It is never too early to prepare for your journey to college. Preparation may be different depending on whether you intend to enter an engineering program at Arizona State University as a first-time freshman student or as a transfer student.
If you are preparing for college, then you are most likely already taking many of the classes that you’ll need for admission to an engineering program at ASU. Some of the recommended high school courses include:
- Math (Four Years): Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus (it would be best if you are ready for pre-calculus or calculus 1 for your first semester of college)
- Lab Science (Three Years): Preferably Biology, Physics,and Chemistry
- Programming: It would be helpful to familiarize yourself with either Java or C/C++ programming languages prior to starting in college (all CIDSE majors require programming in their first and second years).
It is very important that you finish high school with strong grades. Don’t fall victim to “senioritis.” You will also need to make sure that you do well on your standardized tests, to help ensure your admission. AP/IB and Dual enrollment classes are a great way to get ahead on credits prior to starting college. You can view a list of AP/IB scores required for credit here.
Students must have at least 24 transferrable hours in order to be considered a transfer student at ASU. Your admission will then be based on your transferrable college GPA and your combined math and science courses from high school and college. We recommend that you plan to complete the following courses prior to starting an engineering program:
- Math: At least one transferrable three hour math course. You should either be ready for calculus or have completed some calculus prior to starting at ASU. (Calculus Requirement: College Calculus levels 1-3)
- Lab Science: At least one transferrable four hour lab science course. Courses many include Biology, Chemistry and Physics depending on the major you intend to enter at ASU.
- Programming: At least one transferrable three hour programming course. It would be best to take this course in the Java programming language (all CIDSE majors require programming in their first and second years).
Students transferring from Arizona Community Colleges should consult the Course Equivalency Guide to make sure that they are taking the correct courses that will apply towards their degree. The best way to ensure that you do not take excess courses is to use the Course Equivalency Guide and the major map or flowchart of your intended major together to compare courses.
When you’re filling out your application, make sure to choose the correct CIDSE engineering major at the Tempe campus as your first choice. Then you will also be prompted to choose a back up major in case you are not admissible to your first choice. You can make a change to your major once you are admitted at any time prior to the start of your first semester (assuming that you meet the admission requirements). Engineering admission requirements can be found on the undergraduate admissions page. You can go to http://www.asu.edu/prospective/ to start the application process.