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Changing Majors Within the College of Engineering

Cal Poly terms used on this page

  • COM: Change of major
  • ICMA: Individualized Change of Major Agreement
  • Intended Major: major you plan on changing into
  • CENG: College of Engineering

If you are changing your major within the College of Engineering, you do NOT complete the university inquiry portlet through the My Cal Poly Portal. You are eligible to change if you meet the guidelines and requirements outlined below.

General Change of Major Guidelines

  1. Please review Cal Poly's Change of Major policy in full.
  2. Per campus policy, you must complete at least one quarter at Cal Poly before changing your major.
  3. Per campus policy, you are allowed one change of major agreement (ICMA) per major. If you enter into an ICMA and do not complete the agreement’s requirements, either by failing to complete the terms or by opting out due to a change of plan or interest, you will not be eligible to request that same major again.
  4. You must be able to graduate within 5 years (within 3 years for transfer students) from when you were admitted. A realistic quarter-by-quarter graduation plan may be required to demonstrate whether this is feasible.
  5. If you are a former student who left the College of Engineering in poor standing and were accepted into another college at Cal Poly, you do not have the option of applying for a change of major back into the College of Engineering.

Step 1: Research

Complete Required Research

Complete the research necessary to ensure your decision.

  • Please refer to the Change of Major Application (linked at the bottom of this page) for research requirements.
  • If you are switching out of CSC or CPE only: You are required to meet with your current department chair to do an exit interview before changing majors.

(OPTIONAL) Attend an Engineering Change of Major Workshop

If you are interested in changing your major into or within the College of Engineering and want to feel more confident in your decision, we recommend attending this workshop. An Engineering Student Services Academic Advisor and Career Counselor will review the policy and procedure for changing your major to an engineering discipline, create discussion and dialogue about changing your major, and help you strategize next steps to become more confident in your major decision.

Virtual workshop calendar:

  • Friday, October 7, 2022 at 1:10 PM; Link TBA
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 10:10 AM; Link TBA
  • Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 11:10 AM; Link TBA

Step 2: Check Major Specific Criteria

Aerospace Engineering

To change to AERO, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 2.750 Cal Poly cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA

Biomedical Engineering

To change to BMED, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 2.750 Cal Poly cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA

Civil Engineering

To change to CE, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 2.500 Cal Poly cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA

Computer Engineering

Switching from CSC or SE

To change to CPE from CSC or SE, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 2.000 Cal Poly cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA

Switching from all other CENG majors (originally admitted)

To change to CPE from all other CENG majors (except CSC/SE), you must:

1) Complete an application (see Step #5).

2) Schedule an appointment with a Change of Major Advisor in Engineering Student Services to discuss a possible ICMA (all appointments will be virtual). The Change of Major Advisor will determine the requirements of your ICMA. If you are granted an ICMA, it will be one quarter and will most likely look like one of the types below:

PLEASE NOTE: The completion of coursework in the intended major without prior consultation with a Change of Major Advisor does not guarantee your eligibility to change into the intended major.

ICMA Type # 1

  • “B” grade or higher in CPE/CSC 101* (even if taken previously at Cal Poly)
  • Minimum Term GPA of 3.300 (during term CPE 101 is/was taken)
  • Minimum Cal Poly Cumulative GPA of 3.300 (at end of ICMA)
  • At least one math or other relevant major/support course for CPE designated by a Change of Major Advisor with C- or better

*If you have AP or transfer credit for CPE/CSC 101, you will be required to take CPE 202 or the next CPE/CSC course in the series at Cal Poly.

ICMA Type # 2

  • “B” grade or higher in CPE/CSC 101* (even if taken previously at Cal Poly)
  • Minimum Term GPA of 3.700 (during term CPE/CSC 101 is/was taken)
  • At least one math or other relevant major/support course for CPE designated by a Change of Major Advisor with C- or better

*If you have AP or transfer credit for CPE/CSC 101, you will be required to take CPE/CSC 202 or the next CPE/CSC course in the series at Cal Poly.

