Transfer Requirements

The two most important components of your transfer application to Cornell Engineering are the content and rigor of your college-level classes and your performance in those classes. These are critical to ensure a smooth transition into our programs at the sophomore or junior level.

External Transfer Credit Guidelines*

  • To be eligible for Cornell credit, a course must meet degree requirements for the undergraduate engineering program and be substantially equivalent to a comparable Cornell course in content and rigor. This will be determined using criteria such as content hours, assessments and textbooks.

  • Credit is awarded on the basis of full-time semesters spent elsewhere, up to a maximum of 36 credits per academic year. No more than 72 total transfer credits (combination of those taken both before and after matriculation) may be used to meet graduation requirements.

  • A “C” or better is required for a course to transfer.

  • Academic departments will determine how transfer courses may be used toward the major.

  • Transfer credit will only be awarded for courses offered by regionally accredited, degree-granting, post-secondary institutions. MOOCS and other non-degree courses are not eligible for transfer credit.

  •  Transfer credit will not be awarded for cooperative courses taken while in high school, technical skills, or general knowledge acquired through personal experience, employment, or military training.

  • Transfer credits from institutions on the quarter system or trimester system are not directly comparable to semester credits. In general, the number of trimester credits or quarter credits will be reduced when converted to semester credits, and credit will not be given for more than 10 courses per year.

Determining Your Course Equivalencies

We, unfortunately, are not able to pre-evaluate your coursework for transfer credit but encourage you to use the information on this page, as well as the transfer course description form for your major, the Cornell Course Catalog, and the help of your current college advisor as a guide when considering course selection at your current institution.

Determining Your Entering Standing

We admit transfer students at first- or second-semester sophomore and first-semester junior entering standing. Your application will tell us what we need to know about your coursework and preparation. If we make you an offer of admission, we will determine your entering standing based on this and the amount of time we estimate you will need to complete your degree at Cornell.

* Current Cornell students who wish to transfer internally to the College of Engineering should read through the information available online.

Basic Coursework Requirements for All Transfer Applicants

In their first two years, all College of Engineering students take core courses, called the Common Curriculum, designed to provide a firm academic foundation regardless of intended major. This distinctive approach creates specific course prerequisites for those wishing to apply as transfer students.

If you are interested in transferring into Cornell Engineering, the first thing you must do is to determine whether you have the four (4) basic components of our Common Curriculum. Without any one of these courses, you would be missing a vital part of our required coursework and your application would not be reviewed.

When reviewing the information below, consider past, present, and future coursework – courses that you have completed, are currently enrolled in, or will be taking when applying to Cornell Engineering. Keep in mind our transfer application deadline is March 15, so you will apply during the spring semester.
Please note that each major has additional coursework requirements; completing this first step will help determine if you meet the initial eligibility for applying as a transfer student.

MATH ESSENTIALS

Have you taken two courses in calculus that are equivalent in content to these Cornell classes?

  • Cornell Course: MATH 1910 (Calculus for engineers)
    • Essentially a second course in calculus. Topics include techniques of integration, finding areas and volumes by integration, exponential growth, partial fractions, infinite sequences and series, tests of convergence, and power series. Note: if you received a score of 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam you have met this requirement. If you received a score of 4 you are still eligible to apply but may need to take a placement exam if you are admitted.
  • Cornell Course: MATH 1920 (Multivariable calculus for engineers)
    • Introduction to multivariable calculus. Topics include partial derivatives, double and triple integrals, line and surface integrals, vector fields, Green’s theorem, Stokes’ theorem, and the divergence theorem.

SCIENCE ESSENTIALS

Have you taken both a physics class and a chemistry class equivalent in content to these Cornell classes?

  • Cornell Course: PHYS 1112, Physics I: Mechanics and Heat
    • First course in a three semester introductory physics sequence. Covers the mechanics of particles with focus on kinematics, dynamics, conservation laws, central force fields, periodic motion. Mechanics of many-particle systems: center of mass, rotational mechanics of a rigid body, rotational equilibrium, and fluid mechanics. Temperature, heat, the laws of thermodynamics. At the level of University Physics, Vol. 1, by Young and Freedman. Course is calculus-based, and includes a laboratory component. Note: if you received a score of 5 on the AP Physics C: Mechanics exam you have met this requirement. If you received a score of 4 you are still eligible to apply but may need to take a placement exam if you are admitted.
  • Cornell Course: CHEM 2090, Engineering General Chemistry
    • Covers basic chemical concepts, such as reactivity and bonding of molecules, introductory quantum mechanics, and intermolecular forces in liquids and solids and gases. Attention will be focused on aspects and applications of chemistry most pertinent to engineering. (Course includes a laboratory component.) Note: if you received a score of 5 on the AP Chemistry exam you have met this requirement.

