Transfer students who apply for admission to UMBC and select Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Engineering Undecided, or Computer Science as their desired major will have their transcripts evaluated by the College of Engineering and Information Technology to determine eligibility.
All students who meet the eligibility requirements for their respective major at the time of application will be admitted as a Pre-Major. Students will be admitted as Pre-Chemical Engineering, Pre-Mechanical Engineering, Pre-Computer Engineering, or Pre-Computer Science. Students may also choose Pre-Engineering if they are undecided about which Engineering discipline they want to pursue.
After orientation any student who does not have a math placement into MATH 151 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 designated at UGST, COEIT Prep will be moved to Pre-Major status once they have successfully completed MATH 150: Precalculus.
Students will be moved from Pre-Major to Major status when they have passed their gateway requirements, met all academic policies of the University and College (including repeat policy), and have their gateway processed by the College of Engineering and Information Technology.
Transfer Students who are eligible to pursue their respective major but have not yet passed the gateway will complete gateway requirements at UMBC during their first semesters of enrollment.
Students who are accepted into the University having already met the Gateway requirements for their major will remain a Pre-Major until all transcripts with final grades have been received, posted by the Registrar’s Office, and processed by the College of Engineering and Information Technology. Typically, this will happen after the first semester of enrollment at UMBC.
Students who are not eligible for a particular major due to gateway or course repeat issues will not be able to pursue that major at UMBC.
Please consult the information below for information on gateway, course repeats, four year plans, and departmental 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:
Individuals interested in obtaining transfer application requirements, applications, and deadlines are encouraged to visit UMBC’s Application Requirements for Transfer Students webpage to obtain more information.
Students transferring from four-year institutions, in-state or out-of-state, and from out-of-state community colleges, must provide course descriptions and course syllabi to determine course equivalencies. It is the student’s responsibility to locate and provide all of the necessary information (including course descriptions, syllabi) to facilitate this more detailed course-by-course review. More information about the transfer credit process can be found on the Registrar’s Office Transfer Credits web page. Students transferring to UMBC from Maryland Community Colleges have access to ARTSYS, the Articulation System for Maryland Colleges and Universities.