Change of Major/Internal Transfer

The Cockrell School of Engineering has two new majors that were recently approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Applying for Computational Engineering

Computational Engineering (COE) is now being offered out of the Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics department. First-semester engineering students and continuing engineering students may begin applying for internal transfer into COE in November/December 2016 for transfer in Spring 2017 using the online application. All other UT Austin students may begin applying for internal transfer into COE in April/May 2016 for transfer in Summer/Fall 2017. Decisions for this major will be handled through the general Internal Transfer process, coordinated by Engineering Student Services.

Applying for Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering (EVE) will be housed in the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering department. First-semester engineering students and continuing engineering students may apply for internal transfer into EVE in November/December 2016 for transfer in Spring 2017 using the online application. Decisions for this initial class of EVE internal transfer students will be handled by the CAEE department. The EVE major will eventually be open for internal transfer applicants outside of the Cockrell School of Engineering as well, however transfer to EVE will NOT be available for Summer/Fall 2017. Students interested in Environmental Engineering are encouraged to apply for Civil Engineering for Summer/Fall 2017, as there is an Environmental Engineering track within this major.

Internal transfer describes the process of a currently enrolled undergraduate student at UT Austin moving from one college to another, or moving within the Cockrell School from one major to another. Students must apply for an internal transfer into Cockrell School majors through an online application. Admission is competitive and based on space availability. Students must meet ALL of the requirements below to be considered for transfer into a major in the Cockrell School of Engineering. Coursework and GPA for the semester in which a student applies for a change of major will be included in the transfer application. UT Austin degree holders seeking a second degree in engineering should contact Engineering Student Services for information on a separate application process.

View Requirements and Application Deadlines:

First-Semester Engineering Students
  • Proposed semester for transfer: Spring
  • Current college of enrollment: Cockrell School of Engineering
  • Semesters completed at UT Austin before transfer: One (fall)
  • Required in-residence credit hours completed: 14 hours minimum (credit by exam, UT Correspondence, UT Extension, and transfer hour from another university are not counted)
  • Minimum cumulative in-residence GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum GPA in all required technical courses for proposed major*: 3.0
  • Required courses completed before transfer: M 408C (or math course beyond M 408C) in residence; a minimum of one other in-residence technical course towards your proposed major**
  • Application deadline: December 15 (application opens November 15)

* “Technical courses” include math, science, and departmental courses for your proposed major. Use the Engineering Technical GPA Calculator to determine if you meet the minimum GPA to be considered for a change of major.

** These classes will vary by engineering major. View engineering degree plans to determine applicable technical courses.

Continuing Engineering Students
  • Proposed semester for transfer: Summer, Fall or Spring
  • Current college of enrollment: Cockrell School of Engineering
  • Semesters completed at UT Austin before transfer: Four long semesters (fall/spring) or less
  • Required in-residence credit hours completed: 28 hours minimum and 60 hours maximum (credit by exam, UT Correspondence, UT Extension, and transfer hour from another university are not counted)
  • Minimum cumulative in-residence GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum GPA in all required technical courses for proposed major: 3.0
  • Required courses completed before transfer: M 408D or M 408M; PHY 303K and PHY 103M; a minimum of four in-residence technical courses towards your proposed major** (may include math and physics courses listed here)
  • Application deadline: December 15 for spring transfer (application opens November 15), or May 15 for summer/fall transfer (application opens April 15)

* “Technical courses” include math, science, and departmental courses for your proposed major. Use the Engineering Technical GPA Calculator to determine if you meet the minimum GPA to be considered for a change of major.

** These classes will vary by engineering major. View engineering degree plans to determine applicable technical courses.

All Other UT Austin Students
  • Proposed semester for transfer: Fall
  • Current college of enrollment: Any UT college except the Cockrell School of Engineering
  • Semesters completed at UT Austin before transfer: Four long semesters (fall/spring) or less
  • Required in-residence credit hours completed: 28 hours minimum and 60 hours maximum (credit by exam, UT Correspondence, UT Extension, and transfer hour from another university are not counted)
  • Minimum cumulative in-residence GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum GPA in all required technical courses for proposed major: 3.0
  • Required courses completed before transfer: M 408D or M 408M; PHY 303K and PHY 103M; a minimum of four in-residence technical courses towards your proposed major** (may include math and physics courses listed here)
  • No more than one previous attempt to transfer to the Cockrell School is permitted. 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 toward the two-attempt limit.
  • Application deadline: May 15 (application opens April 15)

* “Technical courses” include math, science, and departmental courses for your proposed major. Use the Engineering Technical GPA Calculator to determine if you meet the minimum GPA to be considered for a change of major.

