Engineering College of Engineering

College of Engineering


Each candidate must complete a program of study under an approved curriculum in Engineering, totaling at least 180 units.


College of Engineering students must meet the university residence requirement. There are no additional college residence requirements.

  • Limitation on Credit for UC Davis Extension Courses. Students may apply a maximum of 16 units of credit for courses taken in the Open Campus Program through UC Davis Extension towards the unit requirement of their major. Courses may be taken only when written approval has been obtained from the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies. The grade points earned when enrolled in Open Campus courses will count toward the calculation of the student's UC GPA upon your admission or readmission to regular student status at UC Davis. Students registered at UC Davis may not enroll in Open Campus courses.


In addition to meeting the university scholarship requirement, College of Engineering students are required to maintain at least a 2.000 grade point average for all undergraduate course work within the College of Engineering at UC Davis.

English Composition

All students admitted to the University must complete the Entry Level Writing Requirement before credit for any composition course or general education writing experience course will be granted.

Once the Entry Level Writing Requirement has been satisfied, there are two distinct composition requirements for engineering students:

  • Lower division composition. This requirement can be satisfied by completion of an
    • Advanced Placement English exam with a score of 4 or 5;
    • International Baccalaureate credit for English 3; or
    • completion of certain coursework with a grade of C- or better.

      Courses allowed vary by major. Please see your program advisor to determine coursework that has been approved for your major.
  • Upper division composition. Requirements for upper division composition vary by major. Please see your program advisor to determine the coursework that has been approved for your major. Please note that when you use coursework to satisfy either of the composition requirements, you must earn a grade of C- or better.

Current Catalog Curriculum

In order to ensure that students graduate with the most current engineering knowledge, College of Engineering Students must complete the major requirements in effect in the academic year of graduation or in the immediately preceding academic year.