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Transferring into Mechanical Engineering


Summary of Major

Semester-by-Semester Curriculum for BS

Semester-by-Semester Curriculum for BS + USCG License


"Is there a minimum number of transfer units required for admission to this major?"

No, students with any number of college transfer units can be admitted. Note that only the first 70 community college semester units (105 quarter units) can be used toward the total needed for graduation. Any remaining community college units can fulfill specific requirements but not add to the total number of units required for graduation.


"What is the shortest amount of time it will take to complete this degree after transferring to Cal Maritime?

All transfer students should plan to spend at least four years at Cal Maritime completing this degree regardless of the number of college units transferred in from other institutions. Transferred courses can, however, reduce the number of courses required in individual semesters allowing time for study in remaining courses, for an academic minor, or for student employment.

"This is an 'impacted' major. How does that change the admission process?"

There is no grade point average (GPA) that guarantees admission.  Admission is competitive.  The applicants with the strongest applications will be offered the limited number of spaces for new students in the program each fall.

Lower-Division* Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • Be in "good standing" (such as not being expelled, on suspension, and on probation) at all colleges you have attended.

  • The following two courses must be completed with a C- or better:
    • A college-level math course that is the immediate prerequisite to college calculus, completed within five years of the intended term of entry
    • A college-level English composition course (CSU GE area A2) 
  • All other CSU eligibility requirements for freshmen regarding high school grades/courses and standardized test scores for mechanical engineering must be met.  High School grades and test scores will be used for comparison to similar applicants to the same program.
  • The following items are recommended, with courses completed with a C- or better:
    • An engineering physics course (calculus-based) with lab, completed within five years of the intended term of entry
    • A general chemistry course (with lab) 
    • An engineering properties of materials course 
    • An engineering statics course 
    • An engineering computer programming course 
    • A college U.S. History course (CSU GE equivalent course) 
    • A lower-division humanities elective course (CSU GE area C2) 
    • A college-level calculus course (as far toward Calculus III as possible), completed within five years of the intended term of entry
    • Submission of a resume including the applicant's background connected to engineering, leadership and/or the maritime industry
  • The overall high school GPA, high school math GPA, and college GPA will be used for comparison to similar applicants to the same program.

* Transfer students bringing in fewer than 60 transferrable college semester (or 90 quarter) units are considered "Lower Division" transfer students

Upper-Division* Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • Be in "good standing" (such as not being expelled, on suspension, and on probation) at all colleges you have attended.

  • These three courses, completed with a C- or better, are required:

    • A college-level English composition course CSU GE area A2) 
    • A "Critical Thinking" course (CSU GE area A3) 
    • An "Oral Communication" course (CSU GE area A1) 
  • The following courses, completed with a C- or better, are also required:
    • An engineering physics course (calculus-based) with lab or engineering physics with lab), completed within five years of the intended term of entry
    • A college-level calculus course (as far toward Calculus III as possible), completed within five years of the intended term of entry
    • A lower-division humanities elective course (CSU GE area C2) 
    • A college U.S. History course (CSU GE equivalent course) 
    • An engineering computer programming course 
    • An engineering statics course must be passed 
    • An engineering properties of materials course 
    • A general chemistry course (with lab) 
  • All other CSU eligibility requirements must be met. The overall college GPA will be used for comparison to similar applicants to the same program.
  • The following item is recommended: Submission of a resume including the applicant's background connected to engineering, leadership and/or the maritime industry

* Transfer students bringing in 60 or more transferable college semester (or 90 quarter) units are considered "Upper Division" transfer students

"What is the next available entry term?"

Fall 2021

"When can I apply for Fall 2021 and how? 

The application period is October 1, 2020 through December 4, 2020. Apply online at www.calstate.edu/apply during that period. There is a $70.00 application fee required when you submit the online application. Official academic transcripts from all colleges attended are also required.

"I'm not sure which course at my school satisfies one of the courses listed above.  How can I know?"

If you have a question about a specific course that you have already taken or are considering taking, just send us an e-mail to admission@csum.edu with the course name and title.  We can look it up for you and give you an evaluation. You can also ask something like "is it course A, B, or C that satisfies your requirement?"
 

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Apply for Spring 2021 for majors in International Business & Logistics, Global Studies & Maritime Affairs, and Oceanography between August 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020 at www.calstate.edu/apply.

Apply for Fall 2021 for all majors between October 1, 2020 and December 4, 2020 at www.calstate.edu/apply.

Admission Office Hours

Note that the staff is working from home answering calls and emails,
M-F 8:00am - 5:00pm

admission@csum.edu  
To be forwarded to staff home numbers, call 707-654-1330 and select the proper number when prompted

FAX: (707) 654-1336 (operational 24/7)

Cal Maritime, Admissions Office
200 Maritime Academy Drive
Vallejo, CA 94590

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Last updated: 8/27/20