Transfer Within CU

Transfer to CU Engineering
(Intra-University Transfer)

Are you a current CU Boulder student and want to study engineering? The Intra-University Transfer (IUT) process allows you to transfer to the College of Engineering and Applied Science from another college or school on the Boulder campus, or add an engineering major to your current degree program.

For degree-seeking students starting at CU Boulder from Fall 2011-Fall 2014, please view the pre-Fall 2014 requirements.

You must complete the following courses on the CU Boulder campus with a C- or better to apply for an intra-university transfer.  *Transfer credit may apply, see the transfer credit document below the required courses.

  • Math (two courses): APPM 1350 (or MATH 1300) and APPM 1360 (or MATH 2300) at a minimum.
  • Science (two courses):  ONE combination of the following is acceptable:
    • PHYS 1110 + CHEM 1113/1114
    • PHYS 1110 + PHYS 1120
    • CHEM 1113/1114 + CHEM 1133/1134

Note:  If you're interested in Chemical, Chemical/Biological, or Environmental Engineering, then you should take the chemistry combination.  

*Do you have transfer credit from another institution for any of these courses? – Find out more about transfer credit from another institution
Note:  This exception does not apply for students in the Pre Engineering Program

In addition to the required coursework above, students are required to meet the following GPA criteria for successful intra-university transfer admission.

  • The CU Boulder Cumulative GPA must be at least 2.700. Only CU-Boulder campus coursework is used in this computation, not coursework from other CU campuses or non-CU Institutions.

  • The CU Boulder Technical GPA must be at least 2.700. See UCB Technical GPA to know what courses are included in the CU Boulder Technical GPA.
         o   Individual grades in the CU Boulder Technical GPA must be at least C-
         o   Only CU Boulder campus coursework is used in this computation, not coursework from other CU campuses or non-CU institutions
  • The students’ semester GPA must be at least a 2.250 at the time of application.  Repeated coursework may be factored into the admission GPA, however, the true GPA must be above the college minimum of a 2.250 to start in good standing.

You may run the "GPA Calc for Engineering IUTs" degree audit on to track both your CU Boulder Cumulative GPA and Technical GPA.

Have you repeated/retaken a class?  Learn more about the grade repeat policy to to see how this affects your GPA’s.

Students should apply during the semester that they are completing the IUT requirements. 

  • The IUT application must be obtained from and returned to the Dean’s Office (ECAD 100).

  • The student must be full-time (12 or more credit hours) to apply during any Fall or Spring semester.  Students who apply during a summer term do not need to be full-time.

Application Deadlines:

Note: Deadlines are last day of classes, not last day of finals.  No exceptions.

Fall Desired Semester of Admission:

Apply by: last day of spring classes, or summer term
Decision by: end of May, or end of summer term

Spring Desired Semester of Admission:

Apply by: last day of fall classes
Decision by: early January

Exception Policy:

Students who never previously applied to the College of Engineering and Applied Science may apply for admission if the semester admitted would occur within 18 months of their high school graduation date. 
*See FAQ’s below for more details and requirements*

After all requirements are met and the application is turned in by the deadline, the college will make one of the following admission decisions and you will be notified via your CU email:

  • Admit
    The applicant is guaranteed admission to the major listed on the IUT application in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, as a full-time undergraduate student.

  • First Refuse 
    The applicant is refused admission to this college. Once refused, the applicant may continue to take courses toward admission for the following semester and will be automatically considered for IUT admission a second timeThere are no exceptions to being automatically reconsidered. 

  • Second Refuse 
    If not admitted for the second time, no additional engineering courses may be taken (unless for a minor) and the student cannot apply/is no longer admissible to this College in the future.

*The college may decide to defer the admit or refuse decision. This option is allowed only if documented external events have negatively impacted the applicant during the semester in which the IUT application was processed, (i.e., extended medical care throughout the semester or a family emergency with considerable time away from school).*

NOTE: You must carefully read and fill out this Engineering IUT Agreement Form to be able to meet with an engineering IUT advisor. 

Once the above mentioned form has been signed by the student and assigned academic advisor, you must keep it and bring it with you each time to receive IUT advising. 

If you do not bring this form with you, or bring it without the proper signatures, you will not be able to see an advisor in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. 

Engineering IUT Advising is available in ECAD 100 (just outside the Engineering Center Dean's Office) on a drop-in basis Mondays from 1-4pm and Fridays from 2-4pm.  Please check MyCUHub for exact hours.*

For a list of H/SS electives applicable to all majors in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, please see the official humanities and social science website.*

*The College of Engineering and Applied Science reserves the right to revise the IUT application process or admissions criteria as it finds necessary.*

Additional Important FAQs

Departmental Course Request Forms
Course Name Request Form

AREN1027, AREN2110, AREN 2120

Complete the online AREN Course Request Form.

CVEN1317, CVEN2121

Complete the online CVEN Course Request Form.

ECEN1310, ECEN2250, ECEN2260, ECEN2270, ECEN2350, ECEN2703

Complete the online EE/ECEN Request Form.

MCEN1024, MCEN1025, MCEN2023, MCEN2024, MCEN2043, MCEN2063

Complete the online MCEN Course Request form.

CHEN 1211/CHEM 1221  Contact the CHEN departmental advisors with your name, SID, course name and section number  

If a particular course is not listed above, it means it is either always restricted to engineering students only (eg. HUEN courses) or that it is available to all CU-Boulder students (eg. CSCI 1300)

Am I eligible for the IUT admission exception policy?

1.  The student is within 18 months of their high school graduation and graduated from a U.S. high school.    

2.  The student’s high school academic record meets or exceeds the minimum criteria as follows:

        a.  Rank in top 10% or GPA of 3.80 (U.S. high schools only)
        b.  and SAT Critical Reading 610/ACT English 27 and SAT Math 670/ACT Math 30

3.  The CU-Boulder Cumulative GPA is at least 3.100, and

4.  No grades earned at CU-Boulder are below C-. In addition, if a student has established a CU-Boulder Technical GPA, this GPA must be at least 2.700. All application deadlines as described in this advising guide apply.

When does my IUT application actually get reviewed?

If you are enrolled in courses the semester you apply, the college waits until the end of the semester/term, after final grades have posted, before reviewing the IUT application. 

Exception: A request for immediate review can be made by any applicant who applies during summer and is not actively enrolled in CU-Boulder summer session at the time of applying. Accepted students matriculate in the college in either the fall or spring semester (not summer session).

How many credit hours do I need to be enrolled in when I apply for IUT?

Applicants must be enrolled in and complete at least 12 CU-Boulder credit hours when applying during fall semester for spring semester admittance, or when applying during spring semester for fall semester admittance.

Note: There is no minimum enrollment requirement to apply during summer session for fall semester admittance.

Can I fulfill MAPS requirements (if needed) while completing IUT coursework?

Yes! Other courses may be selected to fulfill degree requirements in the humanities or social sciences and to meet MAPS requirements. See the college’s Humanities, Social Sciences, and Writing degree requirements and MAPS requirements. 

I initially applied to the College of Engineering and Applied Science, but wasn't admitted. Can I still major in Engineering?

Yes! The majority of courses first-year engineering students take are open to all CU-Boulder students. Within their first year, engineering students take two calculus courses and two appropriate laboratory science courses. Taking these courses not only makes you eligible to apply for the IUT, but keeps you on track for your engineering degree.

Where can I obtain an IUT application?

At the Dean's Office reception area, which is located through the main lobby of the Engineering Center. Call 303-492-5071 for directions.