Change of Major

ALL students enter the Department as a Pre-Chemistry major regardless of which full major they will declare. Students who meet all of the Pre-Chemistry major requirements described on the Pre-Chemistry Major Sheet will be eligible to declare a full major. Please note that you must receive a 2.0 cumulative GPA per sequence. There are 6 unique sequences for the pre-major. 

Please note that Math 6A and Physics lab courses will need to be completed before enrolling in Year 3 courses. See the major sheets for reference.

Pre-Requisite - Prerequisites are strictly enforced. Most Chemistry courses build upon prerequisite or preparatory course work. Students who have not successfully completed the prerequisites for a course will not be allowed to register.  Specific course prerequisite information can be found on GOLD or in the UCSB Catalog. If you are unsure if you meet a prerequisite or need to repeat a course, please email us at ugrads@chem.ucsb.edu.
 

How to Declare Your Major 

Current Pre-Chemistry Majors

Students must complete the Pre-Chemistry Major requirements to declare full major. Please run a major progress check on GOLD to check completion. 
  • Note: Students completing Pre-Chemistry Major by Spring or Summer quarters, please expect an email from ugrads@chem.ucsb.edu to initiate your change of major process.
  • If you are ready to declare the full major, click here, to begin the change of major process. Our staff will be in contact with you within one business week with an action plan for you to follow.
  • Within 3-4 weeks after your petition has been fully processed, your major will be officially changed on GOLD. Please note that GOLD will not alert you once the change has been made. Please check the "Registration" tab on GOLD to view your major change. 

 

Non Pre-Chemistry Majors

Students must complete 2 quarters of Chemistry, Math, and Physics courses at UCSB to be eligible to declare the Pre-Chemistry Major.
  • Note: This is a total of 6 courses, 2 courses per subject. 
  • If you are ready to declare the full major, click here, to begin the change of major process. Our staff will be in contact with you within one business week with an action plan for you to follow.
  • Within 3-4 weeks after your petition has been fully processed, your major will be officially changed on GOLD. Please note that GOLD will not alert you once the change has been made. Please check the "Registration" tab on GOLD to view your major change.
  • Note: Non Pre-Chemistry students will have to complete the change of major petition twice. First to be admitted to the Pre-Chemistry Major and then to advance to the full major.

 

How to Declare the Chemistry Minor

If you are interested in declaring the Chemistry Minor, please click here to learn more. 
 

Declaring Candidacy to Graduate

You must declare your candidacy in order to graduate. Declaring candidacy for graduation is a separate process from participating in commencement ceremonies. Please click here to follow the instructions provided by the Office the Registrar.