** These classes will vary by engineering major. View engineering degree plans to determine applicable technical courses.

If a student is missing requirements in order to apply for internal transfer, they may request an appeal with an Engineering Student Services advisor. The student should meet with an ESS advisor before the application deadline. Students who appeal, will be notified about the appeal decision (whether their application will be reviewed) once all applications have been received by the deadline date.  

Appeals are NOT necessary if a student's GPA (in-residence and/or technical) is below a 3.0 at the time the application is submitted. However, students must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA (in-residence and technical) once grades post at the end of the semester in which they are submitting the application in order to be considered for internal transfer.     

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 2016
Department Cumulative UT Austin GPA Required Technical GPA
Aerospace 3.49 3.75
Architectural 3.49 3.53
Biomedical 3.67 3.74
Chemical 3.83 3.91
Civil 3.06 3.04
Electrical & Computer 3.69 3.92
Mechanical 3.82 3.98
Petroleum/GEH 3.66 3.61
Summer/Fall 2015
Department Cumulative UT Austin GPA Required Technical GPA
Aerospace 3.29 3.33
Architectural 3.16 3.17
Biomedical 3.17 3.42
Chemical 3.66 3.78
Civil 3.14 3.04
Electrical & Computer 3.14 3.25
Mechanical 3.41 3.42
Petroleum/GEH 3.60 3.62
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

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 requirements listed in the Application Deadlines section above in order to prepare for the quiz.  

Click to view schedule of info-sessions for 2016-2017
Thursday September 15 12:30 - 1:30 pm POB 2.402
Thursday September 29 2:00 - 3:00 pm POB 2.402
Friday October 14 9:00 - 10:00 am POB 2.402
Tuesday October 25 11:00 am - 12:00 pm POB 2.402
Thursday November 10 3:30 - 4:30 pm POB 2.402
Monday November 21 1:00 - 2:00 pm POB 2.402
Monday February 6 1:00 - 2:00 pm POB 2.402
Friday February 24 11:00 am - 12:00 pm POB 2.402
Thursday March 9 3:30 - 4:30 pm POB 2.402
Tuesday March 28 9:30 - 10:30 am POB 2.402
Wednesday April 12 10:00 - 11:00 am POB 2.402
Tuesday April 25 2:00 - 3:00 pm POB 2.402

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, please review engineering degree plans to view which math, science, and engineering department courses are included in each major. 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 Visual and Performing Arts for Architectural Engineering Students: Architectural engineering majors must take an approved architectural history course as part of the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering. Students may take one of the following: ARC 308, ARC 318K, or ARC 318L. No other ARC courses are approved.

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 will register prospective internal transfer students for the introductory courses ARE 102: Introduction to Architectural Engineering (fall only) or CE 301: Civil Engineering Systems (spring only) on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning on the first class day in ECJ 4.200.

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
If there are seats available on the first class day, ME will add non-majors to ME 302 and ME 210 on a first-come, first-serve basis, in the spring only. Non-majors may be given access to any other ME class if there are seats available on the second class day (fall and spring), as long as they meet all pre-requisite requirements. Non-ME engineering students may have access to ME courses during the registration period if there are seats available, and may be added by request from the advisor in their own department.

PGE
PGE does not allow non-majors to take introductory PGE courses, with the exception of PGE 301: Engineering, Energy and the Environment. If seats are available in this spring course, non-majors will be added on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning on the first class day.  Non-PGE engineering students can register in upper-division coursework during the registration period, if seats are available.

Engineering Student Services

Contact Engineering Student Services (ESS) for answers about policies, procedures, support services and programs.

Location: Engineering Student Services (ESS) Building
Street Address: 2407 Speedway
E-mail: studentservices@engr.utexas.edu
Phone: 512-471-4321
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

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