How to Declare a Double Major (Undergraduates)
If you're an undergraduate and you want to declare a double major, follow the steps below.
Facts about double majors:
- You can count lower-division courses toward both majors.
- Both majors must be completed within 15 quarters if you entered as a freshman, or 9 quarters if you entered as a transfer student.
- You can't choose two majors within the School of Engineering or within a single department.
Make sure you meet the requirements.
- To declare a double major, you must:
- Have completed at least 90 units and no more than 135 units
- Have completed a majority of the prerequisites for both majors
- Be able to satisfy the requirements for BOTH majors, including 10 upper-division courses (40 units) unique to each major
- Be able to complete the 2 majors in no more than 240 units
- Meet with both departments or programs and your college to discuss your academic plan
Read the Academic Senate policy on double majors (A-3).
Obtain and complete a Double Major Petition.
- Print a Double Major Petition (PDF) or obtain a petition from your college academic advising office.
- Complete and attach:
- The Double Major Worksheet, a quarter-by-quarter planning tool (available with the petition)
- A brief statement of purpose (your reason for completing 2 majors)
Submit the petition.
- Take your petition to the department advisor for each major and obtain their signatures.
- Submit the petition to your college academic advising office.
Check the status of your petition.
- Pick up the student copy of the petition at your college academic advising office.
- Look in your Academic History to confirm that both majors appear online. Allow 5 working days for processing after approval by the college.
If you have questions, contact the appropriate resource: