Pre-Engineering Program

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The Pre-Engineering Program is designed to facilitate the successful transition of first-year students in the College of Arts and Sciences into the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. The program provides a structured pathway of CU-Boulder course work combined with academic advising support from both the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Program Eligibility

The Pre-Engineering Program serves students who initially applied for direct admission to the College of Engineering and Applied Science and were alternatively offered admission in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, first-year arts and sciences students can join the Pre-Engineering Program at new student orientation or during their first semester of study. 

Coursework and Advising for Successful Transition

Pre-Engineering students enroll in appropriate math and science courses during their first year of study to prepare them for a transfer to engineering. Pre-Engineering students are considered eligible for transfer once they have satisfactorily completed two semesters of calculus and two semesters of college-level general chemistry and/or calculus-based physics. Minimum grade and GPA requirements must be met to secure admission to the college. Specific information on those requirements can be found here.

Most students can complete these requirements in three semesters, while some may do so in as few as two semesters.  The maximum length of time in the Pre-Engineering Program for any student is four semesters, at which point the student will either be admitted to engineering or will transition into an arts and sciences major.

Pre-Engineering students are assigned two advisors: one in engineering and one in the Center for First-year Students in arts and sciences. Students work with both advisors to select courses to help with the transfer to engineering and/or the pursuit of an arts and sciences major.

Pre-Engineering students also enroll in the Introduction to Engineering course for their first semester to learn about the 13 undergraduate majors offered and the wide range of careers associated with those majors. In subsequent semesters, as space permits, students may be able to enroll in additional engineering courses such as an introductory computing course or a first-year engineering projects to further explore the world of engineering.

Become Part of the CU Engineering Community

Beyond academics, Pre-Engineering students are encouraged to live on campus in one of the engineering-affiliated student communities. These include the Quadrangle Engineering & Sciences Living and Learning Community, the Sustainable by Design Residential Academic Program, and the Global Engineering Residential Academic Program. Additionally, Pre-Engineering students are encouraged to join engineering student organizations and societies and participate in college events such as Engineering Days.

More information

Looking for more information about the Pre-Engineering Program? Check out the following links for details, or contact the Pre-Engineering Program Manager below.


For more information, contact:
James H. Murray, Pre-Engineering Program Manager

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