Admission to the Chemical Engineering and NanoEngineering Major

Applications are being accepted Monday, June 19, 2017 to Sunday, July 2, 2017. Students must submit their application through the My Jacobs School of Engineering Major Change Application

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Department of NanoEngineering Capped Status

What does ‘Capped Status’ mean?

Capped status means that you will not automatically be admitted to the major, even if you are admitted to UC San Diego. Due to high demand, all engineering majors at the Jacobs School of Engineering, including the NanoEngineering and Chemical Engineering majors, have been designated as oversubscribed and have been granted capped status, as of Fall 2014 for new freshman, and Fall 2015 for continuing and new transfer students.

  • If you have been admitted to the NanoEngineering or Chemical Engineering major as a new freshman or new transfer student, welcome to UC San Diego and the Department of NanoEngineering!
  • If you have been admitted to UC San Diego as “Undeclared” or into your alternate choice major, then you have the decision to make.

If your main priority is to come to UC San Diego, then you are welcome to apply to the Chemical Engineering or NanoEngineering major after completing your first year at UC San Diego (see application details below). Keep in mind that there are only a few spaces available in each major, and the application process is very competitive.   

If your main priority is to major in an engineering discipline and you’ve been admitted into an engineering major at another university, then we recommend that you accept the admission offer to the other university. 

If you applied to an Engineering Major and did not get admitted, click here for frequently asked questions.  

Capped Status Timeline

New Freshman Admission - Effective Fall 2014: new freshmen admission will be limited to both majors (B.S. Chemical Engineering and B.S. NanoEngineering).  Admitted freshmen that have applied to an oversubscribed major will be further evaluated by the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools for admission to the major, taking into consideration the number of spaces available in the major.

Continuing UCSD Students - Effective Fall 2015: the NanoEngineering Department will admit a pre-determined number of continuing students (change of major) into the capped Chemical Engineering or NanoEngineering majors. Interested continuing students must not be past Sophomore standing (6 quarters), as the time to graduation would be delayed since the majority of departmental courses are offered only once per year. Continuing students who wish to be considered must meet the following minimum requirements:  

  1. Completion of at least one year (3 quarters) of study at UCSD
  2. Must not be past Sophomore standing (6 quarters)
  3. Completion of all the following lower-division requirements for the requested major:
  • NANOENGINEERING FRESHMEN Applicants* (must apply after three-quarters):  Math 20A-C; Physics 2A; Chemistry 6A-C
  • NANOENGINEERING SOPHOMORE Applicants* (must apply after six quarters):  Math 18 (formerly MATH 20F), MATH 20A-D; Physics 2A-D; Chemistry 6A-C, 7L
  • CHEMICAL ENGINEERING FRESHMEN Applicants* (must apply after three-quarters):  Math 20A-C; Physics 2A-B; Chemistry 6A-C, 7L
  • CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SOPHOMORE Applicants* (must apply after six quarters):  Math 18 (formerly MATH 20F), MATH 20A-D; Physics 2A-C, 2CL; Chemistry 6A-C, 7L

*The freshmen and sophomore class levels are determined by the number of registered quarters, not number of units completed.

New Transfer Admission - Effective Fall 2015:  new transfer admission will be limited to both majors (B.S. Chemical Engineering and B.S. NanoEngineering).  Admitted transfers that have applied to an oversubscribed major will be further evaluated by the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools for admission to the major, taking into consideration the number of spaces available in the major.

New transfer students can apply to switch into NanoEngineering or Chemical Engineering only one time, during the Summer Application period -- after the end of their third quarter. Transfer students who are past their third quarter at UCSD are not eligible to apply.

  • NANOENGINEERING TRANSFER Applicants (must apply after three-quarters**): Math 18 (formerly MATH 20F), MATH 20A-D; Physics 2A-D; Chemistry 6A-C, 7L
  • CHEMICAL ENGINEERING TRANSFER Applicants (must apply after three-quarters**): Math 18 (formerly MATH 20F), MATH 20A-D, Physics 2A-C, 2CL; Chemistry 6A-C, 7L

HOW TO APPLY TO CHANGE YOUR MAJOR:  

ALL STUDENTS APPLYING FOR THE FALL 2015 QUARTER OR LATER:

- If the application states that you are not eligible to apply, but you have met all of the requirements, ignore the message and apply anyway.  
-  Applications only accepted once per year during the summer application period - Monday, June 19, 2017 to Sunday, July 2, 2017. Students must submit their application through the
My Jacobs School of Engineering Major Change Application
 

QUESTIONS?
-  To learn more about the Jacobs School's Capped Majors, click here.
-  If you are a current UCSD student and have additional questions, contact an advisor through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).  If you are not a UCSD student, you can reach an advisor at ne-ugradinfo@eng.ucsd.edu.