Transfer into VIPER

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 2025 Timeline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis as space allows until January 5 and should be submitted by the following deadlines: 

  • Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 11:59PM ET 
  • Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 11:59PM ET 

Students will either immediately be granted preliminary acceptance into the program or receive a decision deferral until January. If applications are submitted by the November deadline, VIPER will meet new transfers during Advance Registration. All applications must be received no later than January 5. 

There are two parts to the internal transfer process: 

  1. Students who have been granted preliminary acceptance will be issued a permit to take the first class in the VIPER seminar series, VIPR-120. In Spring 2022, this will be offered on Thursdays from 10:15-11:15AM. 
  2. Students must complete VIPR-120 and continue to maintain 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 104, 114, 240, etc.)
  • Physics with lab (ex. PHYS 150)
  • Chemistry (ex. CHEM101 and CHEM 053)
  • Social science or humanities (ex. Foreign Language or Writing Requirement)  

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External Transfers

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