Entrance-to-Major Requirements

New, Change of Campus, and/or Re-enrolling Students - 2020 or Later

The following Entrance-to-Major (ETM) process applies to incoming students starting at Penn State in summer 2020 or later, or students returning to Penn State through re-enrollment in summer 2020 or later. 


Step 1: Complete 29-55 graded Penn State credits at Penn State (excludes transfer and AP credits)

You are eligible to apply for entry to a College of Engineering major once you have completed 29 graded Penn State credits (excludes transfer and AP credits) at Penn State. You must request your major change before you have completed more than 55 graded Penn State credits. Students requesting non-enrollment-controlled majors may request consideration for an extension.


Step 2: Check your cumulative GPA

At the time you apply for ETM, your cumulative GPA must be at or above the published minimum GPA for the major.


Step 3: Ensure you have scheduled or completed required ETM courses

At the time you apply, you must be scheduled for or have completed, with a C or better, select ETM courses specific to your major. 


Step 4: Apply for a major

Use the Update Academics function within your LionPATH Student Center page to officially request your intended major.

If at any time you have questions about how your schedule or performance will impact your eligibility to qualify for a College of Engineering major, be sure to contact an appropriate academic adviser.


Entrance Requirements by Major

Aerospace Engineering (AERSP)*

ETM REQUIREMENTS
29 to 55 graded Penn State credits
Completed with a grade of C or better:
CHEM 110, EDSGN 100, MATH 140, MATH 141, PHYS 211
Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.90

Architectural Engineering (AE)

ETM REQUIREMENTS
29 to 55 graded Penn State credits
Completed with a grade of C or better:
CHEM 110, EDSGN 100, MATH 140, MATH 141, PHYS 211
Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.60
Students intending AE should consider Architectural Engineering Pre-major (ENGAE_PMAJ) status after their first semester

Biological Engineering (BE)

ETM REQUIREMENTS
29 to 55 graded Penn State credits
Completed with a grade of C or better:
CHEM 110, EDSGN 100, MATH 140, MATH 141, PHYS 211
Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.60

Biomedical Engineering (BME)*

ETM REQUIREMENTS
29 to 55 graded Penn State credits
Completed with a grade of C or better:
CHEM 110, EDSGN 100, MATH 140, MATH 141, PHYS 211
Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00

Chemical Engineering (CHE)*

ETM REQUIREMENTS
29 to 55 graded Penn State credits
Completed with a grade of C or better:
CHEM 110, EDSGN 100, MATH 140, MATH 141, PHYS 211
Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.80

Civil Engineering (CE)

ETM REQUIREMENTS
29 to 55 graded Penn State credits
Completed with a grade of C or better:
CHEM 110, EDSGN 100, MATH 140, MATH 141, PHYS 211
Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.60

Computer Engineering (CMPEN)*

ETM REQUIREMENTS
29 to 55 graded Penn State credits
Completed with a grade of C or better:
CHEM 110, CMPSC 121 or CMPSC 131, MATH 140, MATH 141, PHYS 211
Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00

Computer Science (CMPSC) ending at Penn State University Park*

ETM REQUIREMENTS
29 to 55 graded Penn State credits
Completed with a grade of C or better:
CMPSC 121 or CMPSC 131, CMPSC 122 or CMPSC 132, MATH 140, MATH 141, PHYS 211
Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.20; for students admitted prior to summer 2022, please check the Undergraduate Bulletin

Computer Science (CSENG) ending at Penn State Beaver, Brandywine, or Hazleton

ETM REQUIREMENTS
29 to 55 graded Penn State credits
Completed with a grade of C or better:
CMPSC 121 or CMPSC 131, CMPSC 122 or CMPSC 132, MATH 140, MATH 141, PHYS 211
Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.60

Data Sciences (DTSCE)

ETM REQUIREMENTS
3rd to 5th semester standing
Completed with a grade of C or better:
CMPSC 121 or CMPSC 131, CMPSC 122 or CMPSC 132, MATH 140, MATH 141, STAT 200 or DS 200
Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.00

Electrical Engineering (EE)

ETM REQUIREMENTS
29 to 55 graded Penn State credits
Completed with a grade of C or better:
CMPSC 121 or CMPSC 131 or EDSGN 100; CHEM 110, MATH 140, MATH 141, PHYS 211
Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.60

Engineering (GE)

ETM REQUIREMENTS
29 to 55 graded Penn State credits
Completed with a grade of C or better:
CHEM 110, EDSGN 100, MATH 140, MATH 141, PHYS 211
Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.60

Engineering Science (ESC)**

ETM REQUIREMENTS
29 to 55 graded Penn State credits
Completed with a grade of C or better:
CHEM 110, EDSGN 100, MATH 140, MATH 141, PHYS 211
Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00

Industrial Engineering (IE)

ETM REQUIREMENTS
29 to 55 graded Penn State credits
Completed with a grade of C or better:
CHEM 110, EDSGN 100, MATH 140, MATH 141, PHYS 211
Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.60

Mechanical Engineering (ME) ending at Penn State University Park*

ETM REQUIREMENTS
29 to 55 graded Penn State credits
Completed with a grade of C or better:
CHEM 110, EDSGN 100, MATH 140, MATH 141, PHYS 211
Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00

Mechanical Engineering (MEENG) ending at Penn State Scranton

ETM REQUIREMENTS
29 to 55 graded Penn State credits
Completed with a grade of C or better:
CHEM 110, EDSGN 100, MATH 140, MATH 141, PHYS 211
Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.60

Nuclear Engineering (NUCE)

ETM REQUIREMENTS
29 to 55 graded Penn State credits
Completed with a grade of C or better:
CHEM 110, EDSGN 100, MATH 140, MATH 141, PHYS 211
Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.60

*enrollment-controlled major

**academically controlled major


Premajors

Architectural Engineering Pre-major (ENGAE_PMAJ)
12 to 26 graded Penn State credits
Completed with a grade of C or better:
CHEM 110MATH 140, MATH 141, PHYS 211
Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.60
 
 

About

The Engineering Advising Center (EAC) serves as the academic advising resource for students in pre-major status (ENGR) at University Park. Once students have been admitted to a College of Engineering major, they will be assigned to a faculty adviser in that major.

Engineering Advising Center

208 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-863-1033