Unfortunately, if you have not taken all four of these classes, you are not eligible to apply as a transfer student to Cornell Engineering. These are the four components that we require all transfer applicants to have completed (or have in progress) at the time of application. Without any one of these courses, you would be missing a vital part of our required coursework and your application would not be reviewed.

Do You Have the Basics and Want to Learn More?

Explore the engineering majors and coursework in the expandable sections below. You will find the first and second year Cornell Engineering coursework required for each major, which corresponds to sophomore and junior standing respectively. Missing major-required coursework is handled on a case-by-case basis.

The required form for your major is found on the Course Description Forms page. You will need access to the course catalogue for your current and any past institution. For each course, we will ask you:

  • where and when you took it;
  • how many credits you earned;
  • whether there was a lab component;
  • the grade you received (or if the class is in progress or planned);
  • and, if you know it, textbook information.

Transfer Course Requirements for 2019-20 Admissions Cycle

For your reference, a PDF version of the guidelines and course requirements can also be downloaded here: Guidelines for Prospective Transfer Students (PDF).

Biological Engineering Coursework

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Note: Biology and chemistry sequence can be taken in either order for this major.

Courses for Sophomore Standing

  • Calculus for Engineers (MATH 1910), 4 credits

  • Multivariable Calculus for Engineers (MATH 1920), 4 credits

  • Physics I: Mechanics & Heat (PHYS 1112), 4 credits

  • Engineering General Chemistry (CHEM 2090), 4 credits

  • Introduction to Computing Using MATLAB (CS 1112), 4 credits (preferred)
    or Introduction to Computing Using Python (CS 1110), 4 credits or Introduction to Computing Using MATLAB and Robotics (CS 1114), 4 credits

  • Two (2) First-Year Writing Seminars, 3 credits each


Additional Courses for Junior Standing

  • Differential Equations for Engineers (MATH 2930), 4 credits

  • Linear Algebra for Engineers (MATH 2940), 4 credits

  • Introduction to Organic & Biological Chemistry (CHEM 1570), 3 credits or an introductory biology class with lab

  • Statics & Mechanics of Solids (ENGRD 2020), 4 credits

  • Bioengineering Thermodynamics and Kinetics (ENGRD 2220) or Thermodynamics (ENGRD 2210), 3 credits

  • Principles of Biological Engineering (BEE/ENGRD 2600) or Engineering Processes for Environmental Sustainability (BEE/ENGRD 2510)

  • Physics II: Electromagnetism (PHYS 2213), 4 credits

  • Two (2) courses of College Biology for Majors (with lab)**, 3-5 credits each
    **Students pursuing the College Biology prerequisite have a variety of choices and should select a course at their current campus that is similar to one of the following:

    • Introductory Biology: Ecology & the Environment (BIOEE 1610)
    • An Introduction to Evolutionary Biology & Diversity (BIOEE 1780)

    • Introductory Biology: Comparative Physiology (BIOG 1440)

    • Introduction to Comparative Anatomy & Physiology, Individualized Instruction (BIOG 1445)

    • Introductory Biology: Cell & Developmental Biology (BIOMG 1350)

  • Two (2) Liberal Studies Courses, 3-4 credits each

Biomedical Engineering

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Courses for Sophomore Standing

  • Calculus for Engineers (MATH 1910), 4 credits

  • Multivariable Calculus for Engineers (MATH 1920), 4 credits

  • Physics I: Mechanics & Heat (PHYS 1112), 4 credits

  • Engineering General Chemistry (CHEM 2090), 4 credits

  • Introduction to Computing Using MATLAB (CS 1112), 4 credits (preferred)
    or Introduction to Computing Using Python (CS 1110), 4 credits

  • Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (ENGRI 1310) or equivalent course, 3 credits

  • Introductory Biology: Cell & Developmental Biology (BIOMG 1350)

  • Two (2) First-Year Writing Seminars, 3 credits each


    Additional Courses for Junior Standing

  • Differential Equations for Engineers (MATH 2930), 4 credits

  • Physics II: Electromagnetism (PHYS 2213), 4 credits

  • Statics & Mechanics of Solids (ENGRD 2020), 4 credits

  • Biomedical Transport Phenomena (BME 2000/ENGRD 2202), 3 credits

  • Biomolecular Thermodynamics (BME 2110), 3 credits

  • Biomedical Signals and Systems (BME 2310), 3 credits

  • Physiology of Human Health and Disease (BME 2010), 3 credits

  • Physics III: Oscillations, Waves, & Quantum Physics (PHYS 2214), 4 credits or Introduction to Organic & Biological Chemistry (CHEM 1570), 3 credits

  • Two (2) Liberal Studies Courses, 3-4 credits each

Chemical Engineering Coursework

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Note: Students are encouraged to apply to enter as sophomores because some required sophomore courses are not available at most two-year colleges.

