Double Majors

Students requesting to double major must review and complete the steps below. Not all majors are approved for a double major.

Please Note

The College of Engineering does not encourage or recommend double majors. It is extremely rare that a double major request will be approved. Eligible students are encouraged to pursue a master's program (upon completion of their undergraduate coursework) or a 4 + 1 program.

Step # 1: Review the Majors that will Not be Approved

Students should read through this list in detail before moving forward.  

List of Majors Not Approved for Double Majors
Computer Engineering (CPE) and Software Engineering (SE)
Computer Science (CSC) and Computer Engineering (CPE)
Computer Science (CSC) and Software Engineering (SE)
Electrical Engineering (EE) and Computer Engineering (CPE)
General Engineering (GENE) and All College of Engineering Majors
Industrial Engineering (IE) and Manufacturing Engineering (MFGE)
Civil Engineering (CE) and Environmental Engineering (ENVE)
Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies (LAES) and All College of Engineering Majors

In addition, due to the impaction of the majors, requests to add Computer Science (CSC) or Software Engineering (SE), will not be approved.

Step # 2: Prepare Materials to Request the Double Major

Students requesting to double major must provide the following:  

  1. A letter outlining why they want to pursue a double major rather than a BMS or MS degree.
  2. An academic plan indicating how they will graduate in a timely manner (no more than 15 quarters if they entered Cal Poly as a freshman or 9 quarters if they entered Cal Poly as an upper-division transfer student). 

In addition, students requesting double majors must have very high grade point averages (GPA's) and be willing to carry very high quarterly unit loads.

Step # 3: Submit Requests

Requests should be emailed to for review by the Associate Dean. Requests should include the following:

  • Name
  • Major
  • Cal Poly Email Address
  • Cell/Local Phone Number
  • Letter (see Step #2)
  • Quarter by Quarter Graduation Plan (see Step #2)

Students will be notified by email of the outcome of their request.

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