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Changing Majors from Outside 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

    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. You must have been eligible for your intended major upon entry to Cal Poly (via the admissions process). Please see process below to determine eligibility for your intended major.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. You are allowed two ICMA attempts to get into the College of Engineering.
    7. 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 3: Complete Change of Major Eligibility Inquiry Form

    How to submit an eligibility inquiry form for the first time

    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.

    click on change of major link on academics tab

    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.

    Select box to get to eligibility inquiry form

    3. Complete the eligibility inquiry form.

    fill out eligibility inquiry form

    • Each response has a 2000 character limit, including whitespace. Exceeding the character limit will result in the inability to submit your inquiry.

    Once you have submitted an inquiry form, you will receive a confirmation email from success@calpoly.edu. 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.

    After submitting an eligibility inquiry form

    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.

    Requires Attention

    The Change of Major Coordinator will evaluate your eligibility and update your status:

    • Eligible: Student meets initial change of major requirements to proceed to next steps of developing an Individualized Change of Major Agreement (ICMA) as outlined in the email from the Change of Major Coordinator.
    • Not Eligible: Student does not meet initial change of major requirements to proceed to next steps for developing an ICMA. An advisor from the Mustang Success Center will reach out to the student to help determine next steps.
    • Pending Further Action: Student eligibility for an ICMA is dependent on additional information. Student must proceed with next steps as outlined in the email from the Change of Major Coordinator.

    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.

    withdraw button Change of major form

    To confirm the withdrawal of your inquiry, click the “Yes, Withdraw” button in the pop-up window.

    Confirm Withdraw

    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.

    Start New Inquiry

    Step 4: 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.

    (OPTIONAL) Attend an Engineering Change of Major Workshop

    If you are interested in changing your major into or within a major in the College of Engineering and want to feel more confident in your decision we recommend attending this workshop. An engineering 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.

    Fall 2019 workshop dates (remember, you must register with the link above before you can attend):

    • Monday, 9/23/19 at 3:10 PM in Building 124, Room 117
    • Friday, 10/11/19 at 11:10 AM in Building 124, Room 117 
    • Thursday, 10/17/19 at 5:10 PM in Sierra Madre Hall (food provided and open to all students - you do not need to live in the hall to attend)
    • Friday, 11/15/19 at 1:10 PM in Building 124, Room 117 

    Step 5: 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 you are granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:

    • Minimum 2.750 GPA in three specified courses, all passed with a C- or better
    • Minimum 2.750 Cal Poly GPA at the end of the ICMA
    • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA at the end of all ICMA quarters

    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.

    Biomedical Engineering

    If you are granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:

    • Minimum 2.500 GPA in three specified courses, all passed with a C- or better
    • Minimum 2.500 Cal Poly GPA at the end of the ICMA
    • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA at the end of all ICMA quarters

    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.

     

    Civil Engineering

    If you are granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:

    • Minimum 2.500 GPA in three specified courses, all passed with a C- or better
    • Minimum 2.500 Cal Poly GPA at the end of the ICMA
    • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA at the end of all ICMA quarters

    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.

    Computer Engineering

    If you are granted an ICMA, it will be one quarter and will require one of the following: 

    Option #1:

    • “B” grade or higher in CPE 101*
    • Minimum Term GPA of 3.300
    • Minimum Cal Poly Cumulative GPA of 3.300
    • 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 (if you are unable to achieve a Cal Poly cumulative GPA of 3.3):

    • “B” grade or higher in CPE 101*
    • Minimum Term GPA of 3.700
    • 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 101, you 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 your eligibility to change into the intended major.

    Computer Science

    If you are granted an ICMA, it will be one quarter and will require one of the following: 

    Option #1:

    • “B” grade or higher in CPE 101*
    • Minimum Term GPA of 3.300
    • Minimum Cal Poly Cumulative GPA of 3.300
    • 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 (if you are unable to achieve a Cal Poly cumulative GPA of 3.3):

    • “B” grade or higher in CPE 101*
    • Minimum Term GPA of 3.700
    • 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 101, you 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 your eligibility to change into the intended major.

    Electrical Engineering

    If you are granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:

    • Minimum 2.500 GPA in three specified courses, all passed with a C- or better
    • Minimum 2.500 Cal Poly GPA at the end of the ICMA
    • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA at the end of all ICMA quarters

    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.

     

    Environmental Engineering

    If you are granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:

    • Minimum 2.500 GPA in three specified courses, all passed with a C- or better
    • Minimum 2.500 Cal Poly GPA at the end of the ICMA
    • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA at the end of all ICMA quarters

    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.

     

    General Engineering

    If you are granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:

    • Minimum 2.500 GPA in three specified courses, all passed with a C- or better
    • Minimum 2.500 Cal Poly GPA at the end of the ICMA
    • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA at the end of all ICMA quarters

    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.

     

    Industrial Engineering

    If you are granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:

    • Minimum 2.600 GPA in three specified courses, all passed with a C- or better
    • Minimum 2.600 Cal Poly GPA at the end of the ICMA
    • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA at the end of all ICMA quarters

    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.

     

    Manufacturing Engineering

    If you are granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:

    • Minimum 2.600 GPA in three specified courses, all passed with a C- or better
    • Minimum 2.600 Cal Poly GPA at the end of the ICMA
    • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA at the end of all ICMA quarters

    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.

     

    Materials Engineering

    If you are granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:

    • Minimum 2.500 GPA in three specified courses, all passed with a C- or better
    • Minimum 2.500 Cal Poly GPA at the end of the ICMA
    • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA at the end of all ICMA quarters

    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.

     

    Mechanical Engineering

    If you are granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:

    • Minimum 2.750 GPA in three specified courses, all passed with a C- or better
    • Minimum 2.750 Cal Poly GPA at the end of the ICMA
    • Minimum 2.000 Term GPA at the end of all ICMA quarters

    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.

     

    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 6: Complete Engineering's Change of Major Application

    If you receive notification they you are eligible, you can submit an Engineering Change of Major Application:

    • Completed Change of Major Applications must be submitted before your change of major appointment (see below). You should be prepared to discuss your responses. 
    • 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.
      Change of Major Application Within College of Engineering  

    Step 7: Meet with an Engineering Change of Major Advisor

    After submitting Engineering's Change of Major Application, make an appointment with a Change of Major Advisor in Engineering Student Services.  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.

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