Change of major - Cognitive Science to Biological Sciences or Public health

Hello all,

Can anyone shed some light into changing majors at UCSD, my daughter is admitted into Cognitive Science(Revelle) but she wants to change into Biological Sciences or Public Health. Both are capped majors. Does anyone have any experience doing so? We are deciding between Berkeley and UCSD. Thank you!

Here is the change of major policy at UCSD for Biological Sciences and Public Health. Also note that meeting the requirements does not mean the change of major is guaranteed.

Non-biology majors who entered UC San Diego as freshmen may be eligible to apply for admission into a biology major. Please note that available biology majors will vary based on the term of admission to UC San Diego.

Consideration of non-biology majors for admission into a biology major is based on the Capped Major Admission requirements until the numerical limit is reached. To be considered for admission into a biology major, students must satisfy all criteria listed below.

Capped Major Admission Courses:

  • BILD 1 and 3
  • CHEM 6A, 6B, 6C, and 7L
  • MATH 10A or 20A and MATH 10B or 20B

Additional Criteria and Information:

  1. Complete all Capped Major Admission coursework, including transfer courses, with a “C-“ or higher, or with AP/IB/A-Level UC San Diego equivalent course credit.

For grading exceptions being considered due to the pandemic, see COVID 19 Undergraduate Updates

Earn a minimum 2.5 GPA in the Capped Major Admission courses. Only Capped Major Admission courses taken at a UC with a letter grade will be factored into the screening GPA.
2. Apply, using the online application below, within the first 6 quarters at UC San Diego, during an active application cycle. Do not use Tritonlink to request a change of major.
3. Submit your application once the application opens. Day and time of application submission will be considered when making admission offers.
4. Current quarter grades will be taken into consideration for the applicable application cycle (e.g. fall grades will be considered for the fall application).
5. Applications will be reviewed after term grades are finalized (Thursday after Finals Week). Once all applications have been reviewed, applicants will be notified.
6. Students are expected to be aware of relevant timelines and deadlines, and to check their email account regularly. If offered admission, failure to take action by the specified date and time will result in a declined offer.

Satisfying Capped Major Admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

Public Health:
All BSPH majors are capped. To prepare students for success in upper-division courses, the faculty in the BSPH program have determined that students who want to declare a major in public health must first meet the criterion outlined below:

Completion of FMPH 40 “Introduction to Public Health” with a grade of B– or higher.

Students must use the Major/Minor tool on TritonLink to request entrance to the major in public health. Students will receive approval to declare the major only after the BSPH program has completed the review process to ensure the above criterion has been met and the FMPH 40 grade is posted on the student’s academic history.

I would also contact each department and ask how many students are successful in changing into either major.

What major was she admitted into UCB?

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Thank you @Gumbymom , much appreciated. I was wondering whether someone would share their experience.

In Berkeley, intended major is Cognitive Science as well but since it’s in L&S, she can declare later. She wants to be in pre-med track.

All L&S students are admitted as Undeclared and then required to take the pre-req courses to declare the major.

Here is the link to MyMap so she can see what is required to declare any of the majors.

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Thank you!