BACKSTORY/PREFACE: I was still in-between two major choices when I had to send in my transfer applications. My choices were biological anthropology, and genetics & genomics. These may sound extremely different, but if you look at the course offerings for a B.S. in biological anthro at UC Davis, there are TONS of genetics & genomics / microbiology / biochem related classes. In fact, the courses I would take for a bio anthro major are almost identical to the ones I would take as a genetics & genomics major. I ended up applying as a bio anthro major because I have always lacked confidence in my ability to excel in STEM, and bio anthro seemed to offer me more wiggle room to escape STEM if I felt like I couldn’t succeed in the long term (I’m talking grad school & onward). Since I applied in November, though, I’ve gained a lot of confidence and drive to push through the denser material and achieve my goal of working in the medical field.
Because the courses are so similar, I don’t think it would be a big change to transfer from bio anthro, which is my current major, to genetics & genomics. I think that genetics & genomics would look better on paper, and the slight changes to the coursework I would complete would better fit my long-term goals.
MY QUESTION: How difficult is it to change majors as a transfer student? I have been accepted through TAG and will be starting at Davis in September of this year (2021). I know that genetics & genomics isn’t a suuuuper impacted bio major for Davis, so I’m hoping that will make it easier. Please let me know if anyone has experience changing majors as a transfer student.