Computer Science

Switching from SE or CPE (originally admitted)

To change to CSC from SE or from CPE (you must have been originally admitted to CPE), you must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 2.000 Cal Poly cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA

Switching from all other CENG majors

CSC will NOT be accepting change of majors for the foreseeable future from majors outside of those originally admitted to: CPE, GENE, or SE.

If you are interested in CSC, we recommend looking into related majors (CPE) or meeting with a Career Counselor to discuss other majors that can meet your career goals.

Switching from GENE (originally admitted)

To change to CSC from all other CENG majors (except CPE/SE), you must:

1) Have been originally admitted to a CENG major;

2) Complete an application (see Step #5);

3) Schedule an appointment with a Change of Major Advisor in Engineering Student Services to discuss a possible ICMA (all appointments will be virtual). The Change of Major Advisor will determine the requirements of your ICMA. If you are granted an ICMA, it will be one quarter and will most likely look like one of the types below:

PLEASE NOTE: The completion of coursework in the intended major without prior consultation with a Change of Major Advisor does not guarantee your eligibility to change into the intended major.

ICMA Type # 1

  • “B” grade or higher in CPE/CSC 101* (even if taken previously at Cal Poly)
  • Minimum Term GPA of 3.300 (during term CPE/CSC 101 is/was taken)
  • Minimum Cal Poly Cumulative GPA of 3.300 (at end of ICMA)
  • At least one math or other relevant major/support course for CSC designated by a Change of Major Advisor with C- or better

*If you have AP or transfer credit for CPE/CSC 101, you will be required to take CPE/CSC 202 or the next CPE/CSC course in the series at Cal Poly.

ICMA Type # 2

  • “B” grade or higher in CPE/CSC 101* (even if taken previously at Cal Poly)
  • Minimum Term GPA of 3.700 (during term CPE/CSC 101 is/was taken)
  • At least one math or other relevant major/support course for CSC designated by a Change of Major Advisor with C- or better

*If you have AP or transfer credit for CPE/CSC 101, you will be required to take CPE/CSC 202 or the next CPE/CSC course in the series at Cal Poly.

Electrical Engineering

To change to EE, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 2.750 Cal Poly cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA

Environmental Engineering

To change to ENVE, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 2.500 Cal Poly cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA

General Engineering

To change to GENE, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 2.000 Cal Poly cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA

Industrial Engineering

To change to IE, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 2.600 Cal Poly cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA

Manufacturing Engineering

To change to MFGE, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 2.000 Cal Poly cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA

Materials Engineering

To change to MATE, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 2.000 Cal Poly cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA

Mechanical Engineering

To change to ME, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 2.750 Cal Poly cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA
  • If a student was originally admitted to GENE and is switching from GENE to ME, Cal Poly Cumulative GPA must be a 2.000 and student must be in good academic standing.

Software Engineering

SE will NOT be accepting change of majors for the foreseeable future.

If you are interested in SE, we recommend looking into related majors (CSC or CPE) or meeting with a Career Counselor to discuss other majors that can meet your career goals.

Step 3: Complete Engineering's Change of Major Application

  • Submitting a complete Change of Major Application may result in the change of major being initiated if the requirements are met, so you must be sure of your decision before submitting.
  • Review the entire application before filling it out. This application requires specific action on your part that you may need to schedule time to complete. Also, it may be helpful to include your answers in a separate document in case you need to leave the application and complete it at a later time.
  • If approved, you will receive an email from evaluations@calpoly.edu within about one week of submitting the application that will require your prompt approval.
  • If you are changing for the second or more time, then you may be required to make an appointment with an advisor. You will be contacted by email if this is required.
  • Applications will close at 5:00 PM PST on the last day of instruction each quarter and will re-open after the Cal Poly cumulative GPA posts.

Change of Major Application to Non-Computing Majors

Change of Major Application to Computing Majors (Computer Engineering and Computer Science)

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