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Changing Majors within 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. 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.
    4. 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.

    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 Criteria

    Aerospace Engineering

    Students requesting to switch to AERO must meet the following requirements:

    Biomedical Engineering

    Students requesting to switch to BMED must meet the following requirements:

    Civil Engineering

    Students requesting to switch to CE must meet the following requirements:

    Computer Engineering

    Switching from CSC or SE

    Students requesting to switch to CPE that were originally admitted to CSC or SE must meet the following requirements:

    Switching from all other CENG majors

    Students switching from all other CENG majors (except CSC/SE) must complete an application (see Step #3).  

    Students are then required to meet with a Change of Major Advisor in Engineering Student Services to create an ICMA.  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

    Switching from SE or CPE (originally admitted)

    Students requesting to switch to CSC from SE or CPE (must of been originally admitted as a CPE student) must meet the following requirements:

    Switching from all other CENG majors

    Students switching from all other CENG majors (except CPE/SE) must complete an application (see Step #3).  

    Students are then required to meet with a Change of Major Advisor in Engineering Student Services to create an ICMA.  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

    Students requesting to switch to EE must meet the following requirements:

    Environmental Engineering

    Students requesting to switch to ENVE must meet the following requirements:

    General Engineering

    Students requesting to switch to GENE must meet the following requirements:

    Industrial Engineering

    Students requesting to switch to IE must meet the following requirements:

    Manufacturing Engineering

    Students requesting to switch to MFGE must meet the following requirements:

    Materials Engineering

    Students requesting to switch to MATE must meet the following requirements:

    Mechanical Engineering

    Students requesting to switch to ME must meet the following requirements:

    • 2.750 Cal Poly cumulative GPA
    • Good academic standing (not on academic probation)
    • 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.

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

    Step 3: Complete Engineering's Change of Major Application

    • Submitting a complete Change of Major Application will result in the change of major being initiated if the requirements are met, so students must be sure of their decision before submitting.
    • Students will receive an email from evaluations@calpoly.edu within about one week of submitting the application and will require the student's approval.
    • 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  

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