Prior to submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR), admitted students may request to change their major to one listed on the "Open Majors in the College of Letters and Science" chart below. If you are interested in a major that UCSB offers, but which is not listed, acceptance into that major requires additional evaluation of your records. If you do not change your major prior to enrollment at UC Santa Barbara, your next opportunity to request to change your major with your academic advising office will be after at least two quarters of enrollment.

Change of Major Instructions

If you wish to change your major to an open major (listed below), send an email with your request to admissions@sa.ucsb.edu.

Your email MUST include the following:

  • The subject line should read "Major Change Request."
  • Include your full legal name and application I.D. number or UCSB Perm number.
  • Include a list of all fall grades.
  • State your current major and the major into which you wish to change.
  • Changes will be reflected on your Applicant Portal.

Change of major requests may take up to two weeks to process. For College of Engineering majors, a change request may take more than two weeks and may not be possible at all because of limited space (see below). 

Special Instructions for Majors that are not Open

 

College of Letters and Science

Biology majors include Aquatic Biology B.S., Biochemistry-Molecular Biology B.S., Biological Sciences B.A. or B.S., Cell and Developmental Biology B.S., Ecology and Evolution B.S., Microbiology B.S., Pharmacology B.S., Physiology B.S., and Zoology B.S.

Transfer students may not change to the biology majors listed above. Admission to the pre-biological sciences major was granted based on a screening for major preparatory coursework. Further information about biological sciences may be obtained from the biological sciences undergraduate advisors at bioadv@lifesci.ucsb.edu.

Auditions are required. Further information about the dance major may be obtained from the undergraduate advisor at (805) 893-3241 or by visiting their website.

Transfer students may not change to an economics major. Admission to all pre-economics majors is granted based on a screening for major preparatory coursework at the time of application. Students who attend UC Santa Barbara may seek advising directly from the Department of Economics after arrival on campus. However, transferring into the department is selective and based on a prescribed set of conditions.

Transfer students may not change to a mathematics major. Admission to all pre-mathematics majors is granted based on a screening for major preparatory coursework at the time of application. Students who attend UC Santa Barbara may seek advising directly from the Department of Mathematics after arrival on campus. However, transferring into the department is selective and based on a prescribed set of conditions.

Auditions are required. Further information may be obtained from the undergraduate advisor at music@ucsb.edu or by visiting their website.

 

College of Engineering

The limited number of spaces available in the College of Engineering make it extremely rare for a request to change to an engineering major to be approved. If you still wish to request to change your major to an engineering major, send an email with your request to admissions@sa.ucsb.edu. Please include your fall term grades and a listing of the courses in which you are currently enrolled. The subject line should read "Major Change Request.”

Please note: This is for pre-matriculation major change requests only. Current UCSB students should contact the College of Engineering directly.

 

College of Creative Studies

You may not change your major to a College of Creative Studies major unless the College of Creative Studies has notified you of acceptance. If you have been notified of acceptance to the College of Creative Studies, you may follow the “Change of Major Instructions” above.

  • Freshman admits: If you are interested in the College of Creative Studies but have not yet been admitted to the college, you may contact them directly at info@ccs.ucsb.edu or visit their website to learn about their admission process.

Open Majors in the College of Letters and Science

* = Admitted to pre-major status until prerequisites are satisfied
^ = Contact department for available concentrations

All majors lead to a B.A. unless otherwise noted.

Majors

  • Actuarial Science (B.S.)
  • Anthropology
    • With optional emphases in:
      • Archaeology
      • Biological
      • Cultural
  • *Applied Mathematics (B.S.) (For freshmen only)
  • Art
  • Asian American Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • *Biochemistry (B.S.)
  • *Biological Sciences (B.A. or B.S.) (For freshmen only) 
    • Majors available after satisfying the pre-major:
      • Aquatic Biology
      • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
      • Cell and Developmental Biology
      • Ecology and Evolution
      • Microbiology
      • Pharmacology
      • Physiology
      • Zoology
  • *Biopsychology (B.S.)
  • Black Studies
  • *Chemistry (B.A. or B.S.)
  • Chicana and Chicano Studies
  • ^Chinese
  • Classics
    • Select an emphasis:
      • Classical Archaeology
      • Classical Language and Literature
      • Greek and Roman Culture
  • *^Communication
  • Comparative Literature
    • Select an emphasis:
      • Foreign Language
      • Interdisciplinary
  • *Earth Science (B.A.)
  • *Earth Science (B.S.)
    • Select an emphasis:
      • Climate and Environment
      • Geohydrology
      • Geology
      • Geophysics
      • Paleobiology
  • *Economics (For freshmen only)
  • *Economics and Accounting (For freshmen only)
  • English
  • Environmental Studies (B.A. or B.S.)
  • Feminist Studies
  • Film and Media Studies
  • *Financial Mathematics and Statistics (B.S.)
  • French
  • Geography (B.A.)
    • With optional emphasis in: 
      • Geographical Information Science
  • Geography, Physical (B.S.)
    • With optional emphasis in: 
      • Ocean Science

Majors

  • German
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • History of Art and Architecture
    • With optional emphasis in:
      • Architecture and Environment
      • Museum Studies
  • History of Public Policy and Law
  • ^Hydrologic Science and Policy (B.S.)
    • Select an emphasis:
      • Biology and Ecology
      • Physical and Chemical
      • Policy
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese
  • Language, Culture and Society
  • Latin American and Iberian Studies
  • Linguistics
    • With optional emphases in:
      • Chinese
      • English
      • French
      • German
      • Japanese
      • Language and Speech Technologies
      • Slavic
      • Spanish
      • Speech-Language Sciences and Disorders
  • *Mathematics (B.A. or B.S.) (For freshmen only)
  • Medieval Studies
  • Middle East Studies
  • ^Music Studies
    • With optional emphases in:
      • Ethnomusicology
      • Interdisciplinary Studies of Music
      • Western Art Music
  • ^Philosophy
  • Physics (B.A. or B.S.)
  • *Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • *Psychological and Brain Sciences (B.S.)
  • Religious Studies
  • Renaissance Studies
  • Russian and East European Studies
  • *Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics and Data Science (B.A. or B.S.)
  • ^Theater (B.A.)
    • Concentrations available after enrollment:
      • Design
      • Directing
      • Playwriting
      • Theater and Community
      • Theater and Performance Studies
  • Undeclared (Letters & Science) (For freshmen only)