Students are directly admitted into the College of Engineering with the flexibility to change majors at the end of their first year. By the end of their first year, students must meet a set of requirements in order to continue in an engineering major. These are called progression requirements and include course and GPA requirements.
During their first year, students work closely with their academic advisor to make sure they are selecting the right courses to meet progression and degree requirements.
The progression application period opens at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Students will declare their intent to progress in an engineering program of their choice at the end of their second semester on campus.
College of Engineering First-Year Progression Requirements
College of Engineering First-Year Progression Requirements- Amended in Spring 2022 for Academic Year 2021-2022
Progression Requirements (regulation 3-7 of the College of Engineering Official Regulations) are outlined below.
To automatically progress in a College of Engineering degree program (major) after direct admission or to switch between engineering degree programs, students must complete the following requirements after their first two semesters of residency at UW-Madison:
(ii) one course must be Physics 201/EMA 201 or higher
If above two requirements are completed, select from additional science courses below.
Materials Science and Engineering
(ii) one other science course, from the following:
F. Core and Overall GPA requirements must be satisfied as defined by College of Engineering departments for each engineering degree program (major) (http://progression.engr.wisc.edu). All graded UW-Madison courses referenced in E.1. and E.2. above and any departmental engineering courses level 200 or above will be counted in the Core GPA (excludes EPD, InterEGR, special topics, independent study, and seminar courses). All graded UW-Madison courses are counted in the Overall GPA. For one and only one of these core courses that a student has repeated, the more recent of the two grades will be used in the calculation of Core and Overall GPAs. Students may not be on academic probation for GPA reasons for automatic completion of first year progression requirements.
Students who do not meet the first year progression requirements to automatically progress in a degree program (major) can be considered for non-automatic progression (Regulation 4) or extension (Regulation 5).
GPA Requirements 2021-2022