When and How to Apply
All students interested in changing their major to Computer Science, including current College of Engineering students, must submit their application to the Department of Computer Science by the end of Week 4 of the same quarter in which they are finishing the last of their minimum courses required for the change of major application. 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.
Example: A student has already taken CS 16, CS 24, MATH 3A, MATH 3B. and MATH 4A. They are now in Spring quarter and enrolled in the last of their minimum required courses to submit a change of major application: MATH 4B and CS 40 (or MATH 8), therefore they must submit their change of major application by the Week 4 deadline of that same Spring quarter.
For Summer 2023, all applications were due by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on July 21st to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only applications received by this deadline were considered for review. Applicants can expect to hear back with a decision from the Department within 2-3 weeks after the end of all Summer Sessions and the grading deadline for Session B has passed (i.e., early-mid October 2023).
For Fall 2023, all applications are due by the end of Week 4 of the quarter, 5:00 pm Pacific Time on October 27th to email@example.com. Only applications received by this deadline will be considered for review. Applicants can expect to hear back with a decision from the Department within 2-3 weeks after the end of Fall quarter and the grading deadline has passed (i.e., early-mid January 2024).
The application should consist of the Undergraduate Petition for Change of Major and the completed CS study plan worksheet. 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