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Changing Majors from outside the College of Engineering

Changing your major is a multi-step process and specialized to each major. This website is to be used as a guideline. Students must have conversations with appropriate offices and departments to see if changing their major is possible.

    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

    General Change of Major Guidelines

    1. Review Cal Poly's Change of Major policy in full.
    2. Students must complete at least one quarter at Cal Poly before changing their major.
    3. Students must have been eligible for their intended major upon entry to Cal Poly (via the admissions process). See process below to determine eligibility for an intended major.
    4. Per campus policy, students are allowed one change of major agreement (ICMA) per major.  Students who 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, will not be eligible to request that same major again.
    5. Students must be able to graduate within 5 years or less (3 years and one quarter for transfer students) from when they were admitted. A realistic quarter-by-quarter graduation plan may be required to demonstrate whether this is feasible.
    6. Former students who left the College of Engineering in poor standing and have been accepted into another college at Cal Poly do not have the option of applying for a change of major back into the College of Engineering.

    Step 1: Explore

    Students are expected to research their options and make a well-informed decision before entering an ICMA. Here are some exploratory options:

    How to sign up for a university change of major workshop

    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.

    change of major link on academics tab

    2. Select box labeled "I want to attend a change of major workshop". Select ONE major from the drop down menu and click "submit".

    Select box to attend workshop

    3. Select the workshop you want to attend.

    workshop sign up options

    4. Click "sign up" to confirm the workshop you want to attend.

    click sign up to confirm attendance

    • If you try to sign up for a workshop and it says it is full, we suggest that you still show up. The Mustang Success Center will try their best to accommodate all students that show up for a workshop.
    • If there are not any more workshops available for this term, or you have any follow up questions about change of major, please contact the Mustang Success Center in building 52 or call at 805-756-6211.
    • Attend an Engineering Change of Major Workshop.  This workshop will discuss the 13 College of Engineering majors, possible career paths, suggested research activities, and the engineering change of major policy. Registration is not required.

    Engineering Change of Major Workshop Dates

    Dates coming soon!

    Step 2: Check Major Specific ICMA Criteria

    These requirements should be satisfied while in an official ICMA. They do not need to be met prior to submitting the inquiry/eligibility form.

    Aerospace Engineering

    If a student is granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:

    • A 2.75 GPA in three specified courses, all passed with a C- or better
    • A 2.75 Cal Poly GPA at the end of the ICMA
    • Good academic standing (not on academic probation) at the end of both ICMA quarters

    The completion of coursework in the intended major without prior consultation with a Change of Major Advisor does not guarantee the student eligibility to switch into the intended major.

    Biomedical Engineering

    If a student is granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:

    • A 2.50 GPA in three specified courses, all passed with a C- or better
    • A 2.50 Cal Poly GPA at the end of the ICMA
    • Good academic standing (not on academic probation) at the end of both ICMA quarters

    The completion of coursework in the intended major without prior consultation with a Change of Major Advisor does not guarantee the student eligibility to switch into the intended major.

     

    Civil Engineering

    If a student is granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:

    • A 2.50 GPA in three specified courses, all passed with a C- or better
    • A 2.50 Cal Poly GPA at the end of the ICMA
    • Good academic standing (not on academic probation) at the end of both ICMA quarters

    The completion of coursework in the intended major without prior consultation with a Change of Major Advisor does not guarantee the student eligibility to switch into the intended major.

    Computer Engineering

    If a student is granted an ICMA, it will be one quarter and will require one of the following: 

    Option #1:

    • “B” grade or higher in CPE 101*
    • Term GPA of 3.3
    • Cal Poly Cumulative GPA of 3.3
    • At least one math or other relevant major/support course for CPE designated by a Change of Major Advisor with C- or better

    Option #2 (for students unable to achieve a Cal Poly cumulative GPA of 3.3):

    • “B” grade or higher in CPE 101*
    • Term GPA of 3.7
    • Good academic standing (not on academic probation)
    • At least one math or other relevant major/support course for CPE designated by a Change of Major Advisor with C- or better

    *Students with AP or transfer credit for CPE 101 will be required to take CPE 202 or the next CSC/CPE course in the series

    The completion of coursework in the intended major without prior consultation with a Change of Major Advisor does not guarantee the student eligibility to switch into the intended major.

