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Major Requirements

Two types of requirements must be satisfied for the award of a degree: preparation for the major (lower-division courses) and the major (upper-division courses). Departments set requirements for minors.

Preparation for the Major

Admission to the major requires completion of a set of courses known as preparation for the major. Applicants are admitted to premajor status until requisite courses are satisfactorily completed. See the Curricula and Courses chapter.

The Major

A major consists of a group of coordinated upper-division courses and shall be designated as schoolwide, departmental, interdepartmental, or individual. Each course applied toward the major and preparation for the major must be taken for a letter grade unless otherwise stipulated.

A major consists of a minimum of 40 upper-division units.

Students must complete their major with a scholarship grade-point average of at least a 2.0 (C) in all courses in order to remain in the major.

As changes in major requirements occur, students are expected to satisfy the new requirements insofar as possible. Petitions for adjustment should be submitted to the dean of the school in hardship cases.

See the Curricula and Courses chapter for more details.

Minors

Students may petition to be reviewed for a minor offered by the school or one offered outside the school, provided they can complete the requirements within 216 units.

As changes in minor requirements occur, students are expected to satisfy the new requirements insofar as possible unless they have completed 50 percent of the required coursework for the minor at the time the new requirements go into effect. Petitions for adjustment should be submitted to the undergraduate program chair for a departmental minor and to the dean for a schoolwide minor.

For a list of minors and specializations, see Undergraduate Minors and Specializations; descriptions are in the Curricula and Courses chapter.