For all other engineering majors, please see the Bachelor of Science Degree Programs IUT criteria

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

You must complete the following courses on the CU Boulder campus with a C or better.

  • Math (two courses): Choose two courses from the following:
    • APPM 1350 (or MATH 1300, or APPM 1340+1345)
    • APPM 1360 (or MATH 2300) 
      • CSCI 2820 and/or CSCI 2824 can count, if Calc 1 and 2 were previously completed (e.x. through AP credit, or transfer credit)
      • MATH 2130 and MATH 2001 can also be used to satisfy the math courses for IUT and degree requirements
  • Computer Science (two courses): Must be the following two courses at a minimum
    • CSCI 1300
    • CSCI 2270

Additional notes:

  • Transfer credit (including AP/IB coursework) does not apply to IUT admission requirements.
  • If you have taken coursework, at UCD or UCCS, your grades from those courses will carry over to CU Boulder but will not factor into IUT admission GPA requirements; IUT admission is based on CU Boulder coursework only.

  1. No more than 60 CU Boulder attempted credit hours with final grades posted to your transcript (W grades excluded). If you are beyond the credit hour maximum, you cannot apply.
    • AP/IB or transfer coursework is NOT included; only credits accumulated on the CU Boulder campus.
  2. Minimum CU Boulder cumulative GPA of a 2.500 required for admission.
  3. Minimum CU Boulder Computer Science GPA of a 3.000 required for admission.
    • The Computer Science GPA is any CU Boulder CSCI, or CSPB prefixed course
  4. All coursework is used in computing these GPAs (including repeated courses).

NOTE: Credit hours from all course attempts (W's excluded) will count towards the 60 credit hour limit, including all attempts of repeated courses (this includes grade replacement).
e.g. CSCI 1300 (grade C- or lower) = 4 credit hours.  CSCI 1300 (grade C- or lower) + repeated CSCI 1300 (grade C or higher) = 8 credit hours

  1. To apply, you must have met all the criteria listed in the previous steps and you must have all final grades posted in Buff Portal Advising (on your transcript); otherwise, your application will not be reviewed.
    • Note: Incomplete (“I”) grades are not considered final and will result in your application not being reviewed.
  2. If you meet all the criteria, you will be admitted to the major selected on your application.  This is NOT a competitive process, so if you have not met the requirements, you should not apply.
  3. Complete the online IUT application AFTER ALL IN-PROGRESS GRADES ARE FINAL and you know you have met the IUT requirements.

    Application Date: Wednesday, December 23rd
    Decision Date: Monday, January 4th


Please make sure you have first met with your assigned academic advisor and read this website and the FAQs below carefully.  If you have questions that cannot be answered by your advisor, please click the link below to submit an IUT advising form and learn how to make an appointment with an Engineering IUT advisor.

Engineering IUT Advising Form

We expect IUT drop-in hours for the Fall 2020 semester to fill quickly, so please be patient and understanding if we are not able to meet with you right away.

Additional FAQs About the IUT Process for the CS BA Degree

If I am admitted to the BA in Computer Science, can I change my major within engineering?

No.  Admission via the BA IUT requirements is to that program only.  If you wish to change your major to another Bachelor of Science degree within the College of Engineering, you must follow the BS Degree IUT process.  

Can I appeal my admission decision?

No.  There are no exceptions to the IUT process if a student does not meet the GPA, course, or grade requirements.  The IUT process is non-competitive, meaning, if a student meets criteria, admission is guaranteed.  Since it is not competitive, no exceptions (regardless of how close a grade or GPA may be) will be made and there is no appeal to this decision. 

High School Exception Criteria Details

The High School Exception Criteria applies to students who never previously applied to the College of Engineering and Applied Science and may apply for admission if the semester when they apply is within 18 months of their high school graduation date

To be eligible for the exception, students must meet the following:

  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:
    1. Rank in top 10% or unweighted GPA of 3.80 (U.S. high schools only)
    2. 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.
Will Engineering honor the CU Grade Replacement Policy?

Yes, the College of Engineering will honor the CU Grade Replacement Policy, only if a student follows the proper procedures within this process and if the request is approved. 

To learn more about grade replacement, please see this website:

What if I have transfer/AP/IB credit for the required IUT courses?

If you have transfer credit that comes in as equivalent to the IUT requirement courses, these classes may still count towards an engineering degree, but cannot be used for the IUT admission requirements.  In this case, you will take the next subsequent course(s) in either math, or computer science

For example, if you have credit for Calculus 1 and Calculus 2, your IUT math courses will be CSCI 2824 and CSCI 2820.  If you have completed all math and computer science requirements with transfer credit, you may be asked to repeat coursework for IUT admission.  Please check with an IUT advisor if that is the case.

Humanities and Social Science Course List

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

Do MATH (1300, 2300, 2400) courses apply to engineering degrees?

Yes!  Both APPM and MATH versions of Calculus count the same toward any engineering degree.

45 Credit Hour Rule

Residency Requirement - The last 45 credit hours of the 128 required for the BS degree must be earned via CU Boulder coursework only and while rostered in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. 

What if I am (or will be) over the 60 credit hour criteria?

If you are under 60 credit hours at the time of registration (meaning you will be over the credit limit with in-progress classes), you do not need to petition the College for an exception.  

If you are officially over the 60 credit hour limit and feel as though your circumstances may warrant an exception, please see an IUT advisor during drop-in hours.