Core GPA Requirements

The Lower Division Core for Chemical and Materials Engineering majors

The Lower Division Core is defined as the following set of courses or their equivalents taken at other colleges:

  • Physics 50, 51
  • Math 30, 31, 32 and 133A
  • Chemistry 1A and 1B
  • MatE 25, CE99, Engr10 and EE98

The Lower Division Core (LD Core) must be satisfied with a GPA of 2.0 or better in order to graduate. The following portion of the Lower Division Core must be satisfied with course grades of C- or better in order to enroll in the Junior Core: Phys 50 and Phys 51; Math 31, 32 and Math 133A, Chem 1A and Chem 1B.  Students taking Chem 161A must complete Phys 50 with a C or better.

In addition MatE majors must also complete MatE 25 with a C- or better in order to enroll in the Junior Core.

The Junior Core for Chemical Engineering Majors

ChE majors must satisfy the Lower Division Core before enrolling in the Junior Core classes. The Junior Core consists of a 2.0 average in {ChE 115, ChE 151, ChE 160A, ChE 162 and ChE 190} and E100W. Students receiving a grade less than C- in a Junior Core course may have to repeat the course. The Junior Core must be satisfied in order to enroll in Senior Core courses.

The Junior Core for Materials Engineering Majors

MatE majors must satisfy the Lower Division Core before enrolling in the Junior Core classes. The Junior Core consists of a 2.0 average in {MatE 115, MatE 141, MatE 151, MatE 153, MatE 154 and MatE 155} and E100W. Students receiving a grade less than C- in a Junior Core course may have to repeat the course. The Junior Core must be satisfied in order to enroll in Senior Core courses.

The Senior Core for Chemical Engineering Majors

ChE majors must satisfy the Junior Core before enrolling in the Senior Core classes. The ChE Senior Core consists of {ChE 161L, 162L, 165, 185, 160B, and 158}.

The Senior Core for Materials Engineering Majors

MatE majors must satisfy the Junior Core before enrolling in the Senior Core classes. The MatE Senior Core consists of {MatE 195, 198A, 198B, 185, and 152}.

The CME faculty established a Lower Division Core, Junior Core and a Senior Core over the time period Fall 2001 to Spring 2003. These GPA requirements were enacted through course pre-requisites and are reflected in the catalogue. However the overall Lower Division and Junior Core requirements were not easy for students to see and were not presented in Advising documents or on the Website in an easily accessible location.

In Spring 2005 the faculty agreed to include the following requirements on all relevant advising documents including those posted on the CME Website. The final wording as presented below was passed by unanimous vote of the faculty at the faculty meeting on January 18, 2006.