Transferring to Bioengineering

* The procedures noted below are for students currently enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Students not currently enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are not eligible to apply to the Bioengineering program as a transfer student.

The Department of Bioengineering encourages interested outstanding undergraduate students, as measured by their high GPA, currently attending Illinois to petition to transfer into the Bioengineering major at the sophomore level. Prospective students should have earned two semesters’ of credits at the Illinois campus, having taken significant amounts of Math and Science courses and achieving outstanding grades. Required prerequisites for applying are MATH 221 and 231, CHEM 102/103 and 104/105, PHYS 211, MCB 150, and RHET 105.

Transfer to Bioengineering

Non-Engineering students admitted Summer 2017 and beyond:

  1. Apply to the Pre-Engineering Program (PREP) through the Division of General Studies in May of your Freshman year on campus.
    1. The BIOE admissions cycle will require you spend 2 semesters in PREP. You will work with your Pre-Engineering Advisor in DGS to apply to the Bioengineering department
  2. View information about the Pre-Engineering Program (PREP) here:
  3. If you have any questions about the PREP program, you can schedule an appointment with a DGS advisor by calling the office at 217-333-4710.

Current Engineering students and students admitted prior to Summer 2017:

  1. Go to and follow the instructions for the College’s information on transferring
  2. Bioengineering only accepts incoming students for the Fall terms, you can apply for transfer during the Spring terms; fall applications will be deferred for spring review.
  3. Petitions will be reviewed by the Department of Bioengineering, and selected students will be recommended to the College of Engineering for transfer, based on available space.
  4. NOTE: Applications are reviewed after the spring semester ends, and no early decisions will be made.

You will be notified of the Department’s transfer decision via email after spring semester final grades have been posted. If recommended for transfer, you will meet with an advisor to develop a three-year plan for completion of the Bioengineering degree.


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