Courses for Sophomore Standing

  • Calculus for Engineers (MATH 1910), 4 credits

  • Multivariable Calculus for Engineers (MATH 1920), 4 credits

  • Physics I: Mechanics & Heat (PHYS 1112), 4 credits

  • Engineering General Chemistry (CHEM 2090), 4 credits or General Chemistry II (CHEM 2080), 4 credits

  • Introduction to Computing Using MATLAB (CS 1112), 4 credits or Introduction to Computing Using Python (CS 1110), 4 credits

  • Introduction to Chemical Engineering (ENGRI 1120), 3 credits

  • Two (2) First-Year Writing Seminars, 3 credits each


Additional Courses for Junior Standing

  • Differential Equations for Engineers (MATH 2930), 4 credits

  • Linear Algebra for Engineers (MATH 2940), 4 credits

  • Chemical Process Design and Analysis (ENGRD 2190)

  • Introductory Physical Chemistry Lab (CHEM 2900) 2 credits

  • Honors Physical Chemistry I & II (CHEM 3890 & CHEM 3900), 4 credits each

  • Fluid Mechanics (CHEME 3230), 3 credits

  • Physics II: Electromagnetism (PHYS 2213) 4 credits

  • Biology Elective (recommended), can be fulfilled by the following:

    • Eight (8) credits of a pre-med biology sequence:
      Investigative Biology Laboratory (BIOG 1500), 2 credits
      Introductory Biology: Cell & Developmental Biology (BIOMG 1350), 3 credits
      Introductory Biology: Comparative Physiology (BIOG 1440), 3 credits

  • Two (2) Liberal Studies Courses, 3-4 credits each

Civil Engineering Coursework

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Courses for Sophomore Standing


Additional Courses for Junior Standing

  • Differential Equations for Engineers (MATH 2930), 4 credits

  • Linear Algebra for Engineers (MATH 2940), 4 credits

  • Statics & Mechanics of Solids (ENGRD 2020), 4 credits
  • Physics II: Electromagnetism (PHYS 2213), 4 credits

  • Physics III: Oscillations, Waves, & Quantum Physics (PHYS 2214)*, 4 credits
    *Students may substitute General Chemistry II (CHEM 2080), 4 credits, or Introduction to Organic & Biological Chemistry (CHEM 1570), 3 credits, for PHYS 2214 in this major.

  • Two (2) Liberal Studies Courses, 3-4 credits each

Computer Science Coursework

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Courses for Sophomore Standing


Additional Courses for Junior Standing

  • Linear Algebra for Engineers (MATH 2940), 4 credits

  • Discrete Structures (CS 2800), 3 credits

  • Data Structures & Functional Programming (CS 3110), 4 credits or Computer System Organization & Programming (CS 3410), 4 credits

  • General Chemistry II (CHEM 2080), 4 credits or Probability Models and Inference (BTRY 3080) or Statistics and Probability (ECON 3130) or Basic Probability (MATH 4710) or Physics III: Oscillations, Waves, and Quantum Physics (PHYS 2214) or Physics III: Waves and Thermal Physics (PHYS 2218)

  • Physics II: Electromagnetism (PHYS 2213), 4 credits

  • Two (2) Liberal Studies Courses, 3-4 credits each

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Coursework

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Courses for Sophomore Standing


Additional Courses for Junior Standing

  • Differential Equations for Engineers (MATH 2930), 4 credits

  • Linear Algebra for Engineers (MATH 2940), 4 credits

  • General Chemistry II (CHEM 2080), 4 credits
    or Introduction to Organic & Biological Chemistry (CHEM 1570), 3 credits
    or Physics III: Oscillations, Waves, & Quantum Physics (PHYS 2214), 4 credits

  • Physics II: Electromagnetism (PHYS 2213), 4 credits

  • Introductory College Biology course similar to one of the following, 3-5 credits:

