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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.

Fall 2019 first year students were given one opportunity to declare or change their major before May 31, 2019.  Some majors (including Computer Science & Engineering) were not open for changes at that time.

The next opportunity for Fall 2019 first years to declare or change their major will be after fall semester grades are posted.

See your Bobcat Advising Center advisor during fall semester for the Undergraduate Major Change form and the Major Change Criteria for First Year Students cover sheet.  Both forms are available in the Bobcat Advising Center, COB2 260.

If you meet the criteria (see below), submit your forms to your Bobcat Advising Center advisor after fall grades post but before Friday, January 31, 2020 if you would like to declare a new major for spring semester.

 

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR FIRST YEARS TO DECLARE OR CHANGE MAJOR

As of June 2019, the general requirements for first year students to declare or change your major after the first semester are listed below.  All requirements must be met for a particular School before the major change can be processed.

School of Engineering majors:

     * Good academic standing at UC Merced and 

     * 2.00+ cumulative GPA at UC Merced and

     * 2.00+ prior term GPA at UC Merced and

     * MATH 21 completed with C- or higher and

     * Must be able to complete entire degree within 10 semesters (not including optional summers)

 

School of Natural Sciences majors:

     * Good academic standing at UC Merced 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)

 

School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts majors:

     * Good academic standing at UC Merced and 

     * 2.00+ cumulative GPA at UC Merced

     * Must be able to complete entire degree within 9 semesters (not including optional summers)

 

 

DOUBLE MAJORS

First year students will be able to submit the paperwork to declare a double major during their second year (third semester) at UC Merced.  Talk with your Bobcat Advising Center advisor if you are considering a double major.

The application for the double major usually requires a detailed graduation plan with specific courses planned for each semester.  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 your 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.

Talk with your Bobcat Advising Center advisor if you are interested in submitting the paperwork (available at the BAC office in COB2 260) to declare a minor.