Undergraduate Admissions

Every student who wishes to pursue a BS in Chemical Engineering (BSCHE) must be formally admitted to UNM and to the Chemical & Biological Engineering (CBE) Department. Freshmen, transfer students, and readmits must first apply to UNM through the Office of Admissions.  If Chemical Engineering is selected on the application through the Office of Admissions and the student meets the minimum UNM admission requirements, the student is admitted as a Pre-Chemical Engineering student. Once the student has successfully completed the CBE Department admission requirements described below, the student will be admitted to the CBE Department as a declared major and will no longer be in Pre-Chemical Engineering status.

Admission to the CBE department requires:

  • Completion of at least 18 credit hours toward the degree
  • Completion of all 20 credit hours of technical courses required in the first year curricula (see below)
  • A GPA of at least 2.5 and grades of "C" or better in each of those 20 hours of technical courses
  • Completion of English 110 or its equivalent with a "C" or better
  • Be in good academic standing with the School of Engineering (min 2.3 cumulative UNM GPA)

Courses required for admission to the CBE Dept include:

CourseCourse TitleCredits
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 123L General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 124L General Chemistry II lab 1
MATH 162 Calculus I 4
MATH 163 Calculus II 4
PHYC 160 General Physics 3
CBE 101 Introduction to Chemical and Biological Engineering 1

Attention Transfer Students:  The Registrar's Office, in conjunction with UNM's academic departments, evaluates most courses for transfer, while the NE Department assesses transcripts to determine possible acceptance of any NE courses. Prior to admission, if necessary, students may be required to seek approval for appropriate course equivalencies from the academic departments outside of the NE Department.  

Questions?  Please contact:

Sarah E. Dominguez  
CBE Program Advisement Coordinator 
Farris Engineering Center, Suite 1300