Admission to the Chemical Engineering and NanoEngineering Major

Welcome to the NanoEngineering Department and congratulations on being admitted to UC San Diego.

If you are interested in applying to the Chemical Engineering (CE25) and NanoEngineering (NA25) majors, please read below.  

Applications are being accepted Monday, June 19, 2017, to Friday, August 25, 2017, for Fall 2017 for the NanoEngineering and Chemical Engineering majors.  Students must submit their application through the My Jacobs School of Engineering Major Change Application. If the application states that you are not eligible to apply, but you have met all of the requirements, please ignore the message and apply anyway.

Change of Major Requirements - Effective Fall 2017 Quarter and later

New Freshman Admission - New freshmen admission will be limited to both majors (B.S. Chemical Engineering and B.S. NanoEngineering).  Admitted freshmen that have applied to an oversubscribed major will be further evaluated by the Office of Admissions for admission to the major, taking into consideration the number of spaces available in the major.

Continuing UCSD Students - The NanoEngineering Department will admit a predetermined number of continuing students (change of major) into the Chemical Engineering or NanoEngineering majors. Interested continuing students must not be past Sophomore standing (6 quarters), as the time to graduation would be delayed since the majority of departmental courses are offered only once per year. Continuing students who wish to be considered must meet the following minimum requirements.

Please note:  If you have not completed all of the lower division requirements listed below, please contact our Undergraduate Advisors for more information about the major and how long it will take you to graduate:

  • NANOENGINEERING FRESHMEN Applicants*: Math 20A-C; Physics 2A; Chemistry 6A-C
  • NANOENGINEERING SOPHOMORE and TRANSFER Applicants*: Math 18 (formerly MATH 20F), MATH 20A-D; Physics 2A-D; Chemistry 6A-C, 7L
  • CHEMICAL ENGINEERING FRESHMEN Applicants*: Math 20A-C; Physics 2A-B; Chemistry 6A-C, 7L
  • CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SOPHOMORE and TRANSFER Applicants*: Math 18 (formerly MATH 20F), MATH 20A-D; Physics 2A-C, 2CL; Chemistry 6A-C, 7L

*The freshmen and sophomore class levels are determined by the number of registered quarters, not the number of units completed. Freshmen applicants have until the end of the third quarter and sophomore applicants have the end of the sixth quarter at UC San Diego to complete the requirements listed. We will not consider transfer student applicants who exceed 3 quarters at UC San Diego

Questions? If you are a current UCSD student and have additional questions, contact an advisor through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).  If you are not a UCSD student, you can reach an advisor at