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Admission to the Major (CSE or EE)

To be admitted to either BS-CSE (Computer Systems Engineering) or BS-EE (Electrical Engineering), you must...

  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above;

  • be in good academic standing; and​

  • earn a C or better in each of the following six courses:

    ENGIN 112
    MATH 131
    MATH 132
    PHYS 151
    ENGLWRIT 112
    COMPSCI 121 / ECE 122 (see Note below)


  • Good academic standing means you have a cumulative GPA above 2.00, and your current status at the University is "active".

  • PHYS 152 (General Physics II) is not needed to be admitted to CSE or EE. (PHYS 152 is still required to graduate, however.)

  • Most engineering students are admitted to a major after their first year.

  • Transfer credit for any of these courses may be substituted instead.

  • Starting with the class of 2020 (i.e., students who enter UMass Amherst in Fall 2016), COMPSCI 121 will no longer qualify for acceptance into CSE or EE. ECE 122 (Intro. Programming for ECE) is required instead. If you have AP or transfer credit for COMPSCI 121, contact the Undergraduate Program Director about your options. (Contact information is here.)