Patent Bar Undergraduate Degrees PDF Print E-mail

In order to take the patent bar, a candidate must demonstrate technical proficiency, among other things.  If you have an undergraduate degree in one of the following majors, the USPTO trusts you have the requisite technical ability without further question.  If you don't have one of these degrees, you may still be eligible.  See this page for more information.

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Botany
  • Computer Science *
  • Electronics Technology
  • Food Technology
  • General Chemistry
  • Marine Technology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Physics
  • Textile Technology
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Ceramic Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrochemical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • General Engineering
  • Geological Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering

* Acceptable Computer Science degrees must be accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission (CSAC) of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB), or by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), on or before the date the degree was awarded. Computer science degrees that are accredited may be found here.