Student Success Central

Step 5: Being in Your New Major

Change of Major Step 5

When your major and catalog year have been updated on your academic record, you’ll notice it in a few places:

  • At the top of your Degree Progress Report, and in the Major Requirements section of your DPR
  • At the top of your MyPlanner
  • In your unofficial transcript, beginning in the term your change of major was approved
  • In your My Academics tab in your Student Center

You will also begin to receive department-specific communication, and new college-specific emails if you switch colleges.


Here are some things to keep in mind with your new major:


Know where to find your new curriculum sheet.

Remember to look for the year you switched majors, not the year you came to Cal Poly Pomona.

Update your MyPlanner. 

Make sure it’s up-to-date with your new curriculum.

Know who your new faculty and staff advisors are.

You can find them in Student Success Central’s Advising Directory. The department should also have a list of faculty advisors available in the office.

Know about any specific department requirements.

For example, your new department might place holds for advising or require permission numbers for specific courses. Ask your academic advisor if you have any questions.

Get involved in new clubs and organizations within your major.

Your classmates might know of opportunities, but you can always check MyBAR for an updated list of chartered clubs.


Start thinking about your future career path.

This might include graduate school, internships and research opportunities. Check out the Career Center resources, and look on Handshake for part-time jobs. The Career Center and your faculty advisor may have some advice on how to build your resume.


Continue to use your Student Success Central planning tools.

You should continue to take advantage of all of the tools in your planning toolbox


Consider taking summer courses to catch up.

Your new department’s summer offerings might help you complete courses faster.


If you’ve taken a course that isn’t in your new curriculum, ask your advisor about how it goes toward your degree.

It may count for one of your requirements or go towards unrestricted elective credits.