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The Major

You will find a complete list of the majors offered at UC Davis under Degrees Offered By UC Davis.

Declaration of Major

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Students must declare a major by the time they have completed 90 units. Failure to declare a major at this point may result in a hold on further registration. In order to declare a major, you must meet with your faculty adviser and/or advising associate, fill out a Change of Major petition available at the Office of the University Registrar website (http://registrar.ucdavis.edu) or dean's office and file the petition with the dean's office. If you have completed 90 units, you must prepare a study plan with your adviser and/or advising associate at the same time. You are accepted into a major only after your major department and the dean's office have approved the Change of Major petition. With the approval of the College Executive Committee, additional requirements, such as completion of a particular set of required courses with a specified grade point average (usually well above a C average), may be introduced as conditions for acceptance into any major at any time.

College of Biological Sciences. Students must declare a major by the time they have completed 90 units. A hold will be placed on your registration if you are still undeclared after completing 90 units. Students can obtain a Change of Major petition from the Biology Academic Success Center website or the Office of the University Registrar website at http://registrar.ucdavis.edu. They must meet with an academic adviser for the major, discuss a projected plan of studies, obtain the adviser's signature and return the signed petition to the Biology Academic Success Center. The minimum requirement for entry into a major is a C average in all courses used to satisfy major requirements. Students are accepted into the major when their adviser and the dean have approved the petition.

Students who fail to maintain a 2.000 GPA in courses required for their major over two consecutive quarters may be required to withdraw from the major.

College of Engineering. Students must declare a major when they apply to the College of Engineering. The ability to change majors is subject to meeting the requirements set forth by the faculty of the College of Engineering. Requirements for changing to a College of Engineering major can be found at http:// engineering.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/advising/answers.html#a1 or by contacting the Undergraduate Advising Office 530-752-1979.

College of Letters and Science. Students must declare a major by the time they have completed 90 units. If you have not declared a major by this point, a hold may be placed on your registration. Such a hold would be removed only when your Change of Major petition is filed in the Undergraduate Education and Advising Office. Petitions can be obtained from department offices or the Office of the University Registrar's website at http://registrar.ucdavis.edu. As a part of the declaration procedure, you must, in consultation with a faculty adviser, prepare a projected plan of study. You are accepted into the major when your adviser and the Undergraduate Education and Advising Office have approved the petition.

To be accepted into a major, you must have a C average in all courses you have completed that are required for that major. With the approval of the College Executive Committee, additional requirements, such as completion of a particular set of required courses with a specified grade point average (usually well above a C average), may be introduced as conditions for acceptance into any major at any time.

If your performance is unsatisfactory after you have declared a major program, you may be required by the dean to withdraw from that major, upon written recommendation from the chair of the department or the curriculum committee that administers the major.

Change of Major Within a College

To change from one major to another within a college, you need the consent of the department or committee in charge of your proposed new major and the approval of the dean. Admission into a major program may be denied by the program or by the dean if your grade point average (GPA) in courses required for the selected major is less than 2.000.

Procedures for change of major within a college are the same as for declaration of major and the same conditions apply. If you wish to change to a major that has admission restrictions, you must comply with the special procedures and requirements for that major.

Except under unusual circumstances, no change of major will be permitted after you attain senior standing (135 units). Students wishing to petition for such an exception should consult in advance with the relevant dean's office regarding additional restrictions and requirements.

It is not possible to change or declare a major in the quarter in which you file to graduate.

College of Biological Sciences. Students who wish to change their major after completing 135 units should include a quarter-by-quarter graduation plan with the change of major petition. Changes of major will not be permitted by the Dean after the beginning of the quarter of the student's graduation.

College of Engineering. The above provisions may not apply to students in the College of Engineering, whose freedom to change majors is limited. Requirements for changing to a College of Engineering major can be found at http://engineering.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/advising/answers.html#a1 or by contacting the Undergraduate Advising Office 530-752-1979.

Change of Major Accompanied by Change of College

A change petition, available at deans' offices or Biology Academic Success Center, the Office of the University Registrar, and online at the Office of the University Registrar's website at http://registrar.ucdavis.edu, must be endorsed by a faculty or staff adviser of the new major you are selecting and signed by a faculty or staff adviser of the major you are leaving and the dean of the college from which you wish to transfer. In addition, admission to the new college will require that dean's approval. To obtain that approval, you must be in good academic standing (qualitatively and quantitatively; see the Probation and Dismissal), meet all minimum GPA criteria, including those for the major, and satisfy any other admission requirements established by the new college.

Except under unusual circumstances, no change of major will be permitted after you attain senior standing (135 units). Students wishing to petition for such an exception should consult in advance with the relevant dean's office or Biology Academic Success Center regarding additional restrictions and requirements.

It is not possible to change or declare a major in the quarter in which you file to graduate.

College of Biological Sciences. Students who wish to change their major and college after completing 135 units should include a quarter-by-quarter graduation plan with the change of major petition. Changes of major will not be permitted by the Dean after the beginning of the quarter of the student's graduation.

College of Engineering. Requirements for changing to a College of Engineering major can be found at http://engineering.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/advising/answers.html#a1 or by contacting the Undergraduate Advising Office 530-752-1979.

College of Letters and Science. Requirements for changing to a College of Letters and Science major can be found at http://www.ls.ucdavis.edu/advising/faq.html.

