Updated Summer 2018, 06-25-18
(subject to change without notice)
Change of major workshops are scheduled throughout the quarter. If after reviewing this information, you still have questions, we encourage you to Sign Up for one of these small groups with an Engineering counselor.
You may also submit a question to Engineering Counselors via myUCLA Message Center .
SPRING 20 ONLY: All Students Applying to any Engineering Major
With SP20 being optional as far as PN for ENGR students, we will also allow the same for LS students, based on the College’s allowance. If a student is allowed (by the College) to take multiple courses as PN, then we will accept and consider the courses for the change of major. However, they will not factor into the prep GPA, so if a student has a 3.5 GPA that will remain unaffected. If a student does not have a 3.5 GPA, the PN courses will not help raise their GPA to meet the requirement either.
UCLA Engineering Majors and Minors
Click on the majors to see a short introduction to the department given by the chair/vice chair
- Aerospace Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering (Joint major between Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering Departments)
- Computer Science
- Computer Science and Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Materials Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
(Students may not apply to change majors to Undeclared Engineering)
Not sure which engineering major to choose?
- US Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupational Outlook Handbook with example Engineering Jobs and descriptions
- UCLA Career Center FOCUS 2 – Career Assessment Tool to identify your work interests, personality, skills, values, and generates a list of occupations that match as well as connecting them back to UCLA Majors. This can be accessed through Handshake. It is located under the Career Center tab>Resources.
- UCLA MyMajors – after completing this assessment, you will receive a list of your best-fit majors at UCLA
When and How to Apply
Select Topic/Tab to view detailed information
- Application Period: Weeks 1&2 of every quarter
- Submit Application Materials
- Notification and Processing
- Applying to the Engineering Minors
- Adding a Double Major or Minor
- Changing majors to a Non-Engineering major
Application Period for 2018-2019 Academic School Year
- Summer Sessions: July 2nd through July 13th, 2018.
- Fall Quarter: October 1st through October 12th, 2018.
- Winter Quarter: January 7th through Jan 18th, 2019.
- Spring Quarter: April 1st through April 12th, 2019.
Applications 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 meet eligibility with your Winter grades, submit the forms during the Spring application period.
STEP 1: Complete CCLE Survey 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 2018 Quarter, you need to submit your Fall 2017 term final grades on the CCLE survey)
STEP 2: Complete Undergraduate Program Change PetitionBe 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).
STEP 3: Submit petition to Message Center CoM queue(queue will only be active during submission period) Please state major applying to in subject line of message.
- 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 2018, you will follow ALL requirements of the 2017-18 catalog).
- Students may petition to follow the previous catalog year that was in effect from their previous major 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 back up major options.
- You should look in the HSSEAS Announcement for the courses required for your major of interest.
- You must be admitted to there minor programs before your last term
- Non-Engineering students over 150 total units, applications will not be processed without approval from College Academic Counseling. Please note that if you will exceed your unit maximum, you may make yourself ineligible for a degree and/or be removed from the minor. If you will exceed your unit max, please consult with an academic counselor in your Counseling Unit (Honors, Athletics, AAP, or CAC) before applying to the minor.
To apply for one of these minors, please submit an Undergraduate Program Change form to Boelter Hall 6426. This is different from major requests which are only accepted once a quarter during weeks 1&2. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing. Notification will be via MyUCLA Message Center
Once you have completed your degree, you may not add a double major or minor.
- A student whose current major is in the College of Letters & Science would need to meet the eligibility requirements as described below to change their primary major to HSSEAS and then request to add double major.
- Double majors involving two majors within Engineering is not allowed (e.g. Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science) For double majors, your primary major must be in Engineering and the other must be a major outside Engineering (e.g. Aerospace Engineering and Math of Computation).
- If requesting Majors and minors housed in the College of Letters and Science, please note that those departments may not approve you once you have 150+ units completed.
- If you are already in an Engineering Major
- Meet with 2nd major/minor department advisor. Are there any minimum course or grade requirements required before you can declare?
- Submit a quarter by quarter course plan to 6426 Boelter Hall for counselor review and pre-approval to add major or minor to your program. Pay attention to requisites, as well as tentative or past course offerings when making your plan. You don’t have to know every course, but you should be able to put in required courses and at least specify, Elective, Tech Breadth, etc.
