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Changing major to engineering in UCLA

synergy39393939synergy39393939 Posts: 19Registered User New Member
I got into environmental science major in UCLA. But i applied to this particular major because i didn't think that i would be able to get admitted if i applied to engineering directly. (my stats aint that good). So if i decide to go to UCLA, i would have to study my ass off to switch into engineering from college of letters and science. The UCLA website says that in order to be CONSIDERED a major change, I would have to get minimum 3.5 GPA for the required courses for engineering. But im not sure how hard it is to get above 3.5 GPA in UCLA. Is it really difficult to get above 3.5 GPA??(ex. calculus classes, bio, chem..etc)

PS)) I got into UCSD(warren) as chemical engineering. If i decide to go to San Diego, i wouldnt have to change my major. But considering that the overall prestige and reputation, UCLA seems to be better. Location-wise, LA seems to be more lively and exciting than SD.
(People say that transportation in SD really sucks and the SD campus is socially dead whereas LA has a really organized transportation system for students and the location is just awesome---Westwood and hollywood and Santa monica beach in 10-15 min drive!!)
So UCLA or UCSD for engineering(considering that i have to change major if i go to UCLA)
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Replies to: Changing major to engineering in UCLA

  • StaigerTigerStaigerTiger Posts: 18Registered User New Member
    It sounds like a much better idea to go to UCSD. Even though the campus has a reputation for being "socially dead," I think college is really what you make of it. If you're really passionate about chemical engineering, you should definitely go to UC San Diego. The chances of you being able to get the classes you need and then actually getting in to the Chemical Engineering major seem pretty slim. But if you are really passionate about UCLA, or Los Angeles in general, and feel like you will be miserable at San Diego, then go to UCLA and try your luck, understanding that it is possible that you will be stuck in Environmental Sciences. Have you toured each campus? It sounds like it would be a really good idea in your case.
  • alicantekidalicantekid Posts: 1,107Registered User Senior Member
    You have to ask yourself what is more important - going to UCLA or being a Chemical Engineer.
  • synergy39393939synergy39393939 Posts: 19Registered User New Member
    @alikantekid But if i will be able change into chemical engineering during my freshman or sophomore year, that will be better for me. Im just not so sure how hard it is to change into engineering. I saw someone saying that it is difficult to get 3.5GPA in lower division courses since there are so many students. UCLA or UCSD? soo hard to choose

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  • AtypicalAsianAtypicalAsian Posts: 388Registered User Member
    Synergy, I'm a prospective environmental science major (applying next year). Could you please post or message me your stats?

    I really appreciate it! Thank you!
  • synergy39393939synergy39393939 Posts: 19Registered User New Member
    @atypicalasian sure
    ACT29 sat subject: math2--800, chem--780, physics--780, 3APs--- all 5s.
    well rounded ECs many many awards in math and chemistry and pretty good essay

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  • mikemacmikemac Posts: 7,258Registered User Senior Member
    It's actually an easy decision. If you want to be a chemical engineer then you are going to go to UCSD. If you go to UCLA your chances of changing majors into engineering are pretty much nonexistent. If you are willing to major in something else, then welcome to UCLA!
  • synergy39393939synergy39393939 Posts: 19Registered User New Member
    @mikemac are you UCLA student? Is it really true that you can hardly change major into engineering? but why?

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  • JustVibeJustVibe Posts: 146Registered User Junior Member
    I've heard it was possible to change majors as long as you maintain a good gpa and follow the prerequisites and work with your advisors
  • shh662shh662 Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    how about changing majors from civil engineering to college of Letters and Science? is that possible?
  • mikemacmikemac Posts: 7,258Registered User Senior Member
    how about changing majors from civil engineering to college of Letters and Science?
    Going from engineering to L&S is easy. You just submit the petition and its done. If you are an entering student you can even do it at orientation.
  • AtypicalAsianAtypicalAsian Posts: 388Registered User Member
    Thanks synergy
  • SupplySideSupplySide Posts: 49Registered User Junior Member
    You're better off going to UCSD. While possible, It is extremely difficult to switch into an engineering major at UCLA. Im my opinion, UCLA is too over over-glorified in California. UCSD is a solid school with a solid engineering program. You will have to decide whether you're going to go to college to get an experience or a career. The UCSD experience can be the same, but you will have to make that experience. Just like at UCLA, the experience won't happen if you don't look for it.
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