We welcome students who wish to transfer to BYU from other universities in order to complete a BS degree in Chemical Engineering. A significant number of students do this each year. For you to graduate at BYU in the least amount of time, it is important that you take the correct sequence of technical courses while at your university of origin. Chemical Engineering at BYU is an extremely challenging major; earning B or higher grades in your chemistry, calculus, and other technical classes indicates you have a good chance of succeeding in this program. Please see the following documents that give general policies for transfer credit and describe what technical courses would most apply to our program.
For information on transfer of non-major, general education, or core classes, contact the BYU Registrar.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am not yet admitted, but am thinking about transferring to BYU to earn a B.S. degree in engineering. Who should I contact to get help?
The BYU registrar's office and Engineering College Advisement Center are good places to start. Once you are admitted and if you have declared Chemical Engineering as your major, then review the above "Students coming from ..." document that applies to your situation and contact academic advisor David Oakeson with any further questions. When you get to Provo, Mr. Oakeson will fill out the paperwork that allows your transfer credits to count toward Chemical Engineering graduation requirements.
What classes should I take my first semester at BYU?
To know what classes to take first, you need to make a detailed plan that lists what classes you will take each semester until graduation. This will ensure you are not missing a key class that would delay your progress. To formulate that plan, carefully review the information on the department website, particularly the visual map that explains the normal path toward graduation. Because engineering classes build on other classes and may only be offered once per year, you should try to follow that recommended path as closely as possible. You should then review your plan with academic advisor David Oakeson.
How do I get admitted to the professional program?
Any student at BYU can declare a Chemical Engineering major and begin taking the required classes. However, entrance into the professional program is a requirement before you can take junior-year chemical engineering classes. You must complete a certain number of prerequisite classes, meet with your academic advisor, and complete a paper form. The purpose of this meeting is to ensure you have adequate preparation to succeed in this major and to advise you on your path to graduation. This meeting generally takes place during the winter semester of your sophomore year (for most, when you are taking ChEn 273). For a transfer student who has taken the equivalent of ChEn 273 at another university, this meeting will take place with Dr. Wheeler when you first arrive on campus.
The BYU registration website does not allow me to register for certain classes because I have not taken the prerequisites. What should I do?
As a transfer student, you should seek advice from Dr. Wheeler on whether a course you have already taken will count as the BYU prerequisite you lack. He will follow the guidelines listed in the above "Students coming from ..." documents. Once you arrive in Provo, Dr. Wheeler will complete the appropriate paperwork to make this course-equivalence official. In the mean time you can get permission to add a class by contacting the class instructor, explaining that you are a transfer student, and obtaining a "permission to add code." Alternatively, if the instructor has the BYU app on their phone, and you give them your BYU netid, then they can grant permission without your needing to get a code. In either case, you should not seek this permission from the instructor until you have first talked to Dr. Wheeler or worked out a full semester-by-semester graduation plan with your academic advisor.