Changing Majors

Changing Majors and Double Majors

Important Information on Major Changes

Change of Major to Computer Science

The requirements to change majors into the Computer Science (CS) major in the College of Letters and Science changed in Spring Quarter 2015. With the declaration of CS as an impacted major, new prerequisites for transferring into the major will be enforced. Students who are considering switching to CS must have a 3.0 GPA at the time the petition is submitted. Additionally, students must have completed the following courses with a grade of C- or better:

  • MAT 21A
  • MAT 21B
  • ECS 20

Choose one option:

  • (a) ECS 30 or ECS 36A, ECS 40 or 36B
  • (b) ECS 34

Note: ECS 34 has a prerequisite chain of ECS 32A, 32B and 32C. Students who complete ECS 32B SHOULD NOT take ECS 36B or 36C.

University requirements state that all students considering switching their major must have completed at least one quarter at UC Davis, as well as be in good academic standing. Students must also complete the Change of Major form on OASIS.

Change of Major to Computer Science and Engineering

An overall UC GPA of 3.0 to change their major to CSE in addition to the requirements listed below:
  • Be a registered student and have completed at least one quarter (minimum of 12 units) at UC Davis
  • Have completed not more than 135 cumulative units (excluding AP units); students who have completed more than 135 units will be considered on a petition basis only
  • Be in good academic standing and meet minimum progress requirements
  • Have received a letter grade for all courses that satisfy Engineering degree requirements
  • Have no grade lower than a C- in any completed engineering course required for your intended major(s) taken at UC Davis
  • Have met the following:
    (a) completed at least the following five courses: MAT 21A, B, C; PHY 9A; and CHE 2A and
    (b) have a GPA of 2.0 or better in all completed MAT, PHY, BIS, and CHE courses required for your intended major, and have received a C- or better in each of these courses
  • Have a 2.0 UC GPA in all completed engineering courses.

Double Major in Computer Science

In addition to the requirements above, students must also complete ECS 50 and (60 or 34 or 36C)  before attempting to declare a double major in CS. After these courses have been completed, students must also obtain an academic plan that has been approved by the major advisers of both majors showing that the double major can be completed in fewer than 225 units. After the academic plan has been approved, students may submit the Change of Major form on OASIS to add the second major.

For further advising information please go here.

Info Sessions

Advising appointments are reserved for students declared in the CS and CSE majors only. Students interested in changing majors into CS/CSE or adding a double major in CS should attend an information session with the CS Advising Team. The information sessions will cover the requirements to be eligible to change majors/double major, frequently asked questions, and will provide time for students to ask questions to the advisors. Information sessions are open to current UC Davis students only.

  • April 22nd 9am-9:45am - sign up for the Zoom session
  • May 20th 9am-9:45am - sign up for the Zoom session
  • June 3rd 9am-9:45am - sign up for the Zoom session