    Computer Science

    If a student is granted an ICMA, it will be one quarter and will require one of the following: 

    Option #1:

    • “B” grade or higher in CPE 101*
    • Term GPA of 3.3
    • Cal Poly Cumulative GPA of 3.3
    • At least one math or other relevant major/support course for CSC designated by a Change of Major Advisor with C- or better

    Option #2 (for students unable to achieve a Cal Poly cumulative GPA of 3.3):

    • “B” grade or higher in CPE 101*
    • Term GPA of 3.7
    • Good academic standing (not on academic probation)
    • At least one math or other relevant major/support course for CSC designated by a Change of Major Advisor with C- or better

    *Students with AP or transfer credit for CPE 101 will be required to take CPE 202 or the next CSC/CPE course in the series

    The completion of coursework in the intended major without prior consultation with a Change of Major Advisor does not guarantee the student eligibility to switch into the intended major.

    Electrical Engineering

    If a student is granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:

    • A 2.50 GPA in three specified courses, all passed with a C- or better
    • A 2.50 Cal Poly GPA at the end of the ICMA
    • Good academic standing (not on academic probation) at the end of both ICMA quarters

     

    The completion of coursework in the intended major without prior consultation with a Change of Major Advisor does not guarantee the student eligibility to switch into the intended major.

     

    Environmental Engineering

    If a student is granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:

    • A 2.50 GPA in three specified courses, all passed with a C- or better
    • A 2.50 Cal Poly GPA at the end of the ICMA
    • Good academic standing (not on academic probation) at the end of both ICMA quarters

     

    The completion of coursework in the intended major without prior consultation with a Change of Major Advisor does not guarantee the student eligibility to switch into the intended major.

     

    General Engineering

    If a student is granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:

    • A 2.50 GPA in three specified courses, all passed with a C- or better
    • A 2.50 Cal Poly GPA at the end of the ICMA
    • Good academic standing (not on academic probation) at the end of both ICMA quarters

     

    The completion of coursework in the intended major without prior consultation with a Change of Major Advisor does not guarantee the student eligibility to switch into the intended major.

     

    Industrial Engineering

    If a student is granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:

    • A 2.60 GPA in three specified courses, all passed with a C- or better
    • A 2.60 Cal Poly GPA at the end of the ICMA
    • Good academic standing (not on academic probation) at the end of both ICMA quarters

     

    The completion of coursework in the intended major without prior consultation with a Change of Major Advisor does not guarantee the student eligibility to switch into the intended major.

     

    Manufacturing Engineering

    If a student is granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:

    • A 2.60 GPA in three specified courses, all passed with a C- or better
    • A 2.60 Cal Poly GPA at the end of the ICMA
    • Good academic standing (not on academic probation) at the end of both ICMA quarters

     

    The completion of coursework in the intended major without prior consultation with a Change of Major Advisor does not guarantee the student eligibility to switch into the intended major.

     

    Materials Engineering

    If a student is granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:

    • A 2.50 GPA in three specified courses, all passed with a C- or better
    • A 2.50 Cal Poly GPA at the end of the ICMA
    • Good academic standing (not on academic probation) at the end of both ICMA quarters

     

    The completion of coursework in the intended major without prior consultation with a Change of Major Advisor does not guarantee the student eligibility to switch into the intended major.

     

    Mechanical Engineering

    If a student is granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:

    • A 2.75 GPA in three specified courses, all passed with a C- or better
    • A 2.75 Cal Poly GPA at the end of the ICMA
    • Good academic standing (not on academic probation) at the end of both ICMA quarters

     

    The completion of coursework in the intended major without prior consultation with a Change of Major Advisor does not guarantee the student eligibility to switch into the intended major.

     

    Software Engineering

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

    Students interested in SE should meet with a Career Counselor to discuss other majors that can meet their career goals.  

    Step 3: Complete Change of Major Eligibility Inquiry Form

    How to submit an eligibility inquiry form over summer

    New students must wait until July 22nd to submit the form below!

    1. Submit the Change of Major Eligibility Inquiry
    2. The change of major coordinator for your desired major will evaluate your eligibility and inform you of your status within 10 academic business days.

    Step 4: Complete Engineering Change of Major Application

    Students who receive notification they are eligible can then submit an Engineering Change of Major Application:

    • Completed Change of Major Applications should be submitted before a student’s change of major appointment (see below). Students should be prepared to discuss their responses. 
    • Applications will close each quarter at the end of the 10th week of instruction and re-open after the Cal Poly cumulative GPA posts.
      Change of Major Application Within College of Engineering  

    Step 5: Meet with an Engineering Change of Major Advisor

    After submitting the Engineering Change of Major Application, make an appointment with a Change of Major Advisor in Engineering Student Services.  This appointment will discuss the target major, the possibility of getting an Individual Change of Major Agreement (ICMA) and which courses will be included on the agreement.

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