The decision on the choice of a major is a very important one and should be made on the basis of a student’s interests and abilities as well as his or her career goals. Students should look carefully into the programs available by using the UC Merced Catalog and visiting Schools in which they are interested.
Students are encouraged to declare a major as soon as possible and should begin thinking about possible majors in their first year at UC Merced. Some major requirements demand a full four years to complete. Since students are expected to declare a major by the time they have completed 60 units, the lower division major requirements should be planned in the student’s program for the first two years.
Whether you are undecided or have declared a major, there is an advisor on campus who can help you! To make an appointment with your designated School advisor or to find walk-in hours, select your School below:
In order to declare or change a major/concentration/minor a student must fill out a Change of Major or Change of Minor request and have it approved by the dean or other authorized person in the school to which he/she is declaring or transferring and submit it to the Students First Center. Current students are only permitted to change their major/concentration/minor until the end of the third week of the semester and throughout the summer. Admission into a program may be denied or deferred if the student is in academic difficulty or has a grade point average (GPA) of less than 2.0 in courses required for the selected major.
Except under unusual circumstances, no change of major or minor will be permitted after a student has attained senior standing (90 units). It is not possible to change or declare a major or minor after the student has declared their candidacy with the Office of the Registrar.
NOTE: Certain schools and majors have criteria a student must meet in order to qualify for that major, more stringent than academic standing and a minimum of 2.0 grade point average (GPA). Please check the following school's websites for more information:
Your catalog year is determined by the year you entered UC Merced, provided there is no break in enrollment for more than 3 consecutive terms (e.g., 2 semesters and 1 summer). You must choose major, concentration, and minor requirements from the same catalog year. You may elect to adhere to a different catalog year if you wish to follow major, concentration, and minor requirements listed in a catalog published after your time of initial enrollment. To do this, please attach a statement to a major/minor change form outlining the reason for your request and submit this, with the form, to your School.
Computer Science and Engineering BS
Environmental Engineering BS
Materials Science and Engineering BS
Mechanical Engineering BS
Applied Mathematical Sciences BS – Computational Bio
Applied Mathematical Sciences BS – Computer Sci and Eng
Applied Mathematical Sciences BS – Economics
Applied Mathematical Sciences BS – Engineering Mechanics
Applied Mathematical Sciences BS – Physics
Biological Sciences BS – Developmental Biology
Biological Sciences BS – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Biological Sciences BS – Human Biology
Biological Sciences BS – Microbiology and Immunology
Biological Sciences BS – Molecular and Cell Biology
Chemical Sciences BS – Biological Chemistry
Chemical Sciences BS – Chemistry
Chemical Sciences BS – Environmental Chemistry
Chemical Sciences BS – Material Chemistry
Earth Systems Science BS
Physics BS – No Emphasis
Physics BS – Atomic/Molecular/Optic
Physics BS – Biophysics
Physics BS – Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Physics BS – Mathematical Physics
Undeclared Natural Sciences
Cognitive Science BS
Cognitive Science BA
History BA – United States History
History BA – World History
Literature and Cultures BA – English Speaking World
Literature and Cultures BA – Spanish Speaking World
Political Science BA
Undeclared Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
In order to declare or change a minor, a student must fill out a Change of Minor request and have it approved by the dean or other authorized person in the School to which he/she is declaring and submit it to the Students First Center. To remove a minor, a student can simply email firstname.lastname@example.org from their UC Merced email account to notify us of the change.
Except under unusual circumstances, no change of minor or declaration of minor will be permitted after a student has attained senior standing (90 units). It is not possible to change or declare a minor after the student has declared their candidacy with the Office of the Registrar.
A student in good academic standing who wishes to declare more than one major must petition the undergraduate School(s) responsible for the majors and receive School Dean’s (Deans’) approval. A School Dean may deny the petition for the additional major(s) if it is determined by the School(s) that there is too much overlap in the proposed coursework to justify allowing the student to receive the additional major(s).
No more than 12 upper-division units (excluding units required for School and university-level general education) may be used to satisfy requirements for all majors simultaneously, whether these units are explicitly required by the majors or count as electives toward the majors.
Students must satisfy all requirements for each major, including general education requirements across Schools, if applicable. Coursework for the majors must be completed in 165 semester units or 11 semesters, whichever is greater, from the onset of college work, including AP and transfer credit.
Majors earned will be noted on the student’s transcript and diploma. If the majors lead to different degrees (B.A. and B.S.), that fact will be noted on the transcript and the two-degree designations will appear on the diploma. A student who has declared multiple majors may choose to graduate with fewer majors, but if so may not continue at the University to complete any remaining major(s).
A student who wishes to pursue multiple majors should meet with his/her advisor to request and complete a Multiple Major Application Packet, available from your School.