High school students interested in either Chemical Engineering or Materials Science and Engineering should apply for admission to the College of Science and Engineering (CSE). You will typically spend three semesters in lower division, before applying to the major. See “CSE Lower Division Students” below for information about applying to the major and admission requirements. Lower division students are advised by CSE Academic Advising. The CSE advisors are well trained to help you decide your major and develop your course plan.
Lower division students are generally expected to apply for admission to the major in the middle of fall semester of their sophomore year. Admission to the majors is decided after fall grades are posted. In order to apply for your major you must complete certain required courses (see the four year plans) with a minimum technical GPA of 3.2 to be guaranteed admission to the major of your choice. Students below this technical GPA are admitted on a space available basis. Applications can also be submitted in the Spring semester.
At the Future Transfer Student website you will be able to find guides to help you determine exactly how your completed coursework will work for your University of Minnesota degree, this includes liberal education and technical coursework.
Students wishing to transfer from other University of Minnesota college majors to Chemical Engineering or Materials Science majors need to complete the same coursework as students admitted to CSE as college freshman.
International students must meet the same admissions requirements as citizens and permanent residents to the United States and have proof of English proficiency. More information can be found at the UMN International Admissions website.