Changing Majors

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Change Your Major to Materials Science and Engineering

Sometimes students wish to change their major partway through their time at UC Davis. Here is a list of all the requirements you need to take change your major to materials science and engineering from any major in any college, including the College of Engineering.

For students who enrolled as first-years at UC Davis, you must have:

  1. Registered as a student and completed at least one quarter (minimum of 12 units) at UC Davis.

  2. Completed fewer than 135 cumulative units (excluding AP units).

  3. Received a letter grade for all courses that satisfy engineering degree requirements.

  4. Satisfied minimum progress requirements with good academic standing.

  5. Completed three of the five following courses: MAT 21A, B or C, PHY 9A and CHE 2A.

  6. A GPA of 2.000 or better and have received a C- or better in all completed engineering, math, physics, biology and chemistry courses required for your intended major.

For student who transferred to UC Davis, you must have*:

  1. Registered as a student and completed at least one quarter (minimum of 12 units) at UC Davis.

  2. Completed fewer than 135 cumulative units (excluding AP units).

  3. Received a letter grade for all courses that satisfy engineering degree requirements.

  4. Satisfied minimum progress requirements with good academic standing.

  5. A GPA of 2.000 or better and have received a C- or better in all completed engineering courses taken at UC Davis that are required for your intended major.

  6. Completed, received a C- or better and maintained a 2.000 GPA or higher on all transfer admission course requirements for your intended major.

Please submit a Change of Major Form and an Academic Plan for the upcoming three quarters before making an appointment with an undergraduate program advisor. Here are the steps you need to take to submit an academic plan using the Online Advising Student Information System (OASIS):

  1. Go to students.ucdavis.edu.
  2. Click Forms & Petitions -> Submit a New Form -> Academic Plan.
  3. Enter draft plan for the next three quarters and click “Save as Draft.”

Please review the degree requirements for your intended major to find out which courses should be included in your plan, when those courses are offered and what prerequisites they have. The Change of Major Form is also available through OASIS.

*Note: Transfer change-of-major requirements are new as of fall 2017.