Undergraduate Admission

Prospective students are encouraged to review the Structural Engineering Undergraduate Handbook to learn more about the program's mission and objectives, requirements, courses, and academic enrichment opportunities.

New Freshman Admission:

Students will be selected according to the UC San Diego Office of Undergraduate Admissions Holistic Review scores, taking into consideration the number of slots available in the Structural Engineering Department.  We encourage students that are interested in the many areas of structural engineering (civil structures, aerospace structures, geotechnical engineering, structural health monitoring) to list Structural Engineering as one of their two preferred majors on their UCSD application.  

Potential students who have specific questions related to the Structural Engineering major and required major classes can contact the Structural Engineering Student Affairs department at se-sa@ucsd.edu.  The SE Undergraduate Advisor is happy to answer any questions prospective students have about preparing to apply for the program or about the program in general.  If we are not able to answer your question we will be sure to direct you to the appropriate UCSD department.

For more detailed information on UC San Diego’s application and admissions process, please visit http://admissions.ucsd.edu/freshmen/index.html.

New Transfer Admission:

Students will be selected by the UC San Diego Office of Undergraduate Admissions based on the students’ community college GPA, and taking into consideration the number of slots available in the Structural Engineering Department.  We encourage students that are interested in the many areas of structural engineering (civil structures, aerospace structures, geotechnical engineering, structural health monitoring) to list Structural Engineering as one of their two preferred majors on their UCSD application.  

Additionally, transfer students should have completed courses equivalent to UC San Diego’s Math 18, Math 20A-D; Physics 2A–C, 2BL, 2CL; and Chemistry 6A.  Potential transfer students who have specific questions related to the Structural Engineering major and required major classes can contact the Structural Engineering Student Affairs department at se-sa@ucsd.edu.  The SE Undergraduate Advisor is happy to answer any questions prospective students have about preparing to apply for the program, navigating assist.org, or about the program in general.  If we are not able to answer your question we will be sure to direct you to the appropriate UCSD department.

For more detailed information on UC San Diego’s application and admissions process, please visit https://admissions.ucsd.edu/transfer/index.html.

Continuing Student Admission (Change of Major):

Change of major applications to Structural Engineering are open and reviewed each quarter.  The review process takes into account completion of required screening courses and a GPA calculated based on the screening courses and any other classes that count towards SE major requirements (ie SE 3, SE 9, SE 101A, etc).

Continuing students are not eligible to apply after 6 quarters (2 years), for freshman, and after 3 quarters (1 year), for transfers, as time to graduation would be delayed. Continuing students who wish to be considered must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:

1) Complete at least two quarters in residence at UC San Diego,

2) Complete the required screening courses (see below)

               Students who entered UCSD as a FRESHMAN:

- Completion of at least Math 20A-C, Chem 6A, and Phys 2A, 2B (effective 6/18/19 Phys 2BL was removed from the required screening courses - it is still required for the major so we recommend students take it if it works with their schedule, but it is not required to apply to the major)

- If applying after 4 quarters at UCSD, students will need to have completed the requirements above AND Math 20D and Phys 2C, 2CL

- If applying after 5 quarters at UCSD, students will need to have completed the requirements above AND Math 18

- If applying after 6 quarters at UCSD, students will need to have completed the requirements above AND Math 20E

                 Students who entered UCSD as a TRANSFER:

- Completion of all the following lower division major requirements: Math 20A, 20B, 20C, 20D, 20E, 18; Chem 6A; Phys 2A, 2B, 2C, 2CL (effective 6/18/19 Phys 2BL was removed from the required screening courses - it is still required for the major so we recommend students take it if it works with their schedule, but it is not required to apply to the major)

                 Have questions about being on track to apply to SE as a current UCSD student?

- Current UCSD students that have questions about applying to the SE major are encouraged to reach out to the SE Undergraduate Advisor early in their planning to ensure they are on track to meet the requirements.  Please contact the department via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).

                 Note on Spring 2020 grades:

- In general SE requires students applying to the SE major to take their screening courses for a letter grade and requires at least a ~3.1 screening GPA to be admitted to the major.  The department will continue that same screening GPA requirement but will allow Spring 2020 screening courses to be completed P/NP with P grades counting towards meeting the course requirements.  Students planning to apply to SE should be aware that P grades do not impact GPA.  In some cases it may be better for students to take a screening course for a letter grade for GPA purposes.  If you have any questions, please contact the department via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).  

How to apply to change your major to SE:

Upon completion of the above required courses, students may apply.

Applications will be opened each quarter during the following dates:

  • Fall: September 23rd, 2019 - October 4th, 2019

  • Winter: December 19th, 2019 - January 5th, 2020

  • Spring: March 26th, 2020 - April 9th, 2020

  • Summer: ~June 16th, 2020 -  ~July 1st, 2020

Apply here:  MyJSOE MAJOR CHANGE APPLICATION