    • Foundations of Biology (BIOG 1140), 4 credits

    • Introductory Biology: Comparative Physiology (BIOG 1440), 3 credits

    • Introductory Biology: Ecology & the Environment (BIOEE 1610), 3-4 credits

    • An Introduction to Evolutionary Biology & Diversity (BIOEE 1780), 4-5 credits

    • Introductory Biology: Cell & Developmental Biology (BIOMG 1350), 3 credits

    • Ecology and the Marine Environment (BIOSM 1610), 3 credits

  • The Earth System (EAS 2250), 4 credits

  • Any ENGRD (   ), 4 credits

  • Two (2) Liberal Studies Courses, 3-4 credits each

Electrical and Computer Engineering Coursework

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Note: Successful transfer applicants to this major will generally have completed introductory coursework in digital logic design, fundamental properties of circuits, or signal processing before applying for admission.

Courses for Sophomore Standing

  • Calculus for Engineers (MATH 1910), 4 credits

  • Multivariable Calculus for Engineers (MATH 1920), 4 credits

  • Physics I: Mechanics & Heat (PHYS 1112), 4 credits

  • Engineering General Chemistry (CHEM 2090), 4 credits

  • One of the following:

    • Intro to Circuits for Electrical and Computer Engineers (ECE/ENGRD 2100), 4 credits

    • Digital Logic & Computer Organization (ENGRD 2300), 4 credits

    • Signals and Information (ECE 2200), 4 credits

  • Introduction to Computing Using Python (CS 1110) or Introduction to Computing Using MATLAB (CS 1112), 4 credits

  • Two (2) First-Year Writing Seminars, 3 credits each


Additional Courses for Junior Standing

  • Differential Equations for Engineers (MATH 2930), 4 credits

  • Linear Algebra for Engineers (MATH 2940), 4 credits

  • Two of the following:

    • Intro to Circuits for Electrical and Computer Engineers (ECE/ENGRD 2100), 4 credits

    • Digital Logic & Computer Organization (ENGRD 2300), 4 credits

    • Signals and Information (ECE 2200), 4 credits

  • Physics II: Electromagnetism (PHYS 2213), 4 credits

  • Physics III: Oscillations, Waves, & Quantum Physics (PHYS 2214), 4 credits

  • Two (2) Liberal Studies Courses, 3-4 credits each

Engineering Physics Coursework

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Courses for Sophomore Standing


Additional Courses for Junior Standing

  • Differential Equations for Engineers (MATH 2930), 4 credits

  • Linear Algebra for Engineers (MATH 2940), 4 credits

  • Introductory Mathematical Physics (AEP 3200), 4 credits

  • Electronic Circuits (AEP 3630), 4 credits (recommended)

    • This requirement may be satisfied by taking both Introduction to Circuits for Electrical and Computer Engineers and Digital Logic (ECE2100) and Computer Organization (ECE 2300)

  • Any ENGRD Course, 3-4 credits

  • Physics II: Electromagnetism (PHYS 2213) or Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 2217), 4 credits

  • Physics III: Oscillations, Waves, & Quantum Physics (PHYS 2214) or Physics III: Waves and Thermal Physics (PHYS 2218), 4 credits

  • Two (2) Liberal Studies Courses, 3-4 credits each

Environmental Engineering Coursework

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Note: Biology and Chemistry sequence can be taken in either order for this major.

Courses for Sophomore Standing

  • Calculus for Engineers (MATH 1910), 4 credits

  • Multivariable Calculus for Engineers (MATH 1920), 4 credits

  • Physics I: Mechanics & Heat (PHYS 1112), 4 credits

  • Engineering General Chemistry (CHEM 2090), 4 credits

  • Introduction to Computing Using Python (CS 1110) or Introduction to Computing Using MATLAB (CS 1112), 4 credits

  • Introduction to Organic & Biological Chemistry (CHEM 1570), 3 credits

  • Two (2) First-Year Writing Seminars, 3 credits each


Additional Courses for Junior Standing

  • Differential Equations for Engineers (MATH 2930), 4 credits

  • Linear Algebra for Engineers (MATH 2940), 4 credits

  • Statics & Mechanics of Solids (ENGRD 2020), 4 credits

  • One of the following:

    • Thermodynamics (ENGRD 2210), 3 credits

    • Engineering Processes for Environmental Sustainability (ENGRD 2510), 3 credits

    • Engineering Computation (ENGRD 3200), 4 credits

  • Physics II: Electromagnetism (PHYS 2213), 4 credits

  • Introductory College Biology course similar to one of the following, 3-5 credits:

    • Introductory Biology: Ecology & the Environment (BIOEE 1610)
    • An Introduction to Evolutionary Biology & Diversity (BIOEE 1780)

