Transfer Students (CENG)

The Chemical Engineering curriculum plan for transfer students has a 2-year or 3-year option. The 2-year plan can be challenging with heavy workloads in several quarters. Be sure to follow the curriculum when enrolling in classes.

Every course (except CENG 4 and CENG 199) must be taken for a letter grade. All courses are 4-units unless stated below.

All CENG courses (in blue) are taught only once per year and are scheduled to be consistent with the curriculum shown below.

The courses listed here other than CENG are under the control of other departments. They may not be offered in the quarter shown here.  Each student is responsible for determining the prerequisites when the courses are to be offered and making a schedule of taking the courses that fit into his or her own graduation plan.

Taking additional courses beyond twelve quarters (students entering in fall 2019 or thereafter): A transfer student is allowed to enroll for six quarters to complete all requirements for a bachelor's degree. If a student reaches the six-quarter limit and needs more time beyond six quarters to complete those requirements, they will be required to submit an academic plan and have it approved by their college prior to enrolling for additional quarters to continue work toward the degree (summer session, as well as quarters during which students are approved for part-time status or have withdrawn from all courses, will not count toward the allowable number of quarters). More information can be found in the UCSD Catalog. 

To view the current and past catalog information, please click here.         

Effective Fall 2016:



3 YEAR PLAN (only with College approval)


*CENG 15: This course will be offered in the Fall and may be offered in the Winter Quarters. If you cannot register for CENG 15 in the Fall, you may enroll in MAE 8 in Winter or Spring Quarters, if it is being offered.  

**MATH 18 formerly MATH 20F

***Students must petition to take CENG 101A concurrently with MATH 20E (Vector Calculus) as most community colleges do not teach vector calculus.  If you have previously taken this course, please go to for equivalency information. If there is no equivalency, please check with the Math Department. You may also speak with Math Department regarding their Math 20E exam.

1General Education (G.E.) Requirements: The 36 units shown are for Warren College students as an example to fulfill the general education requirements. Students in other colleges need to adjust the plan to match their own college requirements.  Students must have up to twenty-four units in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, not including subjects such as accounting, industrial management, finance, and personnel administration.

2Chemistry Core: Three advanced chemistry electives must be selected from among CHEM 130, 131, 132, 40A, 40B, 114A (or BIBC 100), 114B (or BIBC 102), 120A, 120B, or 43A. (Note: Students may not receive credit for both BIBC 100 and CHEM 114A, or BIBC 102 and Chem 114B).

Two recommended options are CHEM 40A, 114A (or BIBC 100), and 43A for those interested in biochemical/organic; CHEM 120A, 130, and 40A for those interested in inorganic/materials. 

*Effective Fall 2017 the following courses were reclassified and renumbered as follows: CHEM 140A is CHEM 40A: Organic Chemistry I (4 units), CHEM 140B is CHEM 40B: Organic Chemistry II (4 units), and CHEM 143A is CHEM 43A: Organic Chemistry Laboratory (4 units).

4Area of Specialization/ Technical Electives: The three required technical electives must be upper-division or graduate courses in engineering, based on the pre-approved courses. Pre-approved courses are listed here.

5Process Dynamics and Control: If a student chooses the Process Dynamics and Control as the area of specialization, CENG 120 can be replaced by MAE 143B within the approved set of courses for specialization in process control.