Prospective Transfer Students

Transfer Selection Criteria

Cal Poly will accept applications for admission consideration from upper-division transfer applicants who will have 60 or more transferable semester units (90 quarter units) by the time of transfer.

For Information regarding the selection criteria for incoming Transfer Students, go to Cal Poly's Transfer Selection Criteria web page. The navigation bar on the right hand side will answer questions related to application date(s), selection criteria, and the selection timeline.

Along with the general selection criteria, every major has required and recommended coursework for transfer students to have completed in order to be considered competitive during the selection process.

Required Courses

Before applying to a major, you should successfully complete or be in the process of completing the required courses to maximize (but not guarantee) your chance of selection. You must complete these units by the spring of the term before your intended fall enrollment to receive consideration during the selection process.

Desired Courses

Because Cal Poly is highly impacted and selection to all majors is very competitive, desired courses should also be successfully completed or in progress when you apply for admission.

Evaluating Your Courses

All the courses listed are Cal Poly Courses. You can use www.assist.org to identify the course equivalencies between Cal Poly and the California Community Colleges. Be sure to use the corresponding academic year in which you completed the course. If you are out-of-state or a transfer student from another four-year institution, you may have to compare your catalog course descriptions with Cal Poly’s catalog to identify the equivalent courses. Cal Poly is unable to evaluate transcripts for you prior to selection.

Course Listings**

Required Courses Fall '21 Required Courses Fall '22
   
English/Communications English/Communications
  • English Composition
  • English Composition
  • Critical Thinking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speech
  • Speech
   
Mathematics Mathematics
  • MATH 141/Calculus I (Class must equal 5-semester-units)
  • MATH 141/Calculus I (Class must equal 5-semester-units)
OR OR
  • MATH 141/Calculus I
  • MATH 182/Calculus for Architecture and Construction Management or Math 142/Calculus II
  • MATH 141/Calculus I
  • MATH 182/Calculus for Architecture and Construction Management or Math 142/Calculus II
   
Economics Economics
  • ECON 201/Survey of Economics
  • ECON 201/Survey of Economics
   
Geology Geology
  • GEOL 201/Physical Geology
  • GEOL 201/Physical Geology
   
Physics Physics
  • PHYS 141/General Physics 1A
    or PHYS 131/General Physics I (Class must equal 5-semester-units)
  • PHYS 141/General Physics 1A
    or PHYS 131/General Physics I (Class must equal 5-semester-units)
OR OR
  • PHYS 141/General Physics 1A
    or PHYS 131/General Physics I    
  • PHYS 141/General Physics 1A
    or PHYS 131/General Physics I    
  • PHYS 132/General Physics II
    or CHEM 124/General Chemistry for Engineers
    or CHEM 127/General Chemistry I
  • PHYS 132/General Physics II
    or CHEM 124/General Chemistry for Engineers
    or CHEM 127/General Chemistry I
   
Major Related 3* Major Related 3*
   
  • BUS 207/Legal Responsibilities of Business
  • BUS 207/Legal Responsibilities of Business
  • BUS 212/Financial Accounting for Nonbusiness Majors
    or BUS 214/Financial Accounting
  • BUS 212/Financial Accounting for Nonbusiness Majors
    or BUS 214/Financial Accounting
   

Desired Courses

Desired Courses

   
Statistics Statistics
   
  • STAT 251/Statistical Inference for Management or STAT 217/Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods
  • STAT 251/Statistical Inference for Management or STAT 217/Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods
   
Economics Economics
   
  • ECON 201/Survey of Economics or ECON 221/Microeconomics or ECON 222/Macroeconomics
  • ECON 201/Survey of Economics or ECON 221/Microeconomics or ECON 222/Macroeconomics
   
Major Related 1* Major Related 1*
   
  • ARCE 211/Structures I
  • ARCE 211/Structures I
  • ARCE 212/Structures II
  • ARCE 212/Structures II
OR OR
  • ME 211/Engineering Statics
  • ME 211/Engineering Statics
  • CE 204/Mechanics of Materials
  • CE 204/Mechanics of Materials
   
Major Related 2* Major Related 2*
   
  • BRAE 239/Engineering Surveying or CM 239/Construction Surveying
  • BRAE 239/Engineering Surveying or CM 239/Construction Surveying
   
  • ARCE 257/Structural CAD for Building 
    or ARCH 160/Digital Tools for Architecture1


    (ARCE 257 or ARCE 160 will satisfy the first half of the CM 115/Fundamentals of Construction Management requirement. Transfer students will complete CM 371 at Cal Poly to satisfy the second half of the CM 115/Fundamentals of Construction Management requirement.)
  • ARCE 257/Structural CAD for Building 
    or ARCH 160/Digital Tools for Architecture1

    (ARCE 257 or ARCE 160 will satisfy the first half of the CM 115/Fundamentals of Construction Management requirement. Transfer students will complete CM 371 at Cal Poly to satisfy the second half of the CM 115/Fundamentals of Construction Management requirement.)
   
   
*These courses correspond to the Major Related section of the supplemental application for admission for this major. *These courses correspond to the Major Related section of the supplemental application for admission for this major.

**For updated courses check: 
https://www.calpoly.edu/admissions/construction-management?major-selection=%2Fadmissions%2Fconstruction-management

ASSIST

ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s public colleges and universities and provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California.

Go to the ASSIST web site

Transferable Courses

Revised 10.2.2020

Cal Poly Course Cuesta Course
BRAE 239 ENGR 201
BUS 207 BUS 218
BUS 214 ACCT 201A
BUS 215 ACCT 201B
ECON 201 ECON 201A
GEOL 201 GEOL 210
MATH 141 & 142 MATH 265A (Talk to the Dept before taking this class)
MATH 182 MATH 265B
PHYS 141 & 132 PHYS 208A (Talk to the Dept before taking this class)
CHEM 124 or 127 CHEM 201A
STAT 251 MATH 247

 

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