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Iowa State University College of Engineering

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Students seeking a degree from the College of Engineering may select from the following majors:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Biological Systems Engineering
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Civil/Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Software Engineering

Transfer Requirements

  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 on all college-level courses. However, some majors may require a GPA higher than 2.00.
  • Must complete 24 transferable credits prior to enrolling OR meet all admission requirements of incoming freshmen.

Joining the Engineering Admissions Partnership Program (E-APP) connects you with an Iowa State University advisor along with other transfer tools. For details, email engrapp@iastate.edu.

Engineering College Requirements

Foreign Language Requirement:

Students must have completed two years of a single foreign language in high school OR two semesters of a single foreign language in community college (or other college/university) in order to meet this graduation requirement. Students are allowed to enter an engineering degree program without meeting this requirement, but must complete it prior to graduation.

Engineering College Basic Program

Students entering ISU’s College of Engineering begin with the Basic Program: 27 credits of requirements needed to move into upper level engineering coursework. All 12 engineering majors require these courses.

Students attending an Iowa community college can take the majority of the Basic Program prior to transfer. Courses available at Hawkeye are listed below.

Students transferring Basic Program credit must receive a “C” or better in each class to transfer credit. Courses with a grade of "C-" will not be accepted. Greater success is typically achieved when all transfer courses are completed at a "B" level or higher.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Course
MAT-210 Calculus I MAT 165
MAT-216 Calculus II MAT 166
ENG-105 Composition I ENG 150
ENG-106 Composition II ENG 250
CHM-165 General Chemistry I CHEM 177
PHY-212 Classical Physics I PHYS 221

General Education Requirement

Engineering degree programs at ISU require very few General Education courses (12–15cr. depending on major). Each major has its own specific list of accepted courses. The list below shows courses that are accepted by ALL engineering majors at ISU. Additionally, ISU requires all students to take 3 cr. of an International Perspective course, and 3 cr. of a U.S. Diversity course. It is recommended that engineering students include a U.S. Diversity and an International Perspective course as part of their General Education courses to avoid taking unnecessary credits.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Course
SOC-208 Intro to Cultural Anthropology ANTHR 201
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics* ECON 101
ECN-120 Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 102
EDU-235 Children’s Literature HD FS 240
HIS-151 U.S. History to 1877 HIST 221
HIS-152 U.S. History since 1877 HIST 222
MUS-100 Music Appreciation MUSIC 102
PHI-101 Intro to Philosophy PHIL 201
POL-111 American Nat’l Government POL S 215
POL-125 Comparative Gov’t & Politics POL S 241
POL-121 International Relations POL S 251
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology PSYCH 101
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology PSYCH 230
PSY-251 Social Psychology PSYCH 280
PSY-261/SOC-261 Human Sexuality HD FS 276
REL-101 Intro to World Religions RELIG 205
SOC-110 Intro to Sociology SOC 134
SOC-120 Marriage & Family SOC 219
SOC-115 or SOC-205 Social Problems/Diversity in America SOC 235
WST-101 Women’s Studies W S 201

* ISU highly recommends taking this course.
** ISU highly recommends taking one psychology or one sociology course prior to enrollment in the major. 

Major Specific Courses and Requirements

Note: We encourage students to obtain departmental approved lists and requirements from ISU as soon as possible.

