Transfer Students

The NanoEngineering Program is currently a capped major. Requirements for admission as a NANO major or into NANO courses are the same for transfer students as they are for continuing students (see Admission to the Jacobs School of Engineering). Accordingly, when planning their program, transfer students should be mindful of lower-division course requirements and pre-requisites, as well as courses meeting college requirements.

The following courses are strongly recommended for all NanoEngineering transfer students for success and to move forward in the major courses. 

  • Math 20A - Calculus I—for Science and Engineering

  • Math 20B - Calculus II—for Science and Engineering

  • Math 20C - Calculus and Analytic Geometry

  • Math 20D - Differential Equations

  • Math 20E - Vector Calculus or Math 20E Requirement Fulfillment Exam administered through the Math Department

  • Math 18 - Linear Algebra (formerly Math 20F)

  • Phys 2A-B-C-D - Complete calculus-based physics series

  • Chem 6A-B-C+7L - General Chemistry with lab experience

  • Bild 1 - The Cell

Community college equivalent courses can be found at Students who have taken equivalent courses elsewhere may request to have transfer credit apply toward the department’s major requirements. To receive transfer credit, complete a Student Petition form. For mathematics, chemistry, and physics, the respective department determines transfer equivalencies.

Every course (except NANO 1, NANO 4, and NANO 199) must be taken for a letter grade.

All NANO core courses are taught only once per year and are scheduled to be consistent with the curriculum shown below.

The courses listed here other than NANO 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.         

                                         Curriculum (effective Fall 2020):

                   Two-Year Plan                                        Three-Year Plan (Only with College approval)

                                     All courses are 4-units unless stated below.

Nano 2 and 3 year transfer plans    



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

General Education Requirements (forty-eight units): This requirement is intended to fulfill the general education requirements (G.E.) from respective colleges. The forty-eight units are shown 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.

NanoEngineering Electives (eight units): This requirement must be chosen from among the upper-division NANO courses (NANO 100 - 199) offered by the Department.

Engineering Focus (twenty units): Students must select all five engineering courses from within one single major to constitute an engineering focus. However, students may take four courses in one major and the fifth in a different area, should scheduling conflicts occur. Pre-approved courses of each of the five focuses are listed hereClick here for sample course work for each track.