UC Irvine Change of Major Criteria

School of Physical Sciences

Exceptions to GPA criteria will be considered. Students may be held to specific course completion or grade requirements before or after acceptance into a new major if they do not meet the minimal requirements.

Students with more than 135 units and students wishing to declare a double major have additional requirements. Please contact the School of Physical Sciences academic advising office for further information.

Additional requirements (all majors):

Change of Major Requirements:

Chemistry
Requirements Description
Cumulative UC GPA

2.00 GPA

Most recent quarterly GPA of 2.00

Course grades

Must meet BOTH requirements:

  • Lower-division chemistry GPA of 2.50, with no grade below a "C" (excluding Chem 1P and Chem 5)
  • Minimum GPA of 2.00 in all mathematics and physics courses taken in satisfaction of chemistry degree requirements
Other

Must meet ALL requirements:

  • Minimum of two chemistry lecture courses completed at UCI that count toward the major.
  • Completion of General Chemistry (Chemistry 1A-B-C, 1LC or equivalent).
  • After sophomore year (90 units or more), completion of at least two calculus courses (Math 2A-B or equivalent).

Earth System Science

Requirements Description
Cumulative UC GPA

2.00 GPA

Most recent quarterly GPA of 2.00

Course grades

Must meet BOTH requirements:

  • 2.50 minimum GPA for all UCI courses that count toward the major.
  • 3.00 minimum GPA for all transfer courses that count toward the major.
Other

Completion of:

  • Math 2A-B (or equivalent) and
  • Chemistry 1A-B (or equivalent), or Physics 7A/LA-7B/LB, or Physics 7C/LC, or Physics 3A-B/LB (or equivalent).
  • One Earth System Science class with grade of "B" or better.

Environmental Science

Requirements Description
Cumulative UC GPA

2.00 GPA

Most recent quarterly GPA of 2.00

Course grades

Must meet BOTH requirements:

  • 2.50 minimum GPA for all UCI courses that count toward the major.
  • 3.00 minimum GPA for all transfer courses that count toward the major.
Other

Completion of one course in the Department of Earth System Science with a grade of "B" or better, and either Chem 1A-B or Biological Sciences 93 and 94.

 

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Mathematics
Requirements Description
Cumulative UC GPA

2.00 GPA

Most recent quarterly GPA of 2.00

Course grades

Must meet BOTH requirements:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 for all lower-division math courses that count toward the major.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 for all lower-division UCI math courses that count toward the major.
Other Minimum of two math courses taken at UCI that count toward the major.
Physics
Requirements Description
Cumulative UC GPA

2.00 GPA

Most recent quarterly GPA of 2.00

Course grades

Must meet BOTH requirements:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 for all lower-division math and physics courses that count toward the major.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 for all lower-division UCI math and physics courses that count toward the major.
Other Minimum of two physics lecture courses taken at UCI that count toward the major.

Approval of Physics Departmental Chief Academic Advisor.

Applied Physics
Requirements Description
Cumulative UC GPA

2.00 GPA

Most recent quarterly GPA of 2.00

Course grades

Must meet BOTH requirements:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 for all lower-division math and physics courses that count toward the major.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 for all lower-division UCI math and physics courses that count toward the major.
Other Minimum of two physics lecture courses taken at UCI that count toward the major.

Approval of Physics Departmental Chief Academic Advisor.


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