Major and Requirements Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Course
Aerospace Engineering
  • 12 credits of General Education, including a 6cr. (2 course) area of emphasis
  • No more than 6 cr. in the 100-level
  • Elementary foreign languages must be taken as a full-year sequences to get credit for either course
  • No skills courses (P.E., Music)
  • Cannot include courses in STEM
MAT-219 Calculus III MATH 265
PHY-222 Classical Physics II PHYS 222
Agricultural Engineering (3 options within the major)
  • 12 credits of General Education
  • PLUS 3 cr. of communication
PHY-222 Classical Physics II PHYS 222
BIO-112
-AND-
BIO-113
General Biology I
AND
General Biology II
BIOL 211
AND
BIOL 212
SPC-101 Fund. of Oral Communication SPC 212
Biological Systems Engineering
  • 12 credits of General Education
  • PLUS 3 cr. of communication
PHY-222 Classical Physics II PHYS 222
BIO-112
-AND-
BIO-113
General Biology I
AND
General Biology II
BIOL 211
AND
BIOL 212
SPC-101 Fund. of Oral Communication SPC 212
CHM-260
CHM-331 Organic Chemistry
Chemical & Biological Engineering
  • 15 credits of General Education, to include 6-9 cr. from the same dept.
  • PLUS 3 cr. of communication
  • Any foreign language except 490, 491, 493, or 497
PHY-222 Classical Physics II PHYS 222
CHM-175 General Chemistry II CHEM 178
MAT-219 Calculus III MATH 265
Civil/Environmental Engineering
  • 12 credits of General Education, with at least 6 cr. at 200-level or above
  • PLUS 3 cr. communication elective
  • PLUS 3 cr. of tech. communication
  • * In the Civil Engineering General Program only, PHYS 222 may replace CHM 178. In the Environmental Engineering option, not PHYS 222 is needed.
CHM-175 General Chemistry II CHEM 178
SPC-101 Fund. of Oral Communication SPC 212
MAT-219 Calculus III MATH 265
PHY-222 Classical Physics II PHYS 222
Computer Engineering & Electrical Engineering
  • 15 credits of General Education, with at least 6 cr. at the 300-level or above
  • Meet educational objective approved by ISU faculty advisor
  • Cannot include courses in STEM
  • PLUS 3 cr. of tech. communication
PHY-222 Classical Physics II PHYS 222
MAT-219 Calculus III MATH 265
Construction Engineering (4 options)
  • 12 credits of General Education, including 3 cr. of PSYCH/SOC class
  • Include ECON course
  • PLUS 3 cr. of bus. communication
  • PLUS 3 cr. of international perspectives
  • PLUS 3 cr. of US Diversity
PHY-222 Classical Physics II PHYS 222
PSY-111/PSY-121/PSY-251 -OR- SOC-110 PSYCH 101/230/280 -OR- SOC 134
ECN-130/ECN-120 Principles of Macroeconomics / Microeconomics ECON 101/102
Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • 12 credits of General Education, with at least one 6 cr. sequence and at least 6 cr. at 200-level or above
  • PLUS 3 cr. of speech
  • PLUS 3 cr. of tech. communication
PHY-222 Classical Physics II PHYS 222
MAT-219 Calculus III MATH 265
SPC-101 Fund. of Oral Communication SPC 212
Materials Engineering (3 options)
  • 15 credits of General Education, with no more than 9 cr. at 100-level, and no more than 9 cr. from one dept.
  • Including 6 cr. area of emphasis, and at least 6 cr. at 200+-level
  • No skills courses (P.E., Music)
  • Cannot include courses in STEM
  • PLUS 3 cr. of communication
CHM-175 General Chemistry II CHEM 178
MAT-219 Calculus III MATH 265
PHY-222 Classical Physics II PHYS 222
Mechanical Engineering
  • 15 credits of General Education, with no more than 6 cr. of 100-level courses
  • Including ECON course
  • Including 6 cr. in humanities
  • PLUS 3 cr. in social sciences
PHY-222 Classical Physics II PHYS 222
MAT-219 Calculus III MATH 265
ECN-130/ECN-120 Principles of Macroeconomics / Microeconomics ECON 101/102
Software Engineering
  • 15 credits of General Education, including 6 cr. in humanities, 3 cr. in social sciences, and 3 cr. in humanities or social sciences
  • Include ECON course
  • PLUS 3 cr. of speech
  • PLUS 3 cr. of tech. communication
ECN-130/ECN-120 Principles of Macroeconomics / Microeconomics ECON 101/102
SPC-101 Fund. of Oral Communication SPC 212
Undeclared Engineering
  • At least 6 cr. in social sciences and 6 cr. in humanities
  • Include one 6 cr. sequence in the same dept., and not more than 9 cr. from one subject area
  • No more than two 100-level courses
  • At least 6 cr. at the 300-level or above

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