View Engineering Degree Plans.
  • No more than one previous attempt to transfer within or into the Cockrell School. Third applications are not allowed. Applications for two different engineering majors in the same semester count as one single attempt. Any attempts before September 2013 will not count towards the two-attempt limit.

Dec. 15 for admission in Spring 2015 (Cockrell School of Engineering students only)

View requirements for first-semester engineering students

Students must meet ALL of the requirements below to be eligible to apply.

  • Current enrollment as a first-semester Cockrell School of Engineering student.
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 14 hours of coursework in residence at UT Austin (in a UT Austin classroom). Credit by exam, UT Correspondence, UT Extension and transfer hours are not in-residence courses and are not included in the 14-hour minimum.
  • Successful completion of M 408C (or math course beyond M 408C) in residence.
  • Successful completion of a second technical course in residence that counts toward the proposed engineering degree. Technical courses include math, physics, chemistry, biology, geology and engineering departmental courses.
View requirements for continuing engineering students

Students must meet ALL of the requirements below to be eligible to apply.

  • Current enrollment within first four long (fall or spring) semesters at The University of Texas at Austin. Students enrolled in their fifth long semester at UT Austin are not eligible for internal transfer.
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 28 hours in residence at UT Austin (in a UT Austin classroom). Credit by exam, UT Correspondence, UT Extension and transfer hours are not in-residence courses and are not included in the 28-hour minimum.
  • Completion of no more than 60 hours of in-residence credits.
  • Minimum of 3.0 cumulative in-residence grade point average (GPA).
  • Minimum 3.0 in-residence GPA in all required technical courses. Required technical courses include the math, physics, chemistry, biology, geology and departmental courses required for your proposed major. View Required Technical GPA Worksheet
  • Successful completion of the equivalent of M 408D or M 408M.
  • Successful completion of the equivalent of PHY 303K and PHY 103M.
  • Successful completion of a minimum of four in-residence technical courses that are required for the proposed engineering degree. These classes will vary for each engineering major. View Engineering Degree Plans.
  • No more than one previous attempt to transfer within or into the Cockrell School. Third applications are not allowed. Applications for two different engineering majors in the same semester count as one single attempt. Any attempts before September 2013 will not count towards the two-attempt limit.

Students who are currently enrolled and will meet the minimum criteria by the end of the application semester listed are eligible to apply. Contact the Student Affairs Office at 512-471-4321 for information about the application appeal process.

Applications received by the above deadlines will go through a competitive selection process. Decisions will be sent prior to the add/drop registration access time for the following semester.

Admission Decision Criteria

Admission to all majors in the Cockrell School of Engineering is offered on a space-available basis to those students who are best academically qualified. Academic qualification is objective and based on the in-residence cumulative GPA and the in-residence required technical GPA. For equally qualified applicants, preference will be given to the student who has completed more of the courses required for the requested major.

The Cockrell School does not have a standard GPA requirement for internal transfer admission. The cumulative and required technical GPAs of admitted students vary by semester and requested major. You may view the academic qualifications of students admitted in previous semesters below. Again, these are past GPA cutoffs, not requirements for admission in future semesters. 

Summer/Fall 2014
Department Cumulative UT Austin GPA Required Technical GPA
Aerospace 3.3 3.1
Architectural 3.4 3.3
Biomedical 3.8 3.7
Chemical 3.8 3.7
Civil 3.4 3.2
Electrical & Computer 3.4 3.2
Mechanical 3.5 3.5
Petroleum/GEH 3.9 3.9
Spring 2014
Department Cumulative UT Austin GPA Required Technical GPA
Aerospace 3.2 3.1
Architectural 3.9 4.0
Biomedical No spring admission.  
Chemical 3.6 3.6
Civil 3.3 3.2
Electrical & Computer 3.4 3.2
Mechanical 3.6 3.5
Petroleum/GEH 3.7 3.6
Summer/Fall 2013
Department Cumulative UT Austin GPA Required Technical GPA
Aerospace 3.4 3.4
Architectural 3.9 3.9
Biomedical 3.7 3.7
Chemical 3.8 3.8
Civil 3.5 3.5
Electrical & Computer  3.5 3.5
Mechanical 3.7 3.7
Petroleum/ GEH 3.8 3.8
Spring 2013
Department Cumulative UT Austin GPA Required Technical GPA
Aerospace 3.1 3.1
Architectural 3.5 3.5
Biomedical No spring admission.  
Chemical 3.6 3.5
Civil 3.3 3.3
Electrical & Computer  3.2 3.1
Mechanical 3.5 3.5
Petroleum/GEH 3.5 3.5

Advising and Information Sessions

Optional advising will be available for students with additional questions after they have completed the online quiz, which can be found under the navigation menu on the application website.  Students should review the new requirements listed in the Application Deadlines section above in order to prepare for the quiz.  If you wish to meet with an advisor, you will be required to print and complete the internal transfer advising worksheet and bring it with you to your appointment. To make an appointment with an advisor in the Student Affairs Office, drop by ECJ 2.200 or call 512-471-4321.

