College of Science

Change of Major/ Adding a Minor FAQ

  1. What are the requirements to change my major to a Science major?
  2. How do I change my major?
  3. Do I need to attend a change of major meeting? If so, when will the meeting be held?
  4. Should I begin taking courses in the major that I want to switch into?
  5. What if I do not meet the minimum GPA requirement?
  6. What minors are offered within the College of Science?
  7. I want to add a minor. What do I need to do?
  8. If I want to change my major to another major outside of the College of Science, what do I need to do? What are the requirements?

1. What are the requirements to change my major to a Science major?
Program Upper Division Requirements (90 units or more) Lower Division Requirements (90 units or less)

Biological Sciences (Biotechnology, Botany, Environmental Biology, General Biology, Microbiology, Zoology)

 

Building 8, Room 119

3.25 Overall & CPP GPA, “C” or better in: BIO 121/121L, BIO 122/122L, and BIO 123/123L.

*Requests must be submitted by the 5th week of Spring Quarter

3.25 GPA Overall & CPP, “C” or better in: BIO 121/121L, BIO 122/122L, and BIO 123/123L.

*Requests must be submitted by the 5th week of Spring Quarter

Chemistry (Biochemistry, Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry)

Building 4, 2-515

2.0 Overall & CPP GPA, “C “or better in CHM 121/122/123 (labs included), “C” or better in MAT 114/115 & “D” or better in MAT 116

*Change of major advising session required.

2.0 Overall & CPP GPA

Computer Science

Building 8, Room 49

3.25 GPA Overall & CPP GPA, must receive a “C” or better in CS 130/140/141/240 and MAT 114.

*Must attend a change of major workshop

3.25 GPA Overall & CPP GPA, must have completed 3 quarters at Cal Poly.

*Must attend a change of major workshop

Geology

Building 8, Room 242

2.0 Overall & CPP GPA,  must receive a “C” or better in GSC 111 or GSC 112 or any upper division GSC course.

*Must schedule an appointment with the Department Chair.

2.0 Overall & CPP GPA

*Must schedule an appointment with the Department Chair.

Kinesiology (Exercise Science; Health Promotion; Pedagogy)

Building 66, Room 212

External Change of Majors

3.0 Overall & CPP GPA, will need to receive a "C" or better in BIO 115/L/A, STA 120.

*Attend Change of Major Meeting in the Fall or Spring Quarter. Must submit online Change of Major Petition by end of the 5th week of Fall or Spring

Internal Change of Majors

Switch between Exercise Science and Health Promotion

Students (both Lower Division and Upper Division) must meet with the Department Chair for advising before the fall or spring quarter external change of major meeting.

Switch from Pedagogy to Exercise Science or Health Promotion

Upper Division students (90 units or more) will need to receive a "C" or better in Bio 115/L/A and STA 120, and must have a 3.0 Overall & CPP GPA.

*After completion of the above requirements, students must meet with the Department Chair for advising before the fall or spring quarter change of major meeting.

 

External Change of Majors

3.0 overall & CPP GPA and complete 2 quarters at CPP.

*Attend Change of Major Meeting in the Fall or Spring Quarter. Must submit online Change of Major Petition by end of the 5th week of Fall or Spring

Internal Change of Majors

Switch between Exercise Science and Health Promotion

Students (both Lower Division and Upper Division) must meet with the Department Chair for advising before the fall or spring quarter external change of major meeting.

Switch from Pedagogy to Exercise Science or Health Promotion

Lower Division students ( 90 units or less) must complete 2 quarters at CPP and have a 3.0 Overall & CPP GPA.

*After completion of the above requirements, students must meet with the Department Chair for advising before the fall or spring quarter change of major meeting.

Mathematics (Applied Mathematics/ Statistics; Secondary Teacher Prep/Pure Mathematics)

Building 8, Room 113

2.0  Overall & CPP GPA, “C” or better in MAT 114, 115, and 116.

*Attend Change of Major Meeting

2.0 Overall & CPP GPA

*Attend Change of Major Meeting

Physics & Astronomy

Building 8, Room 231

2.0 Overall & CPP GPA, 1 year of calculus MAT 114, 115, 116 or equivalent and 1 year of calculus-based Physics PHY 131, 132 133 or equivalent with "C-" or better in all of these classes

*Attend a Change of Major meeting

2.0 Overall & CPP GPA, must have completed PHY 131 and MAT 114 with a "C" or better.

 

*Attend a Change of Major meeting

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2. How do I change my major?

You must complete an approved Petition to Change Major Curriculum form online and meet the requirements to change to your desired major. See chart above.

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3. Do I need to attend a change of major meeting? If so, when will the meeting be held?

Please refer to the answers to Questions #1 and #2. Please also review the chart below.

 

Department

 

 

Change of Major Meetings for Fall 2017

  Computer Science


October 11, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

October 12, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

*Meetings will be held in Building 8, Room 52

  * You must attend one of the above change of major meetings if you wish to change your major to Computer Science. The above dates will be the only change of major meetings held in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Kinesiology

April 12, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

*Building 24D, Room 1224

*You must attend the above change of major meeting if you wish to change your major to Kinesiology.

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4. Should I begin taking courses in the major that I want to switch into?

No, you should first consult with an Advisor from that major first to see if switching your major would be to your benefit.

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5. What if I do not meet the minimum GPA requirement?

You will need to take GE’s in order to boost your GPA to the minimum requirement before applying to change your major.

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6. What minors are offered within the College of Science?
Department Information Minors Offered

Biological Sciences

Building 8, Room 119

909-869-4038

Botany

Microbiology

Physiology

Zoology

 

Chemistry

Building 8, Room 333

909-869- 3653

 

Chemistry

Computer Science

Building 8, Room 49

909-869-3440

 

Computer Science

Currently not accepting students

into the minor due to impaction.

 

 

Geological Sciences

Building 8, Room 243

909-869-3454

 

Geology

 

Mathematics & Statistics

Building 8, Room 113

909-869-3142

 

 

Mathematics

Statistics

 

 

Physics & Astronomy

Building 8, Room 231

909-869-4014

 

 

Astronomy

Biophysics

Physics

 

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7. I want to add a minor. What do I need to do?

Like change of major, to add a minor you will need to go talk to the department in which you plan on adding a minor in. For more information on adding a minor, please visit: http://www.cpp.edu/~registrar/academic-policies/minors.shtml

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8. If I want to change my major to another major outside of the College of Science, what do I need to do? What are the requirements?

If you want to change your major it is best to go speak to an advisor or representative from that specific department. To find out the requirements to change your major please look at the following: https://www.cpp.edu/~academic-programs/Documents/Change%20of%20Major%20Req%20Combined-2015-16%20rev%20062215.pdf

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