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Information for Transfer Students

The USD Department of Engineering welcomes transfer students. In general, courses that are accepted for transfer to UC or Cal State schools are transferable to our programs. USD offers three different engineering majors: Electrical Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The three different programs share a common first two years, so if you take the right courses you are ready for any of the three majors.

Within Engineering, the vast majority of our courses are "sequenced" - this means that they need to be taken in a certain order. You can't take Calculus II until you have taken Calculus I and so on. To make it easier to avoid sequencing mistakes, we present our major requirements in the form of a "standard pattern" that shows classes taken in the correct order.

Standard Pattern for the First Two Years as an Engineering Major at USD:

Freshman Year

Semester I Semester II
MATH 150 - Calculus I (4) MATH 151 - Calculus II (4)
ENGR 101 - Intro to Engineering (3) PHYS 270- Mechanics (4)
CHEM 151 & 151L - Gen Chemistry I(4) ENGR 102 - Intro to Design Practice (3)
Core Curriculum Elective (3) Core Curriculum Elective (3)
Core Curriculum Elective (3) Core Curriculum Elective (3)

Sophomore Year

Semester I Semester II
MATH 250 - Calculus III (4) MATH310 - Applied Math (Differential Eq) (3)
PHYS 271 - Electricity/Magnetism (4) MECH 260 - Thermodynamics (3) or
PHYS 272 Modern Physics
ENGR 121 - Programming C/C++ (3) ISYE 330 - Prob and Stats for Engineers (3)
MENG 210 - Statics (3) ELEC 201 - Circuits (4)
Core Curriculum Elective (3) COMM 103 - Public Speaking (3)

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the "most important" courses?

The most important courses to take if you want to be ready for sophomore-level engineering requirements are:

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

With all three of these courses, you are ready in terms of prerequisites for the sophomore courses. Without each of these three, you are only ready for Freshman-level engineering requirements. (A list is provided below of what the equivalent community college course is for each of these.) In general, the more Calculus and Calculus-based Physics requirements you take, the better prepared you are.

When is the best time to get advising on being a transfer into engineering?

Advising can help you avoid taking the wrong classes and delaying your degree. The information provided here is a good start, but it isn't a substitute for academic advising from an engineering professor. It is never too soon to meet with an advisor. You can make an appointment to get transfer advising from a USD Engineering faculty member even before you are actually accepted for admission. If you would like an advising appointment, please contact USD Engineering at and request one. Please bring a copy of your college transcript(s) with you so we can make an accurate evaluation of what courses you should plan to take.

What community college courses meet transfer requirements?

USD also has a webpage showing its current articulation agreements. Click here for Articulation_agreements. A website,, also offers online transfer information about equivalent transfer courses at CA state universities and community colleges. For engineering majors, many of the specific course requirements for lower division courses can be filled using community college courses. The listing below shows actual San Diego Community College District courses and lists the USD course it will transfer as in parentheses after each, as of July 2011. Even if you attend a different community college, your own college or university will often have very similar courses.

San Diego Community College District equivalent courses to USD requirements:

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)
• Engineering 210 Properties of Materials (equiv to ENGR 311, a junior-level engineering requirement)
• Computer and Info Science 192 C/C++ Programming (equiv to ENGR 121)
• Computer and Info Science 190 JAVA Programming (will substitute for ENGR 121)
• Computer and Info Science 205 Object Oriented Programming (will substitute for ENGR 121)

Other Useful Courses

  • English 105 Composition and Literature (equiv to ENGL 121)
  • Economics 120 or 121 Principles of Economics (EE or ME majors may fulfill the economics requirement; not suitable for ISyE 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 (equivalant to COMM 203 Intro to Public Speaking)