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How do I change my major to engineering?

Students in other majors on campus must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter the College of Engineering as a PR-ENGIN major.:

  • Academic good standing
  • GPA of 2.0 or better
  • C or better in Math 131, EnglWr 112 and either Chem 111 or Physics 151

You must apply and be admitted to the College no later than your fourth semester at the University. Use a Change of major form only upon meeting eligibility criteria above.

Change of majors are processed at the end of each semester, after grades have been finalized by the Registrar’s Office.

Information Sessions

If you are interested in declaring your major into the College of Engineering please attend one of the following sessions. These sessions will provide information about becoming an Engineering major, and will provide advising on courses for the upcoming semester.

Campus Center Room 803

Wednesday, Sept 6th 5:30PM –
Computer Systems, Electrical, and Chemical Engineering

Thursday, Sept 7th 5:30PM –
Civil, Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering

If you cannot attend the meeting where your intended major is listed, please attend the other!

I am a PR-ENGIN. How do I get into my engineering major?

Each engineering department has specific criteria for admission:

Chemical Engineering

Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better AND a passing grade in all of the following:

  • Math 131
  • Math 132
  • Chem 111**
  • Chem 112**
  • Physics 151*
  • Engin 110 (or Engin 111, 112 or 113)
  • Chem-Eng 120

Civil Engineering

Cumulative GPA of 2.0 AND C or better in all of the following:

  • Math 131
  • Chem 111**
  • EnglWr 112
  • Engin 111 (or Engin 110, 112 or 113)

Electrical or Computer Engineering

Cumulative GPA of 2.0 AND C or better in all of the following:

  • Math 131
  • Math 132
  • EnglWr 112
  • Physics 151*
  • Engin 112 (or Engin 110, 111, or 113)
  • ECE 122 (students entering UMass fall 2016 or later) or CMPSCI 121 (students entering UMass before fall 2016)

Mechanical or Industrial Engineering

Cumulative GPA of 2.0 AND C or better in all of the following:

  • Math 131
  • Math 132
  • EnglWr 112
  • Physics 151*
  • Chem 111**
  • Engin 113 (or Engin 110, 111 or 112)
  • M&I-Eng 124 (or Chem-Eng 120 or CE-Engin 121 or CMPSCI 121)

* Physics 151 (4 credits) for students who entered the University after June 2010.
**Chem 111 and Chem 112 may be satisfied by taking the Honors equivalents: Chem 121H and Chem 122H.

Notes:

  • For majors that require a C or better in the above courses, a C- or lower is not sufficient to satisfy the requirement.
  • Intro to Engineering courses (110, 111, 112, and 113) are interchangeable for admission to majors. For example, if a student takes Engin 110 (Intro to Chemical Engineering) and then decides to major in Civil Engineering, he/she does not need to take Engin 111.

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