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

The Freshman Engineering Program (FEP) houses undecided students who are interested in the engineering field. Students can directly apply to this program if they know they want to pursue engineering at an undergraduate level but do not know specifically what program they want to enter.

The Engineering and Applied Science Entrance (EASE) program houses students who have impressive high school resumes but have slightly less competitive profiles when it comes to GPA or test scores. Students are placed in this program based on their college application.

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

The information provided below is to be used by students admitted to the UC Freshman Engineering Program (FEP) or Engineering and Applied Science Entrance (EASE) Program in the fall semester of 2018 and planning to enter a degree‐granting major at the end of 18FS or 19SS.

  • FEP and EASE students who submit an application and meet all of the Guaranteed Admission Criteria will be admitted to the major program.
  • FEP and EASE students must complete MATH 1060 or MATH 1061 with a grade of C‐ or better prior to transitioning to most degree‐granting majors with the exception of Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Construction Management which require completion of MATH 1026 with a grade of C‐ or better.
  • Overall cumulative UC GPA will be considered in addition to GPA from any math, chemistry, and physics lecture and lab courses taken at or above MATH 1026, CHEM 1040, and PHYS 1001.

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.

Guaranteed Admission Criteria
Program Cumulative UC GPA MATH, CHEM, PHYS GPA
Required Courses for Guaranteed Admission

Aerospace Engineering

3.5

3.5

MATH 1060 or 1061; CHEM 1040

Architectural Engineering

2.5

2.75

MATH 1060 or 1061; CHEM 1040

Biomedical Engineering

3.5

3.5

MATH 1060 or 1061; CHEM 1040

Chemical Engineering

2.75

2.75

MATH 1060 or 1061; CHEM 1040

Civil Engineering

2.75

2.75

MATH 1060 or 1061; CHEM 1040

Computer Engineering

2.5

2.75

MATH 1060 or 1061; CHEM 1040

Computer Science

2.5

2.5

MATH 1060 or 1061; CHEM 1040

Construction Management

2.25

2.25

MATH 1026

Electrical Engineering

2.5

2.75

MATH 1060 or 1061; CHEM 1040

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.25

2.25

MATH 1026; CHEM 1040

Environmental Engineering

2.75

2.75

MATH 1060 or 1061; CHEM 1040

Mechanical Engineering

3.5

3.5

MATH 1060 or 1061; CHEM 1040

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.0

2.75

MATH 1026; CHEM 1040