Declaring Your Major

Students should petition to declare a major as soon as they complete their major qualification requirements, or reach their declaration deadline quarter, whichever comes first. Students who enter UCSC as frosh or sophomores are required to be formally declared in a major before enrolling in their third year (or equivalent). Upper division transfer students are required to be declared in a major by the deadline in their second term at UCSC.

To declare a major:

  1. Identify the procedures for declaring your major by using the "Declaration process" outlined in the General Catalog. Some programs will ask that you attend an orientation, meet with an advisor, or bring some information or documents with you. Review the online information about the major and its requirements prior to meeting with your advisor or attending the orientation, so you can prepare questions and make informed decisions. If your major requires a completed Petition for Major/Minor Declaration, you can find it here.
  2. If you are planning a double major or major/minor program, you will need to go through both advising office’s processes, and will need to file a UCSC Academic Planning Form. Advisors from both programs will need to approve both your Petition for Declaration of Major and your Academic Planning Form.
  3. If you are unable to complete graduation requirements by the end of your Expected Graduation Term (go to your MyUCSC Student Center and click on “Student Advising Summary” and then the “Degree” tab to see your official Expected Graduation Term), it's very important that you contact your college at the end of the process to request an adjustment or extension of your Expected Graduation Term. 

The UCSC Academic Planning Form is not a contract.  Students are responsible for verifying course availability, and for satisfying all program and University requirements as described in the applicable UCSC General Catalog.