Santa Clara University


Internal Transfer

Undergraduate students not originally accepted to the School of Engineering who wish to declare an engineering major may apply to do so as early as the spring quarter of their first year. Students must complete and submit an Engineering Internal Transfer Application to be considered. Once submitted, all application materials are evaluated by the appropriate Department Chair, and students are then notified of the decision within two weeks of submission. 

The School of Engineering recommends that students wishing to transfer speak with the department that houses the intended major as soon as possible, even before submitting a transfer application. This way, students can begin to receive informal advising on which courses to take that will apply towards the program of study.

Advice to students hoping to transfer to the School of Engineering:

Any student who wishes to be eligible to transfer into the School of Engineering as early as Spring of their freshman year should complete the following courses in the fall and winter terms:

  • Calculus sequence: Two courses from MATH 11, 12, 13, 14
  • Chemistry: CHEM 11
  • Physics: PHYS 31

If the intended major is Web Design and Engineering, then PHYS 31 and CHEM 11 may be replaced by any course satisfying the Natural Science Core requirement.

Foundation course sequences should be started (and possibly finished)

  • Critical Thinking and Writing
  • Cultures & Ideas

Degree programs offer four year plans for each engineering major.  Depending upon the intended major, students may also attempt to enroll in any engineering course for which he or she has satisfied all prerequisites.  If there is space available, it is advisable for a student planning to transfer to engineering to enroll in ENGR 1 in the fall, winter, or spring terms.

Successful applicants for transfer into Engineering will have demonstrated competence in the math and science classes listed above.  Application reviews are conducted by the faculty chair of the intended major program, and their decisions are also based on the amount of space available in their degree programs at the time of application. This will vary among departments.  For more details on requirements for successful application, please contact the appropriate department chair:

Bioengineering – Dr. Yuling Yan
Civil Engineering – Dr. Mark Aschheim
Computer Science and Engineering – Dr. Nam Ling
Electrical Engineering – Dr. Samiha Mourad
Mechanical Engineering – Dr. Drazen Fabris
Web Design & Engineering – Dr. Nam Ling
General Engineering – Dr. Ruth Davis

A student who enters an engineering program at any time beyond initial entrance to the university may require more than four years to complete the program.

For more information on Engineering degree programs, please click here.

Submitting Your Application:

First-year students will not be considered for transfer to the School of Engineering until the spring quarter of the first year, and may not submit this application until that term. Students beyond their first year may submit this application at any time for consideration. In order to receive a decision in time for mandatory spring advising, students must submit this application by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 4. Applications will still be accepted after this date, but applicants might not have a decision before the advising and registration period. 

Please submit your application and written response to Shane Wibeto in the Undergraduate Programs area of the Dean's Office (second floor, Bannan Engineering). If you have any questions, please contact Shane at

Application Here. *

* Please save the application to your computer before filling out the form so that your answers are saved.

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