- Once you meet the eligibility requirements for your 2nd major or minor and you have your pre-approval from OASA, then submit an Undergraduate program change form signed by the department of your 2nd major or minor. Submit to 6426 Boelter Hall. (can submit any week, different from changing to an Engineering major which is only in weeks 1&2 of each quarter).
It is helpful to notify an HSSEAS counselor of your intent to change majors. This is more of a courtesy, but if there are any complications we have the note that you are in the middle of changing majors and can help resolve things quickly.
Minimum Eligibility requirements to apply
- Students in their first year may not apply before completing a minimum of two quarters(note that it may take longer to meet requirements for Com Sci, Com Sci & Engr, or Com Engr. See additional requirements below)
- Students entering their third year or later are not eligible to apply for a change of major,so you must meet the minimum eligibility and apply by the end of your 2nd (sophomore) year. This includes requests with in the same department like from CSE to CS.
- Students will NOT be approved more than one change of major to an Engineering major. Students are encouraged to research the various engineering disciplines thoroughly before filing for change of major.
- Meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee approval but gives you your best chance for a successful change of major.
Junior Level Transfer Students
- Students admitted to a major outside of HSSEAS (e.g. Math) are not eligible for change of major or double major consideration with a HSSEAS major because of the competitiveness of admissions
- Students admitted to a major within HSSEAS may request a change of major to other HSSEAS majors before the end of their 2nd quarter in residence at UCLA except for the majors listed below. Such requests are rare and considered on a case by case basis if the student would have originally applied and been directly admitted to the desired HSSEAS major. (See Information for Transfer applicants)
- Because they are severely impacted majors, it is NOT possible for transfer students change into the Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering majors.
Undeclared Engineering Majors
- Declare your major between the beginning of Winter quarter of your freshman year and the beginning of Winter quarter of your sophomore year.
- Have a minimum 2.700 GPA in Engineering preparatory courses at the time you declare.
- Take and pass an introductory engineering course from the major you are mostly likely to choose, or take and pass Engineering 96 Freshman Seminar – Introduction to Design.
- If applying to Computer Science or Computer Science and Engineering you must also complete COM SCI 31 with a C grade or better on the first attempt, and COM SCI 32 and 33 with a B- grade or better on the first attempt.
- If applying to Computer Engineering you must also complete COM SCI 31 and EC ENGR 3 with a C grade or better on the first attempt, and COM SCI 32 and M51A with a B- grade or better on the first attempt.
This guarantee only applies toward the first major change. Any subsequent major changes are not guaranteed; therefore make sure you are applying for a major in which you are genuinely interested. To declare your major, follow the instructions above
(1) Enroll in an Engineering Workload
For current non-engineering students working towards a change of major, the minimum Engineering Workload is at least 1 Math and 1 Science/Engineering course from the linked list of prep courses per term while enrolled in a minimum of 12 units per term.
- First year students may apply after completing at least 2 quarters that meet this workload
- Second year students may apply after completing at least 3 quarters that meet this workload
Current Engineering students should already be enrolling in an Engineering Workload and most often will be enrolling in additional major courses.
(2) Earn a 3.500 GPA in Prep Courses Completed
- Unless applying to Materials Engineering or Civil Engineering (minimum GPA is 3.000 in Prep Courses Completed)
- Unless applying to Electrical Engineering (minimum GPA is 3.400 in Prep Courses Completed)
For current non-engineering students working towards a change of major, in order to ensure to ensure a successful transition to taking 3-4 Engineering courses a quarter, this is a hard GPA requirement. We strongly recommend that you take the minimum Engineering workload described above and no more to give the space to build strong foundation skills as well as give you your best chances at a successful change of major.
For current engineering majors, this is not a hard GPA requirement based on the work you already did to be admitted to Engineering, but you need to be in good academic standing, and you MUST DEMONSTRATE that you can succeed in the prep or major courses for the major you are applying to.
Additional requirements for requests to CS, CSE, CE
Applicants to the Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or Computer Science & Engineering majors must have ALSO completed the all courses with a minimum grade indicated below and they must have earned the minimum grade or better on the first attempt in those courses. (Repeat grades will not be considered). These are firm requirements. For Spring 2020 only, P grades will be accepted to meet these minimum requirements.
|COM SCI 31||COM SCI 32||COM SCI 33||EC ENGR 3||EC ENGR M16/ COM SCI M51A|
|Computer Science & Engineering||C||B-||B-|
- Frequently Asked Questions by College of Letters and Science student who are interested in changing majors into HSSEAS.