Gateway Requirements

Students are identified as pre-chemical engineering (PCHE) until they pass the required 4 courses (Gateway Courses). After the students earn the required grades in all four Gateway Courses, students are admitted to the chemical engineering (ENCH) program. Students must select a track to complete—Traditional, Biotechnology/Bioengineering or Environmental Engineering and Sustainability.

Grade requirements

Students must earn a grade of at least two B’s and two C’s in the Gateway courses. If a student is using AP credit for MATH 152 or PLTW credit for ENES 101, then the requirement is at least two B’s and one C. If the student has both MATH 152 and PLTW test credit, then the requirement is at least one B and one C.

Chemical Engineering Gateway Courses:

  • ENES 101
  • MATH 152
  • CHEM 102
  • ENCH 215


Students taking the Gateway courses are advised by COEIT Advising. Once a student has passed the Gateway Courses, they will be advised by a CBEE faculty member.

Repeat policy

At UMBC, Students may not register for a course more than two times. They are considered registered for a course if they are enrolled after the end of the schedule adjustment period. A course in which the student receives a grade of “W” (Withdraw) is counted as an attempt. Enrolling in a gateway course at UMBC or a Chemical Engineering Department pre-approved equivalent course at another institution is considered an attempt.

Students may petition the Academic Success Center for a third and final attempt of a course taken at UMBC [or] another institution.