Transfer Student Steps

Are you getting ready to transfer from another university or community college? We'd like it to be a smooth transition for you.

At USD's Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, we make every effort to transfer all appropriate past coursework into your engineering degree program at USD. Here's what you should do next:

Schedule an Advisement Meeting

To help make your transfer smooth, schedule an advisement meeting with a USD Engineering faculty member, even if you haven't been accepted to the program yet. We will help you make sure you're taking the right classes to meet your goals and get your degree.

Email usdengr@sandiego.edu to schedule a meeting.
Call: 619-260-4758

Bring a copy of your college transcript(s) with you to your appointment, so we can evaluate which courses you should plan to take.

View Generally Accepted Courses for Transfer

Take These Courses

In general, it is very helpful for you to take calculus and calculus-based physics courses before your sophomore year, because they will prepare you for your future coursework in any of our engineering programs. When you have completed these three courses, you will meet the requirements to enter the engineering program at a sophomore level:

  • MATH 150: Calculus I
  • MATH 151: Calculus II
  • PHYS 270: Mechanics

San Diego Community College District Equivalent Courses

(USD course requirements in parentheses)

Here is a list of equivalent San Diego community college course(s) for these USD courses, as well as many of lower division course requirements. Even if you earn credits from a different community college or other institution, your institution will likely have very similar courses to the ones listed below.

Math Courses:

  • Mathematics 150 Calculus/Analytic Geometry I (equiv to USD MATH 150)
  • Mathematics 151 Calculus/Analytic Geometry II (equiv to USD MATH 151)
  • Mathematics 252 Calculus/Analytic Geometry III (equiv to USD MATH 250)
  • Mathematics 255 Differential Equations (equiv to USD MATH 330; we will accept in place of USD MATH 310)

Physics Courses:

  • Physics 195 Mechanics (equiv to USD PHYS 270)
  • Physics 196 Electricity and Magnetism (equiv to USD PHYS 271)
  • Physics 197 Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics (equiv to USD PHYS 272)

Chemistry Courses:

  • Chemistry 200 General Chemistry I (equiv to USD CHEM 151)
  • Chemistry 200L General Chemistry I Lab (equiv to USD CHEM 151L)

Engineering Courses:

  • Engineering 101 Introduction to Engineering (equiv to 1.5 of 3 units of USD ENGR 101)
  • Engineering 111 Intro to Computer Aided Design (we will accept for ENGR 101 or 102)
  • Engineering 152 Engineering Design (equiv to ENGR 102)
  • Engineering 198 Computer Applications in Engineering (equiv to ENGR 102)
  • Engineering 200 Statics (MENG 210)
  • Engineering 260 Electric Circuits (equiv to 3 of 4 units for ELEC 201; prepares students for all courses that require ELEC 201 as a prerequisite)

Other Useful Courses:

  • English 105 Composition and Literature (equiv to ENGL 121)
  • Economics 120 or 121 Principles of Economics (Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering majors may fulfill the economics requirement; not suitable for Industrial and Systems Engineering majors)
  • Philosophy 101 Symbolic Logic (equiv to PHIL 102)
  • Philosophy 100 Logic/Critical Thinking (either one meets GE critical reasoning requirement)
  • SPEE 103 or SPEE 104 (equivalent to COMM 203 Intro to Public Speaking)