Multiple Majors

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. A student choosing to major in multiple majors must petition the departments/programs/divisions responsible for the major(s) and the dean of the college. The dean's approval of declaration for multiple majors is subject to the following:

  • Eighty percent of the upper division units offered in satisfaction of course and unit requirements of each major must be unique; that is, they may not be offered in satisfaction toward the upper division unit requirements of any of the other selected majors. Courses with substantial overlap in content will not count as part of the eighty percent. Departmental advisers may approve only one course for substitution when considering the eighty percent in upper division courses and units required for each major.
  • When unit requirements of the majors included in a request differ, the major with the smaller number of upper division units required should be used to compute the minimal unit difference that must be met.
  • A student in good academic standing and with a minimum of a C average in the upper division courses taken toward the major may elect to declare simultaneously more than one major within the college or a combination of majors offered by the college and other undergraduate colleges on campus.

College of Biological Sciences.Admission into multiple majors is subject to the approval of offices in charge of the majors involved and the Dean of the College. Departments, curriculum committees and other teaching units, singly or collectively, as well as faculty advisers have the right to disapprove a student's request for a multiple major.

Approval of a request to declare more than one major is subject to the following:

  • Eighty percent of the upper division units used to satisfy requirements in each major must be unique; that is, they may not be offered in satisfaction of requirements of any of the other majors involved.
  • If the major programs differ in the number of upper division units required, the major program requiring the smaller number of upper division units will be used to compute the minimum number of units that must be unique.
  • In determining that the eighty percent requirements have been satisfied, advisers and the Dean must count both specific courses and courses with substantial overlap of content as common to the majors involved.
  • Students must complete all majors within the 225-unit limit.
  • Students may only petition for a multiple major after completing two Depth Subject Matter courses in each major.

A student who completes all requirements for approved multiple majors in which one major normally leads to an B.A. degree and another normally leads to a B.S. degree, will receive a B.A.S. degree. A single degree is granted to students who graduate with multiple majors.

College of Engineering. Students may choose to complete two engineering majors. Enrollment in an engineering major and a non-engineering major may be possible. Double-major students must satisfy the requirements for both majors. Degree requirements for such double majors ordinarily cannot be completed within four academic years. A change of major petition is required for all requests and appropriate approvals from all applicable departments and dean's offices are necessary.

The Department of Computer Science does not allow double majors of Computer Science and Engineering and Computer Engineering, or Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science and Engineering and Computer Science (L&S).

Triple majors will not be approved.

If you want to double major in any over-subscribed engineering major, you will be subject to the additional restrictions for changing into those majors and must satisfy the requirements of both majors.

College of Letters and Science. Students choosing to major in multiple subjects must notify the Undergraduate Education and Advising Office of their decision by submitting for approval a petition endorsed by faculty advisers in the majors. The dean's approval of the declaration of more than one major is subject to the following conditions:

  • At least 80 percent of the upper division units used to satisfy course and unit requirements in each major selected must be unique and may not be counted toward the upper division unit requirements of any other major undertaken. Courses with substantial overlap in content will not count as part of the 80 percent.

If the major programs differ in the number of upper division units required, the major program requiring the smaller number of units will be used to compute the minimum number of units that must be unique.

  • At the time of request, a substantial part of the preparatory subject matter in each major must have been successfully completed.
  • All degree requirements must be completed within the 225-unit limit.

Combination proposals that cannot be approved are two or more majors offered by the same discipline, except art history and art studio.

A student who completes all requirements for approved multiple majors in which one major normally leads to an A.B. degree and another normally leads to a B.S. degree, will receive a B.A.S. degree. A single degree is granted to students who graduate with multiple majors.

Cross-College Majors

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The College does encourage multiple majors between colleges whenever your academic interests and abilities indicate this to be the best route. After endorsement of the Change of Major petition by the appropriate faculty or staff adviser in the colleges involved, each dean may approve the petition if there are sufficient differences between the requirements for the major programs you wish to study.

At least 80 percent of the upper division units used to satisfy course and unit requirements in each major selected must be unique and not duplicate those of the other major. In planning for multiple majors, you should determine the total requirements needed for each major as well as for graduation from each college involved.

All degree requirements must be completed within the 225-unit limit.

The same conditions apply for cross-college majors as for multiple majors.

College of Biological Sciences. The same conditions apply for cross-college multiple majors as for multiple majors within the college. In addition, approval of the deans of all involved colleges are required for cross-college multiple majors.

College of Engineering. Enrollment in a combination of an engineering major and a non-engineering major may be possible. A change of major petition is required for all requests and appropriate approvals from all applicable departments and deans' offices are necessary. Such double-major students must satisfy the requirements for both majors. Degree requirements for such double majors ordinarily cannot be completed within four academic years.

College of Letters and Science. The same conditions apply for cross-college majors as for multiple majors. Cross-college programs will not be approved if the majors involved are available within a single college as well.

Individual Major

Students with academic interests not covered by an established major have the opportunity to develop an individual major. Such a major requires the selection of interrelated courses totaling a minimum of 45 upper division units from two or more areas of study. If you choose this option you will work closely with faculty advisers to develop a coherent and rigorous academic program. This program is then submitted to a faculty committee for review and approval. Submit the proposed program to the committee prior to reaching 90 units, or by the fourth full week of the fifth quarter before graduation, whichever is earlier. If you wish to undertake an individual major, request the appropriate forms from your dean's office or Biology Academic Success Center. Program requirements are outlined under Individual Major. The College of Engineering does not offer an individual major. The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has suspended this program.

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Updated: August 14, 2014 3:07 PM