Transfer into VIPER

The transfer application for the Penn Class of 2027 is now open! Apply by Monday, December 18.


The Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER) is a coordinated dual-degree undergraduate program at Penn that prepares talented students to develop sustainable energy science and technology and become the next generation of energy leaders. VIPER graduates gain an interdisciplinary perspective as they earn both a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Arts and Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science. VIPER students also participate in a dedicated on-ramp into research, conduct fully-funded, cutting-edge research with renowned Penn faculty throughout their time in college, and join a collaborative network of energy leaders. Students should read about the VIPER Curriculum before applying.


Internal Transfers

How to Apply

Incoming or current first-year Penn students interested in transferring into VIPER are encouraged to apply! Click on the link above to apply. Application materials include basic information, an unofficial high school transcript, and a short essay (400-650 words). The essay prompt is:

How do you envision your participation in the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER) furthering your interests in energy science and technology? Please include any past experiences (ex. academic, research, or extracurricular) that have led to your interest in the program. Additionally, please indicate why you are interested in pursuing dual degrees in science and engineering and which VIPER majors are most interesting to you at this time.


Class of 2027 Timeline

Students are encouraged to submit applications early. Applications must be received no later than Monday, December 18. Applicants will be notified of their application status by mid-January.  

  1. There are multiple steps towards declaring a dual-degree with VIPER. Students with successful applications will be granted a preliminary acceptance to the program and issued a permit to take the first class in the VIPER seminar series, VIPR-1200. This is a mandatory class for all VIPER first years. In Spring 2024, this will be offered on Thursdays from 10:15-11:15AM. 
  2. Students must complete VIPR-1200 and remain in good academic standing throughout the Spring. At the end of their first year, they should officially apply for their second degree through the School of Arts and Science or School of Engineering and Applied Science.


Typical Courses

Below is a list of courses that VIPER students typically take in the first semester, depending on their high school experience and major choices. If you are a current first-year and want to discuss if your class choices align with VIPER, feel free to reach out to us.

  • Calculus-based math (ex. MATH 1400, 1410, 2400, etc.)
  • Physics with lab (ex. PHYS 0150)
  • Chemistry (ex. CHEM1012 and CHEM 1101)
  • Social science or humanities (ex. Foreign Language or Writing Requirement)  

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External Transfers

VIPER does not accept transfer applications from students who are not at Penn.