UC DAVIS- Contract for FALL 2010 - need advice

<p>So basically, i did poorly last quarter when i tried to change my major to engineering. I didn't enter the college as an engineering major, i entered under another major however, later i decided to change my major to computer science and engineering. I wasn't sure if i wanted to do engineering in the beginning and had some trouble. As a result, i did poorly in math 21C and was on Academic Probation for spring 2010.</p>

<p>My college now wants me to meet with my adviser and have my next three quarters planned out for my new proposed major.</p>

<p>I have decided not to pursue engineering and want to pursue only computer science which is 98 units total as a major. I have already completed a third of those units and i believe that if i work hard i can finish the remaining 66 by winter 2012. In this scenario however,I would like some advice. Due to my poor performance my college asked me to either draw up a contract with the college of engineering if i still wish to pursue engineering, or bring a proposed schedule for the next three quarters to my advising meeting. Since i only want to do computer science,</p>

<p>would i have to still make a contract with the college of engineering? (Computer science is a major listed under college of letters and sciences.)</p>

<p>Also, here is my proposed schedule for the next three quarters. I am 100% sure i can handle the load but I would like advice on the matter if possible.</p>

<p>FALL 2010:</p>

<p>ECS 40
STATS 32</p>

<p>WINTER 2011:
ECS 50
ECS 60
STATS 131A</p>

<p>SPRING 2011:
CSE 120
MATH 115A</p>

<p>my total units should be: 35-36 so i might add an extra course for spring.</p>

<p>My questions are: if i present this plan to my adviser, will it seem like im not taking this seriously? Am i overloading myself? Will they take it as a reason to dismiss me from the university?</p>

<p>Here's what I would do. Bring your plan with you, just as they have requested. No, they will not dismiss you from the university solely based on the plan you have created (if they feel it is unreasonable, they will adjust it for you). When you meet with the advisor, tell them you would like to switch majors. I suggest you also talk to an advisor at the College of Letters and Science as soon as possible. Is computer science impacted? If not, you should have no problem switching majors.</p>

<p>Ah, CSE (Computer science engineering). Was Sean Davis mean to you? His classes are considered one of the most difficult for incoming freshmen (ECS 30/40). If you find yourself having trouble with those classes I suggest, from experience through colleagues/myself, that you should seriously consider other options. Those classes are weeder classes for a reason and are not for the light of heart.</p>

<p>CSE is definitely not an impacted major so it should be quite easy to get in given you have the proper GPA. I believe that you may have to take a certain amount of relevant course work in engineering before applying for a major change. </p>

<p>Always consider other options before you delve into CSE since once you get into the classes. Most of them are not relevant to other majors including other engineering majors. The most overlap I believe is for electrical engineering that only needs ECS 30 and 40 so it may waste a lot of time if you plan on changing majors even away from just Computer Science.</p>

<p>On that note, Computer Science isn't that different to CSE in terms of difficulty since all the difficult ones are needed for both. The only differences are in-depth classes and some labs. Although, the 180-ish units may be intimidating.</p>

<p>I echo what andrew2011 said and reassure you that the advisor is not expecting you to go in with a fool proof plan for your next 3 quarters (almost no one follows their expected quarterly outlines). They just want to see if you understand what needs to be done to stay on track, not to "play catch up". Also to see if you're keeping up with the 39 unit/year minimum.</p>

<p>Looking over your outline, I personally believe that your classes are very doable and choosing to add a course to spring is the best since it is the lightest load. You may even be able to shift it to Fall but to avoid consecutive AP quarters, I think playing it safe Fall is a good choice.</p>

<p>Best of luck.</p>