The first step to navigating the transfer credit process is to first understand what classes are required here at UMD. You can learn more about our degree requirements by visiting our Four-Year Plans page. The Four-Year plans page includes sample plans that can help you to create your own four-year plan. Each link is a PDF document that assumes the student will begin as a freshman with Calculus I (MATH140). These plans are adaptable based on how you begin your first semester.
When reviewing the four-year plans, you'll notice that each PDF document includes two pages. We refer to the first page as the "curriculum sheet." The curriculum sheet serves as a checklist and includes a comprehensive list of all the courses that you will need to complete in order to graduate. You'll also notice that there are four main overaching categories included in the curriculum sheet.
- General Education: All students at UMD are required to complete GenEd. You can learn more about our GenEd courses by visiting gened.umd.edu. Some transfer students are eligible to be waived of the GenEd requirements (with the exception of Professional Writing). GenEd requirements can be waived if you have completed one of the following credentials:
- Completed an associate's degree from a Maryland community college;
- Completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution;
- Completed the general education package at another MD state school (e.g., UMBC, Townson, Frostburg).
- Basic Sciences: The second component of our curriculum includes basic sciences. These are the foundational math and science classes needed to earn a degree in the Clark School of Engineering. Note: All gateway admission requirements are included as part of the basic science requirements.
- Engineering Sciences: The third requirement includes our Engineering Science courses -- or our ENES courses. All students in the Clark School of Engineering are required to complete Intro to Engineering Design (ENES100). The other ENES courses are required based on each student's specific major. You can learn more about our ENES courses by visiting Keystone Program website.
- Major Requirements: The next set of requirements is specific to each major. Most majors have a subset of core requirements that all students take. From there, students will have the opportunity to take technical electives. More information about each undergraduate major can be found on our Degree Programs page.
The second page of the PDF four-year plan document is the sample four-year plan. Please be advised that all plans are created using UMD course codes. In order to find out how the course codes from your institution will transfer to UMD, review the information included in Step 2.