Freshman Engineering Program (FEP)/Engineering and Applied Science Entrance (EASE) Program

The Freshman Engineering Program (FEP) and Engineering and Applied Science Entrance (EASE) program tracks serve as pathways for incoming first-year students into degree-granting programs within the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS). Students in the FEP and EASE programs fall into one of two categories:

  1. Students who were not admitted directly to their first-choice engineering programs and/or 
  2. Students who are undecided about their program choices. 

Students can apply directly to FEP if they know they want to pursue engineering at an undergraduate level but do not know specifically what program they want to enter. Alternatively, prospective students may be placed directly into the FEP and EASE programs based on their college applications. 

Rather than start in a specific program like mechanical or chemical engineering, FEP and EASE students have the flexibility to decide what they want to study later on in their college experience. After a semester or two at UC’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, FEP and EASE students apply to transition to a major of their choice, a process based on their UC GPA and the courses they have taken.

Information for Admitted Students

  • FEP/EASE students can apply to up to three programs in rank order

Requirements

  • One full semester in FEP/EASE
  • Pass minimum required courses
  • Meet the minimum required overall GPA
  • Meet the minimum required Calc/Chem/Phys (CCP) GPA
Application Deadlines.

Application Semester

Online Application Deadline

Grading Deadline

Tentative Decision Date

Spring 2020

Friday 11/1/19 11:59pm

Wednesday 12/18/19 5:00pm

Friday 12/20/19

Summer 2020

Sunday 3/1/20 11:59pm

Wednesday 5/6/20 5:00pm

Friday 5/8/20

Fall 2020

Wednesday 7/1/20 11:59pm

Wednesday 8/12/20 5:00pm

Friday 8/14/20

Students who fall below the guaranteed admission criteria may apply to the major of their choice, but admission will be competitive based on program capacity and will entail a thorough review of academic progress.

FEP/EASE students entering with advanced credit from AP, IB, PSEO, dual‐enrollment, or CCP must still complete one full semester in FEP or EASE prior to applying for transition to a degree‐granting program.

This policy applies only to FEP and EASE students. Students applying for transfer from other CEAS, UC, or other university programs will be required to meet other established and published transfer criteria.

2019-2020 Freshman Engineering Program (FEP) Guaranteed Admission Criteria *May apply to transition during Fall, Spring, and Summer semester of the first-year*
     

Program

Cumulative UC GPA

MATH, CHEM, PHYS GPA

Required Courses (or equivalents) for Guaranteed Admission

Aerospace Engineering (ASE)*

3.5

3.5

MATH1061; CHEM1040

Architectural Engineering (AE)

2.5

2.75

MATH1061; CHEM1040 

Biomedical Engineering (BME)

3.5

3.5

MATH1061; CHEM1040

Chemical Engineering (CHE)

3.0

2.75

MATH1061; CHEM1040 

Civil Engineering (CE)

2.75

2.75

MATH1061; CHEM1040

Computer Engineering (CMPE)

2.5

2.75

MATH1061; CHEM1040 

Computer Science (CS)

2.5

2.5

MATH1061; CHEM1040

Construction Management (CM)

2.25

2.25

MATH1026 

Electrical Engineering (EE)

2.5

2.75

MATH1061; CHEM1040

Electrical Engineering Tech (EET)

2.25

2.25

MATH1026; CHEM1040 

Environmental Engineering (ENVE)

2.75

2.75

MATH1061; CHEM1040

Fire Science Technology (FST)†

N/A

2.0

N/A 

Mechanical Engineering (ME)‡

3.5

3.5

MATH1061; CHEM1040

Mechanical Engineering Tech (MET)‡

2.75

2.75

MATH1026; CHEM1040 

*ASE will consider applicants with 3.30-3.49 GPAs as part of a holistic review. Applicants will be contacted with further instructions after the application deadline.

†FST is intended for students who have prior experience in fire service. FST will consider applicants with GPAs below 2.0 who submit a letter of support from their chief/captain.

‡ME and MET will consider course persistence as part of a holistic review. Applicants who are on-track with the curriculum will be prioritized over students with higher GPAs who have withdrawn from required courses.