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Transferring to Bioengineering

* The procedures noted below are for students currently enrolled at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Students who did not enter the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as freshmen 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 as first-time freshmen to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 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.
    • 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 here.

Current engineering students and students admitted as first-time freshmen to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign prior to summer 2017:

  1. Go to, and follow the instructions for the College’s information on transferring.
  2. Applications will be reviewed by the department of bioengineering, and selected students will be recommended to The Grainger College of Engineering for transfer, based on available space.

You will be notified of the department’s transfer decision via email. If recommended for transfer, you will be notified of the estimated time remaining to complete the bioengineering degree. Please note, due to the prerequisite sequence, most transfer students will spend three full years post transfer completing the bioengineering degree.