Change Of Major

Updated Summer 2017, 07-05-17

 Change of Major/Minor Into or Within the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS)

(subject to change without notice

Please note new application period and process for change of major submissions.

  • Change of major workshops are scheduled throughout the quarter. Days and times are posted on the sign-up sheet in 6426 Boelter Hall.

  • After reading the information on this website, if you have questions, please direct inquiries to an Academic Counselor at 6426 Boelter Hall.

Eligibility (click on one)

I am an HSSEAS student

 I am a non-engineering student

  • I am interested in changing my major to another HSSEAS major
  • I am interested in changing my major to a major OUTSIDE of HSSEAS
  • I am interested in adding a 2nd major or a minor (Double Major and Minor information)
  • I am non-engineering student and am interested in changing my major to an HSSEAS major
  • I am non-engineering student and am interested in adding one of the HSSEAS minors (Bioinformatics or Environmental Engineering)

 Note:  Meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee approval.


Application Period for 2017-2018 Academic School Year

Summer Sessions: July 3rd through July 14th, 2017.
Winter Quarter:  January 8th through Jan 19th, 2018.
Fall Quarter:  October 2nd through October 13th, 2017. Spring Quarter: April 2nd through April 13th, 2018.

Applications are accepted in weeks 1&2 of each quarter.  They will be reviewed in the quarter in which they are submitted based on the previous quarter’s grades.  Submit the paperwork with this in mind.  If you want to change your major in Spring, submit the forms during the application period in Spring quarter.

To submit a change of major request, complete the following steps:  (complete steps only during submission period stated above)

1. Complete the CCLE survey at  

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you get a notification saying that you’re not eligible to take the
questionnaire, there should be a link on the left side of the page that says “Course administration” and then “Enroll me in this course.”  Click on that and you’ll be able to fill it out.
(This CCLE survey will only be active during submission period, DO NOT complete CCLE UNTIL you know your previous terms final grades (for example, if you are submitting an application in the Winter 2017 Quarter, you need to submit your Fall 2016 term final grades on the CCLE survey)

2. Complete the Undergraduate Program Change Petition.  Be sure to complete both pages of the editable PDF (not the “office use only” section), and name it using your 9-digit UCLA ID (e.g. 123456789.pdf).
3. Submit petition to Message Center CoM queue.  (queue will only be active during submission period)

Notification and Processing:

In most cases, by approximately the end of week four you will be sent a message or email as to the change of major decision. Some decisions may be delayed if there are a high volume of petitions and/or additional time is needed to thoroughly review each case.

  • If your request is approved, you will receive an email to arrange a meeting with one of the HSSEAS counselors.
  • Students who are approved a change of major will follow the catalog year requirements in the effective term they entered the NEW major (e.g. for a change of major effective Winter 2016, you will follow ALL requirements of the 2015-16 catalog).
  • Students may petition to follow the previous catalog year that was in effect from their previous major.
    Petitions are reviewed on a case by case basis.

Meanwhile: What about enrolling for the next quarter?

  • While awaiting a decision on your change of major request, enroll in any Math, Science,  Computing or GE course for which you meet the prerequisite(s) and that is open to your present major. Keep in mind, your change of major is not guaranteed. You are advised to explore other major options.
  • You should look in the HSSEAS Announcement for the courses required for your major of interest.