All students apply to UMBC through our Undergraduate Admissions office. At the time of application students may designate any major.
All Freshmen who declare an interest in Engineering or Computer Science at the time of application are admitted to the University as a Pre-Major. You will be admitted as Pre-Chemical Engineering, Pre-Mechanical Engineering, Pre-Computer Engineering, or Pre-Computer Science. Students may also chose Pre-Engineering if they are undecided about which Engineering discipline they want to pursue.
After orientation any student who is eligible for our majors and does not have a math placement into MATH 151: Calculus I or transfer credit/ AP credit of Precalculus or higher will be designated as Undergraduate Studies (UGST), COEIT Prep. Students with a math placement of Calculus I or AP credit for Precalculus or higher will remain a Pre-Major. All students with UGST, COEIT Prep or Pre-Major designation will be working on major and general education requirements during their first semesters at UMBC. Students who are designated UGST, COEIT Prep will be moved to Pre-Major status once they have successfully completed MATH 150: Precalculus.
Students will be admitted to the major after they have passed the Gateway requirements for their respective major. Full acceptance into the major generally occurs within the first two years of enrollment. Please see Gateway Requirements, Sample Four Year Plans, and departmental websites for additional information.
Gateway requirements are courses you need to complete in order to be eligible for full admission into the major. Students must meet specific grade requirements for courses and adhere to the course repeat policy of their specific major. Please see the links below for more information.
Four Year Plans
Sample four year plans for the Engineering and Computer Science Majors are provided to show the typical progression of courses for each major. These plans include major and general education requirements. Math and Foreign Language placement may impact the four year plan. Please note that students must also complete two Physical Education courses.
Students who would like additional information about their major should consult the departmental websites below: