Changing Majors

Changing Majors into Computer Engineering (CPE)

Please click the following link for Cal Poly’s General Change of Major Policy

Changing your major is an important decision and not one to take lightly. The choices you make now can affect the career choices you will have after graduation, so take advantage of all the resources available to you here at Cal Poly and online that can help with your decision. Students are expected to fully research their options and be certain of their choice before starting the change of major process. Please note it is rare for a student to be able to change their major a 2nd time.

Minimum Standards for switching majors within CENG

College of Engineering students wanting to switch into CPE must complete a minimum of one quarter at Cal Poly and have a 2.0 grade point average (current term, CP CUM, and Higher Ed). Students must also demonstrate they can graduate with no more than 24 excess units above their target major’s program requirement. Note: there are no exceptions being made to the "24 excess units."

Students wanting to switch within CENG should complete the necessary research to ensure their decision. Some of the resources to help with the decision are listed on this required Change of Major Worksheet. Once the worksheet is fully completed and the requirements are met, it can be turned into the CENG Advising Center to initiate the change of major process or the completed worksheet can be brought to an appointment with the Change of Major Advisor (call 805-756-1461 to schedule).

Minimum Standards for switching from outside of CENG

Students wanting to switch from outside of the College of Engineering into CPE will be required to enter into a one or two quarter long Individualized Change of Major Agreement (ICMA). The ICMA will list a maximum of three specified courses selected from major/support coursework. All GPA’s (term, Cal Poly, Higher Ed) during the ICMA quarter/s must be a minimum of a 2.5, as well as at least a 2.5 grade point average in the three specified courses. In order to be eligible for an ICMA students need to have attended Cal Poly for at least one quarter, be eligible for MATH 141, and demonstrate they can graduate with no more than 24 excess units above their target major’s program requirement. Students will be held to the agreement and no exceptions will be made.

Students wanting to switch into the CENG should complete the necessary research to ensure their decision. Some of the resources to help with the decision are listed on this required Change of Major Worksheet. To discuss the possibility of an ICMA and which classes will be included on the agreement, students need to schedule an appointment with the Change of Major Advisor in the Engineering Advising Center. Students are required to bring their completed Change of Major Worksheet to the appointment. Failure to have it completed by the appointment will result in the appointment being rescheduled.

For more guidelines and restrictions please read below:

  • Students should read the University’s change of major policy.
  • Students who enter into an ICMA and do not complete the ICMA requirements will not be eligible to request CPE again later in their career at Cal Poly. 
  • 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.
  • Students switching from outside CENG must meet with the CENG Change of Major advisor to initiate the ICMA no later than the end of the fifth week of the quarter the ICMA is to become effective.
  • The ICMA must be accepted by the student no later than five days after receiving the electronic ICMA via email.
  • The College of Engineering does not approve requests for double majors.
  • It is extremely rare for change of majors to be approved for students who entered Cal Poly as transfer students unless they can show they can successfully graduate within 3 years of beginning at Cal Poly.
  • Note: the “24 excess units” do not include advanced placement credit or transfer work taken outside of Cal Poly.