Declare or change your major
Declaring a major
Students must meet with an academic advisor to declare their majors. Students may, with approval of the degree program, declare their majors at any time but no later than the completion of 60 units. Students who have not declared majors by the time they have completed 60 units are required to meet with an academic advisor to declare majors.
Some degree programs may have requirements for declaring a major, such as pre-requisites and/or a petition process. For example, impacted majors require successful completion of major prerequisites or gpa criteria for entry to the major. If you have not met these requirements, you may not be allowed to declare your requested major.
Changing a major
Students must meet with an academic advisor to change majors. With the approval of the degree program, a student may change a major at any time; however, changing majors can affect degree plans or student fees, so should be considered carefully. Participants in any of the ‘degree with a guarantee’ programs (such as Associate Degree for Transfer or California’s Promise) may lose their timeframe to degree guarantee and any specialized services associated with it (such as priority registration). Participants of the Western Undergraduate Exchange program (WUE) may lose their WUE eligibility.
Any student seeking to change their major must be able to complete the new major within a maximum time frame of 144 units. Some degree programs may have additional requirements for changing a major, such as pre-requisites and/or a petition process. For example, impacted majors require successful completion of major prerequisites or gpa criteria for entry to the major. If you have not met these requirements, you may not be allowed to change to your requested major.
Important note for currently enrolled WUE students: Changing your major to Biology, Business, Kinesiology,Psychology or Undeclared will result in an immediate increase in your tuition fees as you will no longer be considered eligible for WUE. The full non-resident tuition fees and per unit rate will be applied to your student account.
Applicants should consult with the Admissions office regarding change of major requests.
Declaring or changing a concentration or minor
Students must meet with an academic advisor to declare or change concentrations or minors. Students may, with approval of the degree program, declare or change their concentration or minor at any time prior to filing for graduation, as long as they can complete the major and minor within 144 units. Minors are intended to provide a student with knowledge outside of the student's main area of study. Students shall not declare minors in the same discipline as their majors.
How to declare or change your major, concentration, or minor
- Meet with the academic advisor or faculty advisor of the chosen major, concentration, or minor you wish to change to or declare.
- If your request is approved, the advisor will submit the request to update your student record.
- The Office of the Registrar will review, process, and update your student record in CMS. Allow 7 business days for the Office of the Registrar to process and update in CMS.
- Check you CMS Student Center to verify that your major, concentration, or minor is updated.
If you've followed all of the steps above and your CMS Student record has not been updated after 7 business days, follow up with the Office of the Registrar.