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Intercollege Transfer

fightingillinifightingillini Registered User Posts: 162 Junior Member
If I am applying for LAS computer science/math and would later want to do an intercollege transfer into the college of engineering computer science program, how difficult would that be?
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Replies to: Intercollege Transfer

  • drusbadrusba Registered User Posts: 9,411 Senior Member
    You can attempt to transfer from LAS to engineering either at end of first or end of second year. Doing it at end of first year is new last year as traditionally engineering did not accept transfers except into junior year. If you attempt at end of first year and do not get accepted you can still attempt at end of second year. Transfer after first year considers both college record and high school record and test scores and preference is given to those who would likely have been accepted into the college of engineering as freshman. Transfer after second year considers college record and ignores high school and test scores

    To transfer you must complete the same basic courses that an engineering student would complete by end of first year (or second year). In other words you must arrange your schedule to do that. Courses to complete:

    End of first year: Calc I and II, Rhetoric 105 or equivalent (equivalent usually requires two other rhetoric courses), first two chemistry courses and labs(need only first one if transfering for computer science or electrical or computer engineering), first calculus based physics course (Phys 211). You should also complete the language requirement -- meaning have three years of high school in a single language or complete the third semester of a language in college. Depending on major you may also need to complete basic engineering courses, for example particularly for computer science you need CS 125 and 173 (ones you would also likely take in the LAS major)

    After second year add to above: Calculus III (also helpful to have the next math course after that which applies to intended major), Physics 212 (the second physics course) and, depending on major, Phy 213 and 214 (thermal and quantum physics, both are needed for computer science and both are two hour courses, for which you actually go to class five to six hours a week, are done in same semester, one lasts eight weeks followed by the other). Depending on major may also need to complete second year engineering courses, for computer science that would usually be CS 225, 231, 232, and 241 (courses also available in the LAS major).

    For either, it also helpful to be on your way to completing Gen Ed requirements, meaning a course per semester in things that engineers would mostly rather avoid, humanities and social sciences.

    GPA: generally need at a minimum a 3.0 college GPA and nothing but A's or B's in any of the technical courses (math, phy, chem, CS). Having that does not guarantee transfer because ultimately transfer depends on seats open in the engineering college but usually there are many open and those who complete all requirements have very high chance of being accepted. Computer Science, however, is often one where you may need somewhat higher GPA (3.2 or better) because demand is often high. You will also need to do a good essay. How hard is it to get no lower than a B in the basic technical courses? For many not hard at all. For many others very hard, example: the physics courses often have 25% or more who get D's and F's and another 10-15% drop the course to avoid getting that D or F.
  • fightingillinifightingillini Registered User Posts: 162 Junior Member
    Thanks for that very thorough breakdown of all the classes. It looks as though the engineering program has the same CS classes as the LAS major but is more focused on the sciences like physics and chem. How different is the degree from CS LAS to CS ENR?
  • drusbadrusba Registered User Posts: 9,411 Senior Member
    Go here and then scroll down to the Computer Science major under Engineering which itself then provides a link to the CS major in eng and the Math/CS major in LAS and compare the two, you will see that the LAS degree is more a math major while CS eng is more an engineering major; if you are asking how different they are for employment out of college, the engineering degree is considered premier: Course Information Suite, Course Catalog, Class Schedule, Programs of Study, General Education Requirements, GenEd
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