Major Requirements: College of Engineering

Major requirements for the College of Engineering

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Students applying for transfer admission to selective majors must meet additional course and GPA requirements. All courses must be taken for a letter grade with no grade less than C. All major preparatory course requirements must be completed by the end of spring term before fall enrollment.

All majors in the College of Engineering are selective and have additional transfer requirements. Overall UC-transferable coursework must meet a minimum 3.10 GPA and a technical 3.20 GPA.

Applicants applying for a TAG must meet higher GPA requirements: Both overall UC-transferable coursework and major preparation GPAs must meet a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Students are expected to take courses comparable to the UC Davis course requirements as long as they are offered at the California Community College (CCC) they attend. When the ASSIST website indicates “no comparable course” or “not articulated,” the selective major course requirement will be waived for UC Davis admission/TAG, but must be completed after enrolling at UC Davis. You can find CCC courses that are comparable to UC Davis courses using the ASSIST website.

To be well prepared, it is strongly recommended that students complete all lower-division coursework requirements for their major, as shown on the ASSIST website.

TIP: If you are preparing for multiple Engineering majors, start by completing the common major preparation courses that all Engineering majors share and then complete any additional requirements required for each major listed above.

Preparation for all Engineering majors

Requirements in addition to general admission requirements and TAG criteria:

  • Complete the following coursework and maintain a 3.20 GPA in the entire group of courses
    • Chemistry 2A (not required for Computer Engineering)
    • Mathematics 21A/B/C/D
    • Mathematics 22A/B
    • Physics 9A/B
    • Physics 9C (not required for Environmental Engineering)

TAG applicants for fall 2022 and later must achieve a minimum overall 3.50 GPA in UC-transferable coursework and a 3.50 in their major preparation GPA.

Aerospace Science and Engineering

Requirements in addition to general admission requirements and TAG criteria:

  • Complete the following coursework and maintain a 3.20 GPA in the entire group of courses
    • Chemistry 2A/B
    • Communication 1 or 3 or Engineering 3
    • Engineering 4, 17, 35 and 45
    • Engineering 6
      OR Engineering Computer Science (ENG CS) 36A*
    • Mathematics 21A/B/C/D
    • Mathematics 22A/B
    • Physics 9A/B/C
    • English 3 OR University Writing Program 1

*For F’23 applicants, ENG CS 36A will no longer be an option.

TAG applicants for fall 2022 and later must achieve a minimum overall 3.50 GPA in UC-transferable coursework and a 3.50 in their major preparation GPA.


Biochemical Engineering

Requirements in addition to general admission requirements and TAG criteria:

  • Biological Sciences 2A
  • Chemistry 2A/B/C
  • Organic Chemistry 128A/B, 129A
  • Engineering 6
    OR Chemical Engineering (ENG CHM) 60
    OR Engineering Computer Science (ENG CS) 36A* 
  • Mathematics 21A/B/C/D
  • Mathematics 22A/B
  • Physics 9A/B/C
  • English 3 OR University Writing Program 1

*For F’23 applicants, ENG CS 36A will no longer be an option.

TAG applicants for fall 2022 and later must achieve a minimum overall 3.50 GPA in UC-transferable coursework and a 3.50 in their major preparation GPA.


Biological Systems Engineering

Requirements in addition to general admission requirements and TAG criteria:

  • Biological Sciences 2A
  • Chemistry 2A/B
  • Engineering 3
    OR Communications 1
    OR Communications 3
  • Engineering 6 OR ECS 32A
  • Engineering 17, 35
  • Mathematics 21A/B/C/D
  • Mathematics 22A/B
  • Physics 9A/B/C
  • University Writing Program 1 (English 3 not accepted for this major)

Additional Recommendations:

  • Biological Sciences 2B/C

TAG applicants for fall 2022 and later must achieve a minimum overall 3.50 GPA in UC-transferable coursework and a 3.50 in their major preparation GPA.


Biomedical Engineering

Requirements in addition to general admission requirements and TAG criteria:

  • Complete the following  coursework and maintain a 3.20 GPA in the entire group of courses
    • Biological Sciences 2A
    • Chemistry 2A/B/C
    • Organic Chemistry 8A/B
      OR Organic Chemistry 118A/B
    • Engineering 6, 17
    • Mathematics 21A/B/C/D
    • Mathematics 22A/B
    • Physics 9A/B/C
    • English 3 OR University Writing Program 1

TAG applicants for fall 2022 and later must achieve a minimum overall 3.50 GPA in UC-transferable coursework and a 3.50 in their major preparation GPA.


Chemical Engineering

Requirements in addition to general admission requirements and TAG criteria:

  • Complete the following  coursework and maintain a 3.20 GPA in the entire group of courses
    • Biological Sciences 2A
    • Chemistry 2A/B/C
    • Organic Chemistry 128A/B, 129A
    • Engineering 6
      OR Chemical Engineering (ENG CHM) 60
      OR Engineering Computer Science (ENG CS) 36A* 
    • Engineering 17
      OR Engineering 35
      OR Engineering 45
    • Mathematics 21A/B/C/D
    • Mathematics 22A/B
    • Physics 9A/B/C
    • English 3 OR University Writing Program 1

*For F’23 applicants, ENG CS 36A will no longer be an option.

TAG applicants for fall 2022 and later must achieve a minimum overall 3.50 GPA in UC-transferable coursework and a 3.50 in their major preparation GPA.


Civil Engineering

Requirements in addition to general admission requirements and TAG criteria:

  • Complete the following  coursework and maintain a 3.20 GPA in the entire group of courses
    • Chemistry 2A/B
    • Geology 50/50L or Biology 2A
    • Communication 1 or 3 or Engineering 3
    • Engineering 6
      OR Engineering Computer Science (ENG CS) 32A
      OR Engineering Computer Science (ENG CS) 36A* 
    • Engineering 35
    • Mathematics 21A/B/C/D    
    • Mathematics 22A/B
    • Physics 9A/B/C
    • English 3 OR University Writing Program 1

*For F’23 applicants, ENG CS 36A will no longer be an option.

