UC Irvine Change of Major Criteria

Health Related Sciences - Free Standing Programs

Due to strict limits on the number of students who can be admitted to the program and rigid sequencing of much of the upper division curriculum, major changes will be ordinarily considered only in the summer immediately preceding the sophomore and junior years.

Change of Major Requirements:

Nursing Science
Requirements Description
Cumulative UC GPA

Students must meet BOTH requirements:

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • A minimum quarterly GPA of 2.0 in the quarter immediately preceding the change of major.
Course grades

Students must meet ALL of the following requirements at the time of application:

  • Completion of Chem 1A-B-C  OR Chem H2A-B-C with a “C” grade or better.
  • Completion of at least two additional courses in Psychology 7A or Psychology and Social Behavior 9*; Sociology 1*; Public Health 1; Philosophy 4 or 5; Statistics 7 or 8*, with a “C” grade or better.

*See Nursing Science website for accepted alternatives: http://www.nursing.uci.edu/programs/bs/change-of-major/#2

  • Completion or current enrollment in Bio Sci 97 and Chem 51A.
  • A 2.75 average in ALL courses completed that fulfill requirements for the Nursing Science major.
  • Courses taken at another institution that fulfill requirements for the Nursing Science major must be completed with a "B" or better.
Other
  • UCI change of major students apply to the Nursing Program between November 1 through November 30 for Winter quarter admission. Students are admitted once per year for Winter quarter entry.
  • If the eligible pool exceeds the number of students that can be admitted to the major, the following criteria will apply:
    • Cumulative GPA from all universitites attended
    • GPA in Biological Science and Chemistry courses
    • Number of repeated courses
    • Volunteer and work experience (especially in a healthcare environment)
    • Honors/awards/leadership
    • Essay
  • Admission is contingent upon passing Bio Sci 97 and Chem 51A with a C or better prior to Winter quarter entry.
  • Students who are admitted to the major will receive enrollment priority for required Biological Sciences courses in the subsequent Winter quarter.
  • If students have additional questions about the change of major application process, they should contact Nursing Science Student Affairs.

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Pharmaceutical Sciences

Requirements Description
Cumulative UC GPA
  • 2.50 GPA
  • Most recent quarterly GPA of 2.50

 

Course grades

Must meet BOTH requirements:

  • 3.00 minimum GPA for all UCI courses that count toward the major.
  • 3.00 minimum GPA for all courses transfered from other institutions that count toward the major.
Other

Completion of Chem 1A-1C/LC and Biological Sciences 93 and 94

 

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Public Health Policy

Requirements Description
Cumulative UC GPA

2.00 GPA

Course grades

A quarterly GPA of 2.0 in the quarter immediately preceding the change of major.

Completion of the following major requirements with a combined GPA of 2.5 or better: Public Health 1, Public Health 2, and Stats 7/Stats 8.

In addition, students must meet the following requirements:

  • 2.50 minimum GPA for all UCI courses students have previously completed that count toward the Public Health Policy degree.
  • 3.00 minimum GPA for all courses transferred from other institutions that students have previously completed that count toward the Public Health Policy degree.

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Public Health Sciences

Requirements Description
Cumulative UC GPA

2.00 GPA

Course grades

A quarterly GPA of 2.0 in the quarter immediately preceding the change of major.

Completion of the following major requirements with a combined GPA of 2.5 or better: Public Health 1, Public Health 2, Chem 1A, Chem 1B, Bio Sci 93 and Bio Sci 94.

In addition, students must meet the following requirements:

  • 2.50 minimum GPA for all UCI courses students have previously completed that count toward the Public Health Science degree.
  • 3.00 minimum GPA for all courses transferred from other institutions that students have previously completed that count toward the Public Health Science degree.

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Updated: RCB April 7, 2014