UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Change of Major

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Upon completion of prerequisites for admission to the major, students may petition to change their major. The petition should be filed no later than the end of the junior year, and requires, in every case, the approval of the chair of the prospective department as well as, in some circumstances, the Dean of Undergraduate Education. Students who contemplate a change of major late in their academic careers should note that the change may not be approved if it is clear that they will need to complete more than 200 units in order to fulfill all degree requirements. Some majors require that students complete all pre-major and prep for the major requirements prior to the completion of 144 post-matriculation units. Departmental undergraduate advisors can assist you in understanding the parameters impacting admission to the majors of your choice. The College of Letters and Science will not accept students from the College of Engineering or the College of Creative Studies after they have completed 180 units.