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How hard is it to switch majors at ucla?

Taytolax31Taytolax31 Posts: 45Registered User Junior Member
Ive been accepted to ucla for the class of 2016 as a neuroscience major but I'm starting to get cold feet about that decision. If it turns out neuroscience isn't for me would it be difficult to switch out?
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Replies to: How hard is it to switch majors at ucla?

  • neekzgneekzg Posts: 1,006Registered User Senior Member
    It shouldn't be a problem unless you're trying to get into an impacted/competitive major like engineering or business/economics. Just know that if you switch your major to something completely different (like from neuroscience to outside of the life sciences) you'll have wasted your time on a number of pre-reqs depending on how long you waited before you switched.
  • mikemacmikemac Posts: 8,722Registered User Senior Member
    Into majors in Fine Arts is very difficult, into majors in Engineering is difficult. Within the College of Letters and Science, easy.
  • messi12messi12 Posts: 28Registered User New Member
    I've been admitted as a (Pre) Economics major but recently I've become really interested in computer science. How hard would that change of major be if I wanted to do it?
  • PuddingmillkPuddingmillk Posts: 28Registered User New Member
    Just went to an info session today - Communications is extremely hard, (4%) the lady said.

    @messi12 - I'm definitely not a UCLA expert myself, but some people asked a similar question today at the Reception day here. I'm not sure about computer science, but each major has its prerequisites you must take, and a required GPA level. I just know that for communication, it would be 3.9 GPA and some courses.
  • emily111emily111 Posts: 18Registered User New Member
    I don't mean to hijack the thread but...what about undecided students? Would it be difficult to switch to another major within the college of letters and sciences?
  • binks09binks09 Posts: 937Registered User Member
    It's not that hard to switch majors, especially within the same college (ie, L&S).

    At orientation, you can change majors by just asking your orientation counselor. For reference, you are grouped into groups of 10-12 or so with others of the same major. So, I was in a group of 11 other pre-business economics majors. By the end of the 3 day orientation, only myself and another individual were still pre-business economics majors.

    As for "business economics being competitive", yeah, that's a myth. The only competition is yourself to meet the somewhat high altered-GPA calculation (called a primary score) of 3.3
  • mikemacmikemac Posts: 8,722Registered User Senior Member
    what about undecided students?
    Within the College of Letters and Science, easy. Whether you're a declared major, or not.
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