Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois

Transfer Student Guidelines

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering invites students from other programs in the College of Liberal Art & Sciences (LAS), other University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign colleges, or enrolled at other universities and community colleges to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Illinois in Chemical Engineering.

Links to additional information

College of LAS guidelines for Intercollegiate Transfers

Information on policies and procedures, deadlines and dates.

Illinois guide for off-campus transfers

Includes broad overview and links to course and GPA requirements.

Transferring to ChBE from another department in the College of LAS or another unit

In order to transfer into ChBE, you must apply to the department and obtain departmental permission. The department will make an evaluation based on the following.

1. Your academic ability at UIUC. This is evaluated by a University of Illinois GPA of at least 3.1 based on at least 2 semesters of work. GPA padding, excessive use of independent study, courses not required for graduation, or significant underloading of coursework does not look favorably in a transfer application.

2. Your academic ability within ChBE. This is evaluated by using your course grades in ChBE courses. For successful transfer the department is looking for a grade of “C” or better in two of the following: CHBE 221, 321, or 421. The department will additionally look at other ChBE courses you’ve taken in order to make a determination of your ability.

3. A satisfactory graduation plan within 10 semesters of college entry. This plan should not include excessive overloads, or put yourself in a position where many difficult classes are taken in the same semester. For instance a plan which requires CHBE 430, 431, 440 and CHEM 315 to be taken in the same semester is not acceptable.

Students should develop a graduation plan for approval by the ChBE departmental officer – either the head advisor or a faculty/staff member designated by the department head.

Your request will be forwarded to the ChBE department and you will be contacted with further instructions.

Transferring to ChBE from another university or community college

Transfer applicants who have completed more than 6 semesters or 80 hours of coursework are subject to an additional review. Priority is given to students who can complete degree requirements within a total of ten semesters in college (not counting summer sessions). A grade point average of 3.20 or higher (A=4.00) is required for admission. Applicants are considered on a space available basis.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is open to Junior-level transfers only.

Admission requirements for transfer include completion of equivalent transfer coursework to the following University of Illinois courses listed in red italics, which must be successfully completed prior to the desired term of entry. Completion of equivalent transfer coursework to the Language Recommendation is highly recommended.

Language Recommendation: There is no longer a language requirement for transfer admission. The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering program of study requires completion through the third level of one language other than English, either in high school or college, to graduate from the college. It is strongly recommended that transfer applicants complete this graduation requirement prior to the term of enrollment at the University of Illinois. Early completion of this graduation requirement will allow time to complete other degree requirements, e.g., General Education coursework. The length of time to graduation may increase, if the Language Requirement for graduation is not completed prior to enrollment.

Required Course and Name Credits Highly Recommended Course and Name Credits
CHEM 202: Accelerated Chemistry I (1) 3 CHEM 236: Fundamental Organic Chem I 4
CHEM 203: Accelerated Chemistry Lab I 2 CHEM 237: Structure and Synthesis 2
CHEM 204: Accelerated Chemistry II 3 CHEM 436: Fundamental Organic Chem II (7) 3
CHEM 205: Accelerated Chemistry Lab II 2 CS 101: Intro to Computing: Engrg & Sci (4) 3
MATH 220: Calculus I (2) 5 MATH 285: Intro Differential Equations (5) 3
MATH 231: Calculus II 3 MATH 415: Applied Linear Algebra 3
MATH 241: Calculus III 4 RHET 105: Principles of Composition (6) 4
PHYS 211: University Physics: Mechanics (3) 4 Language Recommendation
PHYS 212: University Physics: Elec & Mag 4 UIUC’s General Education requirements (7) 16
PHYS 214: University Physics: Quantum Physics 2

1. Students who have taken a non-accelerated general chemistry sequence will enroll in CHEM 222, Quantitative Analysis Lecture and CHEM 223, Quantitative Analysis Laboratory, after transferring.
2. Depending on the available courses, the 3 semester sequence in calculus and analytic geometry, including basic linear algebra and matrix theory, should be equivalent to at least 12 semester hours.
3. Depending on the available courses, the most advanced physics sequence or the one for engineering majors must be followed. If no 3-semester, 12-hour sequence is available for engineering majors, a 2-semester, 10-hour sequence may also be acceptable, provided it includes modern physics.
4. The computer course must be a course in FORTRAN, C or C++ programming, including numerical methods (University of Illinois CS 101, Introduction to Computing, Engineering/Science); it should be a course intended for engineering majors.
5. Depending on the available courses, the 3-semester sequence in calculus and analytic geometry, including basic linear algebra and matrix theory, should be equivalent to at least 12 semester hours.
6. At most institutions, the equivalent requires a two-course English Composition sequence.
7. Sixteen hours of approved general education electives are required. This must include at least six hours in social perspectives or behavioral sciences and at least six hours in literature and the arts or historical and philosophical perspectives. A current list of approved courses that may be used to satisfy this general education requirement is available in the ChBE Undergraduate Office, Room 99, Roger Adams Laboratory, or on the provost’s website. If you have more than six hours in either category, the excess will be counted as other Humanities or Social Science hours.

Completion of transfer equivalents to University of Illinois coursework which satisfy the following general education categories prior to transfer is also highly recommended. More information about “General Education requirements can be found on the Course Explorer website.

Humanities and the Arts
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Sixteen hours of approved general education electives are required. This must include at least six hours in social perspectives or behavioral sciences and at least six hours in literature and the arts or historical and philosophical perspectives. A current list of approved courses that may be used to satisfy this general education requirement is available in the ChBE Undergraduate Office or on the provost’s website. If you have more than six hours in either category, the excess will be counted as other Humanities or Social Science hours.

Timeline
Due to the specialized nature of Chemical and Biological Engineering curriculum, Junior-level transfer students typically require a total of five or six semesters on our campus to graduate. We believe that this extra semester or two is a worthwhile investment, if it maximizes your opportunity for success and our experience strongly suggests that it does.