Mechanical engineering

Taking the following courses will prepare you for mechanical engineering at any UC campus that offers the major.

Expected coursework

  • Single variable calculus for STEM majors (one-year sequence)
  • Multivariable calculus
  • Linear algebra
  • Differential equations
  • General chemistry (one-year sequence with labs)
  • Calculus-based physics (one-year sequence with labs)
  • Computer programming (one course)
  • Engineering graphics and design
  • Circuits with lab
  • Statics

Full sequences can take two to four terms to complete (depending on whether your institution is on semesters or quarters), so you'll want to start them early. Use ASSIST to find the specific classes offered at your community college that will satisfy the expected coursework. In addition to the specific coursework above, you will need to fulfill minimum requirements expected of all transfer applicants to UC.

Note for Berkeley: Transfer applicants following the mechanical engineering pathway must also complete pre-transfer two required courses in English composition (Berkeley’s English R1A and R1B), which cannot be satisfied by the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) offered at California community colleges.

Associate Degree for Transfer

If you're working on an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in mechanical engineering at your community college with the goal of applying to CSU as well as UC, there's a lot of overlap in coursework. The difference between what UC expects and what CSU requires for mechanical engineering transfer students is that UC will also expect linear algebra, a full sequence of chemistry with lab, a full sequence of calculus-based physics with lab, and circuits with lab. UC will not expect materials science and engineering.

Applicable majors

The mechanical engineering pathway applies to the degree programs listed below. (More may be added in the year ahead.)

  • Mechanical engineering, B.S. at Berkeley
  • Mechanical engineering, B.S. at Davis
  • Mechanical engineering, B.S. at Irvine
  • Mechanical engineering, B.S. at Los Angeles
  • Mechanical engineering, B.S. at Merced
  • Mechanical engineering, B.S. at Riverside
  • Mechanical engineering, B.S. at San Diego
  • Mechanical engineering, B.S. at Santa Barbara

Campus GPA requirements

Admission to different UC campuses and majors varies in competitiveness depending on how many students apply and how many slots are available. As a result, the minimum GPA and grade requirements for particular courses may vary from campus to campus. Make sure to look on the campus admissions websites to find minimum expected grade point averages for the major you are interested in.

Transfer Pathways

Mechanical engineering is one of UC's top majors offering a new Transfer Pathway: a single set of courses students can take to prepare for admission to any of UC’s nine undergraduate campuses.

Tools to help you prepare