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Major Changes

CHASS and CNAS students MUST contact your college Transition Advisor for change of major information BEFORE contacting BCOE.
See these links for details:
CHASS: http://chassstudentaffairs.ucr.edu/transition_advising/index.html
CNAS:  http://cnasstudent.ucr.edu/transitionadvising.html
Students who have the support of their current college to pursue a change of major should read and follow the instructions below.

How to Change Your Major to a BCOE Major

Please follow the below three-step process to change your major. 

  Step 1: Read this entire page.

  Step 2:  Review the Major Change criteria by choosing the major of interest below.

  Step 3: Once you meet the Major Change criteria submit the online Major Change Request form here: https://bcoe.wufoo.com/forms/bcoe-change-of-major-petition/

  Step 4: Your request will be evaluated within the first three weeks of the quarter. If you are requesting a major change in a specific term, your petition must be received by Wednesday of Week 3.  Any petitions received after this deadline will be processed in the following quarter.  For example, Winter 2020 petitions must be received by Wednesday, January 22.  Any petitions received after 1/22 will be processed for Spring 2020. You will receive an email notification of your status. 

Please note, do not fill out the Online Major Change Request form until you have met the Major Change criteria.

Major Change Criteria

(AP/IB units are excluded from maximum unit calculation)

Must meet the following requirements:

  • Good Academic Standing
  • No less than a C- in any Math, Science and Engineering coursework
  • 2.0 GPA in all Math, Science and Engineering required coursework
  • Complete major within maximum units
  • Based on the total number of units you have earned, complete all the courses listed below prior to submitting the major change request
  • Students who have earned 120 or more units are not eligible for a change of major to BCOE.

Please click on the major below to see the major change criteria.

  • Bioengineering

    Completed 0-45 units

    Completed 46-89 units

    Completed 90-119 units

    • 2.5 GPA in
      • CHEM 1A/LA
      • CHEM 1B/LB
      • MATH 9A
    • C or better ENGL 1A
    • 2.5 GPA in
      • BIOL 5A/LA
      • CHEM 1A/LA
      • CHEM 1B/LB
      • MATH 9A
      • MATH 9B
      • MATH 9C
    • C or better ENGL 1A
    • Ability to complete major within 5 years after HS, 3 years after CC entry.
    • 2.5 GPA in
      • BIOL 5A/LA
      • CHEM 1A/LA
      • CHEM 1B/LB
      • CHEM 1C/LC
      • MATH 9A
      • MATH 9B
      • MATH 9C
      • PHYS 40A
    • C or better ENGL 1A and ENGL 1B
  • Chemical Engineering

    Completed 0-45 units

    Completed 46-89 units

    Completed 90-119 units

    • 2.5 GPA in
      • CHEM 1A/LA
      • MATH 9A
      • PHYS 40A
    • C or better ENGL 1A
    • 2.5 GPA in
      • CHEM 1A/LA
      • CHEM 1B/LB
      • MATH 9A
      • MATH 9B
      • MATH 9C
      • PHYS 40A
    • C or better ENGL 1A
    • Ability to complete major within 5 years after HS, 3 years after CC entry.
    • 2.5 GPA in
      • CHEM 1A/LA
      • CHEM 1B/LB
      • CHEM 1C/LC
      • MATH 9A
      • MATH 9B
      • MATH 9C
      • PHYS 40A
      • PHYS 40B
    • C or better ENGL 1A and ENGL 1B
  • Computer Engineering

    Completed 0-45 units

    Completed 46-89 units

    Completed 90-119 units

    •    No grade less than a C in CS 10

    • 2.7 GPA in
      • CS10
      • MATH 9A
      • PHYS 40A
      • AND any additional Math/Science/Engineering/CS courses (if taken)
    • C or better ENGL 1A

    Students who have submitted an application for Fall 2019 will be reviewed under the previous criteria.

    Students who submit an application for Winter 2020 or later will be reviewed under the criteria listed here.

    •  No grade less than a C in CS 10 and in CS 12
    • 2.7 GPA in
      • CS10
      • CS12
      • CS61
      • MATH 9A
      • MATH 9B
      • MATH 9C
      • PHYS 40A
      • AND any additional Math/Science/Engineering/CS courses (if taken)
    • C or better ENGL 1A

    Students who have submitted an application for Fall 2019 will be reviewed under the previous criteria.

    Students who submit an application for Winter 2020 or later will be reviewed under the criteria listed here.

    • Ability to complete major within 5 years after HS, 3 years after CC entry.
    • No grade less than a C in CS 10 and in CS 12
    • 2.7 GPA in
      • CS10
      • CS12
      • CS61
      • MATH 9A
      • MATH 9B
      • MATH 9C
      • CS/MATH 11
      • PHYS 40A
      • PHYS 40B
      • AND any additional Math/Science/Engineering/CS courses (if taken)
    • C or better ENGL 1A and ENGL 1B

    Students who have submitted an application for Fall 2019 will be reviewed under the previous criteria.

    Students who submit an application for Winter 2020 or later will be reviewed under the criteria listed here.

