MAE Undergraduate Admissions

Prospective Student Handbook for undergraduates in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department

The Irwin and Joan Jacobs School of Engineering at UCSD comprise the Departments of Bioengineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NanoEngineering, and Structural Engineering. The Jacobs School is directed by the Dean of Engineering.

Students who already hold a bachelor's degree are not eligible for a second bachelor's degree at UCSD.

Due to high demand, ALL engineering majors at the Jacobs School have been designated as oversubscribed and have been granted capped status.

1. Mechanical Engineering (Effective Fall 2009 for freshmen. Effective Fall 2011 for transfers.)
2. Aerospace Engineering (Effective Fall 2009 for freshmen. Effective Fall 2011 for transfers.)
3. Environmental Engineering (Effective Fall 2014 for freshmen. Effective Fall 2015 for transfers.)

Unfortunately, this means that many qualified, exceptional students will not receive admission into an engineering major.

 

APPLYING TO AN MAE MAJOR AS A CONTINUING UCSD STUDENT

Continuing students who wish to apply to an MAE major must complete at least one year of academic study at UC San Diego. The application for continuing undergraduate students to change their major to Mechanical, Aerospace, or Environmental Engineering opens once per year in June. Students will only be allowed to apply to one engineering major per application period.

The 2018 application period will open on Monday, June 18, 2018 and close on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 11:59PM.  Please see the application website for more information.

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Freshmen Applicants:
Freshmen have two chances to apply. They can first apply in summer after their first year at UCSD. To be eligible to apply, they need to have completed the following 6 courses:
    -MATH 20A, 20B and 20C
    -PHYS 2A and 2B (or 4A and 4B)
    -CHEM 6A

Freshmen can apply again in summer after their second year at UCSD. There will be no more chances to apply after this second application period. To be eligible to apply, they need to have completed the following 11 courses:
    -MATH 20A, 20B, 20C, 20D, 20E and MATH 18
    -PHYS 2A, 2B, and 2C (or 4A, 4B, and 4C)
    -CHEM 6A
    -MAE 8 (or CENG/NANO 15 or SE 9)

Transfer Applicants:
Transfer students have one chance to apply: summer after their first year at UCSD. To be eligible to apply, they need to have completed the following 11 courses:
    -MATH 20A, 20B, 20C, 20D, 20E and MATH 18
    -PHYS 2A, 2B, and 2C (or 4A, 4B, and 4C)
    -CHEM 6A
    -MAE 8 (or CENG/NANO 15 or SE 9)

Continuing student applicants are admitted to the capped majors based solely on their grades in the screening courses (listed above). Students who have credit for one or more screening courses through AP credit do not need to retake these courses at UCSD. The application will show that the student has AP credit for that screening course and no letter grade will be associated with that course on the application.

INCOMING FRESHMEN & TRANSFER STUDENTS

Acceptance into a capped engineering major is based on academic excellence demonstrated in high school. Acceptance will be granted to the maximum number of students in each of the capped majors consistent with maintaining acceptable program quality and in compliance with admissions procedures and criteria approved by the Academic Senate's Committee on Educational Policy. Admission is granted by the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools and not the individual departments.

Note:   Admission decisions are done at the campus level by the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools.  All engineering departments at UC San Diego have capped status as of Fall 2015. In the MAE department, we have had capped status since 2009. Unfortunately, this means that many qualified, exceptional students will not receive admission into an engineering major. Furthermore, to ensure fairness and integrity of the admissions process, we cannot make independent decisions for individual cases.

Freshmen Student Admissions

Your application and admission to UCSD is handled by the Office of Admissions and not the department. You will be admitted to UCSD before you will be admitted into the Jacobs School of Engineering and the MAE department. Be sure to indicate on your application that your first choice of major is within our department.

Double Majors

It is the policy of the Jacobs School of Engineering not to approve double majors within engineering. The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering supports that policy.

Transfer Student Admissions

Your application and admission to UCSD is handled by the Office of Admissions and not the department. You will be admitted to UCSD before you will be admitted into the Jacobs School of Engineering and the MAE department. Be sure to indicate on your application that your first choice of major is within our department.

Transfer Admissions Guide

You will be admitted to UCSD before you will be admitted into the Jacobs School of Engineering and the MAE department. Be sure to indicate on your application that your first choice of major is within our department (see our list of majors).

Following California's Master Plan for Higher Education, the Jacobs School of Engineering gives high priority to students transferring from California community colleges.

It is highly recommended that transfer students complete the following courses for engineering majors.

  • Calculus I (Math 20A)
  • Calculus II (Math 20B)
  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry (Math 20C)
  • Differential Equations (Math 20D)
  • Linear Algebra (Math 18)
  • Calculus-based physics series with lab experience (Physics 2ABC)
  • General Chemistry (Chemistry 6A)
  • Highest level of introductory computer programming language course offered at the community college

Double Majors

It is the policy of the Jacobs School of Engineering not to approve double majors within engineering. The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering supports that policy.