TAG applicants for fall 2022 and later must achieve a minimum overall 3.50 GPA in UC-transferable coursework and a 3.50 in their major preparation GPA.


Computer Engineering

Requirements in addition to general admission requirements and TAG criteria:

  • Complete the following  coursework and maintain a 3.20 GPA in the entire group of courses
    • Communication 1 or 3** 
    • Engineering 17
    • Engineering Computer Science (ENG CS) 20, 36A/B/C
    • Mathematics 21A/B/C/D
    • Mathematics 22A/B
    • Physics 9A/B/C
    • English 3 OR University Writing Program 1

**For F’23 applicants, ENG 3 will be replacing Comm 3 as an option.

TAG applicants for fall 2022 and later must achieve a minimum overall 3.50 GPA in UC-transferable coursework and a 3.50 in their major preparation GPA.


Computer Science and Engineering

Requirements in addition to general admission requirements and TAG criteria:

  • Complete the following  coursework and maintain a 3.20 GPA in the entire group of courses
    • Chemistry 2A
    • Communication 1 (Comm 3 not accepted for this major)
    • Engineering 17
    • Engineering Computer Science (ENG CS) 20, 36A/B/C, 50
    • Mathematics 21A/B/C/D
    • Mathematics 22A/B
    • Physics 9A/B/C/D
    • English 3 OR University Writing Program 1

Additional Recommendations:

  • Familiarity with UNIX

TAG applicants for fall 2022 and later must achieve a minimum overall 3.50 GPA in UC-transferable coursework and a 3.50 in their major preparation GPA.

TIP: Visit the Department of Computer Science for additional information

Electrical Engineering

Requirements in addition to general admission requirements and TAG criteria:

  • Complete the following  coursework and maintain a 3.20 GPA in the entire group of courses
    • Chemistry 2A
    • Engineering 17
    • Electrical Computer Engineering(EEC) 7
      OR Engineering Computer Science (ENG CS) 36A
    • Mathematics 21A/B/C/D
    • Mathematics 22A/B
    • Physics 9A/B/C/D

Additional Recommendations:

  • Communication 1 or 3 or Engineering 3
  • Engineering 6
  • English 3 OR University Writing Program 1

TAG applicants for fall 2022 and later must achieve a minimum overall 3.50 GPA in UC-transferable coursework and a 3.50 in their major preparation GPA.


Environmental Engineering

Requirements in addition to general admission requirements and TAG criteria:

  • Complete the following  coursework and maintain a 3.20 GPA in the entire group of courses
    • Chemistry 2A/B
    • Organic Chemistry 8A
    • Engineering 6
      OR Engineering Computer Science (ENG CS) 32A
      OR Engineering Computer Science (ENG CS) 36A
    • Engineering 35
    • Geology 50/50L
      OR Atmospheric Science 60
    • Mathematics 21A/B/C/D
    • Mathematics 22A/B
    • Physics 9A/B
    • English 3 OR University Writing Program 1

*For F’23 applicants, ENG CS 36A will no longer be an option.

TAG applicants for fall 2022 and later must achieve a minimum overall 3.50 GPA in UC-transferable coursework and a 3.50 in their major preparation GPA.


Materials Science and Engineering

Requirements in addition to general admission requirements and TAG criteria:

  • Complete the following  coursework and maintain a 3.20 GPA in the entire group of courses
    • Chemistry 2A/B/C
    • Communication 1 or 3 or Engineering 3**
    • Engineering 6
      OR Chemical Engineering (ENG CHM) 60
      OR Engineering Computer Science (ENG CS) 36A*
    • Engineering 17 or Engineering 35
    • Engineering 45  
    • Mathematics 21A/B/C/D
    • Mathematics 22A/B
    • Physics 9A/B/C/D
    • English 3 OR University Writing Program 1

*For F’23 applicants, ENG CS 36A will no longer be an option. 

**For F’23 applicants, ENG 3 will be replacing Comm 1 & 3.

TAG applicants for fall 2022 and later must achieve a minimum overall 3.50 GPA in UC-transferable coursework and a 3.50 in their major preparation GPA.


Mechanical Engineering

Requirements in addition to general admission requirements and TAG criteria:

  • Complete the following  coursework and maintain a 3.20 GPA in the entire group of courses
    • Chemistry 2A/B
    • Engineering 4, 17, 35
    • Engineering 6
      OR Engineering Computer Science (ENG CS) 36A*
    • Mathematics 21A/B/C/D
    • Mathematics 22A/B
    • Physics 9A/B/C

*For F’23 applicants, ENG CS 36A will no longer be an option. 

Additional Recommendations:

  • Communication 1 or 3 or Engineering 3
  • Engineering 45
  • English 3 OR University Writing Program 1

TAG applicants for fall 2022 and later must achieve a minimum overall 3.50 GPA in UC-transferable coursework and a 3.50 in their major preparation GPA.


Additional Tips

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credit

Visit our AP or IB exam articulation charts to find out whether your scores:

  • Earn UC transferable course credit.
  • Satisfy one UC-E (English), one UC-M (math) or another requirement of the UC 7-course pattern.
  • Meet selective major requirements specific to UC.
ASSIST

Visit the ASSIST website to identify which courses at your CCC:

  • Earn UC transferable course credit.
  • Satisfy the UC-E (English), UC-M (math) and other requirements of the UC 7-course pattern.
  • Meet selective major requirements specific to UC Davis.

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