  • Computer Science

    Completed 0-45 units

    Completed 46-89 units

    Completed 90-119 units

    • No grade less than a C in CS 10 and in CS 12
    • 3.000 GPA in
      • CS 010
      • CS 012
      • MATH 9A
      • AND any additional CS or math courses (if taken)
    • C or better ENGL 1A
    • No grade less than a C in CS 10 and in CS 12
    • 3.000 GPA in
      • CS 10
      • CS 12
      • CS/MATH 011
      • MATH 9A, 9B, 9C
      • AND any additional CS or math courses (if taken)
    • C or better ENGL 1A
    • Ability to complete major within 5 years after HS, 3 years after CC entry
    • No grade less than a C in CS 10 and in CS 12
    • 3.000 GPA in
      • CS 10
      • CS 12
      • CS/MATH 011
      • CS 014
      • CS 061
      • MATH 9A, 9B, 9C
      • AND any additional CS or math courses (if taken)
    • C or better ENGL 1A and ENGL 1B
  • Computer Science with Business Applications

    Completed 0-45 units

    Completed 46-89 units

    Completed 90-119 units

    • No grade less than a C in CS 10
    • 2.7 GPA in 
      • BUS 20
      • CS10
      • MATH 9A
    • C or better ENGL 1A
    • No grade less than a C in CS 10 and in CS 12
    • 2.7 GPA in
      • BUS 20
      • CS10
      • CS12 
      • MATH 9A
      • MATH 9B
      • MATH 9C
    • C or better ENGL 1A
    • Ability to complete major within 5 years after HS, 3 years after CC entry.
    • No grade less than a C in CS 10 and in CS 12
    • 2.7 GPA in
      • BUS 20
      • CS10
      • CS12 
      • MATH 9A
      • MATH 9B
      • MATH 9C
      • MATH 11/CS11
    • C or better ENGL 1A and ENGL 1B
  • Electrical Engineering

    Completed 0-45 units

    Completed 46-89 units

    Completed 90-119 units

    • 2.7 GPA in
      • MATH 9A
      • MATH 9B
      • PHYS 40A
    • C or better ENGL 1A
    • No grade less than a C in CS 10
    • 2.5 GPA in
      • CS10
      • MATH 9A
      • MATH 9B
      • MATH 9C
      • PHYS 40A
    • C or better ENGL 1A
    • Ability to complete major within 5 years after HS, 3 years after CC entry.
    • No grade less than a C in CS 10
    • 2.5 GPA in
      • CS10
      • EE 1A/LA
      • MATH 9A
      • MATH 9B
      • MATH 9C
      • PHYS 40A
      • PHYS 40B
    • C or better ENGL 1A and ENGL 1B
  • Environmental Engineering

    Completed 0-45 units

    Completed 46-89 units

    Completed 90-119 units

    • 2.5 GPA in
      • CHEM 1A/LA
      • MATH 9A
      • PHYS 40A
    • C or better ENGL 1A
    • 2.5 GPA in
      • CHEM 1A/LA
      • CHEM 1B/LB
      • MATH 9A
      • MATH 9B
      • MATH 9C
      • PHYS 40A
    • C or better ENGL 1A
    • Ability to complete major within 5 years after HS, 3 years after CC entry.
    • 2.5 GPA in
      • CHEM 1A/LA
      • CHEM 1B/LB
      • CHEM 1C/LC
      • MATH 9A
      • MATH 9B
      • MATH 9C
      • PHYS 40A
      • PHYS 40B
    • C or better ENGL 1A and ENGL 1B
  • Materials Science and Engineering

    Completed 0-45 units

    Completed 46-89 units

    Completed 90-119 units

    • 2.5 GPA in
      • CHEM 1A/LA
      • MATH 9A
      • PHYS 40A
    • C or better ENGL 1A
    • 2.5 GPA in
      • CHEM 1A/LA
      • MATH 9A
      • MATH 9B
      • MATH 9C
      • PHYS 40A
    • C or better ENGL 1A
    • Ability to complete major within 5 years after HS, 3 years after CC entry.
    • 2.5 GPA in
      • CHEM 1A/LA
      • CHEM 1B/LB
      • CHEM 1C/LC
      • MATH 9A
      • MATH 9B
      • MATH 9C
      • PHYS 40A
      • PHYS 40B
    • C or better ENGL 1A and ENGL 1B
  • Mechanical Engineering

    Completed 0-45 units

    Completed 46-89 units

    Completed 90-119 units

    • 2.5 GPA in
      • MATH 9A
      • MATH 9B
      • PHYS 40A
    • C or better ENGL 1A
    • 2.5 GPA in
      • MATH 9A
      • MATH 9B
      • MATH 9C
      • ME 2
      • PHYS 40A
    • C or better ENGL 1A
    • Ability to complete major within 5 years after HS, 3 years after CC entry.
    • 2.5 GPA in
      • MATH 9A
      • MATH 9B
      • MATH 9C
      • ME 2
      • ME 10
      • PHYS 40A
      • PHYS 40B
    • C or better ENGL 1A and ENGL 1B

Deadlines

Major changes are reviewed and processed within the first three weeks of every quarter.   Upon review, you will be notified via your UCR email account whether your major change request was approved by week five of the quarter.

Frequently Asked Questions