Engineering Student Services Team
Important COVID-19 Policy Update: Each department has its own policy on whether or not Credit/No Credit courses may be used to fulfill major or support courses. Please refer to your major Credit/No Credit policies for fall 2020.
Note to students changing majors: Per the Office of the Registrar, if you change your major from one that allowed CR/NC in one of these quarters to a major that did not expand CR/NC allowances in that quarter, then you will be subject to the policies and rules governing the new major. That would mean that a course previously taken CR/NC that now violates the new major's rules, would be converted by the Office of the Registrar to the letter grade earned.
Please follow these instructions to submit an inquiry during summer 2020 (June 8, 2020 - September 11, 2020). To submit an inquiry after September 11, 2020, please follow the instructions below.
1. Determine when you are eligible to submit your inquiry:
2. Submit the inquiry form online.
3. The change of major coordinator for your desired major will evaluate your eligibility and inform you of your status within 10 academic business days.
Please follow these instructions to submit an inquiry beginning September 12, 2020. If you would like to submit an inquiry between June 8, 2020 - September 11, 2020, please follow the instructions above for "Summer 2020 Instructions for submitting the inquiry."
1. Log onto your Cal Poly Portal. Click on the ACADEMICS tab. Click on the "change of major" link on the bottom right of the page.
2. Select box labeled "I want to submit a change of major inquiry form". Select ONE major from the drop down menu and click submit box.
3. Complete the eligibility inquiry form.
Once you have submitted an inquiry form, you will receive a confirmation email from email@example.com. The subject line of the confirmation email will read, “Change of Major Inquiry Form Received”.
The change of major coordinator for your desired major will evaluate your eligibility and inform you of your status within 10 academic business days.
View/Edit the status of your inquiry:
Log onto your Cal Poly Portal. Click on the Academics tab. Click on the "change of major" link.
You can view the status of your inquiry under the Change of Major Inquiry Form Details portlet. The default status of a new inquiry is “Requires Attention." This status indicates that an inquiry form was submitted.
The Change of Major Coordinator will evaluate your eligibility and update your status:
You will be notified by your Cal Poly email account within 10 academic business days of updated status and the next steps you will need to take. Follow the directions outlined in the email.
A student can only have one (1) active inquiry form. In order to submit a new inquiry form for a different major, the student will either need to a) withdraw their current inquiry form through their portlet or b) be deemed “not eligible” by the Change of Major Coordinator.
You can withdraw your inquiry at any time during the inquiry process by clicking the “Withdraw” button under the Change of Major Inquiry Form Details portlet.
To confirm the withdrawal of your inquiry, click the “Yes, Withdraw” button in the pop-up window.
Once an inquiry has been withdrawn, the status of that inquiry will be listed as “WITHDRAWN_BY_STUDENT”.
To submit a new inquiry, click the “Start New Inquiry” button under the Change of Major Inquiry Form Details portlet.
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 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.
To join us for an Engineering Change of Major Workshop, fill out the COM Workshop Registration Form.
Workshop calendar (remember, you must register with the link above before you can attend):
These requirements should be satisfied while in an official ICMA. They do not need to be met prior to submitting the inquiry/eligibility form.
If you are granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:
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.
If you are granted an ICMA, it will be one quarter and will most likely look like one of the types below:
*If you have AP or transfer credit for CPE 101, you will be required to take CPE 202 or the next CSC/CPE course in the series at Cal Poly.
CSC will NOT be accepting change of majors for the foreseeable future.
If you are interested in CSC, we recommend meeting with a Career Counselor to discuss other majors that can meet your career goals.
SE will NOT be accepting change of majors for the foreseeable future.
If you are interested in SE, we recommend meeting with a Career Counselor to discuss other majors that can meet your career goals.
If you receive notification they you are eligible, you can submit an Engineering Change of Major Application:
After submitting Engineering's Change of Major Application, make an appointment with a Change of Major Advisor in Engineering Student Services (all appointments will be virtual in spring 2020). This appointment will discuss your target major, the possibility of getting an Individualized Change of Major Agreement (ICMA), and which courses will be included on the agreement. We do not provide drop-ins for this requirement.