Admission to the School of Engineering

In addition to satisfying the general requirements for admission to UAB listed in the Undergraduate Catalog,  incoming students must be eligible to enroll in Pre-Calculus Algebra (MA 105) or higher in the pre-calculus series to be admitted to the School of Engineering. Students who do not satisfy this requirement but are still interested in an engineering program should successfully complete the course(s) necessary to satisfy the requirement(s) as a Liberal Arts student in the College of Arts and Sciences and then request a major change.

All freshmen students who meet the requirement for admission to the School of Engineering are admitted as Pre-Biomedical, Pre-Civil, Pre-Electrical, Pre-Materials, or Pre-Mechanical Engineering major based on their intended program. Undecided students are admitted as Pre-General Engineering students. Freshmen indicating an interest in Biomedical Engineering with an ACT score of 28 or higher (or SAT equivalent) and a high school GPA of at least 3.20 may be admitted directly to the Biomedical Engineering program. Students admitted to UAB conditionally or on academic probation are not eligible for admission to the School of Engineering and may be admitted to an engineering program only upon successful completion of the requirements for advancement listed below.

In addition to math placement into Pre-Calculus Algebra (MA 105) or higher, all transfer students or students seeking re-admission to UAB must have a cumulative GPA of 2.20 and, if applicable, an institutional (UAB) GPA of 2.20 to be admitted to the School of Engineering. These students are admitted as Pre-Civil, Pre-Electrical, Pre-Materials, or Pre-Mechanical Engineering majors based on their intended program. Students seeking admission to Biomedical Engineering are admitted to Pre-Biomedical Engineering if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 and, if applicable, an institutional (UAB) GPA of 3.20. Transfer and returning students receive a Pre-Engineering designation for a minimum of one semester following admission to UAB and are then admitted to their chosen department upon completion of the minimum requirements listed below.

Students who are seeking admission to the School of Engineering and are currently enrolled in other UAB schools or divisions must have an institutional (UAB) GPA of 2.20 (3.20 for Pre-Biomedical) or greater and must be eligible to enroll in Pre-Calculus Algebra (MA 105) or higher in the pre-calculus series.

Requirements for Advancing from Pre-Engineering to Civil, Electrical, Materials or Mechanical Engineering

In order to advance from pre-engineering to one of the engineering majors listed above, students must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Sophomore standing
  • Completion (C or better) of MA 125 Calculus I and MA 126 Calculus II
  • Completion (C or better) of two required science courses with appropriate labs
  • Completion of EGR 110 and EGR 111 (or EGR 200), ME 102 Engineering Graphics, and EGR 150 or BME 150 (or equivalent)
  • An institutional (UAB) GPA of 2.20

Requirements for Advancing from Pre-Engineering to Biomedical Engineering

In order to advance from pre-engineering to Biomedical Engineering, students must meet all of the following minimum requirements:

  • Sophomore standing
  • Completion (C or better) of MA 125 Calculus I and MA 126 Calculus II
  • Completion (C or better) of two required science courses with appropriate labs
  • Completion of EGR 110 and EGR 111 (or EGR 200)
  • Completion of ME 102 Engineering Graphics
  • An institutional (UAB) GPA of 3.20 (and cumulative [UAB + transfer] GPA of 3.20 if applicable)

If a Pre-Biomedical or Pre-Engineering student is not eligible to advance into Biomedical Engineering after completing a maximum of 64 hours of course work, they may advance into another engineering major if the qualifications for that major (as listed above) are met.