Sona Dadhania in the nanotechnology center

Transferring to the School of Engineering

Penn Engineering takes a hands-on approach that will help you see the human, scientific, and economic aspects of the field. Our program combines fundamentals of engineering and technology with a variety of courses in the arts and sciences to help you build a course of study that will help support and define your career goals.


The Penn Engineering website provides a suggested schedule for each major, which you should follow as closely as possible. All transfer applicants to Penn Engineering must select a major when applying. Incoming sophomore transfer students are eligible to apply for a dual-degree program after completing one year (eight course units) at Penn. If you’re interested in Penn Engineering, you must apply to transfer after your first-year to enter for your sophomore year. There are no spaces available for entering juniors. 

If you’re interested in transferring into Penn Engineering, then you should have completed at least:

  • One course in chemistry
  • One course in physics (involving the use of calculus)
  • One course in computer programming
  • Two courses in calculus
  • If possible, two courses in the social sciences and humanities

You should complete a second course in physics if you’d like to major in bioengineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, materials science and engineering, systems science engineering, electrical engineering, or networked and social systems engineering.

You should complete a second course in chemistry if you'd like to major in bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, or materials science engineering.