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Changing Major or Declaring Minor

DECLARING OR CHANGING YOUR MAJOR

All students must complete a major as part of the bachelor's degree.

You must declare a major before reaching 90 total units.

 

FALL 2022 FIRST YEAR ADMITS

WHEN TO DECLARE YOUR MAJOR

You will be able to declare or change your major after Fall 2022 grades have posted in late December.

To declare, you must have:

  • Completed at least one semester at UC Merced (fall or spring) and
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher at UC Merced and
  • Good academic standing at UC Merced and
  • A draft graduation plan for your intended major loaded on MyDegreePath and
  • Met the requirements to declare your intended major (see below).

 

If you are ready to declare or change your major after Fall 2022 grades post in late December:

  • Your Major Change Form will be reviewed by your intended School before it is approved or denied.

  • We recommend that you submit your Major Change Form before the 5th day of spring classes (Monday, January 23, 2023) to allow enough time for School review before the major change deadline in the first week of February.

 

HOW TO DECLARE

1.  Read the current criteria to declare a major in your intended School (see below).

2.  Load a draft graduation plan on MyDegreePath (MDP) for your intended major.  Your draft grad plan does NOT need to be perfect!

3.  Submit the Major Change Form.  When you submit, you will need to confirm that you have already loaded a draft grad plan on MDP.

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT DECLARING OR CHANGING MAJOR

Talk with your BAC academic advisor if you have questions about declaring or changing your major.

Connect with your BAC academic advisor if you have questions as you begin to develop your draft graduation plan on MDP.

 

REQUIREMENTS TO DECLARE OR CHANGE MAJOR

As of September 1, 2022, the general requirements for 2022-23 first years to declare or change their major after the first semester are listed below.

All requirements must be completed (cannot be in progress) before you submit the major change form.

 

School of Engineering (SOE) majors

  • Good academic standing at UC Merced and
  • Draft graduation plan for your intended major loaded in My Degree Path and
  • 2.00+ cumulative GPA at UC Merced and
  • 2.00+ prior term GPA at UC Merced and
  • Certain courses completed with C- or higher based on student's total number of units (including AP, IB, and college courses taken in high school) and
  • Additional courses completed to declare BIOE, CE, CSE, or ME major based on student's total number of units and
  • Must be able to complete entire degree within 10 semesters (not including optional summers)

 

School of Natural Sciences (SNS) majors:

  • Good academic standing at UC Merced and
  • Draft graduation plan for your intended major loaded in My Degree Path and
  • 2.00+ cumulative GPA at UC Merced and
  • 2.00+ GPA in math and science classes taken for intended major and
  • First college math (MATH 5 or 11 or 21) completed with C- or higher and
  • First college chemistry (CHEM 1 or 2) completed with C- or higher and
  • Must be able to complete entire degree within 9 semesters (not including optional summers)

For the first math and chemistry courses that must be completed before you declare a major in SNS, the following are accepted:

  • Passing MATH 5, 11, or 21 and CHEM 1 or 2 at UCM with a C- or higher grade
  • An official AP exam score already posted on your UCM record that is the exact equivalent of MATH 5, 11, 21 or CHEM 1, 2
  • An official IB exam score already posted on your UCM record that is the exact equivalent of MATH 5, 11, 21 or CHEM 1, 2
  • An official college transcript with a transferable college course already posted on your UCM record with a C or higher grade that is the exact equivalent of MATH 5, 11, 21 or CHEM 1, 2

NOTE:  successfully passing a UCM placement exam in math or chemistry will NOT count to satisfy the first college math or first college chemistry course required to declare a major in SNS.  Passing a UCM placement exam does not give you units toward your degree.

 

Fall 2022 first year admits:  if you are currently declared in an SNS major and want to declare an emphasis or a different SNS major, SNS faculty will accept a Major Change Form DURING your first semester (before Fall 2022 grades post).  This exception is only for current first semester SNS majors who are staying in SNS.

 

School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts (SSHA) majors:

  • Good academic standing at UC Merced and 
  • Draft graduation plan for your intended major loaded in My Degree Path and
  • 2.00+ cumulative GPA at UC Merced and
  • Must be able to complete entire degree within 9 semesters (not including optional summers)

 

DOUBLE MAJORS

First year students are able to submit the multiple major application packet for a double major starting in their third semester (second year) at UC Merced.

Talk with your BAC academic advisor if you are considering a double major.

The multiple major application requires a detailed graduation plan with specific courses planned for each semester.  The faculty in both majors will review your multiple major application.

You must be able to complete your double major within the time frame listed above for that School.  There are no additional semesters allowed to complete a double major.  Summers do not count against the maximum number of semesters allowed.

See the Catalog section on Multiple Majors for more information.

 

 

DECLARING A MINOR

A minor is not required at UC Merced but is a great option for students with multiple interests and abilities.

Minors are offered in some areas in which majors are not available.  See a complete list of minors here.

 

 

REQUIREMENTS TO DECLARE A MINOR

Fall 2022 first years can declare a minor after fall semester grades have posted.

Undeclared students can declare a minor only after they have declared a major.

To declare a minor, you must have:

  • A 2.00 cumulative GPA at UC Merced and
  • Good academic standing at UC Merced and
  • Fewer than 90 total units (including AP, IB, previous college courses, and current units at UC Merced) and
  • (strongly recommended/required in some minors) Already completed one or more classes in the minor with a C or higher.

Talk with your BAC academic advisor if you are interested in submitting the Minor Change Form.