The Graduate School at CU Boulder has established minimum standards for admission. Individual graduate departments may have additional or more restrictive standards by which they evaluate graduate applicants. Qualified students may be recommended for admission to regular degree status by approved programs of the Graduate School provided they meet the following criteria.
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, or have done work equivalent to that required for such a degree.
- Show promise of the ability to pursue advanced study and research, as judged by the student’s scholastic record.
- Applicants to programs in the College of Engineering and Applied Science must have a 3.00 (3.00=B) undergraduate grade point average. Note: applicants who cannot meet this undergraduate standard may still secure regular admission if they have completed 9 semester hours of relevant graduate course work with at least a 3.25 grade point average.
Environmental Engineering Program:
For admission to the M.S. or Ph.D. program in Environmental Engineering, applicants will normally be required to hold a baccalaureate or master’s degree in engineering, natural science, or mathematics from a college or university of recognized standing. Students without a B.S. or M.S. degree in Chemical, Civil, Environmental, Mechanical or a similar engineering field will be considered on an individual basis, but must have completed or successfully complete courses in:
- Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations (4 semesters)
- Probability and Statistics (1 semester)
- Calculus-based Physics (2 semesters)
- General Chemistry (2 semesters, CU-Boulder CHEN 1211/CHEM 1221 equivalent)
- Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering (1 semester, CVEN 3414 equivalent)
- A college-level basic or Earth Science (e.g., Biology, Geology) (1 semester)
- Fluid Mechanics (1 semester)
- One semester of statics is recommended as it is in civil and mechanical engineering as a prerequisite for fluid mechanics for students lacking an undergraduate engineering degree who wish to pursue licensure after obtaining a graduate degree. However, the requirements for licensure can vary by state.