View/Print Internal Transfer Advising Worksheet

Click to view schedule of live information sessions for Spring 2014
Wednesday Jan. 29, 2014 10:00 - 11:00 am JES A209A
Thursday Feb. 13, 2014 4:00 - 5:00 pm JES A218A
Thursday March 6, 2014 4:00 - 5:00 pm JES A218A
Thursday March 20, 2014 9:30 - 10:30 am JES A218A
Wednesday April 2, 2014 9:00 - 10:00 am JES A303A
Tuesday April 15, 2014 12:30 - 1:30 pm JES A203A

FAQs

I know I want to be an engineer, but I'm not sure which major I want. Can I apply to the Cockrell School without choosing, and then declare a major later?
No.  You must apply to a specific major (or two).
OK, then where can I learn more about engineering majors?
The Cockrell School degree program website is a good place to start. It describes each of our available majors and provides links to the department webpages and four year degree plans. You are always welcome to speak with the undergraduate faculty advisors in each department if you would like more specific information about specialties and research. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a more general overview of the fields, check out our Cockrell School major descriptions and the websites listed above, under Research Majors.
Can I apply for two engineering majors?
Yes. In fact, we encourage you to do so as long as you are truly interested in both degree plans. When you apply for internal transfer, you'll be able to select a first-choice major and a second-choice major. Initially you’ll be considered for admission to your first-choice major. If you aren’t admitted to that major, you’ll be considered for your second-choice major. 
I'm already majoring in Economics, but I would like to double major in Chemical Engineering. Should I use this application?
Yes. If you are not a Cockrell School student, you may apply to add an engineering major through this internal transfer process.
I am currently a Civil Engineering major, but I would like to double major in Chemical Engineering. Should I use this application?
No. The Cockrell School policy states that students will not be permitted to pursue two engineering majors simultaneously. However, you should speak with an advisor or faculty member about the possibility of doing research in the other area and/or graduate school.
What's on the application?
The first time you log into the application site, you will be asked to complete the online quiz. Once you have done so, you may proceed to the application. It's easy — just select your preferred major and the semester in which you are seeking admission to that major, then click "submit application." You may repeat this process if you have a second choice in major. If you're ready, apply here! 
I was accepted into Biomedical Engineering, but I changed my mind. Can I stay in my current major?
Yes.  You are not obligated to accept your admission to the Cockrell School.
What courses should I take before I apply?

For technical requirements, click the "View (NEW!) requirements" link under the Application Deadline section above. You may also want to consider taking some non-technical courses included in all engineering degree plans:

Core Curriculum: The degree plan of every undergraduate student at The University of Texas at Austin includes three components: core curriculum requirements, major requirements and electives. Find the core curriculum requirements that apply to your degree online.

Approved Social and Behavioral Science, and Visual and Performing Arts for Engineering Students: To be eligible for licensure after graduation, engineering students must choose from a specific subset of courses to fulfill their Social and Behavioral Science and Visual and Performing Arts requirements 2010-12 and 2012-14 (PDFs).

Can I take engineering courses before I transfer into an engineering major?

It is possible to take introductory courses in some engineering departments before transferring into an engineering major. See department policies below:

ASE/EM
All remaining seats in ASE/EM classes are open to non-majors on the first class day of the semester. To be added to a class, please visit the ASE/EM Advising Office (WRW 215) on or after the first class day.

BME
BME courses are not open to non-majors.

ChE
If there is space, seats in ChE classes will be available to non-majors on the fourth class day of the semester. Visit the ChE's undergraduate webpage after early registration begins for information on how non-majors can indicate interest in a ChE class.

CAEE
CAEE allows prospective internal transfer students to request registration for the introductory courses ARE 102: Introduction to Architectural Engineering (fall only) or CE 301: Civil Engineering Systems (spring only). Students will be notified by email prior to the first class day if the department is able to accommodate their request.

ECE
ECE does not allow non-majors to take introductory EE courses in the fall semester. On the second day of classes in the spring semester, EE 302 and EE 306 are open to non-majors on a first-come, first-serve basis, permitting there are still seats available and the student has met the prerequisite.

ME
ME allows non-majors to sign up on a paper wait list for ME 302 only. The wait list will be available to students in the ME Advising Office (ETC 5.224) on the first day of registration each semester. Students will be added to the course by the fourth class day, if seats are available.

PGE
PGE courses are not open to non-majors.

Student Affairs Office

Contact the Student Affairs Office for answers about policies, procedures, support services and programs.

Location: Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall (ECJ), Room 2.200
E-mail: student-affairs@engr.utexas.edu
Phone
: 512-471-4321
Fax
: 512-475-6893
Hours
: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Department Advising

To contact advisors within your department, visit the Departmental Advising Offices page.

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