    • Introductory Biology: Comparative Physiology (BIOG 1440)

    • Introduction to Comparative Anatomy & Physiology, Individualized Instruction (BIOG 1445)

    • Introductory Biology: Cell & Developmental Biology (BIOMG 1350)

  • Two (2) Liberal Studies Courses, 3-4 credits each

Information Science, Systems, and Technology Coursework

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Courses for Sophomore Standing


Additional Courses for Junior Standing

  • Linear Algebra for Engineers (MATH 2940), 4 credits

  • Differential Equations for Engineers (MATH 2930), 4 credits or one of the following: Prove It! (MATH 3040), 4 credits, or Discrete Structures (CS 2800), 3 credits

  • Physics II: Electromagnetism (PHYS 2213), 4 credits

  • Physics III: Oscillations, Waves, & Quantum Physics (PHYS 2214), 4 credits or General Chemistry II (CHEM 2080), 4 credits (required if MATH 2930 not taken)

  • Basic Engineering Probability & Statistics (ENGRD 2700), 3 credits

  • Networks (INFO 2040), 4 credits

  • Communication and Technology (INFO 2450) or Communications for Engineering Managers (ENGRC 3350)

  • Intermediate Design & Programming for the Web (INFO 2300), 3 credits

  • Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures (ENGRD 2110), 3 credits

  • Information Ethics, Law and Policy (INFO 1200), 3 credits

  • Two (2) Liberal Studies Courses, 3-4 credits each

Materials Science and Engineering Coursework

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Note: Students unable to complete MS&E courses at their current institution are encouraged to demonstrate interest in MS&E through other related coursework or independent exploration.

Courses for Sophomore Standing


Additional Courses for Junior Standing

  • Differential Equations for Engineers (MATH 2930), 4 credits

  • Linear Algebra for Engineers (MATH 2940), 4 credits

  • Mechanical Properties of Materials: From Nanodevices to Superstructures (MSE/ENGRD 2610), 3 credits

  • Electronic Materials for the Information Age (MSE/ENGRD 2620), 3 credits

  • Atomic & Molecular Structure of Matter (MSE 2060), 3 credits

  • Physics II: Electromagnetism (PHYS 2213), 4 credits

  • Two (2) Liberal Studies Courses, 3-4 credits each

Mechanical Engineering Coursework

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Courses for Sophomore Standing


Additional Courses for Junior Standing

  • Differential Equations for Engineers (MATH 2930), 4 credits

  • Linear Algebra for Engineers (MATH 2940), 4 credits

  • Statics & Mechanics of Solids (MAE/ENGRD 2020), 4 credits
  • Thermodynamics (MAE/ENGRD 2210), 3 credits
  • Physics II: Electromagnetism (PHYS 2213), 4 credits

  • Dynamics (MAE 2030), 3 credits

  • Mechanical Synthesis (MAE 2250)*, 4 credits
    *If current institution does not offer an equivalent to MAE 2250, students should take Physics III: Oscillations, Waves, and Quantum Physics (PHYS 2214), 4 credits, or Intro to Circuits for Electrical and Computer Engineers (ENGRD 2100), 4 credits, instead

  • Two (2) Liberal Studies Courses, 3-4 credits each

Operations Research and Engineering Coursework

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Courses for Sophomore Standing

  • Calculus for Engineers (MATH 1910), 4 credits

  • Multivariable Calculus for Engineers (MATH 1920), 4 credits

  • Physics I: Mechanics & Heat (PHYS 1112), 4 credits

  • Engineering General Chemistry (CHEM 2090), 4 credits

  • Introduction to Computing Using Python (CS 1110) (strongly preferred), 4 credits or Introduction to Computing Using MATLAB (CS 1112), 4 credits

  • Two (2) First-Year Writing Seminars, 3 credits each


Additional Courses for Junior Standing

  • Linear Algebra for Engineers (MATH 2940), 4 credits

  • Differential Equations for Engineers (MATH 2930), 4 credits or one of the following: Prove It! (MATH 3040), 4 credits, or Discrete Structures (CS 2800), 3 credits

  • Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures (ENGRD 2110), 3 credits

  • Basic Engineering Probability & Statistics (ENGRD 2700), 3 credits

  • Physics II: Electromagnetism (PHYS 2213), 4 credits

  • Physics III: Oscillations, Waves, & Quantum Physics (PHYS 2214), 4 credits
    or General Chemistry II (CHEM 2080), 4 credits (required if MATH 2930 not taken)

  • Two (2) Liberal Studies Courses, 3-4 credits each