When and How to Apply
Students interested in changing their major to Computer Science should submit their application to the Department of Computer Science by the end of Week 4 of the quarter in which they finish the last of their minimum courses required for the change of major application. Example: A student has already taken CS 16, CS 24, MATH 3A, MATH 3B. and MATH 4A. They are now in Spring quarter taking the last of their minimum required courses to submit a change of major application: MATH 4B and CS 40 (or MATH 8). They must submit their application materials by Week 4 of the Spring quarter. Please note, applicants do not have the option to wait to submit their application for a future quarter - the application must be submitted for review in the same quarter they are enrolled in & finishing the last of the minimum required courses.
For Winter 2023, all applications are due by 5:00 pm PST on February 3rd to email@example.com. Only applications received by this deadline will be considered for review this quarter. Applicants can expect to hear back with a decision from the Department within 2-3 weeks after the grading deadline once the quarter ends.
The application should consist of the Undergraduate Petition for Change of Major and the completed study plan. If you are applying as a potential double major request, you also need to include the Proposal for Double Major form.
Study plans should reflect that applicants do not receive future access to CS courses while their application status is pending. Students must plan to take other courses in the next immediate quarter while they await a decision. For example: student has submitted their application in Fall quarter, the study plan must show that for Winter quarter they do not plan to enroll in CS courses; if admitted, student would continue in CS courses for Spring quarter.
Applicants can expect to hear back with a decision from the Department within 2-3 weeks after the grading deadline of the quarter they applied. This delay will mean applicants will not receive future access to CS courses for the next immediate quarter while their application status is pending. Note: Petitions which are denied are NOT eligible for appeal. You can find a GPA calculator tool here.
Change of Major Undergraduate Petition Study Plan Proposal for Double Major